Northeast USA Museums and Culture

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Beavertail Lighthouse Museum, Rhode Island
Beavertail Road  - P.O. Box 83 - Jamestown, RI   02835
 
http://www.beavertaillight.org/

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Discover Jamestown's most visited landmark with its panoramic views of Narragansett Bay. Located on the southernmost tip of Jamestown, Rhode Island, the Beavertail Lighthouse museum features a collection of information, artifacts, and conversation about the history and site of the third-oldest lighthouse in North America. Come and enjoy New England hospitality as you engage with lighthouse history and with interesting elements of Narragansett Bay’s maritime science, technology, art, and culture.
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Gilbert Stuart Museum, Rhode Island
815 Gilbert Stuart Road - Saunderstown, RI   02874
 
http://www.gilbertstuartmuseum.com/

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Take a step back in time. Visit the authentically restored and furnished 1750 home of the Stuart family and learn about the life of one of America's best-known portraitists, Gilbert Stuart. The Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum is situated on 23 acres in the woods of Saunderstown, Rhode Island on a beautiful millpond and stream.
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Please Touch Museums, Pennsylvania
210 North 21st Street - Philadelphia, PA   19103
   
http://www.pleasetouchmuseum.org/

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Please Touch Museum, the children’s museum of Philadelphia. Please Touch is designed for families with young children and since 1976, has dedicated itself to enriching the lives of children by creating learning opportunities through play. <br> Let your child be your guide as they interact with our museum exhibits, take part in museum activities or enjoy one of our interactive theater performances.
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Insectropolis Bug Museum, New Jersey
1761 Route 9 - Toms River, NJ   08755
 
http://www.insectropolis.com/

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Insectropolis is a fun and unique insect learning center that dazzles visitors of all ages. There is plenty to see and do here! Set within the architecture of a bug-themed city, our creative displays entertain guests as they learn about these fascinating creatures.
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National Sports Museum, New York State
26 Broadway - New York, NY   10004
http://www.thesportsmuseum.com/
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Nothing has shaped the world quite the same as sports. On the heart of Broadway in Manhattan sits the illustrious National Sports Museum which is dedicated to featuring the celebration of sports and the impact it has had on our culture and our lives. Inside this technologically advanced structure is an amazing assortment of interactive exhibitions, in-depth retail areas and some of the finest dining in all of New York. The center attraction begins with the immersion theater which is a 360-degree display that shows a presentation on the history and progression of sports. As visitors continue on, they will find themselves in a variety of different exhibits dealing with every major sport imaginable. You will get to see a historical timeline of the individual sports as well as video presentations on what makes that sport so great. Another feature of the National Sports Museum is the exploration of the perfect athlete. The museum presents the mental, physical and psychological preparation that goes into becoming a great athlete. Through the science, the presentation and the sheer charisma that this building produces, the National Sports Museum is a landmark in New York and one of the single best experiences available to sports fans today.
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Upper Saddle River Historical Society, New Jersey
Hopper-Goetschius House-Museum  - 245 Lake Street - Upper Saddle River, NJ   07458
http://www.usrhistoricalsociety.org
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The Upper Saddle River Historical Society was organized in 1977 to collect, preserve, and distribute the history of the Upper Saddle River area. The Society is also responsible for the management and restoration of the Hopper Goetschius House Museum. <br> The Historical Society has over 500 members and is host to nearly 2,500 visitors each year to the museum complex. The Society holds program meetings each year along with special events such as the Fourth of July Concert By the Barn, Old Time Holidays with Santa in the Barn, and the Harvest Fair.
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Stephen Decatur House Museum, Washington DC
1610 H Street, NW - Washington, DC   20006
http://www.decaturhouse.org
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Designed by architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe in 1818 for America's greatest 19th century naval hero, Decatur House was occupied by many of our nation's most important political leaders. As witness to the exciting events of the 19th and early 20th century, Decatur House has a unique and fascinating story to tell.
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National Great Blacks in Wax, Maryland
1601-03 East North Avenue - Baltimore, MD   21213
   
http://www.ngbiwm.com/

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The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum is among the nations most dynamic cultural and educational institutions. Because it is a wax museum committed solely to the study and preservation of African American history, it is also among the most unique. Primarily, the presentation of life-size, life-like wax figures highlighting historical and contemporary personalities of African ancestry defines its uniqueness.
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Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, New York State
9 Norton Rd (Driving Address) - Rhinebeck, NY   12572
   
http://www.oldrhinebeck.org
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A true "living" museum of antique aviation located in Rhinebeck, New York. We present one of the largest collections of early aeroplanes in the world, many of which regularly take to the air in all their glory during our weekend airshows. The Aerodrome features aeroplanes, automobiles, motorcycles, early engines and memorabilia from 1900-1935. In addition to the airshows, there are four museum buildings displaying aircraft form the Pioneer Era, World War I and the Lindbergh/Barnstorming era. These were the golden years of aviation.
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Brookhaven Volunteer Firefighters Museum, New York State
Fireman's Memorial Park  - 725 Route 25 Box 367 - Ridge, NY   11961
 
http://www.angelfire.com/ny5/brookhavenfiremuseum/

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Museum Director: Herb Petersen. Supervisor of Museum Apparatus: Edward Masiello Sr. Archives: Susan Savochka. Historians: Herb & Marie Petersen
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Hillwood Museum & Gardens, Washington DC
4155 Linnean Avenue, NW - Washington, DC   20008
     
http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org/

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Directions by Metrorail - Hillwood is a 20-minute walk from the Van Ness/UDC Metro station on the Red Line. From the Metro exit on the east side of Connecticut Avenue, walk south on Connecticut toward Van Ness Auto Care and turn left onto Upton Street. Turn right onto Linnean Avenue. The entrance to the estate will be on the left. <br> Directions by Metrobus - Take the L1 or L2 bus to the corner of Connecticut Avenue and Tilden Street. Walk east toward Rock Creek Park on Tilden. Turn left onto Linnean Avenue. The entrance to the estate will be on the right.
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Andy Warhol Museum, Pennsylvania
117 Sandusky Street - Pittsburgh, PA   15212
     
http://www.warhol.org/

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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 and constantly re-defining itself in relation to contemporary life, using its unique collections and dynamic, interactive programming as tools
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The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW - Washington, DC   20024
 
http://www.ushmm.org

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The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is America’s national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history, and serves as this country’s memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust. <br> The Holocaust was the state-sponsored, systematic persecution and annihilation of European Jewry by Nazi Germany and its collaborators between 1933 and 1945. Jews were the primary victims – six million were murdered; Gypsies, the handicapped and Poles were also targeted for destruction or decimation for racial, ethnic, or national reasons. Millions more, including homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Soviet prisoners of war and political dissidents, also suffered grievous oppression and death under Nazi tyranny. <br> 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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Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York State
59 Tinker Street - Woodstock, NY   12498
 
http://www.cpw.org/

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CPW's galleries are free & open to the public Wednesday-Sunday, from 12 to 5pm year-round. CPW Offices, library, and darkroom are open Monday-Friday, 10-6pm.Staff are available by appointment.
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Peabody Museum of Natural History, Connecticut
170 Whitney Avenue - New Haven, CT  
     
http://www.peabody.yale.edu/

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The mission of the Peabody Museum is to serve Yale University by advancing our understanding of earth’s history through geological, biological, and anthropological research, and by communicating the results of this research to the widest possible audience through publication, exhibition, and educational programs. <br/> Fundamental to this mission is stewardship of the Museum’s rich collections, which provide a remarkable record of the history of the earth, its life, and its cultures. Conservation, augmentation and use of these collections become increasingly urgent as modern threats to the diversity of life and culture continue to intensify.
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Colonel Charles Waterhouse Historical Museum, New Jersey
17 Washington Street - Toms RIver, NJ   08753
http://www.waterhousemuseum.com/
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The Waterhouse Museum is dedicated to the work of life-long New Jersey resident, Charles Waterhouse, who combines the experiences of WWII Marine, historian, combat artist, painter, illustrator, author, and sculptor to masterfully create and powerfully reflect the blood, sweat, and tears of the sacrifices and heroic measures undertaken throughout history to preserve our nation’s fundamental freedoms. The Waterhouse Museum now hosts some four hundred pieces of original artwork, the largest “on display” collection of Waterhouse’s works in the United States. It remains steadfast in its purpose to preserve, perpetuate, and display this lifetime body of historical artwork as a visual and experiential endowment to the American public. <br> The Museum was founded in June 1999, and first opened its doors to the public on January 6, 2000.
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Franklin Institute Science Museum, Pennsylvania
222 North 20th Street - Philadelphia, PA   19103
   
http://www2.fi.edu/
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"Resources for Science Learning" are activities and ideas for inspiring scientific curiosity at home, in school, or wherever you are. Find out about the Center for Innovation in Science Learning and its program offerings for learners and for educators.
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John Brown Wax Museum, West Virginia
168 High St. - Harpers Ferry, WV   25425
 
http://www.johnbrownwaxmuseum.com

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Sunday, October 16, 1859, Brown, accompanied by about 20 men, all fully armed, crossed the Potomac into Virginia (now West Virginia) at Harper's Ferry. They overpowered the watchmen at the following locations: the Baltimore & Ohio railroad bridge, the United States armory and arsenal, and the rifle factory above the town on the Shenandoah. They placed guards at those points and at the street corners of the town. Brown established himself in the thick-walled brick building at the armory gate, one room of which was the quarters of the watchman and the other contained a fire-engine. He then sent six men, to seize the principal citizens in the neighborhood and incite those of African decent to rise and join in the insurrection.
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Museum of Television & Radio, New York State
25 West 52nd Street - New York, NY   10019
 
http://www.mtr.org/

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Amidst the hustle and bustle of busy midtown Manhattan lays a tribute to the history of television and radio known as the Paley Center for Media (formerly known as The Museum of Television and Radio). Far from your typical museum, you will not find artifacts hidden behind glass enclosures or many “do not touch signs” here. Instead you will be delighted to find screening rooms, and a vast media collection from which you can choose an actual program and view it. Visitors are allowed to a selection of up to four programs per visit. There are also two, full-sized theatres which often feature public programs, so check the schedule and make sure you time your visit to catch one. This Manhattan museum also offers many family and educational programs. The “Re-Creating Radio Workshop”, teaches children (over 9) and adults to produce and re-create old time radio dramas, with the use of scripts, music and a variety of sound effects. This is a fun way for parents and children to experience media in the way that their grandparents used to enjoy the new world of multi-media. And if you remember the early days of broadcasting, come and reminisce the magic of your youthful imagination. The Paley Center really has something for everyone!
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American Helicopter Museum, Pennsylvania
1220 American Boulevard - West Chester, PA   19380
     
http://www.helicoptermuseum.org

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The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center is the nation's premier aviation museum devoted exclusively to helicopters. We collect, restore and display historic aircraft and chronicle the origin and development of rotary wing aircraft. Each year the Museum hosts thousands of visitors, school groups, families and senior citizens. Tourists of all ages from the U.S and abroad come here to witness the history and the future of the helicopter.
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Liberty Science Center, New Jersey
Liberty State Park  - 251 Phillip Street - Jersey City, NJ   07305-4699
   
http://www.lsc.org

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Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street - Philadelphia, PA   19107
   
http://www.hsp.org/

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Founded in 1824 in Philadelphia, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is one of the oldest historical societies in the United States and holds many national treasures. The Society's building, listed on the City of Philadelphia's Register of Historical Places, houses some 600,000 printed items and over 19 million manuscript and graphic items. The Society is one of the largest family history libraries in the nation, has preeminent printed collections on Pennsylvania and regional history, and offers superb manuscript collections renowned for their strength in 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century history. With the addition of the holdings of The Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies in 2002, the Society has become a chief center for the documentation and study of the ethnic communities and immigrant experiences shared by people whose American history began more recently-between the late nineteenth century and our own times. Together these holdings, old and new, make the Society one of the nation's most important special collections libraries-a center of historical documentation and study, education, and engagement.
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The New England Wireless and Steam Museum, Rhode Island
1300 Frenchtown Road - East Greenwich, RI   02818
 
http://www.newsm.org/

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The New England Wireless and Steam Museum museum is entirely volunteer and therefore our efforts are mainly directed to hosting scheduled groups such as school classes, engineering societies, club or association meetings etc. We do not have the staff to handle walk-in visitors except by prior arrangement. If you are from away, Thursday is volunteer day, and there are usually people here on that day from 9AM to 4:30PM, but please call (401) 885-0545 or email newsm@newsm.org for an appointment.
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Delaware and Hudson Canal Museum, New York State
High Falls, NY   12440
 
http://www.canalmuseum.org

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Now celebrating our 38th year, the purpose of the D & H Canal Historical Society is to preserve, protect and perpetuate the unique history of the Delaware and Hudson Canal, particularly in Ulster County. The Society fulfills its mission by: <br> Operating its museum in High Falls and maintaining the Five Locks Walk, a National Historic Landmark.<br> Preserving the canal locks and environs, and canal-related documents, printed material,pictures and artifacts<br> Educating its members and the general public by through lectures, tours, publications and programs<br> Conducting and facilitating ongoing research acquiring real and personal property to further these goals
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African Art Museum of Maryland, Maryland
5430 Vantage Point Road  - P.O. Box 1105 - Columbia, MD   21044
 
http://www.africanartmuseum.org/

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African Art Museum of Maryland encourages an understanding of African art and culture. The Museum accomplishes this educational objective through numerous activities including exhibits, lectures, workshops, tours to Africa and the development and execution of a vigorous in-museum and outreach program for the public and private primary and secondary schools. The museum's audiences consist of the community at large to include youth, seniors, the disabled and the underserved segments of the population. African art exhibited by the African Art Museum of Maryland includes masks, sculptured figures, textiles, basketry, jewelry, household items, and musical instruments. The Museum is located in Historic Oakland, a restored nineteenth century manor in Columbia, Md. Oakland is owned by the Columbia Association and is operated as a community and social center. Support for AAMM is derived from individual and corporate donations, memberships, various foundations, and grants from government agencies.
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The Bergen Museum, New Jersey
Route 4 East - Paramus, NJ   07652
http://www.thebergenmuseum.com
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The Museum is temporarily closed and undergoing change. Located in the heart of the Main Street Alliance redevelopment effort for downtown Hackensack. Although this facility is smaller than the previous location, it will be a first step in getting operational again and rebuilding the museum can hold small exhibits and have student art classes, summer art camp, science & math camp, chess classes, etc,. Mastodon collection and large collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures.
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Ocean County Historical Society Museum, New Jersey
26 Hadley Ave - Toms River, NJ   08753
http://www.oceancountyhistory.org/
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The Ocean County Historical Society Museum and Research Center was built in several stages, beginning in 1820. The final phase of construction was the Research Center, completed in 1990. The museum is dedicated to the mission of the Society founders: Telling The Stories of Ocean County.
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Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum of New Jersey, New Jersey
400 Fred Wehran Drive - Teterboro, NJ   08844
http://www.njahof.org/
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Founded in 1972, the Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum of New Jersey is dedicated to the preservation of the Garden State's distinguished, two-century aviation and space heritage. <br> The museum offers visitors an opportunity to view historic air and space artifacts, photographs, fine art and an extensive model collection.
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American Swedish Historical Museum, Pennsylvania
1900 Pattison Avenue - Philadelphia, PA   19145
   
http://www.americanswedish.org

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The American Swedish Historical Museum in South Philadelphia is the oldest Swedish Museum in the United States. Founded in 1926, the Museum has been dedicated to preserving and promoting Swedish and Swedish-American cultural heritage and traditions for nearly 80 years. The Museum is a place where Swedes, Swedish-Americans, and people of all nationalities who appreciate Swedish contributions to history, art, architecture, music, science and technology can come together.
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National Museum of American Illustration, Rhode Island
492 Bellevue Avenue - Newport, RI   02840
     
http://americanillustration.org/

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Welcome to the National Museum of American Illustration, where artworks from the ‘Golden Age of American Illustration’ and from other eras are presented in the ‘Gilded Age’ architectural frame of Vernon Court (1898). Visitors can appreciate the American Imagist Collection as a medley of beautiful pictures, but also as a historical overview of a unique culture.
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The Newport Historical Society, Rhode Island
82 Touro Street - Newport, RI   02840
 
http://www.newporthistorical.org/

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The Newport Historical Society was chartered in 1854 to collect and preserve books, manuscripts, and objects pertaining to Newport’s history. Its manuscripts, portraits, silver, furniture, decorative arts, and genealogical collection are nationally recognized.
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Design Center at Philadelphia University, Pennsylvania
4200 Henry Avenue - Philadelphia, PA   19144
http://www.philau.edu/designcenter/
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The Design Center at Philadelphia University is the rare institution solely devoted to design, showing us just how design shapes everyday life. Through its presentation of gallery exhibitions, enrichment programs, lectures and special events, the center reflects Philadelphia University's extensive design curriculum encompassing architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, graphic design, textile design, fashion, interactive media and product design. The Center's library and collection serve as outstanding resources for scholarly research and provide inspiration to designers, artists, educators, students and aficionados.
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The Marine Museum, Massachusetts
70 Water Street - Fall River, MA   02722
http://www.marinemuseum.org/
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Here you will see one of the world's largest TITANIC exhibit. A 28 foot detailed model is the centerpiece in the collection of artifacts and memorabilia. The famous R. M. S. Titanic, so carefully designed to be called "unsinkable", on her maiden voyage took 1500 people with her to a watery grave on April 14, 1912. The museum's collection includes photographs taken by the Wood's Hole Oceanographic Institution, a recorded account of the tragedy by a Titanic survivor, and a video tape of the vessel's discovery. The Marine Museum's newest exhibit, The Andrea Dora, is now open. This exhibit includes photographs, videos, artifacts and a model of the Italian liner which sank off the coast of Nantucket in the summer of 1956.
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West Point Museum, New York State
West Point, NY   10996
     
http://www.usma.edu/Museum/

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West Point Museum. All visitors to the United States Military Academy are encouraged to tour the Museum to view what is considered to be the oldest and largest diversified public collection of miltaria in the Western Hemisphere. <br> As a department of the United States Military Academy, the Museum supports cadet academic, military and cultural instruction. Its collections include nearly all aspects of military history and encompass the history of West Point and the United States Military Academy, the evolution of warfare, and the development of the American Armed Forces. While only a portion of the collection is on display, all artifacts are available for cadet academic instruction, special exhibition and research.
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Western Rhode Island Civic Historical Society, Rhode Island
7 Station St.  - The Paine House - Coventry, RI   02816
 
http://www.westernrihistory.org/

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Owned and operated by The Western Rhode Island Civic Historical Society, 1668 Paine House is a Colonial home, inn & museum restored and furnished in the period-style.
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Coggeshall Farm Museum, Rhode Island
1 Colt Drive  - P.O. Box 562 - Bristol, RI   02809
http://www.coggeshallfarm.org/
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Coggeshall Farm Museum is a living history farm set on 48 acres in Bristol, Rhode Island. The museum depicts Bristol's agrarian life in the year 1799 through live interpretation, historic structures, and heirloom plants and animals.
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Submarine Force Museum, Connecticut
1 Crystal Lake Rd - Groton, CT   06340
 
http://www.ussnautilus.org

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The Submarine Force Museum, located on the Thames River in Groton, Connecticut, maintains the world's finest collection of submarine artifacts. It is the only submarine museum operated by the United States Navy, and as such is the primary repository for artifacts, documents and photographs relating to U.S. Submarine Force history. The museum traces the development of the "Silent Service" from David Bushnell's Turtle, used in the Revolutionary War, to the Ohio and Virginia class submarines. <br> The museum's collections include more than 33,000 artifacts, 20,000 significant documents and 30,000 photographs. With so many holdings, the displays change frequently and a return visit will be a new experience. The 6,000 volume reference and research library is a world-renowned collection relative to the history of U.S. submarines and is open to anyone looking for information on submarines or submarine history.
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Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, Maryland
901 West Pratt Street - Baltimore, MD   21223
     
http://www.borail.org/

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America's most important, historic and comprehensive collection lives to tell the story of railroading every day. Forty acres of heritage and a world class collection await your discovery!
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Smith's Castle, Rhode Island
55 Richard Smith Drive - Wickford, RI   02852
 
http://www.smithscastle.org/

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Dating back several centuries, Smith's Castle remains today a Rhode Island and American treasure.
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Hudson River Maritime Museum, New York State
50 Rondout Landing - Kingston, NY   12401
 
http://www.hrmm.org/

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The Hudson River Maritime Museum is the only museum in New York State exclusively preserving the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and the industries dependent on the river. Founded in 1980 by members of the "Steamship Alexander Hamilton Society," the National Maritime Historical Society, and local historians, the Museum is located in the Historic Rondout Waterfront at Kingston, NY, once the major port between New York City and Albany.
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Liberty Hall Museum, New Jersey
Union, NJ  
 
http://www.libertyhallnj.org

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National historic site, home of New Jersey's first governor, William Livingston and continuous family home 1772-1995. 23-acres of grounds and large Italiante mansion, completely furnished. Special programs, afternoon teas.
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The Brick Store Museum, Maine
117 Main Street - Kennebunk, ME   04043
 
http://www.brickstoremuseum.org/

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The mission of The Brick Store Museum is to preserve the rich heritage of the Kennebunks for year-round residents, seasonal visitors and future generations through the collection, preservation, interpretation and exhibition of its material culture.<br/> History - William Lord was born at Kennebunk Landing in 1799, the third son of Tobias Lord and Hephzibah Conant Lord. As a merchant and ship owner, Lord became one of Kennebunk’s most important patriarchs and citizens. In 1820 he married Sarah Cleaves of Biddeford, and they lived in what was then the Jonas Clark house at 20 Summer Street. It sits high on the hill and is now known as the William Lord Mansion, a private residence. It was here that Lord and his wife raised their large family of 10 children.
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Wright Museum, New Hampshire
77 Center Street - Wolfeboro, NH   03894
 
http://wrightmuseum.org/

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The Wright Museum consists of three distinct sections: a home front gallery and theater, a two-story Visitor's Center, and the museum's military wing, which houses exhibits devoted to all branches of the armed services. Among the highlights of the museum's military exhibition is a large collection of fully-operational vintage military vehicles, including a 42-ton Pershing tank - the only known surviving example from the 1945 crossing at Remagen Bridge. <br/> Twice a year, we make this collection available for rides for the general public. 2012 will mark the 15th year that the Wright Museum will host its annual Family Day event. The cost of admission includes two vehicle rides, a BBQ lunch, and much more.
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Virginia Museum of Transportation, Virginia
303 Norfolk Avenue - Roanoke, VA   24016
 
http://www.vmt.org

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Come experience the only remaining examples of the N&W's legendary success at the Virginia Museum of Transportation: the N&W Class A 1218 and the Class J 611. In our Rail Yard, explore historic steam and diesel engines, cabooses, and other rail equipment as modern trains rumble past. Inside the Museum, enjoy model trains, hands-on exhibits, and stroll among our antique automobiles, and truck and bus exhibits.
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Brooklyn Children's Museum, New York State
145 Brooklyn Avenue - Brooklyn, NY   11213
       
http://www.BrooklynKids.org

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The first of its kind, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum paved the way for many to follow. Slated to be New York City’s first “green” museum, it integrates environmentally responsible building materials. Actively engaging in the education of sustainability and energy conservation, a fair amount of the hands-on exhibits encourage the appreciation of the bounty of plants and animals that surround the Brooklyn area and beyond. In addition, some of the green features of this NYC children’s museum also make for awesome visual appeal and presentations. Focusing on energy efficiency and a reduction in waste by using many recycled building materials, the grounds are awe inspiring. While browsing around, be sure to check out all of the interesting exhibits where a substantial amount are also made of recycled materials; also, here you will find Indian artifacts, a weapons and armor collection, and a doll collection that any little princess would be sure to enjoy. A little bit of something for everyone. Grab the family and head on down for a day of learning and culture, and then head on over to one of the many nearby parks for some relaxation. Nearing the end of your fun-filled day you might want to head over to the Brower Park Branch Library for some family reading.
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Independence Seaport Museum, Pennsylvania
211 South Columbus Blvd. & Walnut St. - Philadelphia, PA   19106
   
http://www.phillyseaport.org

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Independence Seaport Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.<br> Independence Seaport Museum Tickets include admission to Independence Seaport Museum's Galleries, Cruiser Olympia and WWII Submarine Becuna.
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Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, Washington DC
Washington, DC   20007
 
http://www.doaks.org/

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The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is an international center for scholarship, providing resources for study and publishing scholarly works in Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and Garden and Landscape Studies. Begun as a private collection by Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss in 1920, and given to Harvard University in 1940, the library and collections include art objects, artifacts, manuscripts, and rare books. The house and collections are currently undergoing renovations and are closed, but the garden remains open to the public.
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National Firearms Museum, Virginia
11250 Waples Mill Road - Fairfax, VA   22030
   
http://www.nationalfirearmsmuseum.org/

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The mission of the National Firearms Museum is to develop and manage educational programs that promote appreciation, understanding, and participation in gun collecting, and the preservation of the heritage of firearms through collection, conservation, exhibition and research as part of a nationally recognized museum in America.
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Leaming’s Run Gardens and Colonial Farm, New Jersey
1845 Route 9 - North Cape May, NJ   08210
 
http://www.leamingsrungardens.com

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A "must visit" for everyone in the Cape May County area. Open to the public since 1978, it’s been a favorite place for visitors to relax and enjoy lush gardens in harmony with the natural beauty surrounding them. It’s an outdoor classroom for children and their families to learn about plants and wildlife. It’s also a living history museum, a historic site that offers glimpses into a long, rich history with colonial origins. <br> There’s something here for everyone: bridges, ponds and nooks are just a part of the many individually designed and expertly crafted gardens that comprise the largest annual gardens in the USA. Leaming’s Run features 25 themed gardens, a fernery, and a shady bamboo grove. Visit the Cooperage Gift Shop where you’ll find gift ideas ranging from books and seeds to dried flower arrangements. Leaming’s Run will educate, inspire, and delight you. The gardens are always changing, so come back often.
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Culinary Arts Museum, Rhode Island
315 Harborside Boulevard  - Johnson & Wales University - Providence, RI   02905
 
http://www.culinary.org/

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The Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales University is the premier museum devoted to the preservation of the history of the culinary and hospitality industries.
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ToonSeum, Pennsylvania
945 Liberty Avenue - Pittsburgh, PA   15222
   
http://www.toonseum.org

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The mission of the ToonSeum is to celebrate the art of cartooning. Our goal is to promote a deeper appreciation of the cartoonists and their work through hands-on workshops, community outreach, cartoon-oriented educational programming, and exhibitions of original cartoon art.
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Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust, Pennsylvania
6133 Germantown Avenue - Philadelphia, PA   19144
 
http://www.meetinghouse.info

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The Mennonite Church traces its origins to the Swiss Brethren (Anabaptists) who began in Zurich, Switzerland in 1525 as a movement of the Protestant Reformation. Advocating separation of church and state, freedom of conscience, baptism only for adults who freely subscribe to its tenets, and refusing to participate in violence and warfare, they were severely persecuted, many dying a martyr’s death. They came from the Rhine lands of Europe to participate in William Penn’s “holy experiment”.
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Academy of Natural Sciences, Pennsylvania
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway - Philadelphia, PA   19103
   
http://www.ansp.org/

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For 200 years, the Academy has connected people to nature. As Philadelphia's natural history museum, we educate visitors of all ages. Our scientists study evolution, biodiversity and ecology, providing information critical to understanding the natural world. These efforts are supported by a collection of 17 million biological specimens and a celebrated natural-history library. <br> Our programs depend on the generous support of our family of members and donors. We invite you to help us continue making the connection.
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Varnum House Museum, Rhode Island
57 Pierce St. - East. Greenwich, RI   02818
 
http://www.varnumcontinentals.org/

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This mansion was built in 1773 by James Mitchell Varnum, a lawyer who entered the Revolutionary War and served as one of General George Washington's Continental Army Brigadier Generals. Varnum was later Major General in command of the entire Rhode Island Militia. The museum is furnished with period furniture and features many historic artifacts.
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National Postal Museum, Washington DC
Washington, DC   20002
   
http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu

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The National Postal Museum, a Smithsonian Institution museum, is located in the old Post Office building next to Union Station in Washington, D.C. The Museum was created by an agreement between the Smithsonian Institution and the United States Postal Service in 1990 and opened to the public in 1993.
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Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey
Montclair, NJ  
http://www.montclair-art.com
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The Montclair Art Museum has a respected national and international reputation for its fine collection of American art and Native American art and artifacts. The collection also encompasses works on paper, sculptures, and costumes.
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Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village, Delaware
866 North DuPont Highway - Dover, DE   19901
 
http://www.agriculturalmuseum.org/

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For the child who believes milk comes from the grocery store instead of a cow, for the woman who remembers using a cornsheller on her grandmother's farm, the family who takes twentieth century technological advances and the farmer for granted, the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village offers a memorable and educational experience. By preserving the quickly fading agricultural heritage of Delaware and the Delmarva Peninsula, the Museum stands as an important legacy for future generations.
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Sandy Spring Slave Museum & African Art Gallery, Maryland
18524 Brooke Road - Sandy Spring, MD   20860
 
http://www.sandyspringslavemuseum.org/

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The Mission, Purpose and Objectives of the Museum are: to focus on the heritage of Blacks from their origin in Africa through the Trans-Atlantic passage, participation with the Underground Railroad, the struggle for civil rights, and their accomplishments across the African Diaspora.
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Anacostia Museum, Washington DC
1901 Fort Place, SE - Washington, DC   20020
   
http://anacostia.si.edu/

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As the Smithsonian Institution's museum of African American history and culture, the Museum explores American history, society, and creative expression from an African American perspective. The museum encourages the collection, protection, and preservation of materials that reflect the history and traditions of families, organizations, individuals, and communities.
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Harness Racing Museum, New York State
240 Main Street - Goshen, NY   10924
 
http://www.harnessmuseum.com

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"The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is dedicated to comprehensive, active and authoritative support and promotion of the Standardbred industry through documentation and preservation of the history and traditions of this American-born sport. It will also continue to augment existing collections and provide extensive research, educational programming and exciting exhibitry to expand harness racing's interest and appeal, both nationally and internationally, to assure an informed audience and a successful future."
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Decatur House Museum, Washington DC
748 Jackson Place, NW - Washington, DC   20006
http://www.decaturhouse.org
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Liberty Science Center, New Jersey
251 Phillip Street  - Liberty State Park - Jersey City, NJ   07305
   
http://www.lsc.org

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Liberty Science Center is the most visited museum in New Jersey and one of the most intensively used in the country. Since opening in 1993, we have introduced nearly nine million people to the wonder and awe of hands-on science discovery. Our distinctive experiences engage, educate and inspire and we support economic growth in the region by connecting with businesses, working with planning authorities, and helping to prepare the workforce that industry needs
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The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Connecticut
600 Main St. - Hartford, CT  
     
http://www.wadsworthatheneum.org

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"We’re more than just the first public art institution in the United States. We were the first museum in America to begin collecting contemporary American art – resulting in our world renowned Hudson River School collection. We staged the first retrospective of Pablo Picasso in America; we were the first museum to both exhibit and purchase works by Surrealist artists – today almost every exhibition about Surrealism includes works borrowed from our collection. We were the first art museum to also have a theater – and we were the first to show Gertrude Stein’s Four Saints & 3 Acts – which we also produced."
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The Bennington Museum, Vermont
West Main Street - Bennington, VT   05201
   
http://www.benningtonmuseum.com/

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The mission of the Bennington Museum is to celebrate the history and heritage of the southern Vermont region, as well as serve as a venue for visual and performing arts that enrich our community and our world. Incorporated in 1852 as the Bennington Historical Association, the Bennington Museum is one of only a few accredited museums in the state of Vermont. The Association was founded to commemorate the pivotal 1777 Revolutionary War battle fought near the town. Following the dedication of the 306-foot-tall Bennington Battle Monument in 1891, the Association turned its attention to a more comprehensive preservation of history, art and material culture in southern Vermont and nearby areas. <br/> After years of searching for a permanent home, the Association in 1923 acquired the beautiful, native stone structure that had served as the first St Francis De Sales Catholic Church from 1855 to 1892. Following some functional renovations, the museum opened to the public in 1928 as the Bennington Historical Museum.
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Seashore Trolley Museum, Maine
195 Log Cabin Road - Kennebunkport, ME  
   
http://www.trolleymuseum.org

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Founded in 1939 with one open trolley car, No. 31 from the Biddeford & Saco Railroad Company. Over the years thousands of members have followed the founding fathers by helping the Museum grow to be the premier electric railway museum in the world. Today, our collection contains over 250 transit vehicles, most of them trolleys, from all over the United States, Canada, and many other countries. We are the oldest, and largest electric railway museum in the world.<br/> The mission of the Museum is to present a living history of public transportation relevant to North American life through community-related educational programs. The Museum shall collect, restore, preserve, exhibit and demonstrate the operation of significant transit vehicles with emphasis upon traditional streetcar and interurban service, including rapid transit, trackless trolley and bus service with select world wide comparative representation. The Museum shall provide a repository for artifacts and information of an educational and historic nature relating to the origin and development of the transit industry and its contribution to modern society.
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The Daughters of the American Revolution Museum, Washington DC
Washington, DC   20006
   
http://www.dar.org/

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The DAR Museum has often been called "the best-kept secret in Washington" and we want that to change. We've been hiding our light under a bushel for too long. We have an amazing collection of objects made or used in America before the Industrial Revolution, many given over the years by DAR members. Because of that association, we have many objects with wonderful family associations, as well as artifacts related to women and women's history.
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Drug Enforcement Administration Museum, Virginia
700 Army Navy Drive - Arlington, VA   22202
   
http://www.deamuseum.org/

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The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Museum and Visitors Center is to educate the American public on the history of drugs, drug addiction and drug law enforcement in the United States through engaging and state-of-the-art exhibits, displays, interactive stations and educational outreach programs.
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Jewish Museum of Maryland, Maryland
15 Lloyd Street - Baltimore, MD   21202
   
http://www.jhsm.org

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Here at the JMM, visitors can uncover the roots of Jewish history in our landmark historic sites – the Lloyd Street Synagogue, built in 1845, now the nation’s third oldest surviving synagogue and B’nai Israel Synagogue, built in 1876 and still home to a vibrant congregation. Our Museum Campus includes three exhibition galleries featuring fascinating and diverse exhibitions that explore in depth, the Jewish American experience. The Museum offers a wide range of programs and special events for children, adults, and families as well as a research library and family history center. We invite students of all ages to experience the rich vitality of Jewish culture and heritage on and off-site through our education programs.
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Museum Village, New York State
1010 Route 17M - Monroe, NY   10950
 
http://www.museumvillage.org/

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Museum Village was the vision of Roscoe William Smith, an electrical engineer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and collector who contributed to his native Orange County in many ways during his 99 years. Roscoe made his fortune as founder of the Orange and Rockland electric company in 1905. The wealth he generated from his successful company and investments allowed him to give back to the community in many ways. Probably Mr. Smith's most cherished gift to the local community was Museum Village of Old Smith's Clove. Mr. Smith was passionate about American history and was an avid collector of Americana. His collection varied widely, from textiles and porcelain items to horse-drawn carriages. His main interest, was in craft tools and mechanical devices: their invention, adaptation and development which he realized were slowly disappearing.
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Hillwood Museum and Gardens, Washington DC
4155 Linnean Avenue, NW - Washington, DC   20008
     
http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org/

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Founded by American collector and heiress to the Post cereal empire Marjorie Merriweather Post, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is one of the premier art collector’s museums in the United States. The museum features the most comprehensive collection of Russian imperial art outside of Russia and a world-renowned collection of eighteenth-century French decorative art and furnishings. The collection includes Fabergé eggs, Russian porcelain, Russian Orthodox icons, Beauvais tapestries, and Sèvres porcelain. Encircled by woodlands, the twenty-five acre estate provides visitors a tranquil oasis of luscious formal gardens.
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Geppi's Entertainment Museum, Maryland
301 W Camden St - Baltimore, MD   21201
 
http://www.geppismuseum.com/

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Geppi’s Entertainment Museum is dedicated to presenting the story of popular culture since the nation’s earliest days in an entertaining and educational fashion so that our guests have the unique opportunity to walk through a timeline that parallels and is entwined with history as a whole.
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Historical Society of Delaware, Delaware
505 Market Street - Wilmington, DE   19801
 
http://www.hsd.org/

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The Delaware History Center dominates the 500 block of Market Street Mall in downtown Wilmington and is composed of the Delaware History Museum, Old Town Hall, Willingtown Square, and Society's research library. Ample public parking is available at 4th and King Streets, 7th and King Streets, 6th and Shipley Streets, and at street meters. <br/> The Delaware History Center is just a few blocks from the Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park, the First USA Riverfront Arts Center, and the Wilmington train station.
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Delaware Art Museum, Delaware
800 South Madison Street - Wilmington, DE   19801
     
http://www.delart.org/

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It might seem that an institution like a museum is carved in stone, but since its founding in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum has actually changed a great deal. Our Centennial Timeline, installed in the Museum’s Orientation Hallway, is a look at how things were and how they have changed, both here at the Museum and in the community that we serve. To put the Museum’s historical achievements in context, the Timeline mirrors notable Museum milestones with important local and world events. <br/> A century ago, the Museum started life with an original purchase of approximately 100 Howard Pyle paintings. That collection has grown to include 12,000 works of art by great American masters such as Winslow Homer, artists of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and well-known American illustrators. The Museum’s name and physical space have also changed considerably. Originally called the Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts, and then the Delaware Art Center, the Museum officially became the Delaware Art Museum in the early 1970s. And although we spent decades traveling around—with no permanent gallery space—the Museum now encompasses 80,000 square feet of exhibition and administrative space, four studio art classrooms, and a sprawling 9-acre sculpture park—the first of its kind in the region.
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Seabee Museum and Memorial Park, Rhode Island
Davisville, RI   02852
 
http://www.seabeesmuseum.com/

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From its founding, the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park has stood on its own, collecting grants from federal, public, and private sectors. The majority of funding received to date has been from the MCB-6 Association, other Seabees, the Rhode Island State Preservation and Historical Society, the Federal HUD Office, and a Federal Grant from the Department of Defense (allowing Seabee Reserves to perform a full summer training program here). While this may sound significant, it’s only a small percentage of the bricks and mortar required to complete this tribute to the "Original Home of the Seabees."
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Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, Washington DC
3900 Harewood Road, NE - Washington, DC   20017
 
http://www.jp2cc.org

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Activities for Children<br> Children 0-5: Build with blocks; create art rubbings of saints, angels and nature; ring the bells; play dress up; and watch Bible stories under a tent.<br> Children 5-8: ring the bells; discover melody selections from Catholic hymnals; and create an electronic stained-glass window. Children 8 & up: participate in a scavenger hunt, available at the Admissions Desk.
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USS Constitution Museum, Massachusetts
P.O. Box 1812 - Boston, MA   02129
   
http://www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org/

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The USS Constitution Museum serves as the memory and educational voice of USS Constitution, by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the stories of "Old Ironsides" and the people associated with her. We seek to create a positive, memorable experience for both children and adults by inspiring within them a love for the freedom that Constitution symbolizes. We will share Constitution's contributions with a global audience, and we will strive to be the best museum possible based on scholarship and innovative ways of sharing Constitution's stories.
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National Museum of Dentistry, Maryland
31 South Greene Street - Baltimore, MD   21201
 
http://www.dentalmuseum.org/

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Find your smile at the National Museum of Dentistry! Smile-inspiring exhibitions and innovative programs make a national impact to educate the public about the importance of good oral health to a healthy life.
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Children's Museum, New Hampshire
280 Marcy Street - Portsmouth, NH  
     
http://www.childrens-museum.org/

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Founded in 1983 in Portsmouth, the Children's Museum of New Hampshire relocated to Dover in 2008. It offers a blend of art, science and cultural experiences for families. At the heart of our mission is a commitment to offering access to all children and families by minimizing barriers that prevent fair and meaningful educational and cultural opportunities. Since its inception, the Museum has served over 2 million people from New Hampshire and beyond. The Children's Museum is New Hampshire's most visited educational and cultural institution. In our three years in Dover, the Museum has reached over 280,000 students and families from 110 New Hampshire towns and cities, communities throughout New England, and visitors from all over the world. 50% of our visitors came in free or with reduced admission, and 24% are from underserved audiences.
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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia
2800 Grove Avenue - Richmond, VA   23221
     
http://www.vmfa.state.va.us

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The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts houses a remarkable permanent collection of more than twenty-two thousand works of art from almost every major world culture. Especially noteworthy are the museum’s collections of Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Modern and Contemporary American art donated by Sydney and Frances Lewis; French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art and British sporting art given by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon; American art acquired through the J. Harwood and Louise B. Cochrane Fund; The Lillian Thomas Pratt Collection of Fabergé jeweled objects; and The Jerome and Rita Gans Collection of English Silver. The museum’s holdings of South Asian, Himalayan, and African art are among the finest in the nation.
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Kreeger Museum, Washington DC
2401 Foxhall Road, NW - Washington, DC   20007
 
http://www.kreegermuseum.com/

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Baltimore Tattoo Museum, Maryland
1534 Eastern Ave. - Baltimore, MD   21231
 
http://www.baltimoretattoomuseum.net/

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The Baltimore Tattoo Museum hopes that what you see at the museum will inspire you to come check out the history of electric tattooing, and if you dare, get a tattoo yourself!
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Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Maryland
830 E. Pratt Street - Baltimore, MD   21202
   
http://www.africanamericanculture.org

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Mission: To be the premier experience and best resource for information and inspiration about the lives of African American Marylanders. The museum seeks to realize its mission by collecting, preserving, interpreting, documenting and exhibiting the rich contributions of African American Marylanders from the state’s earliest history to the present and the future.
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Virginia Museum of Natural History, Virginia
21 Starling Avenue - Martinsville, VA   24112
     
http://www.vmnh.net/

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The Virginia Museum of Natural History’s innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education programs reach students, teachers, and the general public statewide and throughout the region. From "at-the-museum" programs to outreach education programs that bring the museum to locations across the Commonwealth, the museum's education programs are correlated directly to the Virginia Standards of Learning and the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. VMNH educators are leaders in the field of informal science education throughout the state, providing a vital link between the museum's important research and collections programs and all citizens of Virginia and beyond.
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WV Museum of American Glass, West Virginia
230 Main Avenue - Weston, WV   26452
   
http://www.magwv.com/

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Imagine a museum dedicated to the region and nation's rich glass heritage. A place where examples of thousands of products can be viewed and compared and where the stories of people and processes come to life! The MAGWV provides this and much, much more.