Museum
Exhibits exploring an essential but usually unheralded aspect of the infrastructure of civilized living.
Albuquerque may be the ballooning capital of the USA, as this large museum and adjacent ballooning park assert. At least part of the reason is Ben Abruzzo, a pioneering balloonist and local businessman, who has broken several ballooning records, such as being on the team that first crossed the...
Nice museum of city infrastructure, formerly located on the revitalized waterfront of Baltimore. A decision was made to close the museum in 2010, however, due to budgetary cutbacks.
The Snowflake Museum in Jericho is one of the most remarkable museums in the state. It is located in the back rooms of the Old Mill Craft Shop, past the door for the Jericho Village Office. It features the work of Wilson Bentley (1861-1931) who lived his entire life in Jericho, and became...
The Bradbury Science Museum, located in the town of Los Alamos, is the information center and science museum operated by Los Alamos National Lab, and contains many interesting exhibits and displays, including much related to the nuclear testing program.
The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland is an active art production site, located at a large, long-shuttered Vermont Marble production plant. Most of the buildings are leased to other companies, but the Carving Studio occupies a few of the more picturesque old ones, and installs...
The town of Marfa, at the southern edge of West Texas, has been transformed by the presence of the artist Donald Judd, who established the Chinati Foundation there, along with his residence and studio complexes. Judd, who died in 1994, was an internationally known minimal artist, who turned more...
A transportation museum which features miniature models of cars, trains, trucks, ships and planes, as well as a display of over 40 antique outboard motors.
An inactive and well preserved coal mining town, with a museum to the industry located at the site. Part of the well-preserved look is due to the fact that many of the mining buildings were constructed as part of the set of the The Molly Maguires, a 1970 film about a labor-management dispute,...
The site of a museum about exotic dancers and burlesque dancing, closed around 2007.  Dixie Evans, a former dancer herself, founded and operated the museum, which is located next to her house, for decades. Located in the desert north of Helendale, on Wild Road, north of the intersection of...
The Fisher Museum was built initially to contain 23 dioramas of New England forests. The precise three-dimensional dioramas depict examples of New England forest conditions and transformations of the local landscape. They were designed by R. T. Fisher, the first director of the Harvard Forest. The...
This memorial museum to General Patton is located off the interstate in a remote part of the Mojave. The museum is located at the site of Camp Young, one of 12 WWII training camps that were part of the 18,000 square-mile Desert Training Center (DTC). From 1942-1943 Patton commanded the DTC, also...
A museum examining the history of transportation on the Great Lakes. It has some very nice models of ships, and boats, and a remarkable display of fresnel lenses from lighthouses. As the headquarters for the Great Lakes Historical Society, a large collection of books, documents, records and...
A complex of museums and exhibits, located next to a rural RV park, features a display of 7,000 tropical invertebrates, giant insects, and artifacts from tropical areas of the world, collected by the museum's founder, who amassed one of the largest collections of this kind in the world during his...
Museum containing historic material, and information on the region. The Green and Colorado rivers are a major river system which drains an area about one-seventh of the United States. The museum recounts the amazing tale of the exploration of these wild rivers by John Wesley Powell in 1869, after...
A museum describing the Johnstown Flood, a disaster that occurred in 1889, when a dam burst and a twenty-million-ton wall of water swept away the town of Johnstown, killing 2,200 people. The museum is located in a former Carnegie library, and shows the film "The Flood." Carnegie, ironically, was a...
The farm where Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (aka the Mormons) was born, in 1805, was located on this hillside in South Royalton. The site is now one of more than a dozen historic sites owned by the LDS Church, and is a pilgrimage site for Mormons. On site...
A museum devoted to barbed wire, displaying hundreds of exotic varieties, with information on the impact of barbed wire in the settlement of the midwest, in range wars between the homesteaders and cattlemen, and the transformation of the open prarie. The adjacent Post Rock museum exhibits the...
The Maryhill Museum, dramatically located on a bluff above the Columbia River in eastern Washington, started out as a farm house for a utopian agrarian community planned by Sam Hill. Hill was a Quaker-raised railroad lawyer who became an influential and unusual force in the development of...
The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) is among the largest museums in the world, with 27 buildings on 13 acres, and galleries the size of football fields. Located in the remote western Massachusetts town of North Adams, the museum has taken over the rambling mill complex previously...
An environmental and regional learning center, and the headquarters of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission. Until 1999 the facility housed the "Trash Museum," an educational museum about garbage, which included a walk through cross section of trash. Before that it was a future landfill,...
Museum located on a steam-powered river boat, which displays information on transportation and on the Missouri river.
An extensive collection of artifacts relating to early development and transportation in Alaska. Displayed indoors, but mostly outdoors, in a rambling exhibit of curious and ordinary vehicles including an array of early snow mobiles, outboard motors, old emergency vehicles, trains, aircraft, boats...
A museum which explores man's attempts to travel and work underwater. Diving gear, submarines, remotely operated vehicles, and material on the history of diving are displayed. The Institute of Diving operates the museum and its library.
A 7-acre museum complex displaying thousands of fishing artifacts, and featuring a five-story-high walkthrough Giant Muskie fish sculpture. Other exhibits include 300 outboard motors, and over 400 mounted and stuffed fish.
The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History is the new name for the National Atomic Museum. Before 9/11, the National Atomic Museum was located on Kirtland Air Force Base, and operated by Sandia National Lab. After a few years at a temporary location next to the Albuquerque Museum, it opened...
This local history museum has a room devoted to the story of James Jesse Strang, who managed to lure some 2,000 Mormons away from Brigham Young to this island in Lake Michigan, where he was crowned king of his people and ruled from 1848 until 1856, when he was assassinated.
A museum which provides information on Arctic regions, including Labrador, Baffin Island, Ellesmere Island, and Greenland, as well as the exploration of these places. On the quad at Bowdoin College, an interesting array of architecture in itself.
The Jefferson County Historical Society Farnsworth TV and Pioneer Museum has a collection dedicated to Philo T. Farnsworth, the inventor of Television, on display, since this was his home town. Farnsworth developed the idea of picture tube telvision while in high school.
A museum devoted to the indispensible building material, that "liquid rock," known as cement. The museum is located in a grouping of nine 19th century vertical cement kilns. These odd looking structures are the Schoefer Kilns, built in 1893 by David Saylor's company. Saylor was an Englishman who...