Maister family vacation travel plans usually revolve around the following activites:
2) Touring the parts of towns that one wouldn't normally think to tour i.e. getting a flavor of the real (fill in city name)
3) Visit museums
4) Microbrewery tours
This thread is about third activity. I've been to a lot of museums in my day, and while I enjoyed nearly all of them to one degree or another, I find myself returning to certain museums time and again. Museums in larger cities typically are better funded and offer more interesting exhibits as a rule, but that's not always the case.
I've yet to visit some of the coolest museums on the planet and two biggest notably missing from my list are the Smithsonian and the Louvre. I WILL visit both before I leave this planet. My favorite museum in the world so far has been the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry - not only can you take an underground tour of a mining operation, but you can also peer through the periscope on an actual captured German WWII sub. Way cool! Been there about four times. My next most favoritest museum is the Wright Patterson Air Force Museum - not only is it free to the public but you can see virtually any aircraft used by the US military since the advent of flight.
I'll post more about some of the unusual and off-beat museums I've encountered over the years, but first what about you? What are some of your favorite art museums? General interest museums? Community museums? Special interest museums? Has anyone visited any of the various 'halls of fame'?