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The dining room is priceless!

The most talked about art colony in America today is at Old Lyme, Connecticut — Hartford Courant, 1907 Thus begins the Florence Griswold’s description of the Florence Griswold home on their website. It is a museum very worth your time.  Located on a beautiful street on a beautiful site, order up a beautiful weather day, […]

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A new – old – new Rembrandt is in town.

Well, in Omaha, Nebraska, that is! If you’re in the area, now or later, and you’re a fan of Rembrandt, here’s your chance to see a painting  that’s been in storage  at the Joslyn Art Museum.  The piece was thought to be “of the school of,” but is actually an authentic piece by Rembrandt. Do […]

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Come sit on the bus – Red Grooms’ bus!

Step on board the Red Grooms‘ bus.! I should really fine myself one large summer ice cream cone this week for having taken so long to get to the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center!  I only reside a short half hour away and that doesn’t even count the number of times I’ve been across the […]

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Kemp-McCarthy Museum – Rowe Historical Society

A trip to the Rowe Historical Society, also called “Kemp-McCarthy Museum, is more than worth  your time.  While being a fan of history is always helpful when visiting a small town’s historical society, it’s not totally necessary at this one.  The drive there and back is absolutely magnificent. Small country roads along a brook would […]

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Victoria Mansion Interior with Stained Glass

Victoria Museum – The Morse-Libby Mansion

The Morse-Libby Mansion in Portland Maine  is a great place if you’re a fan of Victoriana.  The house is quite intact to this day nearly 150 years after it was built having been owned by only two families before becoming a museum. For those who are into architecture and interior design, this house is the […]

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World Children’s Museum

Sharon A. Roth mentioned. What a fun place!  And, I visited without a child in tow!  The mission of World Children’s Museum in Glens Falls, NY is:  to inspire curiosity and foster understanding and appreciation of worldwide cultural diversity.  I think it likely they do that well. We were actually walking by this museum on […]

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The Hyde Collection – Art Museum, Historic House and Gardens

  This is one of our favorite small museums.  We had the good fortune of finding The Hyde Collection before 2004, which is the year they added a large modern addition to the delightful Italian Renaissance style home first built by the homeowners, Louis and Charlotte Hyde.  This museum is probably the one that inspired […]

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National Museum of the American Indian

On a recent trip for business and leisure, we visited the National Museum of the American Indian.  The building is absolutely exquisite.  The construction of the building has much meaning, and the small grounds around it are planted in various native species as well as traditional foods the rest of us associate with North America’s […]

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Watervliet Heritage Museum

As part of a family genealogical search, I recently visited Watervliet Heritage Museum, a delightful Shaker site.  Hancock Shaker Village, and Pleasant Hill in Kentucky are likely the most familiar Shaker museums to vacationers.  These both are large, very well restored, and probably even easier to find! The Watervliet Shaker site, actually the movement’s first […]

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The Berkshire Museum – “Art, history, natural science. Make surprising connections!”

The Berkshire Museum, located in Pittsfield, MA, is a hidden gem.  There are many of these small museums in New England – and probably elsewhere – founded by a local businessman and his family for the betterment of the surrounding community.  In the early 1900s, there were many well to do families who brought their […]

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