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
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
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
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.
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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.