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In this summer of high gas prices and the “staycation”, a surprising and little-known way for families from all over Massachusetts to save money while still getting out to explore the cultural richness of the Commonwealth, area is to pay a visit their local library. And with Expedia’s latest travel deals, like $10 off 1 night promotion, travelling can be budget-friendly to almost anyone.

Have Library Card, Will Travel

Many public libraries across Massachusetts allow members to borrow passes to area museums and other attractions.

For instance the South Hadley public library lends tweny four hour passes to the Holyoke Children’s Museum, or the The Norman Rockwell Museum, and also lends a Massachusetts Parks Pass. There is also a discount pass for the Mystic Acquarium about a two hour drive away in Mystic, Connecticut.

The Charlton Public Library not only lends museum passes to attractions such as the Higgens Armory Museum in Worcester, and the Garden in the Woods in Framingham, but also distributes discount coupons for admission to the Ecotarium in Worcester and to the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston.

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5 Beautiful American Museums Outside of New York

There’s Amazing Museums Outside of NYC.

When thinking of great American museums, obvious examples like the Met and MoMA dominate the conversation. However, the other cities in the United States are home to some incredible museums which are magnificent even just to look at.

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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A contemporary museum first established in 1927, the Walker Art Center received a major extension in 2005 by renowned architects Herzog and de Meuron, is an attempt to question accepted standards of Modernism. Arranged as a kind of campus of small buildings and larger structures, visitors can walk between the edifices housing works by artists such as Jasper Johns and Matthew Barney on street-like walkways dotted with geometric patches of grass. Additions over the years include multiple galleries and even a theater.

de Young Museum, San Francisco, California

Another contemporary masterpiece from Herzog and de Meuron, the de Young Museum suffered major damage in the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989, and was replaced by a new building in 2005. Reminiscent of an air traffic control tower, the exterior features a unique-looking skin of perforated copper panels which are intended to turn a deeper … Read the rest

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Shrewsbury Historical Society, Incorporated Museum

Route 103 Cuttingsville, VT05738

Mailing Address:
576 Shunpike 
Cuttingsville, VT 05738

Telephone: 802-492-3324

The Shrewsbury Historical Society, Inc. was formed in 1971. At that time the Society had no place for a museum. In 1984, the Museum opened on the second floor of the Shrewsbury Library, a former one-room schoolhouse. Through the years, as the collection grew, the members hoped for a larger area. After negotiations with the Shrewsbury Community Church, the church building on Route 103 in Cuttingsville became the new museum. It was originally built in 1842, and renovated in 1890. A Grand Opening of the Museum was held in August of 1999. 
The Society now boasts approximately 80 paid members of which 20 are active members. Displayed in the museum are 19th century household items and furniture, costumes, photographs, books, diaries, toys and other town memorabilia. The collection also included geneology, video and audio tapes of townspeople and special events, and current Shrewsbury history in scrapbook form. http://shrewsburyhistoricalsociety.com/

Contact Person: Ruth Winkler or
Fran Patten
576 Shunpike Rd.
Shrewsbury, VT 05738

Hours and Admission: Open weekends July through October

Type of Museum:
Agriculture
Art
Children’s
Civil War
Geneology
Historical Society
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Bennington Battle Monument

Monument Circle, Old Bennington, VT

Mailing Address:
Vermont Division for Historic Preservation
15 Monument Circle, Old Bennington, VT 05201

Telephone: 802-447-0550
Fax Number: 447-0550
Email: marylou.chicote@state.vt.us
World Wide Web Address: BenningtonBattleMonument.com

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This 306′ dolomite obelisk was dedicated in 1891 to commemorate the 1777 Battle of Bennington. The monument was constructed on the site of the Continental arms storehouse, the object of this Revolutionary War battle in which General John Stark led his troops to one of the first major American victories against the British. There are interpretive exhibits, an elevator to the top of the monument, and a gift shop.

Contact Person: MaryLou Chicote, Historic Site Administrator, Vermont Division for Historic Preservation

Hours and Admission: mid-April to Oct 31, 9am – 5pm. Admission $1.

Type of Museum:
History
National Register of Historic Places
Revolutionary War

Group Tours Accommodated
Events Calendar
Gift Shop
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Bread and Puppet Museum

Route 122, Glover, VT

Mailing Address:
RD 2, Box 153, Glover, VT 05839

Telephone: 802-525-3031

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Many hundreds of puppets and masks, ranging in size from miniature cut-outs to towering giants, arranged in groupings by size, colors, and themes, often reenacting past Bread and Puppet Theater productions, are housed on 2 floors of a 130-year old barn. Activities in July and Auguts include paper-mache workshops, woodcut printing, bread making, and outdoor performances in the summer on Sunday afternoon. Write to above address for more information after April 1. A variety of posters, books, and booklets are also available.

Contact Person: Elka Schumann

Hours and Admission: June through Oct, daily, 10am – 5pm. Free. Not accessible to the disabled.

Type of Museum:
Art
Children’s
Puppets, masks, reliefs and sculpture

Group tours accomodated
Gift Shop http://breadandpuppet.org/museum

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Shelburne Farms

Check out Shelburne Farms in Vermont.

Shelburne Farms
Bay and Harbor Roads
Shelburne, VT 05482
Telephone: 802-985-8686
Fax: 985-8123
Web Address: www.shelburnefarms.org

Located on a beautiful bay of Lake Champlain, Shelburne Farms is the former estate and working farm of Dr. William Seward Webb and Eliza Vanderbilt Webb.

The farms were designed in the late 19th century by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, forester Gifford Pinchot, and architect Robert H. Robertson. Approximately 1,400 acres remain of the original 4,000. Today the farms demonstrate the stewardship of natural and agricultural resources through education programs, a children’s farmyard, program, tours of the property, and a walking trail.

You Can Stay Overnight Here.

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The house is operated as an inn and is open mid-May to mid-Oct. Annual events include tours of the fully restored Shelburne House on Mother’s Day weekend, Vermont Symphony Orchestra and Vermont Mozart Festival concerts in July and Aug, Green Mountain Draft Horse Field Day in July, and Harvest Festival and annual art show in Sept.

Contact Person: Alec Webb, President; Megan Camp, Vice-president and Program Director

Hours and Admission: Tours of the property: mid-May to mid-Oct, daily at 9:30am, 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm, and 3:30pm. Adults $10.00, Seniors and Children (3-14) … Read the rest

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Black River Academy Museum and Historical Society

High Street, Ludlow, VT

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 73
Ludlow, VT 05149

Telephone: 802-228-5050

The Black River Academy Museum was founded in 1835. In 1888 the present Richardsonian style building was built and from the Academy, Calvin Coolidge, future President of the United States, graduated in 1890. The Academy served as Ludlow’s high school until 1938. Today it serves an equally important roll preserving the academic history of the Black River Valley as well as the heritage and traditions of the people who reside here, past, present, and future. The Academy Museum is also home to the Academy’s Fiber Arts School, offering classes such as weaving, spinning, felting, and knitting.

Upon visiting the museum you will see exhibits of furniture, clothing, quilts, china and paintings in a Victorian exhibit designed by Ludlow High School students, and exhibit of Ludlow Main Street, circa 1900, also designed by Ludlow High School students; a woolen mill exhibit, an 1890 schoolroom and you can even ring the original school bell.

Contact Person: Georgia Brehm, Director

glbrehm@tds.net

Hours and Admission: Tuesday through Saturday 12:00 – 4:00 p.m., Memorial Day through Columbus weekend and by special appointment during winter months. Admission by donation.

Educational Programs

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Detroit Art Galleries: An Exploration

When you think of Detroit, The Motor City, a lot of things may come to mind. Exquisite architecture, beautiful views over the Detroit River, fabulous parkways and an exciting nightlife to name a few. This article will introduce you to Detroit’s diverse art culture, over a century in the making. If you will be visiting us from the UK, take a look at Discountgo.co.uk before you book to make sure you are getting the best prices on flight and hotel. If you’re a local traveler, then you can no doubt take advantage of a room rate promotion from Hotels.com.

Art Galleries of Detroit

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One of the most renowned Michigan art destinations is the Detroit Institute of Arts, located at 5200 Woodward Avenue. With a rich history dating back to 1885, it is truly the premiere Detroit art gallery locale. The museum features more than 100 galleries, a lecture hall, auditorium, art reference library and a cutting edge conservation services laboratory.

Tour and enjoy world renowned paintings such as The Last Supper by Jean-Baptiste de Chapaigne (1631 – 1681). If you would like to expand your artistic repertoire or unlock your creative side, the Detroit Institute of Art even … Read the rest

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