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Founded
1964
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Large
Celebrating Maine's maritime heritage and culture
Maine Maritime Museum celebrates Maine's maritime heritage and culture in order to educate the community and a worldwide audience about the important role of Maine in regional and global maritime activities. The Museum accomplishes its stewardship through: discriminate collection, preservation and dissemination of historic materials and information, engaging educational programs, relevant and compelling exhibitions, and a unique historic shipyard, all connecting the past to contemporary and future issues.
Founded
1949
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Giant
Offering a new perspectives on four centuries of art and material culture
Founded in 1947, Shelburne Museum is one of the finest, most diverse, and unconventional museums of art and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 39 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the Museum grounds. Shelburne is home to the finest museum collections of 19th-century American folk art, quilts, 19th- and 20th-century decoys, and carriages. The Museum's collections, educational programs, special events, workshops, activities, and special exhibitions constantly offer new perspectives on four centuries of art and material culture, assuring visitors a museum experience unlike any other.
Founded
1943
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Medium
A Place to Explore the Wonders of Our World
The Fairbanks Museum was founded in 1889 by St. Johnsbury industrialist Franklin Fairbanks. We inspire appreciation for our place in the natural world and motivate our stewardship of a healthy planet. Inside our classic Victorian building, you will find a dazzling array of animals and artifacts, dolls and tools, shells and fossils, and much more!
Founded
1940
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Large
Art, history, natural science. Make surprising connections!
Berkshire Museum works to bring people together for experiences that spark creativity and innovative thinking by making inspiring educational connections among art, history, and natural science. The broad and varied collections of the Berkshire Museum include objects from virtually every continent, from important fine art and sculpture to natural science specimens and ancient artifacts.
Founded
1983
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Large
Preserving, conserving and interpreting the contributions of African Americans
The Museum of African American History is New England's largest museum dedicated to preserving, conserving and interpreting the contributions of African Americans. The mission of the Museum of African American History is to preserve and interpret the contributions of people of African descent and those who have found common cause with them in the struggle for liberty and justice for all Americans. began its first exhibitions and public gatherings in 1963. It is nationally and internationally known for its collection of historic sites in Boston and Nantucket. The Museum treasures its resources and tells remarkable and vivid historical accounts about the lives of free African Americans and white abolitionists whose efforts changed a nation.
Founded
1973
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Large
The memory and educational voice of "Old Ironsides."
The USS Constitution Museum serves as the memory and educational voice of "Old Ironsides." Founded in 1972, the private, non-profit USS Constitution Museum interprets the active duty US Navy vessel USS CONSTITUTION. Hands-on exhibits, online experiences, and amazing artifacts bring to life the stories of "Old Ironsides'' for more than 400,000 visitors each year. Visitors explore how ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances achieved remarkable success and how this undefeated wooden warship has become a national symbol. Extensive teacher resources and educational programs make history relevant for today's students. An admission by donation policy ensures all visitors access to this icon of the American experience. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the USS Constitution Museum is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate.
Founded
1993
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Giant
Journey through a world of art and culture
Founded in 1799, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is America's oldest continuously operating museum. The mission of the PEM is to celebrate outstanding artistic and cultural creativity by collecting, stewarding, and interpreting objects of art and culture in ways that increase knowledge, enrich the spirit, engage the mind, and stimulate the senses. Through its exhibitions, programs, publications, media, and related activities, PEM strives to create experiences that transform people's lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes, and knowledge of themselves and the wider world. PEM's collections - many ranking among the finest of their kind - include 854,000 works of art and culture. Peabody Essex collections also encompass twenty-two historic buildings, including Yin Yu Tang, the only complete Qing Dynasty house located outside China.
Founded
2002
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Large
The Museum of Diversity & Tolerance
The Mission of the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is to introduce visitors to the beauty and diversity of that heritage in the context of the American experience. It promotes an understanding of Jewish history, religion, and culture and builds bridges of tolerance and understanding with those of other religions, races, cultures, and ethnic backgrounds, serving as an educational resource for Northeast Ohio's Jewish and general communities.
Founded
1959
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Large
Promoting and preserving the game of basketball at every level
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of basketball, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level - professional, collegiate, men and women. The mission of the Hall of Fame is to honor and celebrate basketball's greatest moments and people. This is accomplished through the integrity of the Hall of Fame election process, educational and outreach initiatives, a sports museum, traveling exhibits, and worldwide events.
Founded
1938
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Giant
The museum of America and the sea
Mystic Seaport was originally established as the Marine Historical Association in 1929 to create a dynamic, educational institution to preserve America's maritime culture and turn the achievements of a past era into an inspirational force for the future. Mystic Seaport has amassed the world's largest collections of maritime photography (over one million images) and boats (nearly 500), and has collected two million other maritime artifacts. Widely recognized as the nation's leading maritime museum, today Mystic Seaport is making the history of America's relationship with the sea even more accessible to all-new audiences. More than 300,000 people visit Mystic Seaport annually.
Founded
1982
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Medium
Making Chinese American history accessible to the general public
Founded in 1980, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States. MOCA promotes dialogue and understanding among people of all cultural backgrounds, bringing 160 years of Chinese American history to vivid life through its innovative exhibitions, educational and cultural programs. Central to its mission is its goal to make Chinese American history accessible to the general public, ranging from scholars to young children, from community members to international tourists. Through its thought-provoking work, MOCA not only encourages the understanding and appreciation of Chinese American arts, culture and history, but also informs, educates and engages visitors about Chinese American history that is in the making.
Founded
1985
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Medium
Exploring the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television and video
Museum of the Moving Image advances the public understanding and appreciation of the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media. It does so by collecting, preserving, and providing access to moving-image related artifacts; screening significant films and other moving-image works; presenting exhibitions of artifacts, artworks, and interactive experiences; and offering educational and interpretive programs to students, teachers, and the general public. Museum of the Moving Image has begun a major expansion and renovation of its existing Astoria home. This major undertaking includes a new three-story addition and the complete renovation of the Museum's first floor. When it is completed in 2010, the new Museum building will be ideal for showcasing the moving image in all its forms.
Founded
1964
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Large
Dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, preserving, and studying traditional and contemporary folk art
The American Folk Art Museum is the premier institution devoted to the aesthetic appreciation of traditional folk art and creative expressions of contemporary self-taught artists from the United States and abroad. The museum preserves, conserves, and interprets a comprehensive collection of the highest quality, with objects dating from the eighteenth century to the present.
Founded
1967
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Large
The Nexus for Artists of African Descent
The Studio Museum in Harlem is the nexus for artists of African descent locally, nationally and internationally and for work that has been inspired and influenced by black culture. It is a site for the dynamic exchange of ideas about art and society. The Museum's permanent collection includes nearly two thousand paintings, sculptures, watercolors, drawings, pastels, prints, photographs, mixed-media works and installations dating from the nineteenth century to the present. The Artist-in-Residence program was one of the Museum's founding initiatives, and gives the Museum the “Studio” in its name. The program has supported more than one hundred emerging artists of African or Latino descent, many of whom who have gone on to establish highly regarded careers.
Founded
1989
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Large
Preserving and interpreting the history of the port of New York
The South Street Seaport Museum (SSSM) preserves and interprets the history of New York City as a world port, a place where goods, labor and cultures are exchanged through work, commerce, and the interaction of diverse communities. Designated by Congress as America's National Maritime Museum in 1998, SSSM is located in a 12 square-block historic district on the East River in Lower Manhattan, the site of the original port of New York City. The Museum is comprised of over 30,000 square feet of exhibition space and educational facilities in New York City's largest concentration of restored early 19th-century commercial buildings. The Museum houses exhibition galleries, a working 19th-century print shop, an archaeology center, a maritime library, a craft center, a marine life conservation lab, and the largest privately-owned fleet of historic ships in the country.
Founded
1975
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Giant
Leading today's media conversation
The Paley Center for Media, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry.
Founded
1979
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Giant
A century of technological firsts showcasing what is possible and inspiring people to dream
The mission of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire our youth. As an educational and cultural not-for-profit institution, the Museum is dedicated to promoting the awareness and understanding of history, science and service through its collections, exhibitions and programming. Founded in 1982 and located on the Hudson River in New York City, the Museum is one of the world's most successful historic ship museums, drawing more than one million visitors annually. The Museum's exhibitions feature a former aircraft carrier USS Intrepid designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986, the NASA space shuttle Enterprise (included in 2013 in the National Register of Historic Places), a collection of 27 World War II and Cold War era aircraft, the Cold War era submarine Growler, a British Airways Concorde and a Soyuz TMA-6 spacecraft that traveled from the International Space Station in 2005.
Founded
1958
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Giant
Preserving, studying and interpreting Jewish cultural history
Founded in 1904, The Jewish Museum is one of the world's largest and most important institutions devoted to exploring the remarkable scope and diversity of Jewish culture. The Jewish Museum's permanent collection, which has grown to more than 26,000 objects -- paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, ethnographic material, archaeological artifacts, numismatics, ceremonial objects, and broadcast media materials -- is the largest and most important of its kind in the world. The Jewish Museum regularly presents large temporary exhibitions of an interdisciplinary nature. For nearly a century, The Jewish Museum has illuminated the Jewish experience, both secular and religious, demonstrating the strength of Jewish identity and culture.
Founded
1951
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Medium
Dedicated to the support and promotion of the Standardbred industry
The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is dedicated to comprehensive, active and authoritative support and promotion of the Standardbred industry through documentation and preservation of the history and traditions of this American-born sport. It will also continue to augment existing collections and provide extensive research, educational programming and exciting exhibitory to expand harness racing's interest and appeal, both nationally and internationally, to assure an informed audience and a successful future. The museum's historic collection includes more than 1,500 works of fine art; 1,000 pieces of ephemera; 5,000 photographs; 300 jackets, caps and helmets; 50 sulkies and harness; and 200 trophies. The Peter D. Haughton Library includes more than 2,000 books and bound periodicals and more than 2,000 videos on the sport of harness racing as well as general equine documentation.
Founded
1952
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Large
Interpreting the history and conveying the excitement of Thoroughbred racing in America
The mission of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is to interpret the history and convey the excitement of Thoroughbred racing in America to the broadest possible audience. The National Museum of Racing was incorporated in historic Saratoga Springs, New York, in 1950. In 1955 the Museum moved to its present site on Union Avenue, and the Hall of Fame was created to recognize and honor deserving horses, jockeys, and trainers. Over the years the selection process and criteria have been fine-tuned, but the Hall of Fame remains devoted to the original three categories. As of Hall of Fame Day 2007, members include 176 Thoroughbreds, 88 jockeys, and 84 trainers. All are racing heroes.
Founded
1955
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Medium
Imagine. Explore.
The Roberson Museum and Science Center, originally named the Roberson Memorial Center, was established by the will of Alonzo Roberson in 1934 and opened in 1954. A complex institution, Roberson encompasses the Binghamton campus of museum and science center, including historic buildings. Roberson welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds and seeks to excite and enrich through creative and interactive experiences that lead to a greater understanding of ourselves, our neighbors and our universe. To these ends, Roberson provides our community and region with multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary learning opportunities through exhibitions, public programs and school programs.
Founded
1949
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Giant
International museum of photography and film
George Eastman House, opened to the public in 1949, is an independent museum and educational institution that tells the story of photography and motion pictures -- media that have changed and continue to change our perception of the world. We collect and preserve objects that are of significance to photography, motion pictures, and the life of George Eastman; build information resources to provide the means for both scholarly research and recreational inquiry; keep and care for images, literature, and technology to tell the story of photography and the motion picture in history and in culture; and care for George Eastman's house, gardens, and archives, maintaining them for public enjoyment and as a memorial to his contribution to our lives and our times.
Founded
2005
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Tiny
Playing our way to a better world
The Zimmer Children's Museum's mission is to make a better society through interactive learning, creative self-expression and art experiences for children and families. We are dedicated to teaching people about the BIG IDEAS of global citizenship, community responsibility, and cultural sensitivity. The Zimmer Children's Museum is a non-profit cultural institution located on Museum Row in Los Angeles, and features hands-on exhibits for children 0-8 to explore BIG IDEAS in creative and inspiring settings. The Zimmer is also the only museum dedicated specifically to kids and families in Los Angeles. Through the power of play, children will learn about human values such as respect for others, helping those in need, generosity, and creativity.
Founded
1927
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Giant
Always new. Always different. Always exciting.
The Newark Museum operates, as it has since its founding, in the public trust as a museum of service, and a leader in connecting objects and ideas to the needs and wishes of its constituencies. We believe that our art and science collections have the power to educate, inspire and transform individuals of all ages, and the local, regional, national and international communities that we serve. In the words of founding Director John Cotton Dana, "A good museum attracts, entertains, arouses curiosity, leads to questioning-and thus promotes learning."
Founded
1961
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Giant
Deepening the appreciation, understanding and experience of the Philadelphia region's waterways
Founded in 1960 as the Philadelphia Maritime Museum, Independence Seaport Museum is the region's primary repository of art, artifacts and archival materials documenting the diverse maritime history of the Greater Delaware Valley, and the history of the Port of Philadelphia and the other major urban ports of the Delaware River. Today, the Independence Seaport Museum is an anchor attraction on Penn's Landing, attracting visitors to experience both Philadelphia's heritage and current waterfront. The Museum educates area youth groups through interactive programs in its boat shop, presents changing exhibits in its galleries and hosts visiting ships and events year-round.
Founded
1975
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Small
Interpreting the history and stories of African Americans
Founded in 1976, the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) collects and preserves art and artifacts and, through exhibitions and programs, interprets the history and stories of African Americans and those of the African Diaspora. AAMP enriches the lives of all visitors, especially children and youth, using education to empower them through experiences that will enlighten them culturally and intellectually. It is a gathering place for the community, a forum for broader community engagement and a partner for collaborations with historical and cultural institutions.
Founded
1995
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Giant
A unique tribute to freedom in the heart of historic Philadelphia
The National Liberty Museum, opened to the public in 2000, works to defuse violence and bigotry by celebrating America's heritage of freedom and diversity. Using stunning modern glass artwork and the stories of 2,000 heroes of liberty worldwide, our galleries seek to inspire visitors on an individual level. A resource for more than 2,000 children every month, the Museum's Education Department features interactive diversity and conflict-resolution training. The Museum's collection includes over 150 original paintings, bronzes, and glass sculptures to represent the fragile nature of liberty. The National Liberty Museum is the first institution in the world to correlate freedom with glass for the purpose of protecting our society from violence.
Founded
1968
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Giant
Preserving and exploring the entire Chesapeake Bay's history, environment, traditions, and culture.
Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Serving more than 75,000 guests each year, CBMM's campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings, situated in a park-like, waterfront setting along the Miles River and St Michaels harbor. CBMM holds the nation's most complete collection of Chesapeake Bay artifacts, visual arts, and indigenous water craft. Education programs are engaged by all ages, with on-the-water opportunities for students & guests. Exhibitions and public programs cover a range of Bay maritime history and culture-including the Bay's unique watercraft and boatbuilding traditions, navigation, waterfowling, boating, seafood harvesting, and recreation. CBMM's Annual Fund supports the education, exhibition, and restoration programs of the Museum.
Founded
1971
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Giant
Promoting the understanding and appreciation of art and science
The Bruce Museum promotes the understanding and appreciation of art and science to enrich the lives of all people. Originally built as a private home in 1853, in 1908 the property was bequeathed by Robert Moffat Bruce to the Town of Greenwich. In time, growing audiences required larger facilities and the Museum was renovated and expanded. The dramatic new facility, designed by Shope Reno Wharton, opened in 1993. It features 8,000 square feet of gallery space with state-of-the-art amenities. In 1998 the Bruce Museum received accreditation from the American Association of Museums, an honor granted to fewer than 5% of all museums. Drawing from its own collection, from loans and from traveling exhibitions, the Museum hosts approximately 16 exhibitions per year.
Founded
1972
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Small
Representing the diversity of art and culture in all of the Caribbean and Latin America
El Museo del Barrio was founded in 1969 by a group of Puerto Rican educators, artists, parents and community activists in East Harlem's Spanish-speaking El Barrio. Since then, El Museo has evolved into New York's leading Latino cultural institution, having expanded its mission to represent the diversity of art and culture in all of the Caribbean and Latin America. As the only museum in New York City that specializes in representing these cultures, El Museo del Barrio continues to have a significant impact on the cultural life of New York City and is now a major stop on Manhattan's Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue. El Museo del Barrio thrives on the sustained excellence of its collections, exhibitions and public programming.
Founded
1974
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Giant
Distinctly Jewish. Uniquely American.
Established in 1976, the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) is the only museum in the nation dedicated exclusively to collecting, preserving and interpreting artifacts pertaining to the American Jewish experience. The NMAJH's mission is to present educational programs and experiences that preserve, explore and celebrate the history of Jews in America. Our purpose is to connect Jews more closely to their heritage and to inspire in people of all backgrounds a greater appreciation for the diversity of the American Jewish experience and the freedoms to which Americans aspire. NMAJH has a collection of more than 20,000 artifacts which resonate with the history of more than 350 years of American Jewish life; more than 40,000 individuals visit NMAJH each year.
Founded
1975
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Giant
Revealing the beauty of use in folk art, craft and design from all eras and cultures of the world
Established in 1978, Mingei International Museum is dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of 'art of the people' (mingei) from all cultures of the world. This art shares a direct simplicity and reflects a joy in making, by hand, useful objects of timeless beauty that are satisfying to the human spirit. The Museum collects, conserves and exhibits these arts of daily life by unknown craftsmen of ancient times; from traditional cultures of past and present; and by historical and contemporary designers. The Museum's collection now comprises 25,000 objects of folk art, craft and design from 190 countries.
Founded
1935
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Giant
Four distinctive museums
Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1895, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums dedicated to exploration through art and science: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. Collectively, the museums reached more than 1.4 million people in 2008, through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events. We are the largest, most far-reaching cultural organization in the Pittsburgh region, known throughout the world for our vast art and scientific collections and our scientific research. And we're a community leader in educational outreach.
Founded
1994
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Large
A world class automotive experience
The AACA Museum is dedicated to the Celebration, Preservation, Education, and Display of the American Motor Vehicle history that provides value for our members, hobbyists, and the public. AACA Museum is professionally staffed, collecting institution presenting semi-permanent and temporary exhibitions. Exhibitions are supported by educational programs for school and community audiences. It sponsors workshops and other activities designed to raise public awareness and appreciation of the role that the automobile has played in shaping 20th century America.
Founded
1988
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Medium
A catalyst for learning
Founded in 1995, Science Central was originally incorporated by a group of teachers, parents, engineers, and community/business leaders who wanted to see the creation of a local science discovery center. Science Central became Indiana's first hands-on science center and is now a regional resource that provides inspiring and fun hands-on science education for people of all ages.
Founded
1985
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Giant
Telling America's story
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, which opened in 1989, is the only museum of its kind in the Midwest, and one of only two museums east of the Mississippi that showcase both Native American and Western art, culture and history. The mission of the Eiteljorg Museum is to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. The Eiteljorg Museum collects and preserves Western art and Native American art and cultural objects of the highest quality, and serves the public through engaging exhibitions, educational programs, cultural exchanges and entertaining special events.
Founded
1993
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Giant
A palace worth of the Packard
Founded in 1991, America's Packard Museum is the world's only restored Packard Dealership operating as a museum, and only full-time museum dedicated exclusively to the Packard Motor Car Company, its products and philosophies. Located in the original Packard Dealership Building which was built in 1917, the museum has officially taken the name of the original dealership - The Citizens Motorcar Company. The museum features over 50 automobiles on display in the restored Art Deco showroom, service department and pavilion. In addition, significant artifacts from the Packard Motorcar Company are on display.
Founded
1985
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Large
Enriching lives through the world's finest arts and cultures
Founded in 1936 by the City of Santa Ana through a bequest from Charles and Ada Bowers, the Bowers Museum is one of California's finest and Orange County's largest museums. The mission of the Bowers Museum is to enrich lives through the world's finest arts and cultures; to achieve its mission, the Bowers offers exhibitions, lectures, art classes, travel programs, children's art education programs, and other special community programs. The museum's permanent collection includes more than 130,000 works of art. These works were donated from 1935 to the present and represent many regions and cultures of the world. The museum's largest collections are in the areas of Native American art, Pre-Columbian art, Asian art, art of the Pacific, art of Africa and Orange County history.
Founded
1999
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Giant
Educating the public about contemporary Latin American fine art
The Museum of Latin American Art's mission is to educate the public about contemporary Latin American fine art created by artists who have lived and worked in Latin America since World War II, through the presentation of a significant permanent collection, dynamic exhibitions and related cultural and educational programs. Founded by Dr. Robert Gumbiner in November 1996, it is the only museum in the western United States that exclusively features contemporary Latin American art. Through the utilization of its permanent collection, traveling exhibitions, and programs, the Museum educates a diverse Southern California audience about contemporary Latin American art.
Founded
1943
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Giant
Arts. History. Science.
The Evansville Museum provides various services to the community consisting of educational programs and exhibits, planetarium shows, classes for elementary school children, and tours for interested groups. One of Southwestern Indiana's most established and significant cultural institutions, the Evansville Museum is a general museum with comprehensive collections in art, history, anthropology and science. Paintings and graphic works from the 16th Century to the present are prominent features in the Museum's permanent art galleries. On the grounds and terraces of the Museum, visitors may view contemporary and traditional sculpture.
Founded
1953
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Medium
The Renaissance Society is an independent, non-collecting museum of contemporary art.
The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago presents contemporary art exhibitions, events, and publications. Founded in 1915 by a group of faculty members, we are an independent, non-collecting museum that combines a flexible, experimental ethos with focused, rigorous inquiry.We aim to create the best possible conditions for art and artists, and our commitment to supporting ambitious artistic expression frequently takes the form of newly commissioned exhibitions. Regular events include artist talks, lectures, concerts, and readings, which present opportunities for further discovery and discussion, while our publications offer critical reflection on and documentation of the exhibitions.
Founded
1968
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Giant
Inspiring the next generation of explorers
The Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum - America's First Planetarium - was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler. The museum is home to two full-size planetarium theaters, including the world's first all-digital projection Definiti Space Theater, the Sky Theater which utilizes a Zeiss optical projector, and the Universe 3D Theater. It is also home to one of the world's most important antique instrument collections. The Adler is a recognized leader in science education, with a focus on inspiring young people, particularly women and minorities, to pursue careers in science.
Founded
2002
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Large
An essential element in the cultural and educational fabric of this region
The McLean County Historical Society, founded in 1892, is to be an essential element in the cultural and educational fabric of this region. Centered in the magnificent Old McLean County Courthouse our programs will tell the rich stories of past generations and new and growing communities. We will provide opportunities for public reflection on our heritage of hopes, triumphs and failures. We will accomplish this through discovering and saving the tangible evidence of the past. Most importantly, we will share our many stories through excellence in exhibition, education and publishing, along with providing our community with opportunities to participate in the work of a historical museum and library.
Founded
1966
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Small
Rejoice, relive, reconnect
Founded in 1965, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History provides learning opportunities, exhibitions, programs and events based on collections and research that explore the diverse history and culture of African Americans and their African origins. The Museum strives to be a world-renowned history museum with outstanding collections and research used to produce innovative exhibits that celebrate significant events and accomplishments of African Americans. The Museum serves metropolitan Detroit, national and international communities. For over 35 years, the museum has served teachers and students by providing quality educational programs and exhibitions.
Founded
1983
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Large
Celebrating Danish roots and American dreams
The Danish Immigrant Museum was founded in 1983 to preserve the history of Danish immigration to America. In October 2013 the museum officially adopted the name Museum of Danish America. The Museum of Danish America celebrates Danish roots and American dreams. The museum's artifact collection of over 35,000 artifacts is diverse and wide ranging. There are family heirlooms brought from Denmark, remarkable examples of needlework, tools of early immigrant tradesmen and memorabilia from Danish-American clubs and organizations. Many of the items on display are treasures which have been passed down through the generations in Danish families.
Founded
1965
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Large
The National Norwegian-American Museum and Heritage Center
Vesterheim is the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, with over 33,000 artifacts, 12 historic buildings, a Folk Art School, and a library and archives. This treasure showcases the most extensive collection of Norwegian-American artifacts in the world. Vesterheim's exhibitions explore the diversity of American immigration through the lens of the Norwegian-American experience and highlight the best in historic and contemporary Norwegian folk and fine arts. Vesterheim embodies the living heritage of Norwegian immigrants to America. Sharing this cultural legacy can inspire people of all backgrounds to celebrate tradition.
Founded
2002
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Large
Commemorate and educate
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH) is the oldest Holocaust museum in the United States. We have a two-fold mission that has remained constant since its inception in 1961: commemoration and education. LAMOTH dedicates itself as a primary source institution, one that commemorates those who perished and honors those who survived by housing the precious artifacts that miraculously weathered the Holocaust. LAMOTH provides free Holocaust education to the public, particularly students from underfunded schools and underserved communities. We are committed to providing opportunities for dialogue with Holocaust Survivors, who are the living embodiment of history.
Founded
1985
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Giant
Inspiring a deeper interest in science
The mission of Exploration Place is to inspire a deeper interest in science through creative and fun experience. Exploration Place is dedicated to providing informal, enjoyable learning experiences with extraordinary resources for exploration for people of all ages. Our exhibits and programs are STEM focus (science, technology, engineering and science.) Permanent exhibits include Exploring Flight and Design, Exploring Our Only Home, Kansas Kids Connect (a pre-school only gallery), The Castle, Kansas in Miniature. We also feature three different traveling exhibits each year. Annual attendance is more than 200,000, and since opening in April 2000, more than 3 million people have visited.
Founded
1976
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Medium
Celebrating the world we build for ourselves
Created by an act of Congress in 1980, the National Building Museum offers visitors the chance to see many interesting objects, from drawings by famous architects to a full-scale, sustainable house built in our own galleries. The care, interpretation, and thoughtful display of such artifacts is central to our mission. The Museum is, however, much more than a repository of things, beautiful and intriguing though they may be. It is above all a forum for the development, exploration, and exchange of ideas. Our exhibitions, educational programs, and publications are well regarded not only for their capacity to enlighten and entertain, but also as vehicles for fostering lively discussion about a wide range of topics related to development, architecture, construction and engineering, interior design, landscape architecture, and urban planning.
Founded
1924
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Giant
Seriously Amazing
Our Mission is the increase and diffusion of knowledge.Our Vision is to shape the future by preserving our heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing our resources with the world.
Founded
1932
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Giant
One of the of the largest international maritime history museums in the world
Founded in 1930, The Mariners' Museum is one of the of the largest international maritime history museums in the world. Over 60,000 square feet of gallery space hold approximately 35,000 artifacts including rare figureheads, handcrafted ship models, Civil War ironclad USS Monitor artifacts, paintings, small craft from around the world, and much more. The Library at the Mariners' Museum holds the largest maritime history collection in the Western Hemisphere. With its rich collections and international scope the Library is a premier source for maritime research. The collections consist of over 1.75 million items including books, magazines, rare books, manuscripts, maps and charts, vessel plans, newspaper articles, photographs, Chris-Craft archives and The Mariners' Museum archives.
Founded
1961
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Medium
Serving an audience of all ages and many interests
The purpose of the Museum of Arts and Sciences is to acquire, preserve, study, interpret, and exhibit objects of artistic, scientific, historical, or cultural value that have inherent significance to the people of Central Georgia, so as to promote a fuller understanding of humankind, its heritage and environment. Serving an audience of all ages and many interests, the Museum of Arts and Sciences is a community resource for life-long learning and enrichment. As Georgia's largest museum devoted to the arts and sciences, the Museum seeks to engage visitors, evoke wonder, stimulate curiosity, and open minds to new worlds of discovery.
Founded
1994
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Giant
Helping CDC do more, faster
Since 1995, the CDC Foundation has made a direct and dramatic impact on public health by helping the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) do more, faster, to make the world healthier and safer. As an independent, nonprofit organization established by Congress, we offer individuals and organizations a powerful way to participate in CDC's mission. We unite a wide range of private sector partners with CDC scientists to achieve common goals. The CDC Foundation currently manages more than 200 programs in the United States and in 40 countries around the world.
Founded
1965
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Giant
Collection, preservation, conservation and interpretation of original and significant objects
The Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS) is the primary art, history and science museum in Central Florida. Located on a 90-acre Florida nature preserve, the 100,000 square foot facility is host to over 30,000 objects including the finest collection of American Art in the southeast, the largest collection of Cuban art outside of Cuba, a significant Chinese art collection, and Florida's prehistoric Giant Ground Sloth. Founded in 1955, the Museum was chartered by the State of Florida in 1962. The Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. MOAS renews over 5,000 memberships annually representing over 17,000 individuals. The Museum publishes Art & Sciences magazine quarterly along with catalogs and books specific to its permanent collections.
Founded
1975
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Medium
Making science real for people of all ages and backgrounds
MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry) is a community-based institution and educational resource that is dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge, and understanding of science, industry, and technology. Originally founded as a youth museum in 1962, MOSI today is the result more than 50 years of growth and maturity reflecting both the institution and the surrounding community. The passage of time has seen MOSI change in name, location, and size. However, its general purpose, that of providing informal science education, has remained essentially unchanged. MOSI's core ideology is to make a difference in people's lives by making science real for people of all ages and backgrounds. The MOSI science center complex is the largest in the southeast and the fifth largest in the U.S.
Founded
1980
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Giant
Informing and educating the public about United States naval aviation
Founded in 1966, the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation (NAMF) is the educational and fundraising organization that supports the development of the National Naval Aviation Museum. NAMF works to foster and perpetuate the National Museum of Naval Aviation as a medium of informing and educating the public on the important role of US naval aviation, inspiring students undergoing naval flight training to complete the program and become career officers. NAMF's programs include a flight simulator, which allows visitors to experience the simulation of actual flight take-off and landing; the film project and IMAX theater, which educate the public on the important role of US naval aviation through films; and the Flight Adventure Deck, a hands on approach to teaching principles of math and science - integral components of aviation - to approximately 6,000 students in grades 7-12.
Founded
1998
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Giant
Be great. Do great things.
The Muhammad Ali Center is a multicultural center with an award-winning museum dedicated to the life of Muhammad Ali. The Center museum captures the inspiration derived from the story of Muhammad Ali's incredible life and the six core principles that have fueled his journey. The mission of the Muhammad Ali Center is to preserve and share the legacy and ideals of Muhammad Ali, to promote respect, hope, and understanding, and to inspire adults and children everywhere to be as great as they can be.
Founded
1964
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Giant
Identifying and preserving the evolving history and traditions of country music
Founded in 1963, the Country Music Foundation (CMF) operates the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which opened in 1967. The mission of the CMF is to identify and preserve the evolving history and traditions of country music and to educate its audiences. Functioning as a local history museum and as an international arts organization, the CMF serves visiting and non-visiting audiences including fans, students, scholars, members of the music industry, and the general public - in the Nashville area, the nation, and the world. The Museum's operations also include educational programs, CMF Press and CMF Records, the Country Music Foundation Library, and the historic sites RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print.
Founded
1989
Size
Medium
Providing educational and rabbinic services to Southern Jewish communities
The Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL) is dedicated to providing educational and rabbinic services to Southern Jewish communities, documenting and preserving the rich history of the Southern Jewish experience, and promoting a Jewish cultural presence throughout a thirteen state region. The Institute began as the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience in 1986 and is now a subsidiary of the ISJL. The ISJL's innovative regional programming includes annual Jewish film festivals, concerts highlighting cross-cultural music, literary programs, dance and theater performances, and other activities that promote artistic interpretation of the Southern Jewish Experience. Through these dynamic offerings, the Institute enhances Jewish life, celebrates diversity, educates the public, and promotes interfaith, inter-racial, intergenerational dialogue and bridge-building.
Founded
1995
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Human. Nature.
Turtle Bay Exploration Park is a 300-acre gathering place featuring the Sundial Bridge, a museum, forestry & wildlife center, arboretum and botanical gardens. The mission of the Turtle Bay Exploration Park is to inspire wonder, exploration and appreciation of our world.
Founded
1978
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Large
To ignite a passion
The Museum of Discovery's mission is to ignite a passion for science, technology, and math in a dynamic, interactive environment. The museum was originally accredited by the American Association of Museums in 1993 and was re-accredited in 2001. During the period between its founding and its accreditation, the museum actively collected approximately 14,000 cultural and historical artifacts and numerous species of live animals and insects. In the 1970s, in-museum and outreach programs were developed, utilizing both the collections and the museum's exhibits.
Founded
1960
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Enriching people's lives by revealing the wonder and relevance of science
Founded in 1958, Science Museum Oklahoma enriches people's lives by revealing the wonder and relevance of science. Every year we inspire more than 500,000 people to explore, learn and play. Whether it's helping teachers bring science alive in their classrooms or creating opportunities for families to learn together, Science Museum Oklahoma is dedicated to transforming how people learn about science.
Founded
1986
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Giant
Nature Speaking
The National Museum of Wildlife Art opened to the public in 1987 and moved to its current facility in 1994. Our mission is to collect, display, interpret, and preserve the highest quality North American wildlife art, supplemented by wildlife art found throughout the world. The 51,000-square-foot state-of-the-art building allows for expanded exhibition space, museum programs and educational programming, and is comprised of 14 exhibition galleries, an interactive gallery for children, a conference room, two full-size classrooms, and a 200-seat auditorium. The Museum's permanent and temporary exhibitions are augmented with innovative educational and scholarly programs emphasizing art appreciation, art history, natural science, creative writing, and American history. The Museum is an important educational center and meeting place for the Jackson Hole region.
Founded
1991
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Large
Stop Hate. Starting Here.
Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the six million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, we teach the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy. Charged with educating students and the public, Holocaust Museum Houston opened its doors in March of 1996. Since that time, impassioned notes, poems, artwork and other gifts from school children and adults alike attest to the life-changing thoughts generated by even one visit to this unique facility. Admission Rates: Members FREE Children under age 6 FREE Students age 6-18 FREE College-level with valid school ID FREE Seniors age 65+ $8 Active-Duty Military $8 General Admission $12 Holocaust Museum Houston is free each Thursday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on special holidays.
Founded
1968
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Large
Furthering the cultural and educational programs at the Albuquerque Museum
The mission of the Albuquerque Museum Foundation, founded in 1961, is to further the cultural and educational programs at the Albuquerque Museum through broad public and private gifts and volunteer support. As an independent nonprofit corporation, the Foundation's purpose is to encourage the development of the Museum as the outstanding museum of its kind in the Southwest. The Foundation funds the Museum's education, Magic Bus and docent programs, provides additional exhibition funding which brings world-class shows to the Museum, and makes possible amenities like the Museum Store and the café, Slate at The Museum. The Foundation also manages The Museum's membership program.
Founded
1936
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Giant
Giving voice to a uniquely American people
Opened in 1929, the Heard Museum works to educate the public about the heritage and living cultures and arts of Native peoples, with an emphasis on the peoples of the Southwest. Since its founding as a small museum in a small southwestern town, the Heard has grown in size and stature to where now it is recognized internationally for the quality of its collections, its educational programming and its festivals. The Heard is a living museum - giving voice to a uniquely American people. Through innovative programs, world-class exhibitions and unmatched festivals, the Heard Museum sets the standard nationally for collaborating with Native people to present first-person voices. Partnerships with American Indian artists and tribal communities provide visitors with a distinctive perspective about the art and cultures of Native people, especially those from the Southwest.
Founded
1998
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Giant
Preserving and promoting America's automotive heritage
Harold and Nancy LeMay amassed the largest privately owned collection of automobiles, motorcycles, trucks, other vehicles and related memorabilia in the world. In 1998, Harold and Nancy LeMay created The Harold E. LeMay Museum, now called America's Car Museum (ACM), and committed themselves to donating the vast LeMay Collection to the Museum for the benefit of the public. The ACM was chartered to secure, preserve and interpret the valuable LeMay Collection, along with additional vehicles and artifacts that it may acquire, in order to explore the broad themes of American mobility and lifestyle in an instructive and entertaining manner.
Founded
1969
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Giant
The museum of science, art, and human perception
The Exploratorium is an internationally renowned museum of science, art, and human perception. Its mission is to create a culture of learning through innovative environments, programs, and tools that help people nurture their curiosity about the world around them. The vision of the Exploratorium is to change how the world learns. Specifically, by change we mean to move individuals from passive consumption of information and other people' claims to active, personal explorers of the natural and technological worlds and themselves.
Founded
2000
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Large
Connecting all people through our shared African heritage
The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) showcases the history, art, and cultural richness that resulted from the migration of Africans throughout the world. By realizing our mission, MoAD connects all people through our shared African heritage. Our focus spans the African Diaspora across history, from the diaspora at the origin of human existence through the contemporary African Diaspora that has affected communities and cultures around the world. We explore four broad themes in our exhibitions and programming: Origin, Movement, Adaptation, and Transformation.
Founded
1958
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Large
It's about people
The San Diego Museum of Man is a cultural and physical anthropology museum. We collect, preserve, interpret, and communicate evidence of human development, creativity, and artistic expression. The exhibitions of the world-renowned Museum of Man are a major resource for the San Diego community. Permanent exhibits explore the Maya, ancient Egypt, the Kumeyaay Indians of San Diego County, Human Evolution, and the Human Life Cycle. Education is one of the primary functions of the Museum of Man. Through programs which offer engaging and stimulating experiences, the Museum creates a dynamic learning environment for children and adults. We are committed to promoting an understanding of the diverse cultures of the world, human biology, and human ecology through quality education programs.
Founded
1941
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An oasis for the arts
Established in 1938, the Palm Springs Art Museum has become the center of the desert's art community. What began as a museum about the desert has evolved into an oasis for the arts. The Museum's permanent collection of more than 55,000 objects features art of the Americas and 20th-century California art. The collection includes modernist and contemporary painting and sculpture, Western American art, Native American and Mesoamerican art and artifacts, contemporary studio glass art, photography, modern architecture and design, and graphics/works on paper. The Annenberg Theater offers an eclectic calendar of performances from ballet to modern dance, opera to jazz, Broadway cabaret to classical music, comedy to drama.
Founded
1957
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Large
Celebrating, preserving and interpreting the art, history and culture of Ventura County, the California Channel Islands and the surrounding region.
The Museum of Ventura County celebrates, preserves and interprets the art, history and culture of Ventura County, the California Channel Islands and the surrounding region through its collections, exhibitions, events, educational programs, publications and its research library, and serves as a gathering place for the community. The Museum of Ventura County first opened in 1913 in the newly built Ventura County Courthouse (now Ventura City Hall). Over 50,000 individuals per year enjoy the Museum's exhibitions, Research Library, tours, special programs, and events.
Founded
1985
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Promoting understanding and appreciation of America's ethnic and cultural diversity
The Japanese American National Museum (JANM) is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to sharing the experience of Americans of Japanese ancestry. JANM's mission is to promote understanding and appreciation of America's ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience. Through its comprehensive collection of Japanese American objects, images and documents, as well as multi-faceted exhibitions, educational programs, documentaries and publications, the National Museum shares the Japanese American story with a national and international audience.
Founded
2000
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Giant
Dedicated to the exploration and presentation of the automobile and its impact on American life and culture
Founded in 1994, the Petersen Automotive Museum is dedicated to the exploration and presentation of the automobile and its impact on American life and culture using Los Angeles as the prime example. Encompassing more than 300,000 square feet, its exhibits and lifelike dioramas feature more than 150 rare and classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. Covering four floors, the facility features: permanent exhibits that trace the history of the automobile; state-of-the-art displays of racecars, classic cars, vintage motorcycles, concept cars, celebrity and movie cars, and auto design and technology; and the May Family Discovery Center, and interactive hands-on learning center designed to spark interest in science by way of the automobile.