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Smithsonian Air and Space Museum to Get First Refresh Since the 1970s

April 16, 2014 at 9:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

We checked out the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum when we were kids, and when we visited it recently—it looked exactly as we remembered it. Turns out that things haven’t really changed much since the place’s debut back in 1976, but thankfully that’s about to change as the place is undergoing a little bit of a 21st century facelift.

There will be some temporary closures of exhibits over the next two years, but it’s a small price to pay to get things looking shiny and new once again. Obviously history hasn’t really changed, but the curator folks are changing up what they’re showing off. Things from the Apollo moon landing will now be one of the main features that greet guests, while great goodies from the past like the Spirit of St. Louis, the Mercury capsule from the first Earth orbit, and an Apollo Lunar Module will all be some of the stuff on display.

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Niftiest New Tourism App Right Now: London's Streetmuseum

March 12, 2014 at 8:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

Load up your mobile phone with a nifty new app before your next trip across the pond, as there’s a new way to check out the sites in and around London.

The latest app from the Museum of London allows travelers to match up modern day sights with images from the past. It’s kind of like creating your own augmented reality of what’s going on in the city.

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Felix Baumgartner's Red Bull Stratos Space Jump Lives Again

February 18, 2014 at 6:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes to aviation, Dayton, Ohio seems to have all the best stuff. There's the history of the Wright Brothers, the Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum in nearby Wapakoneta, and the National Museum of the US Air Force. You'd think those would be enough attractions for the middle of Ohio, but not so.

Dayton is now temporarily home to Felix Baumgartner's Red Bull Stratos capsule and spacesuit.

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Long Island's Hops and Props Beer Festival is an AvGeek Must-Do

January 30, 2014 at 3:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

The weekend after the Super Bowl is usually a little bit of a let down. There’s no parties, nothing on television, and you realize that it’s going to be a good chunk of time before the sun returns to welcome spring. That’s why we suggest drinking away the blues, and there’s no better way to do that than during the Hops and Props Craft Beer Festival on Long Island. They bring a great beer festival right into the Cradle of Aviation Museum, and what you get combines our love for a good beverage with our fascination of flying things.

The museum—and festival—does its thing in Garden City, and the fun is scheduled to start on February 8. There’s just one session on Saturday, and things will run between 7pm and 10pm. However, if you’re looking for a little more time with the planes and pilsners there’s a VIP session that will get you access to everything beginning at 6pm. Tickets are a little more than most beer festivals, as regular admission will set you back $65 if ordered ahead of time online—and $75 if obtained at the door. Just be assured that your admission does included unlimited samples in a two-ounce sampling glass, and of course you can bring home the glass as a souvenir.

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Delta DC-9s to Enjoy Retirement at Museums in Charlotte and Atlanta

January 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

It seems like just the other day that Delta’s final DC-9 flight took to the skies, and now the plane has already found a place to spend its retirement years. For those that are sad without DC-9s zipping across the sky here at home, you can now pay your old pal a visit at the aviation museum over in Charlotte.

One of Delta’s DC-9s is now a resident at the Carolinas Aviation Museum, and it will be doing its best to make friends with the other airplanes that call the place home. Another famous resident is the US Airways' Airbus that did the impossible during the “Miracle on the Hudson” incident.

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London's All Set to Show Off 'Sherlock Holmes' Memorabilia Later This Year

January 9, 2014 at 2:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Museum of London has announced they will debut a new Sherlock Holmes exhibition later this year. It will be the first major showing of Sherlock Holmes memorabilia in London since the 1951 Festival of Britain.

The exhibit will not only trace the literary origins of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's infamous detective, but also his relationship with the city itself.

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Forget Instagram for a Day and Visit a New Exhibition on Polaroids

Where: 1451 S. Olive Avenue [map], West Palm Beach, Florida, United States, 33401
January 9, 2014 at 12:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Lots of things have changed technologically since this contributor was a kid in the late 80s and early 90s, but perhaps none as drastically and efficiently as photography. And even though most of us would be unwilling give up our digital cameras and go back to the days of developing film, there's most certainly a sense of nostalgia when it comes to the physical photos that have become all but extinct in today's world of iPhones and Instagram.

It is absolutely incredible to think that just twenty or thirty years ago we pushed a button and the photo came out the front. That's right, the Polaroid! A few years ago, we wondered whether they would ever make a comeback. Well, call it what you will, but a bunch of them just showed up in West Palm Beach as part of an exhibit called The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation at the Norton Museum of Art.

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Go Here in 2014: The Six Big Cities for Events

January 6, 2014 at 5:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

The start of a new year means a zeroing-out of frequent flier qualifying miles and hotel loyalty program balances. Thus, there's no better time to plan for 12 more months of travel. To help with some inspiration, we're sharing the places and events we're most excited about for 2014.

More new months in the year means more chances to party at the buzziest events or simply witness a historical occurrence. Keep this list handy as you map out your itineraries for this year:

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DC's Newseum Gets Classy with a Special 'Anchorman' Exhibit

December 20, 2013 at 2:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you missed Ron Burgundy's recent promotional blitz, you can still get a look at his wardrobe and workplace through August.

Anchorman: The Exhibit has officially opened at the Newseum, the museum of news and journalism in Washington D.C.

The exhibit features costumes and props from Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy starring Will Ferrell. Some of the highlights include Ron's flute and mustache brush, the “Sex Panther” cologne, Veronica Corningstone's costume, and a replica of the Anchorman news desk.

The story of a fictional news team’s sexist reaction to the addition of an ambitious female reporter reflected the reality of the business in the 1970s.

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Houston Has the Happiest of All Holiday Museum Exhibits

December 12, 2013 at 12:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you’re looking for something to do with the kiddos that’s a little more exciting that the checking out the Santa Claus imposter helper at the local mall—we’ve got an idea. An exhibit, "Merry Grinchmas! The Art of Dr. Seuss," is now doing its thing at the Children’s Museum of Houston. It’s one way to get into the holiday spirit, and we’re thinking it might just get a smile out of both the little kids and the big kids.

Things run through January 23, as visitors are welcome to check out the life, times, and artwork of Theodor Geisel—aka Dr. Seuss. Original artifacts, drawings, paintings, and a few reproductions will all be on display to show off over 70 years of creativity and color. The museum promises to show off some rare images from times between the 1920s and 1990s, and they’re saying its stuff most have never even seen before.

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Spot the Moon Rocks and More in Rhode Island's State House

November 27, 2013 at 9:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Rhode Island State House is located in the heart of downtown Providence, and you can see it from almost any angle in town. On top of the dome is a gold sculpture known as "The Free-Thinking Man," who represents the Ocean State's commitment to freedom of speech, thought, and expression.

And even though Rhode Island is the smallest state in the country, you'd never know that from the pride that locals have in their home.

On a tour of the State House, there's way more to see than big flags and fancy offices. Here are a couple of details you'll want to be on the lookout for:

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Hit The Hague This Winter for Museum Exhibits Like 'The Chanel Legend'

October 11, 2013 at 10:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just because the leaves are falling doesn't mean it's time to write Northern Europe off the itinerary. On the contrary, for it's in the colder months that the colder cities unveil their cultural treasures with special museum exhibits, such as the one debuting tomorrow at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag in the Hague, Netherlands.

Running from October 12, 2013 through February 2, 2014, The Chanel Legend is an exhibition on Coco Chanel's most iconic designs and a retrospective of "little black dress" designs. While the focus is primarily on the rise of the House of Chanel in the early half of the 20th century, there's also reflection on Karl Lagerfeld's modern-day build of the brand into the 21st century to become what is it now: a legend.

A few more details, straight from the museum:

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