3 Indoor Exhibits for Learning & Entertainment

“Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know.” – Daniel Boorstin

Throughout the United States, there are many unique indoor museums to keep you fully entertained. When the summer’s heat and humidity get to you, why not head indoors and visit a local museum. From the historical to the hysterical, our country has it all!

HEAD TO THE NY PUBLIC LIBRARY to see the inspiration for the children’s book Winnie-the-Pooh

Address: 5th Avenue & 4nd Street, Manhattan, NY

Winnie-The-Pooh – Much ado about a bear!

A.A. Milne (1882-1956) was a noted English Author whose claim to fame is the popular children’s book, Winnie-the-Pooh. The teddy bear’s companion, Christopher Robin, was named after Milne’s son. In addition, the characters were based on Milne’s son’s stuffed animals, including a teddy bear, stuffed kangaroos, a piglet, tiger, and more. The teddy bear was a gift given to Christopher Robin on his first birthday in 1921, and the other toys were gifted to him between 1920 and 1928. The baby kangaroo stuffed animal named Roo was lost in an apple orchard during the 1930s. Today, most of the original toys which inspired Milne’s stories, including Eeyore and Piglet, are on display in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of the New York Public Library.

Contrary to popular belief, Pooh’s artist, E.H. Shepard, did not base his drawings of Pooh on Christopher Robin Milne’s teddy bear. Instead, he was inspired by his own son’s “Growler” or teddy bear. Unfortunately, the bear used to create the artist’s rendition cannot be displayed as it no longer exists. Story has it that the stuffed bear owned by Shepard’s son was handed down to his granddaughter Minnie Hunt and was destroyed by a neighbor’s dog.

As joyful as the book makes people feel, it had a negative effect on the author, his son, and even the artist. Published in 1926, the story typecast Milne as a children’s writer, which brought angst to the author who longed to be recognized as a serious playwright. Milne’s son also grew increasingly unhappy with his namesake’s association with the popular book. As if that’s not enough, artist E.H. Shepard grew resentful of his illustrations, as they overshadowed his other important works of art. Seems quite a miserable outcome for such a classic timeless treasure.

HEAD TO CALIFORNIA SCIENCE CENTER to see the space shuttle Endeavor which completed 25 missions into space.

Address: 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA

Your mission is to relive space shuttle history!

As a gift to the people of Los Angeles and California, the space shuttle Endeavor sits in a temporary home at the California Science Center as it awaits a permanent home in a new addition called the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center.

Endeavor is one of five orbiters that together flew a total of 135 missions over 500 million miles. The space shuttle Endeavor was built to replace the Challenger Endeavour. It was the final orbiter to join the shuttle fleet and was hailed at the time for its upgraded mechanisms and newer innovations.

Endeavour’s first launch took place on May 7, 1992 for mission STS-49. The crew’s mission was to repair and release a communication’s satellite back into orbit. It took four spacewalks to complete the mission, with one lasting over 8 hours long. Endeavour also launched the first service mission to the Hubble Space Telescope in December of 1993. The assignment was to correct a problem with Hubble’s main mirror. This enabled the Hubble to record some of the most stunning images of space that mankind has ever seen, all thanks to the success of mission STS-61.

Learn of the many other exciting missions of the shuttle, until its final mission in May of 2011. See the amazing machine that generated great contributions to science and technology and learn about the delivery of the space shuttle to its current location. Wondering how it made it down the crowded streets of Los Angeles while an estimated 1.5 million people lined the sidewalk to celebrate the event? Come find out!

HEAD TO BOSTON’S MOBA (Museum of Bad Art) to stroll through the worst art museum in the world.

Explore art where beauty is not in the eye of the beholder!

The Museum of Bad Art (MOBA) has a claim to fame as “the world’s only museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and celebration of bad art in all forms.” MOBA was founded in the fall of 1993 and began in the basement of a private home in Boston. It is designed to bring “a priceless collection of quality bad art to a global audience.”

Today, MOBA features numerous galleries, including one located in the basement of the Somerville Theatre near Davis Square in Somerville, MA. The museums continually receives mixed reviews, from those who love the “bad art” to those who hate it. MOBA Somerville offers free admission with the purchase of a movie or concert ticket and showcases an exhibit accompanied by written interpretation “to help the public grasp many of the complexities inherent in the work.” This museum carefully preserves unique works of art featuring literally priceless portraits with extra-terrestrial vibes, landscapes that look like ice cream, and crowd favorites such as the “The Mana Lisa” possessing a serious dude vibe.

At Moba, you be the judge of the art. Discover off-beat photos with truly unique perspectives and interesting proportions. It’s a memorable experience and people who love art will gain true appreciation for the works of true masters.

Have a great summer!

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