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November 12th, 2001

Favorite Museum

What’s your favorite museum?

When I was a little kid, I wasn’t a big fan of museums – especially natural history and art museums. Boooring! But once, my parents took my sister and I to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago… I was forever changed. Instead of just having things on the walls, MSI had switches! Pulleys! Knobs! Buttons! Keyboards! Lots of things to do, you know? I still enjoy MSI quite a bit these days, although a bit of the appeal has started to fade.

A museum I like nearly as much now is the Art Institute of Chicago. It’s a great collection of sculpture, photography, paintings and artifacts… but by far my favorite thing to show people is the Chicago Stock Exchange room. This room is fully intact and restored from Chicago’s original Stock Exchange, which was demolished in 1972. It’s gorgeous, and truly transports the person to another time and place. To me, that’s great art. -pm

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FROM: Robert
DATE: Monday November 12, 2001 -- 10:06:55AM
I've never been there, but I hear there is/was a Museum of Menstruation in Maryland (MoM). Some dude ran it.

FROM: Chris
DATE: Monday November 12, 2001 -- 10:56:59AM
When I was a kid it was the Boston Museum of Science and Technology - I was there with the family again last year and it still is a great museum. The Baseball Hall of Fame was (and still is) a favorite too. I'm planning a trip there this spring. The National Air & Space Museum is my favorite today.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday November 12, 2001 -- 11:07:41AM
I've always had a place in my heart for the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The building itself is gorgeous and their exhibits are always wonderful.

FROM: Dave
DATE: Monday November 12, 2001 -- 12:52:38PM
True dat! The Chicago MSI is awesome... I especially liked th coal mine exhibit. Something about being the child of a civil engineer I suppose. Hey, I read "800 Miles to Valdez" (story of the Alaskan Pipeline) for a book report in elementary school, so this Museum really spoke to me.

FROM: Elizabeth
DATE: Monday November 12, 2001 -- 10:35:06PM
Le Centre Pompidou in Paris is really a great place. The Reina Sofia (home of Picasso's Guernica) in Madrid is another excellent visit.

And of course, there's the new science museum in St Paul.

FROM: brant
DATE: Monday November 12, 2001 -- 11:28:45PM
the louve, that place is overwhelming

FROM: Matt
DATE: Monday November 12, 2001 -- 11:52:59PM
The D.C. Children's Museum boy!!!

FROM: Matt
DATE: Monday November 12, 2001 -- 11:54:22PM
oh, and Chris helped me remember my two trips to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. That place is one of my favs.

FROM: Robert
DATE: Tuesday November 13, 2001 -- 12:45:31PM
I've never visited it, but I was just reminded that Baltimore has the American Dime Museum.

FROM: MollyCule
DATE: Thursday November 15, 2001 -- 1:49:09PM
The Warhol (Andy, of course) Museum in Pittsburgh is quite awesome, and also, the Ontario Science Center.

FROM: Elizabeth
DATE: Thursday November 15, 2001 -- 2:49:52PM
I forgot that Minnesota now also has the Hormel Spam museum. It opened up after I moved to Colorado so I'll have to check it out on my next visit and give a full report.

DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 3:49:27 pm

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