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Visit The Past At The American Museum Of Natural History


The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition.

The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world’s cultures.

Current exhibits include Whales: Giants of the Deep which transports visitors to the vibrant underwater world of the mightiest animals on Earth. Also visit Frogs: A Chorus of Colors where you can explore the rich diversity of frogs and learn about their evolution, biology, and the threats they face in the world’s changing environments. Also Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture where you can take a journey around the world and through time. Stroll through an ancient market, cook a virtual meal, peek inside the dining rooms of illustrious individuals—and consider some of the most challenging issues of our time.

Visit amnh.org for more information.

Charles Hayden Planetarium: Reopening After Massive Renovation

Checking out the stars on a clear night in Boston can be a hard find until now. The Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science recently underwent a $9 million facelift where you can now spend an evening out under 9,100 stars in the most technologically advanced digital theater in New England. The surface of the dome is used to project the night sky to offer a virtual experience of flying through the universe. It just doesn’t get any cooler than this. For more information, check out mos.org/planetarium.

Treasure Island WineFest October 10

Treasure Island WineFest 2010

October 10

Jodi Wine country is returning to historic Treasure Island, San Francisco for the 2nd Annual Treasure Island WineFest. Taste your way through 200 wines exclusive to the Lodi appellation while sampling artisan cheese and olive oils or indulging in our gourmet wood-fired pizzas. Take part in educational wine seminars, enjoy live acoustic music and take in the absolute best view of Fleet Week’s aerial shows. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to meet the passionate vintners and growers behind the delicious wines that make up California’s best kept secret.



Visit a Harsh Reality at the Moving Holocaust Museum

Our nation’s capital houses more than just gorgeous architecture, prominent figures and a rich history – it serves as the home to some of the most profoundly significant memorials in the world.  For a true memoir to one of history’s greatest tragedies, take an emotional journey through the moving Holocaust Memorial Museum for an in-depth look at the inconceivable reality of genocide.

With a permanent collection housing three floors, the museum details the horrors that took place in Nazi Europe during the years of 1933-1945, with over 900 artifacts and four theaters detailing events too difficult to comprehend.

The exhibit begins with the story of Hitler’s rise to power through the use of propaganda and state-sponsored racism, entitled, Nazi Assault.  Move between floors for the Final Solution and Last Chapter portions of the exhibit for an all-encompassing look at one of the most violent, inhumane and horrific acts of hate to ever consume a global community.  With artifacts such as actual railcars that shuttled Jews to concentration camps, the Holocaust Museum seeks to realistically remind visitors of a time and place where hate superseded freedom, and to help us prevent future genocide for generations to come.

Insider Tip: Although the museum provides an in-depth look at an important historical event, please note that the museum does not recommend exposing children under the age of 11 to the graphic nature of the museum.

Investigate DC’s Hot, New Museum: The Newseum

So you think you follow the news?  Think again. Inside a modern glass exterior, accented with a marble wall inscribed with the First Amendment, the impressive, newly renovated Newseum houses seven levels (and five centuries) of raw, groundbreaking, life-changing, history-making news – a little more than your typical history class or nightly news channel could ever offer!

The information “mecca” not only houses some of the most interesting news-related artifacts, images and technologies of our time, but it’s also extremely interactive making it the hottest new museum.  Try your hand at rnewseum2eporting and sit in the hot seat in the NBC News Interactive Newsroom.  For even more excitement, grab a seat (and some 3-D glasses!) at the I-Witness, a 4-D Time Travel Adventure, where visitors literally travel back in time with note-worthy journalists as they report on the most influential events in the history of news.

Other must-see exhibits include the Berlin Wall Gallery, the Pulitzer Prize Photograph Gallery (one of the most comprehensive collections of Pulitzer Prize-winning photos ever assembled), the emotional 9/11 Gallery and the G-Men & Journalists Gallery (an exhibit of the FBI’s relationship with the media, complete with the Unabomber’s actual cabin).

The most significant aspect of the museum, however, may be the museum’s objective of effectively bridging the gap between the media and the public – lending a sense of mutual understanding and purpose through visual, oral and written stories of time.

Insider Tip: Reflect on a moving experience by taking a trip up to the Hank Greenspun Terrace rooftop for arguably the best view of Pennsylvania Avenue (Washington’s “Main Street”) and the U.S. Capitol in the city.

3. Transport Yourself at Art Deco Weekend 1/15 – 1/17/10

There’s just something about the open road that fills people with passion: top down, seats back, wind in your face, mPicture 22usic blaring, and no deadlines. This paints the picture of the American Dream: Freedom. The 33rd Annual Art Deco weekend invites you to participate in celebrating the technology of transportation, because without it, this fantasy could have never become reality.

Art Deco Weekend was started in ’76 to raise awareness and appreciation of the arts and culture of the Arts Deco Era (1925 – 1945). The events of this year’s weekend celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Antique Automobile Club of America will include, a film series, theatrical performances, dance performances, a Saturday morning parade, and many more.

Disney Meets History at Kid-Friendly Port Discovery

Who doesn’t love a little Disney? With the exhibits designed by Walt Disney Imagineering, Port Discovery ranks as one of the Top 5 Children’s Museums in the U.S. by Child Magazine and has about 250,000 visitors a year. It is home to fifteen distinct environments and exhibits, providing a very educational and interactive experience a.k.a. if you’ve got a kid, this is the place to go.

Picture 29Using the philosophy that children learn best through experiences, Port Discovery’s exhibits are very hands on and range from a Sensation Station for toddlers to a mystery house where kids try to solve a mystery using clues and evidence of an Egyptian pharaoh’s “lost” tomb. The museum also offers diverse programs, such as Healthy First Saturdays, which focuses on healthy living, and Discovery Days, which is designed for children with special needs.

This museum is only a short walk from the Inner Harbor and is definitely worth checking out.