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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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 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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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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Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Mission Statement

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, in partnership with the city, the region, and art museums around the globe, seeks to preserve, enhance, interpret, and extend the reach of its great collections in particular, and the visual arts in general, to an increasing and increasingly diverse audience as a source of delight, illumination and lifelong learning.

Admission

Access for two consecutive days to main Museum building, Perelman Building, Rodin Museum, and Historic House Mount Pleasant.
Adults: $20
Seniors (65 & over): $18
Students (with valid ID): $14
Youth (13–18): $14
Children (12 & under): Free
Members (Join): Free

*Holiday Hours

Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and the 4th of July
Open normal hours on the following holidays:
New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Presidents’ Day
Memorial Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
** Select galleries are open Friday evenings.

Main Building
Mondays: Closed *
Tuesday through Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday** evenings: open until 8:45 p.m.

Perelman Building

Mondays: Closed *
Tuesday through Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday evenings: Closed

Rodin Museum
Tuesdays: Closed *
Wednesday-Monday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
For more information visit http://www.rodinmuseum.org >>

Historic Houses
April through December Guided Public Tours
Learn more about the Historic Houses >>

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is the place where my love and passion for the arts began. My parents would take us to the museum to walk around and look at the work. My brother always insisting on stopping at the armory and My favorite stops would always be seeing the bronze Degas dancer. In high school I had the opportunity to have an Artist come to our school and teach us the art of Stain Glass. We hand carfted our own Stain Glass which was displayed at the Museum and enterered into a contest in which my class recieved 2nd place.

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College gave me the opportunity to be a neighbor of a museum I have always loved. As a Westphal student I am given the opporrunity to have a student membership which gives me the opportunity to enter the museum free of charge. This opportunity has given me the chance to incorporate the museum into my daily life. The Philadelphia Museum of Art has grown with me. I owe so much of my knowledge and life experience to the Museum and I hope that you will be able to see some aspects of the museums that you enjoy as well.

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The Philadelphia museum of art is a wonderful experience! The museum is surrounded by water and a beautiful trail that leads you past boat house row. If you are a pop culture fan this is also where you will find the infamous steps that Rocky used as part of athletic routine. His statue will be found out front of the museum.

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The employees are wonderful. The security guards will talk to you about the art which is a refreshing experience. Their passion fills the halls and it makes the experience noteworthy. The maps are helpful but take your time, walk to exhibits that interest you because there are so many topics within the museum you really get to dictate how you spend your time and what type of experience you have. There are signs throughout the museum but a lot of the halls look very similar so if you do in fact get lost the guards are very helpful. If you are traveling with kids there are a few things you must see. There is a tea house that is life size which really gives you the ability to feel surrounded by the art. There is also a few more exhibits that give you the same feeling. These exhibits give you the ability to travel the world without ever leaving Philadelphia. As an adult the impressionist collection really is worth visiting. I also recommend viewing the modern art. Enjoy your visit. Feel free to comment or ask questions.