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Down the Rabbit Hole: Discovering Where Fairy Tales Come from in Germany

Where: Kassel, Germany
September 26, 2013 at 11:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

Don Henley discovered that we've all been poisoned by fairy tales, but does he know who is to blame for it? We do...the Germans!

It was two academics from Deutschland, Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, collectively known as the "Brothers Grimm," who are responsible for sending us all down the rabbit hole on a foolish mission to fulfill our unrealistic expectations of life.

The two brothers began aggregating and modifying folk tales from different mythologies in the early 1800s. In total, they published over 200 stories in a series of books, including the now well-known classic tales of Cinderella, The Frog Prince, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, and Snow White. You may recognize a few of those titles!

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NASA's Space Shuttle-Carrying Boeing 747 to Open for Tours in 2015

September 12, 2013 at 9:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

Houston has a problem.

Or, rather, Houston had a problem, as their bitterness from being passed over when NASA handed out Space Shuttles may be staunched by the delivery of the special 747 carrier plane instead.

Okay, so the home of Mission Control will likely never heal from the pain of the Shuttle decision, but a consolation prize does mean the city's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center will have something other than laboratories, training rooms and the mission control center to show off to visitors. According to Space.com, the modified 747 "Shuttle Carrier Aircraft" will be disassembled with Boeing's help, shipped to Houston, and reassembled within a brand new, $12 million, six-story building at Space Center Houston, adjacent to Johnson Space Center.

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One Museum, Two Supersonic Aircraft

Where: Germany
September 5, 2013 at 11:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve got a little bit of a thing for airplanes. Even those that are no longer flying up in the sky are pretty darn awesome, and that’s especially the case for those which once cruised at supersonic speeds. Of course we know a bunch of spots to find Concorde, but if we’re not mistaken, there’s only one spot to check out Concorde and her supersonic sibling.

The Tupolev Tu-144 and Concorde both did the super fast thing in decades past, but now they’re taking life a little slower—as in not moving at all—on static display at an aviation museum. You'll find the pair at the Auto and Technik Museum in Sinsheim, Germany, also home to a variety of other historical transportation exhibits.

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'Museum' is New York's Most Gleefully Weird Museum

August 29, 2013 at 10:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

New York has plenty of world class museums where you can see everything from fossils to modern art. But the city's most delightfully odd museum honor goes to Museum, a closet-sized collection of everything from kids' bulletproof Disney character backpacks to weird flavors of potato chips from around the world.

Museum is located in an alley in TriBeCa. When it's open, a nattily-dressed young man sits out in front of the museum letting three or four people in at a time. (If you're trying to envision how small this place is, think Jemaine's "studio apartment" in that episode of Flight of the Conchords that was actually a broom closet and where only one person could dance at a time.)

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The Important Ephemera of American History Live in Portland, Oregon

Where: 1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland, Oregon, 97205
August 27, 2013 at 11:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

The TV show 'Portlandia' may have made a Portland, Oregon more popular than ever, but first-timers to this city in the Pacific Northwest will want to do more than shop for books and eat brunch. All this week, we'll detail the must-dos of Portland, from good eats to great history.

Want to see the TV camera that filmed Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald? How about the bullet-hole-pierced speech that Teddy Roosevelt had in his jacket pocket when he was shot? You don’t need to head to the Smithsonian for these incredible pieces of Americana.

Local philanthropist Melvin “Pete” Mark has been collecting American presidential artifacts for some time, and much of his collection is on display in the quiet, unassuming Oregon Historical Society.

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The World's Largest 'Panometer' Lets You View a City as It Was in 1756

August 2, 2013 at 3:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

One of the things we consistently do in every destination is try to find a high peak and gain perspective, whether it’s at the top of a tall building or at the summit of a hill on a hike. There's a significant amount of insight and appreciation one can gain by getting a bird's eye view. Plus, it just feels really epic to rise above it all; you're a king looking out over his kingdom, if you will.

Now, we can all picture this going over really well on a bright, sunny day with a warm breeze at our backs. But what if we told you that you could have this same experience inside? It would seem impossible, unless you stumble upon a panometer created by Vienna-born painter Yadegar Asisi. Never heard of him? That's all right, neither had we before a recent visit to his exhibit in Dresden, Germany.

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Emirates Opens an 'Interactive Museum' Complete with Flight Simulators for the Public

July 8, 2013 at 8:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

A trip to London need not be filled with the usual Royal tours, high tea and Big Ben. Thanks to Emirates, visitors to Emirates Air Line, the recently opened cable car from the Greenwich Peninsula to the Royal Docks, will now be able to learn how modern aviation brought them to the foreign city. Remember when the airline renamed two stations?

Just yesterday, the airline opened their Emirates Aviation Experience on the south end of the cable line. The 300-square meter facility will host interactive exhibits teaching visitors how awesome aviation is; it's so hands-on that within the experience are four flight simulators so you may try your own hand at flying a Airbus A380 or a Boeing 777.

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Now That's Classy! Visit the Ron Burgundy Exhibit at DC's Newseum This Fall

June 7, 2013 at 2:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

Soon visitors to the Newseum in Washington D.C. will be able to sit in the Channel 4 studio and remind San Diego to stay classy, just like Ron Burgundy.

Anchorman: The Exhibit, based on the 2004 hit comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy will open November 14, just in time for the December release of the movie's sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

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Cure Your Race Hangover with a Trip to the Indy 500 Museum

May 31, 2013 at 9:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

In case you missed it, there was a whole bunch of racing last weekend, as Formula One, NASCAR, and IndyCar all held some pretty major events. For race fans it might be a little bit of a letdown as we move into June, but don’t worry—there’s always museums.

In this case, we focus on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, dedicated to all things racing, as it does its best to illustrate the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and specifically the Indianapolis 500. There’s 30,000 square feet of artifacts, memorabilia, and other racing goodies to check out, and of course there’s a couple gift shops too. In total, 75 cars sit on display all year long, but of course it’s strictly a look but don’t touch situation.

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New Vancouver Exhibit Explains How Hotels are Shaping Modernity

Where: 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6Z 2H7
May 24, 2013 at 5:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

Ah, hotels. If you’re reading this, chances are that you’re already a believer in the power of hotels for good. In them, a conversation can be started between strangers from opposite ends of the world; an idea can be sparked over breakfast and a changing streetscape; a restless soul can be momentarily at peace during a detoxifying herbal wrap; and more visceral needs can be sated with a special someone in the privacy of a room of one’s own.

Happily, we’re not the only ones who think this way. The Vancouver Art Gallery has opened their Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life exhibition and you have until September 15 to check it out. It explores the hotel from the beginning –- when it was simply a utilitarian place to rest your head –- to what it is today: a center of design, a social hub and, sometimes, a destination unto itself.

The Grand Hotel exhibit is broken down into four themes: Travel, Social, Design, and Culture. Here’s our take on what these themes mean. It’s a bit esoteric but that’s art, right? (If you’d like to see how these themes play out in real life, check out our sister site HotelChatter.)

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A First Look at 'The Art of the LEGO Brick,' Coming Soon to NYC

Where: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore, Singapore, 018956
May 13, 2013 at 3:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

We hope you’re familiar with the story of Nathan Sawaya, the lawyer-turned-artist who ditched his legal career for his true passion: playing with LEGOs. Nathan has taken the humble building block we all know from when we were little and used it to create pieces of art to delight all ages, making his exhibit The Art Of The Brick a runaway success.

As part of its global tour, The Art Of The Brick will be hitting New York next month, opening on June 14 at Discovery Times Square. Tickets are already on sale, but first we have a preview for you today, having had a chance to check it out in Singapore, where it’s on its current run in the Art Science Museum at the giant Marina Bay Sands complex.

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Construction Begins on the Hurricane Sandy-Damaged Space Shuttle 'Enterprise' Pavilion

April 26, 2013 at 4:28 PM | by | Comment (1)


The new enclosure, in progress

It opened to the public on July 19, 2012. It closed only a few months after, in late October, when Hurricane Sandy swept through New York City and, well, huffed and puffed and blew its house down. We're speaking of the Space Shuttle Enterprise on the Intrepid aircraft carrier, of course, and the latest image showing progress on the reconstruction of the exhibit hints at exciting things to come.

Compare the construction of the new structure (above) to the old tent-like one (below). First observation? It's not a tent! Hallelujah, break out the champagne because now the exhibit may actually have a chance of surviving the next huge storm to hit NYC (knock on wood). Secondly, we notice increased space. Perhaps the single staircase to view the nose of the shuttle (through scratched plexi glass, mind you) will mercifully be replaced by an actual viewing platform? And perhaps it won't all feel like some temproary, low-budget exhibition, which is definitely is not.

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