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Nestled between the Adirondacks and the Catskills in central New York State, the pastoral village of Cooperstown has a mighty mission: to preserve and protect the story of America’s Game at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “This is much more than just runs, hits,… more >

Home Base: The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

A laboratory for the art of the future, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, begins where most art museums leave off. The starting point is right now, today! In fact, many of the pieces displayed, screened or performed here are commissioned directly from the… more >

Creative Catalyst: The Walker Art Center

Cowboy boots, spurs, and cattle quickly come to mind when people think about the Lone Star State. But who are Texans, really? This surprising San Antonio museum explores the 26 diverse cultures that settled Texas. The people of the world came to Texas, and all of them did not… more >

Behind the Lone Star: Institute of Texan Cultures

Rummaging through a trunk of old clothes in the Grandparent’s Attic display, children are not just trying on clothes; they’re trying on the business of being adults. Play is learning at the Boston Children’s Museum (founded 1913), which revolutionized the American museum… more >

Mind Over Matter: The Boston Children’s Museum

The art of making music requires genius, precision and passion. Founded in 1973, this landmark museum in Vermillion, South Dakota, includes more than 10,000 musical instruments from virtually all cultures and historical periods. Today, its holdings are rivaled only by… more >

National Music Museum
National Music Museum

Located on historic East Avenue in Rochester, New York, the 12.5-acre museum site was the urban estate of George Eastman, founder of Eastman Kodak Company. The Museum focuses on the 150-year history of the art, technology, and impact of photography and motion pictures – media… more >

Picture Perfect:  George Eastman House

There’s a museum for everything and this one, on San Juan Island, Washington, is the museum of the “killer whale.” Whale watching in the San Juan Islands has become a $10 million industry in recent years. The Whale Museum estimates that more than 500,000 people descend on this… more >

Science at Sea: The Whale Museum

GREAT MUSEUMS: NEW ORLEANS: A LIVING MUSEUM OF MUSIC, narrated by actor Wendell Pierce (from HBO’s “The Wire”), is an intimate look at the traditions associated with New Orleans’ music and the preservation of those traditions through the work of local musicians and educators… more >

New Orleans:  A Living Museum of Music
New Orleans: A Living Museum of Music

GREAT MUSEUMS of the WORLD: As one of the world’s premier art museums, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is home to the finest collection of Chinese artistic masterpieces of any museum outside of China. The collection spans 5,000 years of changing political dynasties and varying… more >

China: West Meets East at The Met
China: West Meets East at The Met

The extraordinary legacy of Philippe de Montebello, who served for 31 years as Director of The Metropolitan Museum Art, is chronicled in this one-hour documentary. During his tenure, Mr. de Montebello guided the acquisition of more than 84,000 works of art from around the… more >

An Acquiring Mind: De Montebello and The Met
An Acquiring Mind: De Montebello and The Met

Charles Willson Peale, founder of the Philadelphia Museum, opened the first public museum in this country, linking patriotic history, natural history and art. From GREAT MUSEUMS: Riches, Rivals and Radicals: 100 Years of Museums in America (2006).   more >

The Philadelphia Museum

The vast collections at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History enable visitors to experience firsthand some of the more iconic artifacts of our country’s history. From GREAT MUSEUMS: Riches, Rivals and Radicals: 100 Years of Museums in America (2006). … more >

The National Museum of American History

King Tut transformed the Museum World when the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York featured the boy king in a 1970s blockbuster exhibit, sparking “King Tut Mania.” From GREAT MUSEUMS: Riches, Rivals and Radicals: 100 Years of Museums in America (2006).   more >

King Tut

Industrialist Andrew Carnegie promoted the idea that capitalists were obligated to use their fortunes to improve society. From GREAT MUSEUMS: Riches, Rivals and Radicals: 100 Years of Museums in America (2006). .  more >

Andrew Carnegie

Known as “the nation’s attic,” the Smithsonian Institute tells the story of our country. It’s interesting to note that founding donor James Smithson never even visited the United States. From GREAT MUSEUMS: Riches, Rivals and Radicals: 100 Years of Museums in America (2006). … more >

The Nation’s Attic

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