WHILE MY LIFETIME FOCUS REMAINS THE HUMANITIES, AFTER MANY YEARS OF ACADEMIC WRITING, WITH MY SENSE OF SARCASM HEIGHTENED, I HAVE RE-KINDLED MY INTEREST IN TRAVEL AND HUMOR. I AM NOW WORKING IN THE GENRE OF HUMOR AND RE-VISITING THE BRIGHTER SIDE OF LIFE. OF COURSE, I AM ALSO SEEKING AN AGENT AND A PUBLISHER FOR MY CURRENT WORK IN PROGRESS. IN THE INTERIM, I POST A GREAT DEAL ABOUT THE HUMAN CONDITION.
Turning Over New Leaf
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Museums Are Boring–Are You Sure?
Despite their bad “boring” rap, museums remain quite popular and prove to be exciting, if you know where to look. They might not provide as many avenues to waste money as a mall might present to us, but they can be fabulous places to take kids, escape the rain, get a little exercise, or just meander around.
The secret is to find a museum that features your passion. I have visited zillions of art museums, but also found fly fishing, model railroad, Native American, martial arts, wilderness, rock and roll, baseball, prehistoric, and a variety of other museums, where I can get lost for hours in my mind – and not spend a dime!
Since I am such a huge Hemingway fan, I rarely pass up an opportunity to visit his historic home in Key West, and my trips there have led me to other adventures. I have actually traced about thirty Hemingway hangouts not on the tourist maps! Many other famous authors have been honored with museums in their names as well.
Try planning a vacation sometime using museums as your theme. My wife and I have done that several times in the US and Europe, and the trips were anything but boring. Visit the Shelburne Museum in Vermont for a real treat. It houses the largest collection of Americana in the States, and it is all outdoors. You will discover paintings, folk art, quilts and textiles, automobiles, and New England history you will not believe. They even moved an actual penthouse apartment from New York City to their grounds as an exhibit, along with the Steamboat Ticonderoga (pictured above).