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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.
The new Centre Pompidou-Metz made its big debut last week, stunning visitors more with its manta ray-looking building than the modern-art offerings inside it. Some say the building looks like a humongous UFO.
Designed by architects Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines, the structure on the eastern border of France is covered with a web of wood that resembles the cane-work pattern of a Chinese hat. Three rectangular galleries weave through the building at different levels, jutting out through the roof and boast picture windows that face landmarks such as the cathedral, the station and Seille Park. The galleries aren't permanently fixed, so the areas can be adjusted to complement the modern and contemporary art exhibits they will house.
If you're missing Carrie Bradshaw's quirky voice narrating Sex and the City and can't wait till the second movie comes out later this month, head down to the New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art's "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity." The exhibit, which opens today, features the on-screen and off-screen fashionista Sarah Jessica Parker as its audio guide.
Inside the Met, you'll explore perceptions of the modern American woman from 1890 to 1940 and how they have shaped the way American women are seen today. By looking at the archetypes of American femininity through dress, the exhibition shows how women's social, political and sexual emancipation sparked style revolutions.
United Airlines will forever be known as the airline that breaks guitars, and now American Airlines might be the airline where fish go to die. The American Museum of National History is pissed at American because they claim that the airline lost some pretty important fish. The underwater critters were no longer alive, but they were preserved and were headed to New York to be part of the museum’s Congo Project.
The museum is filing a lawsuit against American Airlines for at least $25,000. They’re claiming that the airline caused them to blow a chance at doing research on the preserved fish, and apparently the world is less of a place because we missed out on this dead fish research. The specimens were lost in Brussels last October, but American Airlines claims that they had to toss the containers because they were leaking and full of maggots—gross.