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International Museum Day is May 18 and the perfect excuse to get out and see what sorts of fun there is to see and do and learn. Check your local area museums for special programming so you can get out and have some fun.
All across the country there are great art museums of all varieties. Modern, portrait, traditional, and sculpture are just a few of the different kinds of art museums you can experience. Check your local galleries for classes in art appreciation or workshops to grow your artistic skills.
If you love dinosaurs, bugs, rocks, nature, and science, then head out to a Natural History Museum. Check out fossils, geodes, and artifacts from around the world all in one place. Think Indiana Jones and create your own adventure.
If things like weather, molecules, anatomy, plants, animals, and lots of things like that a Science Museum is a great way to spend the day. Many have lots of activities to get you directly involved and learn while you play. Many communities have smaller science centers, too, that offer special classes and programs.
Professional sports, academics, entertainment, colleges, even communities have Halls of Fame you can visit. Learn about people who made an impact in their area of expertise, have inspired others to new heights, or were behind great inventions, medical advances, or was responsible for incredible works of art. You may be surprised at some of the amazing people who have made amazing contributions to the world.
Anything having to do with the ships and boats can be found at a Maritime Museum. Stories about Vikings, pirates, and sea monsters fill the halls, amid models of ships and ancient maps. For lovers of the oceans and all things nautical you cal spend you day sailing away on the seas of your imagination. Most Maritime Museums are found along the coasts, but they are also located along some lakes and major rivers and have their own stories to tell.
Take off and take flight at an Aerospace or Flight Museum to see and learn about airplanes, balloons, and just about anything that can fly. From the early stages of aviation to space exploration, you can find history and heroes at both large and small museums across the country. Many airports have great museums on their sites, as well, so be sure to check there as well for opportunities to visit.
History comes to life at Living Museums. Take a step back into time and experience first hand how fields were plowed by oxen, clothing was hand sewn, and candles were dipped. Many communities also have festivals that recreate historical events, so check your local calendars for details.
Get out and play at your local Children’s Museum. It’s the perfect place to play, explore, and learn, all at the same time. From dress-up to building to creating experiments, there is something for everyone no matter your age.
No matter where you live, there are museums everywhere of every different kind and National Museum Day is the perfect opportunity to visit somewhere new! Happy exploring.