Diving into museums

Antique diving gear at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Despite the fact that I spent the last four days writing about museums, going back through my photos made me realize the number of museums we’ve visited that I still have to write up! There’s the Birds of Vermont Museum, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, the Franklin Institute, the Shelburne Museum… and the list stretches on.

I’m sure I’ll get to them all over time, but I mention this just to illustrate that museums play a really big role in our family travel. Whether they are teaching us about the vastness of the universe or the dark enclosed space inside an egg, museums engage us in our world and help us make sense of both the new and the familiar. They entertain and teach and inspire.

I hope that I’ve convinced you to get out and explore a few museums – maybe even that small, local museum that you’ve never bothered to visit because it’s right up the street and what more could there be to learn about your neighborhood anyway? Do me a favor – go in and see.

This photo is from the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vermont (another museum on my list that still deserves a thorough review). I share it as part of Photo Friday at Delicious Baby. Have a great weekend all!

And so ends Museum Week at The Mother of All Trips. This week I profiled some museums – both new to us and old favorites – that my family has visited over the past few months and which I haven’t yet written about on the blog. If you like this post, you might also like Five favorite museums to visit with kids, Museum of Science in Boston: Fun enough for a day and then some, A visit to Julia’s kitchen, The story of Currituck at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education or the other posts in my Museums and Zoos section.


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  1. says

    Great museum coverage. Munich just held a Long Night of the Museums in which all the museums were open on Saturday night, featuring special events. It’s a fun way to visit your local museums. We made it to 3 new ones and I really enjoyed it.

  2. says

    Very cute. I was super impressed that the could stand with that thing on his head until I noticed the straps going up. We try to get our kids interested in museums, but so far the only one they’re enthusiastic about is the Pinball Museum in Las Vegas. We keep trying though.

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