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Museums

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American Museum of Natural History

www.amnh.org

This museum, located in New York City, has more than 40 exhibition halls, a library, and research labs. Its website lists highlights of the museum (including past, current, upcoming, and permanent exhibitions), visitor information, children’s programs, and much, much more. You can buy tickets, become a member, and shop the museum store online.

British Museum

www.britishmuseum.org

No trip to London is complete without a visit to the British Museum, and this site is an excellent introduction to the museum and its collections. Explore through online tours and featured galleries and objects, find out about current and future exhibitions, and get directions and opening hours. You can also join the museum and shop in the online store.

Curious Collections: America’s Weird Museums

www.infoplease.com/spot/weirdmuseums1.html

This directory highlights out-of-the-ordinary museums, from the whimsical to the scary to the downright odd. From the Museum of Bad Art to the International UFO Museum, from a museum that showcases Pez memorabilia to another that has more than 2,000 specimens of barbed wire, you’ll find crazy collections listed here.

Louvre

www.louvre.fr

Possibly the world’s most famous museum, the Louvre has a website that lives up to its reputation. Take a virtual tour, view some of the world’s greatest works of art, find out about exhibitions, plan your visit, and purchase tickets online. When you sign up for a free account, you can create personalized albums of your favorite items and articles.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

www.metmuseum.org

On this site, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art features a work from its permanent collection each day, or you can search its database of more than 50,000 items. Browse the museum by its departments, special exhibitions, virtual tours, articles, and more. Creating a free My Met Museum account gives you special features, such as a virtual gallery to store your favorite artworks and a customizable calendar of Met events.

MuseumLink

www.museumlink.com

A “Museum of Museums,” this directory lists U.S., Canadian, and international museums, with links to each museum’s official site. Also has a list of virtual, online-only museums.

Museums USA

www.museumsusa.org/museums/

This directory lists more than 15,000 museums and 3,000 museum-sponsored events. Includes some smaller museums that you may not find in other directories.

MuseumSpot.com

http://museumspot.com/

This directory helps you find a museum or a particular artist’s works. It also lists the most popular museums, current exhibits, offbeat museums, and news and articles of interest to museum lovers.

National Civil Rights Museum

www.civilrightsmuseum.org

In 1991, this Memphis museum opened its doors at the site of the Lorraine Motel, site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Here, you can trace the history of the civil rights movement in the United States and watch video interviews with those who lived the struggle.

National Gallery of Art

www.nga.gov

The nation’s art museum, located in Washington, DC, shares information about its collection, exhibitions, and events. Its video and audio podcasts give behind-the-scenes information and in-depth looks at items in the collection. Plan your visit, or simply take an online tour.

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www.si.edu

The Smithsonian, in Washington, D.C., is the world’s largest museum, made up of 19 individual museums, nine research centers, and the National Zoo. Its website reflects its size and diversity: the Encyclopedia Smithsonian section provides hundreds of articles related to Art & Design, History & Culture, and Science & Technology—and that’s just for starters. Find out about exhibitions, events, research, individual museums, and visiting the Smithsonian and becoming a member.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

www.ushmm.org

This Washington, DC museum strives to inspire people to “confront hatred, prevent genocide, promote human dignity, and strengthen democracy” through remembrance of the Holocaust. This site explains about the museum and its programs, acquaints visitors with the history of the Holocaust, and offers resources for educators, students, and activists.

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