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Two Brand New Museums Dedicated to Mississippi History

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/28/2017, 6:30 AM

Side-by-side history museums in Mississippi's capital city, Jackson, will open to the public on December 9—one day before the state's bicentennial. The brand-new institutions share an entrance and a downtown address (222 North St.) in the mid-state city because the stories they tell are inextricably entwined, as you can see from their names: the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi C...

Vacation in One of the Less Popular Destinations This Summer for a Fine Travel Experience

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/22/2017, 12:00 AM

Where should you travel this summer? Off the beaten path, says Arthur Frommer.

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American Writers Museum Opening Soon in Chicago

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/11/2017, 4:00 AM

The first museum celebrating the collective achievements of the country's wordsmiths opens next week in Chicago. The privately funded American Writers Museum—which is located on the second floor of a building along the city's busy North Michigan Avenue—has a "populist, D.I.Y. spirit," according to the New York Times's preview of the facility. Instead of stuffy libraries full of yellowing l...

Non-New Yorkers Could Soon Have to Pay to Visit the Met

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/02/2017, 4:00 AM

Admission at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art has been free since it was established in 1870—though a "suggested" entrance fee has been, well, suggested since the early 1970s (the current recommendation is $25 for adults). Soon, however, an entrance fee could become mandatory for a large chunk of the museum's visitors: those who aren't residents of New York City. For about a ...

Celebrate John Wayne's Birthday in His Iowa Hometown

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/25/2017, 4:00 AM

You probably associate John Wayne with the American West. But the film legend was actually born in Iowa. His hometown, Winterset, is the site of the John Wayne Birthplace Museum, which organizes an annual celebration around the Duke's birthday at the end of May (born in Winterset on May 26, 1907, he died in 1979). This year marks the 10th anniversary of the event. On May 26-27, the town wi...

Bob Dylan Archive Opens in Tulsa, Oklahoma

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/03/2017, 4:00 AM

Fans of music legend and Nobel laureate Bob Dylan will soon have another pilgrimage site to visit, alongside Hibbing, Minnesota, where he grew up; New York City's Greenwich Village, where his career began; and Mobile, where he repeatedly got stuck with the Memphis blues. The newest stop is Tulsa, Oklahoma, where a big chunk of Dylan's 6,000-piece archive has been made available for scholar...

The Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia Surely Merits a Visit

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/22/2017, 12:00 AM

Opening soon in Philadelphia: a museum filled with art and artifacts chronicling America's battle for independence in the 18th century....

Free Admission at L.A. Museums on Sunday, January 29

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/27/2017, 5:00 AM

Here's some incentive for appreciating art, culture, history, nature, or science if you happen to be in Los Angeles this weekend: More than 30 museums in and around that city will be letting visitors enter at no charge on Sunday, January 29—otherwise known as SoCal Museums' Free-for-All Day.  Participating institutions include some of L.A.'s best and most popular attractions: the Getty Cen...

Los Angeles Chosen As Site of George Lucas Museum

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/12/2017, 5:00 AM

Los Angeles has been chosen by Star Wars creator George Lucas as the site of his upcoming Museum of Narrative Art.   The facility, which will house the film director's collection of popular art and movie memorabilia (from his own work as well as others'), was previously planned for San Francisco and then Chicago, but community activists in both of those cities objected to proposed building...

Iraq Museum Opens in Former Saddam Hussein Palace

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/02/2016, 11:45 AM

For the first time in decades, a new museum has opened in war-torn Iraq. Its location: a palace that once belonged to Saddam Hussein.  The former dictator had nearly 100 over-the-top residences scattered throughout the country. This one, the Lakeside Palace, stands in Basra in the south of the country.  The building is now the home of the Basra Museum, a facility dedicated to preservin...

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