Inscriptions on these cuneiform tablets from the palace of Assyrian King Ashurnasirpal II (circa 883 BCE) correspond to Biblical stories, so they serve as important historical and religious documents and touchstones as well as works of art. From there, head to Abigail’s Tea Room for food and drinks. There are all sorts of exhibits with inventions and other preserved materials that will spark inspiration and conversation around a variety of topics related to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics)—what MIT is all about. Museum open Mon-Fri 9-4, Sat. Larger inside than it looks from the outside, this accessible encyclopedic museum provides bite size exposure to the greats. Visit a single location or make it a multi-destination trip. Contributors control their own work and posted freely to our site. Most visitors come to Bowdoin for the Art Museum, never realizing that this is here. Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with the exception of Tuesdays. Come to visit your favorite piece. Perfect for those fascinated by early portraiture, maritime oils and lots of equestrian paintings.

You'll find Milton Avery to Max Weber, Thomas Cole to Willem DeKooning, Edward Hopper, Rothko, and generally unsung female artists, Georgia O'Keefe, Lee Krasner, and Joan Snyder. Yet some of these museums are World Class, sharing equal status with much larger and well-known institutions. Coast Guard Academy and Museum, New London CT. Bates College Olin Arts Center Museum of Art, Lewiston ME. After an extensive upgrading, old school meets new school in galleries that include the multi-generational favorite, "frozen zoo" dioramas, along with videos, touch screen aps and other technological innovations to engage the most jaded adults. The response, you'll learn on an eye-opening visit here, was overwhelming. Kids like the galleries, but the real draw for them is the well-stocked Studio - free with admission - where they can draw, cut and assemble their own pictures and work on art projects with help from Art Teacher docents. Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Self-guided tour tickets available for students and seniors ($5) and adults $10). The Portland Art Museum cannot lay claim to the largest art collection in the State of Maine. It's the MFA writ small, and a joy to see. Hudson Museum at U of Maine, Orono. In fact, what makes the museum, which is a Venetian palazzo, so special is that it actually lived there. She loves exploring the city as well as other destinations in New England and across the globe.

Tickets: Adults - $15, Seniors - $13, Students - $10, Children 17 and under – free; admission is free for everyone on Thursdays from 5 :00– 9:00 p.m. As the most visited attraction at Harvard University, the Harvard Museum of Natural History sees more than 250,000 people each year.

Students often do. While on campus, visit also the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum. You'll find this small but worthwhile museum inside the Collins Performing Arts Center (upstairs) on the U of M campus about 20 minutes north of Bangor. As a Dartmouth Artist-in-Residence from 1932 to 1934 he painted "The Epic of American Civilization" in themes of human suffering and machine age angst, on all the walls in the basement of Baker Library.

Tickets: Kids 5-12 - $21.95, Adults $29.95; save up to $1.50 by booking online. See clothing and adornments, intricately woven baskets and clay jars, a Tsimshian Sun Mask, amazing Quillwork, Root Clubs carved into ferocious walking sticks, crooked knives (for skinning animals and whittling wood), and a Beetlejuice-like take on a Northeastern Kachina. It was confiscated by the US after WWII, and has been used ever since to train US Coast Guard cadets.

Though the Princeton University Museum covers five thousand years of art and culture, with a rotating collection of 93,000 items on two large floors, it is beautifully curated, with juxtapositions both experimental and provocative. By using Tripsavvy, you accept our. So, while on the College Tour, or the next time you're visiting your kids - or even if you don't have kids - linger on campus awhile for a (mostly) free cultural immersion. This is a vibrant place, endowed in 1794 by James Bowdoin III whose 1811 bequest established the earliest collegiate collection of European paintings, drawing and prints in America.

You'll find an Egyptian mummy lying by its sarcophagus, medieval cherub, landscape and religious oils, Greek urns all the way up to Matisse, Cézanne, Warhol, and Koons among 86,000 objects and artifacts. Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Tickets: Adults - $25, Seniors - $23, Students - $23, Children – $10 (free during weekdays after 3 p.m., weekends and Boston public school holidays). The result is dark and overwhelming and completely mesmerizing.

This goes doubly for college students (and their visiting parents) who, unless involved with the arts, rarely step into worthwhile museums right on campus. Free. Another, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, houses a collection of 1800's glass flora so perfectly rendered, they were considered one of the Victorian Wonders of the World. Hours: Saturday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Friday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tickets: Kids and Adults, same price, $18. But in 1980, when Hampshire College grad Aaron Lansky was getting his Masters in Yiddish Literature at McGill University, he was hard pressed to find any books in that language. Hours: April 15 – October 31 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.; November 1 – April 14 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Tickets: Adults - $5, Seniors and College Students - $4.50, Children 5-17 - $1. There's an 18th Century Russian Peasant home, an Early 17th Century Scottish room, an 18th century Swedish cottage, a room from Ireland representing the mid 900's that contains a set of chairs with carved Irish Wolfhound armrests (to ward off evil spirits). Open when the Baker Library is open, check hours here. Fleming Museum on University of Vermont campus, Burlington VT. This post was published on the now-closed HuffPost Contributor platform. For example, exhibits in 2018 include “Robots and Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT” and “The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal.” There’s also an ongoing exhibit that dives into the evolution of ocean engineering, the Hart Nautical Gallery.

The clean-lined rectangular contemporary stone and glass structure encompasses a vast sunlit hall with several huge multihued abstract oils, three galleries (one always devoted to Carle's work, the other two displaying a rotating roster of illustrious children's book illustrators) and the Art Studio. Steps are shallow and take concentration to climb, which turns the whole experience into a meditative exercise. Plans are in the works to build a World Class Coast Guard Museum in New London, which will enable historians and curators to display and depict the history of this crucial branch of the US Military. Yiddish Book Center, Hampshire College, Amherst MA. Most exhibits are temporary, but Marcel Duchamp's collection of optical illusion discs rotating on a turntable is a mesmerizing staple.

Enter through a glass cube into a wonderfully eclectic museum filled with everything from Assyrian cuneiforms to avant-garde video installations. The Institute of Contemporary Art, located right on the waterfront, features contemporary art of all types, such as visual arts, music, film, video, and performances. Yale Center for British Art, housed in Louis Kahn's final design, is the first museum in the US to incorporate retail space on the street. Open Tues - … At the very least, pop in to peruse the College Gallery exhibition.

Katy Cirrone is travel writer based in Boston, Massachusetts. A lot of an artist's fame has to do with timing - mostly by being on the edge of a movement. This led to a request for books posted as handwritten notes in those New York coffee shops that Lansky knew to be frequented by old Jews. The museum also hosts special events throughout the year, along with art classes for those interested in enhancing their own skills.

Grab an "Art In Public Places" booklet, and take a stroll. The Charles Hayden Planetarium is also a must-see, where you’ll be transported to outer space or experience music ranging from Pink Floyd to Beyonce under the dome with a light show. The Colby Art Museum has enough clout to mount a Whistler Exhibit (though most identified with France and England, Whistler was actually born and raised in New England), which includes a precursor to the famous portrait of his Mom that hangs in the Louvre. The name says it all, but if the kids aren’t satisfied with dumping tea over the side of a boat, they’ll definitely have a good time at the Boston Children’s Museum just across the Congress Street bridge in Fort Point. Harvard maintains 9 museums, but one of the best is the Harvard Museum of Natural History, opened in 1874, which still features an exhibit once considered a Wonder of the World. The "Cathedral" made an appearance in the movies, The Mothman Prophesies, 42, and The Wonder Boys. You'll find the head of an Egyptian viceroy from a sarcophagus cover along with famous Dutch painters, a Bellini triptych from 1440, Christ, Madonna. A wood-paneled four-story interior housing the largest collection of British art outside of the UK covers an enormous amount of territory from the Middle Ages to modern times. Open Tues - Sun 10am-5pm, $12 adults $3 kids. Stay tuned. Cathedral of Learning Nationality Rooms, University of Pittsburgh, PA. For lovers of the offbeat, plan to see the University of Pittsburgh's "Cathedral of Learning" - home to twenty-nine "Nationality Rooms." Yale University in New Haven CT can be considered one big museum, with architecturally significant libraries and Art Galleries that spread out onto New Haven's main streets. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. In the afternoon, when the sun is low in the sky, the inner shaft of books appear ablaze - a spectacular time of day to visit.Yale University Art Gallery, designed by "Starchitect" Louis Kahn as his first commission, has recently undergone a $135 million renovation uniting three historic buildings. Hood Museum of Art and Orozco Murals in the Baker Library, Dartmouth College, Hanover NH. Overlooking Dorchester Bay (near the JFK Red Line stop on the MBTA) is the John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, which features everything you’d ever want to know about JFK from his campaign through his tragic passing. The latest expansion, a stunning glass rectangular building designed by architect Frederick Fisher, added an airy 10,000 sq ft. to an already large space in which you'll find Singer Sergeant, Winslow Homer, Copley, Renoir, Remington, Rockwell, Calder, and a 1790 John Rogers portrait of George Washington, and much more in its many galleries. Given all the hoopla a few years ago around a similar project in the Nevada desert on 7 miles of dry lakebed, this one deserves attention for sure.

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