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    Cyburbian Emeritus Bear Up North's avatar
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    Your Favorite Museums

    The world is filled with many great museums. Here in the United States some of the best museums in the world bring in visitors by the millions.....enchanting, entertaining, and educating all of us. Close to my home, the Toledo Museum of Art usually ranks in the Top Ten in USA art museums. For years it has been the country's leader in per/capita attendance. (It is a wonderful museum.)

    But.....I have favorites that are not in my area. Included are the three museums in Chicago that are rated very high.....the Field Museum of Natural History, The Art Institute, and the Museum of Science & Industry (my favorite museum). I also like some of the smaller Great Lake's oriented museums, such as the Lake Superior Shipwrecks Museum and the Great Lakes Museum in downriver Detroit.

    When I finally wander into Washington, DC, I already know I will be in love with some of the museums in our great capitol city. This Summer I plan on getting down to Cincinnati to the Underground Railroad Museum. Another must-go on my list is the Holocaust Museum.

    How about you? Favorite museums? Plans to go?

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    I don't think I've ever been to a museum I hated. So, I'll just list the ones I've been to:

    Chicago:
    Art Institute (ultimate favorite)
    Field Museum of Natural History
    Museum of Science & Industry (I haven't been here!)

    Rockford:
    Rockford Art Museum
    Burpee Museum of Natural History
    Discovery Center Science Museum

    Springfield:
    Lincoln Tomb
    Lincoln's New Salem
    Abraham Lincoln Home Nat'l Hist. Place
    Old State Capitol-Historical Library

    Suburban Chicago:
    Lord's Park in Elgin, IL
    Naper Settlement in Naperville, IL
    Robert Crown Center for Health Education in Hinsdale, IL

    I've probably also been to some smaller ones on vacations, but I just can't remember them.

    I also need to go to Washington D.C., the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Museum of Science & Industry before I die. I'd also like to see as many Presidential Libraries as I can, especially those of Reagan, Bush, and Lincoln.
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    Picking just one per location

    LA La Brea Tar Pits
    Wash. Natíl Air & Space
    Chicago Art Institute
    KCMO Nelson-Atkins Gallery
    NYC Whitney Mus.
    Rome Musei Capitolini
    Milan Poldi-pezzoli
    Florence Uffizi
    Madrid Thysen COllection
    Turin Egyptian Mus.
    Barcelona Picasso Museum
    Girona Dali Museum
    Granada not a museum, the Alahambra
    Paris Musee díOrsay
    London British Museum
    Life and death of great pattern languages

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    Greenfield Village/Henry Ford
    Union Train Museum (out in IL Planner's Hood)
    Detroit Institute of Arts
    Book of Kells Museum/Trinity Library, Dublin
    State of Michigan Historical Museum, Lansing MI
    Toledo Museum of Art
    Bunratty Castle and Folk Life Park, Shannon, Ireland
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    My favorites so far:

    Museum of Fine Arts (Boston)
    Philadelphia Art Museum
    National Holocaust Museum (DC)
    UBC Anthropology Museum (Vancouver)
    Museum of Natural History (DC)
    Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC)
    The Roman Baths (Bath, UK)
    British Museum (London)
    Museum of Science (Boston)

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    I want to put in a plug for the great museums we have here in Grand Rapids:

    1) Van Andel/Public Museum of Grand Rapids: As nice as any history-oriented museum I've ever seen. Includes a great planetarium and restored antique carousel. Lots of detail on GR's history as a furniture maker; also great natural history collections. Current traveling exhibit is the Treasures of Egypt; most of the big shows come through here, and are well attended.

    2) Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum: Fascinating history of one of our most interesting periods. Ford's pardon of Nixon sealed his political fate, but in retrospect it was one of the most courageous acts in presidential history. They also get good traveling exhibits; most recent was about Teddy Roosevelt.

    3) Meijer Gardens: One of the best outdoor gardens in the US. Beautiful garden and natural landscapes punctuated with a fantastic collection of indoor and outdoor sculpture. This has to be seen to be appreciated. Contains one of the two full-sized sculptures of DaVinci's Horse (the other is in France somewhere). The indoor nature center is currently the home to thousands of butterflies (a'la the Houston Science Center).

    We also have a fine children's museum and art museum (I haven't been to it yet; they are building a new art museum which will open next year).

    I'll also put in a plug for the Kalamazoo Valley Museum in K'zoo, which is an excellent science/history/children's museum, and its FREE.
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    Well I can say living in the DC metro area is a fantastic treat the number of museums is staggering to put it lightly. Some of my favs (and I have not seen them all) Note I put anything that has tours for the public of historic/art significance, in this area all of these are listed as museums.

    Heck perhaps the City itself is a museum? There is a thought

    National gallery of art
    Corcoran Gallery of Art
    Arlington National Cemetery
    Bureau of Engraving and Printing
    Fords Theater, kinda morbid but intresting
    Udvar Hazy Air and Spac-this is the new one at Dulles I like it better than the one on the mall-and MUCH less crowded
    FDR memorial
    Spy Museum-fun, fantastic but high price
    National Cathedral-fantastic views, tours and gardens
    National Building Museum-the building itself
    Phillips Collection
    National Archives-um the Constitution and other important documents in American history And the building is impressive in and of itself.
    Jefferson Memorial-This coming week is fantastic, Cherry trees all in bloom
    US Botanical Garden
    U.S. Naval Observatory the history of US time keeping and the telescopes themselves are again fantastic

    Baltimore -National Aquarium
    Chicago-Art Institue
    Newport News Va-Mariners Museum
    Anniston Alabama-Natural Sci center-best collection of birds I have ever seen

    Did not like-
    Gettysburg-god people the markers get in the way its cheap looking
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    Chicago Art Institute
    Ruins of Pompeii
    Imperial War Museum - London
    Jesse Besser Museum - Alpena, MI
    Peggy Guggenheim Collection - Venice, Italy
    Uffizi - Florence, Italy
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    Quote Originally posted by mendelman
    Jesse Besser Museum - Alpena, MI
    I've always wanted to go there and learn the fascinating history of cement and concrete block manufacturing. Then I learned it was a science and history museum with art exhibits, so I was much less interested.
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    Quote Originally posted by DetroitPlanner
    I've always wanted to go there and learn the fascinating history of cement and concrete block manufacturing. Then I learned it was a science and history museum with art exhibits, so I was much less interested.
    Well, there is a good exhibit of native american artifacts and artifacts from Alpena's lumbering days that preceded the cement industry. But there is a pretty good display/history of cement block manufacturing by the Besser Corp. (the industry leader in concrete block technology in the world, with the world headquarters in little old Alpena).
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    Let's not be didactic in this profession, because that is a path to disillusion and irrelevancy.

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    Boston's Museum of Science is my favorite....followed closely by the Field Museum in Chicago.
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    Though I am not a big Museum person I have enjoyed the following.

    National Building Museum (DC)
    National Air and Space Museum (DC)
    Philadelphia Fire Department Museum (Phili)
    MOMA (NYC)
    Field Museum (Chicago) *Thanks NHPlanner for reminding me of that one
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    New York City Fire Department Museum
    USS New Jersey - Camden, NJ
    The Tech Museum of Innovation - San Jose, CA
    Indiana State Museum - Indianapolis, IN
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    The Museum of Natural History - NY

    The Museum of Folk Art - Santa Fe NM

    The Mashantucket Pequot Museum - Stonington CT (Foxwoods)

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    Quote Originally posted by Big Green Scott
    The Mashantucket Pequot Museum - Stonington CT (Foxwoods)
    [snark]There's a museum there? Never ventured anywhere other than the poker room, the slot machines or the race book.[/snark]
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    Kimbell Art Museum in Ft. Worth, TX
    Natural History and Air & Space in DC (you know, that Smithsonian complex)

    Those are my favorites so far.
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    Quote Originally posted by NHPlanner
    [snark]There's a museum there? Never ventured anywhere other than the poker room, the slot machines or the race book.[/snark]
    Yes, and it is supposed to be unbelievable. It was built with all of your poker money and includes a full-scale replica of a Pequot village (complete with sounds, smoke and odors). I always meant to go when I lived in NE, but never got around to it.

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    The best natural history museum is the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum in Tucson. I second the National Aquarium in Baltimore as another great natural history museum.

    out of the way museums you might enjoy:

    - the museum at tribal headquarters on the Makah reservation in Washington

    - the High Desert Museum south of Bend, OR

    - the Cherokee Strip museum south of Arkansas City, KS

    -the Buffalo Bill Historic Center in Cody, WY

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    My all-time favorite museums are:

    Baltimore/Washington
    National Building Museum
    National Museum of American History
    US Holocaust Museum
    Mt. Vernon
    National Aquarium in Baltimore
    Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum Annex

    Bay Area
    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
    Oakland Museum of California
    Tech Museum of Innovation

    Sacramento
    California Railroad Museum

    New York
    NYC Transit Museum
    Museum of the City of New York

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    I think the Milwaukee Public Museum and Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry are nice places for a family to visit, where everyone can find stuff they are interested in. I really enjoyed the 6th Floor Museum in Dallas, on the 6th floor of the book depository building in Dealey Plaza. There are all kinds of Kennedy memorbilia, and accounts of the assassination. But you can't take pictures aiming out of the windows down towards Elm St., cause there is a copyright on the view. The Art Institute in Chicago has to be my very favorite museum though. I could spend an entire day in there.

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    The only museum of note down here is the Dali museum in St Pete and you couldn't pay me to go there.

    I have a kid. When we're on vacation we're gonna play mini-golf, not go to a museum.....

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    I enjoy The Exploratorium in San Francisco. Lots of hands-on exhibits.

    http://www.exploratorium.edu/

    And the Monterey Bay Aquarium

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    Quote Originally posted by RichmondJake
    And the Monterey Bay Aquarium

    http://www.mbayaq.org/
    I agree.

    Other Aquariums worth visiting are
    Newport, KY
    Chattanooga, TN - fresh water
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    Quote Originally posted by Zoning Goddess
    I have a kid. When we're on vacation we're gonna play mini-golf, not go to a museum.....
    If you are going to post a statement like this, expect a response. That being said: is miniature golf an intellectually stimulating activity for a child? If so, is it enough of one to forgo museum visits?
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    I was going to say that I absolutely loved museums when I was a kid. More so than now really. And, interestingly enough, I probably like miniature golf better now.

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