United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Address
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024-2126

Mission
The Museum’s primary mission is to advance and disseminate knowledge about this unprecedented tragedy; to preserve the memory of those who suffered; and to encourage its visitors to reflect upon the moral and spiritual questions raised by the events of the Holocaust as well as their own responsibilities as citizens of a democracy.

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Hours

The Museum is open every day except Yom Kippur (September 14, 2013) and Christmas Day (December 25).

REGULAR HOURS
Exhibitions: 10 a.m.–5:20 p.m.
Elevator entry to the Permanent Exhibition: 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Information Desk: 10 a.m.–5:10 p.m.
Hall of Remembrance: 10 a.m.–5:10 p.m.
Museum Shop: 10 a.m.–5:20 p.m.
Museum Cafe: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Library: 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday (closed all federal holidays)
Archives: 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday (closed all federal holidays)

EXTENDED HOURS
March 25–June 7, 2013, Monday–Friday (closed to the public Monday, April 29)
Exhibitions: 10 a.m.–6:20 p.m.
Elevator entry to the Permanent Exhibition: 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Information Desk: 10 a.m.–6:10 p.m.
Hall of Remembrance: 10 a.m.–6:10 p.m.
Museum Shop: 10 a.m.–6:20 p.m.
Museum Cafe: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday
Library: 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday (closed all federal holidays)
Archives: 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday (closed all federal holidays)
*Extended hours are not in effect on weekends

Price
FREE

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is a place that truly and respectfully represents the genocide that took place in the midst world war two during the Nazi reign. This is a place that covers serious material and there for leaves you with a very uncomfortable yet worth while feeling.

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exhibition that leave you breathless

Unfortunately the events that took place speak for themself but the exhibitions that have been created to display these grave events are noteworthy. Box cars that were loaded with people to travel to camps are within the museum as well as piles of shoes that were removed from their belongings. Uniforms covered in dirt, tears, sweat, and blood hand limply on hangers. Under no circumstance is this a museum that leaves you with joy but this museum does a terrific job at representing the reprehensible crime that took place. The museum gives you the opportunity to look back and reflect on what took place.

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University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Address
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Mission
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, through its research, collections, exhibitions, and educational programming, advances understanding of the world’s cultural heritage. Our Commitments and Aspirations:
•research excellence
•scientific and ethical integrity
•highest standards of preservation and documentation of sites and collections
•excellence in interpretive exhibits
•effective Communication with our public about the world’s cultural heritage
•service to the University of Pennsylvania community
•supportive, diverse, and cooperative work environment
•fiscal capability to support our mission

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Hours
Tuesday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thurs – Sun
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday
CLOSED

Price
$12 general adult admission
$10 senior citizens (65 and above) and active U.S. military personnel
$8 for children 6 to 17 and full-time students with college ID
FREE for Museum members, children 5 and under, and PENNcard holders (Penn faculty, staff, and students)

Walk Like an Egyptian

This museum sits directly across from the famous Franklin Field. The Museum has created a name of its own holding artifacts from Egypt, Africa, and Rome to name a few. The grounds and building are beautiful and keep up with Penn’s Ivy League standard. The employee’s were a little impatient at times but overall I believe I probably caught them on an off day. Located near numerous forms of public transportation including regional rail, trolley lines, and buses the museum is easy to get to from all areas of Philadelphia. Low prices and accessibility make this a great opportunity for some culture.


Flashbacks of Art History 101

Within the exhibitions it will be hard not to associate it with a large lecture hall filled with hundreds of bodies filling their requirement for art history 101. These artifacts and ones similar to their importance were covered in detail in your introductory art history course. I will say seeing these pieces in person art a lot more astounding than the lecture hall you may remember. The Penn museum does a great job of exhibiting these works in a flattering setting with lighting that add’s a particular glow instead of an aggressive hospital lighting you see in some museums. This museum will be interesting and compatible with people of all ages. There is so much to see in a city like Philadelphia but whether you are site seeing or going on a college visit this may be a great place to stop.

The Wharton Esherick Museum

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Mission
“to preserve, maintain and exhibit the artistic creations of the late Wharton Esherick so that the public may gain enjoyment, education and inspiration from Esherick’s life work.”

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Hours
Monday to Friday, 10 – 5
(Weekdays for groups of five or more)
Saturday, 10 – 5
Sunday, 1 – 5
***The museum is CLOSED the months of January and February

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Tours
All visits to the Wharton Esherick Studio
are available by reservation only.
Please call 610-644-5822
to book your guided tour.

•Tours last about an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes.
•Please give at least 24 hour notice to book a tour.
•Unfortunately, the Museum is not handicap accessible.

Price
Adults, $12
Children under 12, $6

It’s All About Planning

I am an efficient person in so many ways but in my free time I have such a hard time planning to do much of anything. I tend to enjoy the spontaneous and that made taking a trip to Malvern very difficult. Unfortunately you need to make a reservation prior to visiting the museum. With that said the employees are kind and you will be so happy you went. Wharton’s motto was His motto, “if it isn’t fun, it isn’t worth doing,” and frankly I couldn’t agree with him more. The surrounding area of the studio is breathtaking. I highly recommending setting aside time to walk the grounds prior to your tour. It is a beautiful area take pictures and wonder a little. There is a lot of walking involved in this visit and very little room to take breaks therefore if you feel this could be an issue they have provided virtual tours on their website. I have posted the link below. Make the plan and make the trip you will no regret it.

http://whartonesherickmuseum.org/tour.html

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The American Visionary Art Museum

Address
800 Key Highway
Baltimore, Maryland 21230

Mission
Visionary art as defined for the purposes of the American Visionary Art Museum refers to art produced by self-taught individuals, usually without formal training, whose works arise from an innate personal vision that revels foremost in the creative act itself.”

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Hours
AVAM is OPEN 10:00am–6:00pm, TUESDAY–SUNDAY (CLOSED MONDAYS*)
CLOSED: Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day
*Open annually on Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as AVAM’s celebration of all of life’s possibilities! Free admission & special programming for all!

Price
Adult: $15.95
Senior (60 and up): $13.95
Student/Child: $9.95
Children 6 and under: FREE!
Members: FREE! (just show us your Fan Club Card)

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Be Prepared to see things that will surprise you!

The museum is made up of work created by people with no formal training. I have tried to stress that there is a place for everyone in the art world. The Visionary museum really creates an inviting museum for everyone. There are no cameras allowed in the museum but, there is nothing wrong with some mystery from time to time. I promise that you will love it within the museum. The neighborhood is ideal for a day trip I promise you will not be sorry you went. The employees are great and the museum is easy to travel. This is a perfect place for all ages and all levels of art enthusiasm.

Lunch Time

Mr. Rain’s Fun House is a restaurant within the museum. I would say it is mandatory to visit while you are there. The food is delicious and there is also outdoor seating for warmer weather. I highly recommend putting this on your list of things to do while you are in Baltimore.

The Metropolitan Museum Of Art

Mission:

The mission of The Metropolitan Museum of Art is to collect, preserve, study, exhibit, and stimulate appreciation for and advance knowledge of works of art that collectively represent the broadest spectrum of human achievement at the highest level of quality, all in the service of the public and in accordance with the highest professional standards.

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Price:
Fee includes same-day admission to the Main Building and The Cloisters museum and gardens. There is no extra charge for entrance to exhibitions.

Recommended

Adults: $25
Seniors (65 and older): $1
Students: $12*
Members (Join Now):Free
Children under 12 (accompanied by an adult):Free

To help cover the costs of exhibitions, we ask that you please pay the full recommended amount.

Hours:
Tuesday–Thursday: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.*
Friday and Saturday: 9:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.*
Sunday: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.*
Closed Monday (except Met Holiday Mondays), Thanksgiving Day, and December 25
Saturday evenings are made possible by the William H. Kearns Foundation.
*Galleries are cleared fifteen minutes before closing.

New York is filled with so much culture. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is just one aspect of that culture. There are people of all ages and types in New York city which is one reason I find the Met so alluring. The metropolitan museum of Art is HUGE! The museum is filled with grandhalls which really is an ideal setting for viewing of sculpture. I love that on any giving day traveling through the halls you will see numerous people sketching the sculptures and viewing their surroundings. There is such a relaxed feeling that comes along with the Met which can be hard to find in New York.

The employees there are helpful but for the most part I would say they have very little to do with your overall experience. The museum is idea for all ages and there are a good variety of exhibits there for your viewing pleasure. My favorite part of the museum are the grand steps out front. On any given day you will find a band, or a group of singers outside the steps. There are usually many food carts out side even if you do not have to visit a museum it may be a nice place to have lunch on a sunny day.

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The Warhol:

Address
117 Sandusky Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5890

Mission

The Andy Warhol Museum is a vital forum in which diverse audiences of artists, scholars, and the general public are galvanized through creative interaction with the art and life of Andy Warhol. The Warhol is ever-changing, constantly redefining itself in relationship to contemporary life using its unique collections and dynamic interactive programming as tools.

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Hours
Monday closed
Tuesday 10am – 5pm
Wednesday 10am – 5pm
Thursday 10am – 5pm
Friday 10am – 10pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 10am – 5pm

Price
Admission includes all permanent and special exhibitions, daily film + video screenings, daily gallery talks, and The Factory.
Members of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh Free
Adults $20
Students (with valid ID) $10
Children (3-18) $10
Fridays 5pm – 10pm Half-price admission with Good Fridays program

From Campbell’s soup to Brillo pads: The man had the ability to make anything famous
Andy Warhol was a man with ideas and a personality that blew people away. Andy Warhol’s art work has become a large part of american history not only in art but also in pop culture. Most educated people would instantly associate this artist with Marilyn Monroe, Campbell’s soup, and brillo pads. The most fascinating fact being that he had very little interaction with the creation of the pieces. Andy Warhol’s work was created in a factory by many people. Imagine being famous artist and actually having a factory create your work. His work is so inseparable from him. I high recommend learning about him, his life, and his work. He was an interesting man who was famous for his art, quotes, and his over all presence.

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The employees were so impressive. They were readily available for questions and conversation. They were so personable and yet so knowledgeable about the work. Maps and general information on the museum before you entered but the front desk was so helpful on the best plan to travel through the museum. In this museum you begin on the seventh floor and proceed by working your way down. The floors were small which gave you the opportunity to view each piece pretty quickly. Although I attended on a Saturday crowds and flow were not really a problem. Museum signs were not that prevalent but because of the stated order of the floors you view there was not a true need.

Fun little touches:

A photo booth was located on the first floor. The booth provided images with a pop art theme that compliment the work within the museum very well. On their website they have come up with multiple ways to stay connected and relevant. In the museum industry its hard to make something like art stay current when new work is being produced each day. Check out their other ways to connect on the website.

Lucy the Elephant

Address
9200 Atlantic Ave Margate City, NJ 08402

Mission:

“The mission of the Save Lucy Committee is to restore, preserve, and interpret Lucy the Elephant for continued use in her historic capacity as a major tourist attraction, representing a unique aspect of architectural history and the history of Margate City within the growth of New Jersey seaside communities during the late nineteenth century to the hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life and all over the Globe who come to visit her”.

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Hours:
Winter closed
April, November, December: Wed, Thu, Fri 11-4; weekends, 10-5; closed Mon & Tues.
May thru mid-June, Sept & Oct: Mon thru Fri 11-4; weekends 10-5
Mid June thru Labor Day: Mon thru Sat 10-8; Sundays 10-5
Labor Day Monday 10-5
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas

Price:
Adults: $8
Children under 12 yrs old: $4
Children under 2 yrs old: Free

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My favorite Animal

Lucy the elephant is a perfect place to take kids. When I was much younger spending days at the beach with my mom in Longport, we would take walks to Lucy. This gave us the opportunity to get out of the heat and get lunch on the deck at the restaurant next door. It was an inexpensive way to retreat on a sunny day. Lucy the elephant has been a tavern, a hotel, a home, and now a museum. She has been through hurricanes, snow storms, and fires. Thankfully she has withstood it all to continue to bring joy to many.

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The employees are kind and the gift shop is filled with every elephant novelty that you could imagine. The tour is short but the information is fascinating. You are show a short video and given a tour of the elephant. In the end you are lead to the top of Lucy where you see a beautiful view of Margate including the waterfront. Lucy’s uniqueness speaks for itself. I highly recommend making the trip.
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MoMA: The Museum of Modern Art

Address:
11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019|(212) 708-9400|

Mission:
The Museum of Modern Art seeks to create a dialogue between the established and the experimental, the past and the present, in an environment that is responsive to the issues of modern and contemporary art, while being accessible to a public that ranges from scholars to young children.

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Hours:
Sunday:10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Monday:10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Tuesday:10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Wednesday:10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Thursday:10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Friday:10:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Saturday:10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Price:
Adults:$25
Seniors(65 and over with ID):$18
Students(full-time with current ID):$14
Children(16 and under):Free
*****This policy does not apply to children in groups.
Members:Free
Guests of Members:$5(limit of five per visit)

In the city that never sleeps

Modern art in my opinion has become this double-edged sword. Those who are not apart of the “art world” are quick to say things like “My six-year-old could make that” and “I don’t get it” and please do not get me wrong ,We have all seen work that makes us question intent and integrity within the art world. On the other hand it seems that all the work being creating has forgotten the masters and really focused on work with a modern spin. This creates a serious issue for the museum world. There are so many things that should be accessible and seen but if such a large stigma surrounds the work then it makes it very difficult to convince people of its importance. I really feel that the MoMa does a great jobs of explanations as well as creating a welcoming atmosphere.

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The building is beautiful and compliments the work nicely. I really have a problem with museums who create layouts where you spend the majority of the time in the exhibit excusing yourself because you have hit every other patron with a limb or personal belonging. Personal space is important ! People need to realize that you need time and space to look at the work and this is something that the MoMa has done very well. The space is large and the work is well spaced. This allows you the freedom to stop and look without wearing full body gear to the museum.

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I highly recommend if you are making your initial dive into the modern art world this is the place to start. The exhibits are great and most of all there is an outdoor space that is beautiful for those who need a break. There are water features, trees, and sculptures which are a nice change of pace for a typical museum setting. The employees are great , feel free to ask questions. Most of all take your time and seek out work that you enjoy. There are interactive aspects that appeal to everyone. I also recommend eating there the food is very good for being within a museum

The Franklin Institute

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Mission:
In the spirit of inquiry and discovery embodied by Benjamin Franklin, the mission of The Franklin Institute is to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology.

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Hours:
Science Museum Exhibits
Daily: 9:30AM-5:00PM

Prices:
Museum Admission includes admission to Museum exhibits, live science demonstrations, and one show in the Fels Planetarium. Admissions to the Tuttleman IMAX® Theater and to Franklin Theater require an additional ticket. Special limited engagement exhibits may also require an additional ticket.

Museum Addmission
Adult: $16.50
Military: $15.50
Child: $12.50
Member : free

There are many additional items available please see the website if you are interested in those prices I have posted the link
http://www2.fi.edu/visitor-guide/pricing.php

Parking:
Parking in this area can be difficult but the Museum does have its own lot and the prices are pretty reasonable for the area.

The Franklin Institute uses an automated Pay On Foot parking system, so please bring your ticket with you in to the Museum so you can pay for your parking prior to returning to your car at the end of your visit. Pay stations are conveniently located in the Atrium.

The Franklin Institute’s Garage Parking Rates:
Up to 1 hour: $9.00
1-5 hours: $15.00
5-12 hours: $20.00
Max (up to 24 hours):$25.00

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As a student growing up in Philadelphia The Franklin Institute was the long-awaited field trip. The Franklin Institute has so much to offer because of its diverse content. At The Franklin institute incorporates science and history so well. Kids and adults alike have the opportunity to learn something new in an interactive environment. The employees are helpful so take advantage of that. The exhibits are large so in most siutations you do not feel cramped. There is alot of noise at times so if you are sensitive to that it may be an issue.

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An exhibit that will really leave a lasting mark on your mind is the enormous heart. The heart is a great example of the experience that The Franklin Institute has to offer. These exhibits are ideal for kids as well as adults . You are seeing first hand something that keeps you alive every day and as a kid that is an amazing concept to be able to walk through something that is so important.

For the Kid in all of us

The Sports Challenge exhibit is so fun. Ice Skating, Pitching, Rock Climbing and more are broken down for kids in order to provide scientific evidence to improve their abilities in these challenges. This exhibit incorporates everyday activities into learning.

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Big, Tall, Large or Small

The Franklin Institute has kind employees who provide you with an environment to enjoy your self and explore new topics.

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The history that the barnes foundation is vast, and some what heart breaking. Albert Barnes followed his heart and achieved a true sense of greatness within the art world. Unfortunately I would have to say the achievement was controversial and, at the time, an invasion of Dr. Barnes’ Rights.

If you are from the Philadelphia area and have read a paper or watched the news in the last decade you have seen the amount of coverage dedicated to this collection. If you are not familiar with the situation I will now give you a brief idea of the controversial situation I am speaking about. I would also recommend a movie called Art of the Steal which has been shown on premium channels and can be found on Netflix which walks you through the situation in great detail.

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Albert Barnes grew up in the Philadelphia area, where he attended the University of Pennsylvania. In his career he was responsible for inventing an eye drop given to every baby born to avoid blindness. This inevitably this made Dr. Barnes a wealthy man. He collected artwork from the greats such as Renoir and Picasso but at the time people did not recognize the greatness he had acquired. From that point on Barnes made it his mission to use his collection to help educate teachers and students. The foundation was created in Lower Merion. Many things have happens since then but over time the collection has been moved out of the original location in order for it to be more accessible to the Philadelphia area.

The Mission:
“the promotion of the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts.”

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Location:

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130
215.278.7000

Hours
Monday:10 am–6 pm
Tuesday:Closed
Wednesday:10 am–6 pm
Thursday:10 am–6 pm
Friday:10 am–10 pm
Saturday:10 am–6 pm
Sunday:10 am–6 pm

Advance reservations are highly recommended.
Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.
Prices

Starting May 1st, audio guides are now included in the price of admission.

Members:Free
Adults:Starting at $18*
Seniors (65 and older):Starting at $15*
Students/Youth:**$10
Children (0-5):Free

*Admission price depends on day and time of visit
**Visitors aged 17 and younger and full-time
students with valid student ID

My trip to the Barnes was spontaneous and let me be clear that was my first mistake. Although the Barnes has been moved to make it more accessible you need to by a weekend ticket almost a month in advance which obviously makes the trip very inconvenient. In order to get into the museum we needed to purchase a membership because as a member you do not need to book tickets in advance. The employees seems pretentious and somewhat rude. I am educated I am completely aware of the collection that lies behind those walls but I was hoping after the millions of dollars spent in honor of accessibility I would have the ability to walk into the museum.

Additionally, bags are measured before entrances because they have had issues with bags interfering with the collection. Therefore is your bag is too large you are required to check it and they give you a small clear bag to carry with you. The bathrooms are also completely removed from the collections on the lower level and it was very difficult to get to them due to the crowds.

Unfortunately the museum was completely over crowded because even though the pieces are in a new building they have kept the exact same dimensions of the original rooms in order to keep the authenticity of the ensembles Dr. Barnes created. Let me be clear the room was so packed that a visitor knocked something over while I was in attendance.

The security is friendly and you will have a lot interaction with them because they are doubled up in practically every room warning you over and over to be aware of the lines that have been put on the floor to keep an appropriate distance.

The saving grace of the visit is that each piece of work you see takes your breath away. Dr. Barnes unique placement of work truly leads your eyes to see things that you may not have seen otherwise. There are so many famous works there it almost takes away from how significant each piece is on its own. You find yourself saying oh just a few more Reniors when in reality its amazing to find all of these pieces in one place.

My favorite works through out the museum were pieces done by an.artist names Glackens. I had not heard of him prior to visiting but he is from the Philadelphia area and I really loved the work.

I am torn on my position of the Barnes. The overall uniqueness that the Barnes Foundation once had has been washed away by a higher power. Unfortunately this happens but its sad to see the original building go because I truly feel that added so much to the overall experience. The old building gave you the overwhelming experience that this was all acquired due to one man’s taste and his goal of furthering the education of art no matter what others thought. Dr. Barnes was a visionary and no matter where the collection may be that fact will never change.