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Looking for something to do—how about a visit to a new museum? Dubbed the “mini-Smithsonian”—at least by its founders—the Discovery Park of America sits in rural Tennessee, but apparently visitors have had no problem at all finding it.
Officials over at the museum kind of expected around 150,000 people tops to check things out in the first year. Well, the museum celebrated its first birthday over the weekend, and over 270,000 people have already visited.
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Now that the world's most popular cycle race has kicked off, 3-week-long the Tour de France is inspiring us to think back on our own travels throughout France. From soaking up the sun in St. Tropez to finding the best pan au chocolat on the streets of Paris, we're taking our own Tour de France, Jaunted-style.
This weekend rounds out the one of the most grueling cycling races on the planet. As the peloton fights for air in the Alps, we will focus our attention on the final stage of the race from Versailles to Paris that sees the fastest racers feverishly pedaling from the outskirts onto the streets of the French capital.
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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.)
If you’re tying to figure out how the world moved around prior to Google Maps, then now’s a good time head down to the museums of the Smithsonian. The Air and Space Museum is holding a new exhibit all about getting from here to there—and back again—so set your GPS to Gallery 213 on the second floor of the east wing.
The exhibit–Time and Navigation–aims to transport visitors back hundreds of years, for a sneak a peek into the tools of the trade from the past. Clocks, compasses, and other navigation devices will be on display, basically anything which deals with keeping accurate time. In total there’s around 144 different objects on display, and they’ve got things broken down into five sections: Navigation for Everyone; Navigating at Sea; Navigating in the Air; Navigating in Space; and Inventing Satellite Navigation. No word on if they have a special place to discuss the bummer that is Apple Maps.
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There’s nothing about Concorde that we don’t like, except the fact that it no longer flies high in the supersonic skies. From trip reports, photographs, and even souvenirs we’re all about the world’s greatest commercial airliner, so of course we’d be all about a museum dedicated to Concorde this and Concorde that. Unfortunately it seems like not everyone is down with scoring some t-shirts at the gift shop.
The Save Concorde Group put the original plan forth for a museum, because just like us they thought a £2 million Concorde home was a pretty sweet idea. They were going to construct something in Filton, UK but unfortunately British Airways isn’t cool with the purposed plan.
Looking for something to do this weekend? How about checking out a local museum for free? In case you didn’t know, tomorrow—Saturday, September 29—is Museum Day, and that means plenty of free admission and complimentary access to museums across the country.
All the fun is organized thanks in part to Smithsonian magazine and all you have to do is head over to their website and start museum shopping. Museum Day Live! gives you free access to the museum of your choice, as well as your guest. It’s kind of like a buy-none-get-both free kind of deal, so you really can't lose. There are some limitations, so it’s probably best to start free museum shopping as soon as possible. Just remember to print out your ticket voucher thing and bring it along with you.
The Smithsonian Institute has plenty of museums and history to explore the best America has—and had—to offer, but unfortunately the museum gift shops weren’t necessarily showing off some of the country’s finest collectible thimbles and overpriced t-shirts.
Senator Bernard Sanders—he’s an Independent from Vermont—wasn’t too pleased about all the products made in China and elsewhere, so he kind of flipped out, saying that items sold at the National Museum of American History should probably be made in America.
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Take the tour of Italy's art that's on your bucket list, but instead of boarding a lame bus, ride in style on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. And instead of some mediocre tour guide, a representative from London's National Gallery will school you on this one.
The famed Orient-Express partnered with the National Gallery for a series of art-themed tours in 2011 that put travelers on the luxury trains for trips through Europe. All tours begin at the National Gallery, where an expert will introduce you to the masterpieces, artists and places you'll see on your outing.
It's way too early to see Christmas lights—although you'll spot them now in overeager holiday-happy department stores. But you can get your fill of dazzle on the On Route—66 Lights, an outdoor tour of vintage and contemporary neon art in West Hollywood.
The city partnered with the Museum of Neon Art for this do-it-yourself tour along historic Route 66 and the Sunset Strip. You can download a map here. The outdoor exhibit features four of the museum's own classic, large-scale pieces, including the above diver and a retro "Winchell's Donut House" sign. There are 51 other neon art tour stops, including the well-known "Whiskey a Go Go" sign in script and a smaller "Unicorn Alley" sign on a divey-looking adult bookstore. Obviously, there are way too many neon pieces to see in one tour, so you have to pick and choose.
Clear your calendar for September 25 because it's Smithsonian magazine's Museum Day, which means that you can get access to a whole bunch of museums for free.
More than 1,300 museums nationwide will be participating in the sixth annual event. You can visit everything from the Brooklyn Museum in New York to the Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle without laying down even a dime.
If you never got over your first love—who hasn't?—come to the New Museum in New York City's Bowery area to find some closure. The exhibit "Rivane Neuenschwander: A Day Like Any Other" tackles a number of topics, but we're digging the theme of longing in several of the participatory pieces.
In Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander's First Love, you sit with a police sketch artist—you know, the ones who come up with those mugshots of criminals in the newspapers. You describe your first sweetheart's face to the police artist, who then creates a black-and-white portrait of that special someone. The portrait gets hung in the gallery for the rest of the exhibition with the chance that the heartbreaker will see her picture on the wall.
While London’s Natural History Museum offers exhibits on dinosaur fossils and the origins of life on the planet, the most interesting display on the evolution of humans may come when Ozzy Osbourne donates his body to the museum.
The 61-year-old rocker told the Sunday Times that he’s survived so much alcohol and drug abuse that he should offer up his body to science. "When I die, I should donate my body to the Natural History Museum," he says.