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Old 11-26-2019, 12:28 PM   #61
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The Pinball Museum in Vegas is some of the cheapest fun you can have in the city. Games are 25 to 50 cents a play depending on the age of the machine.

Las Vegas Pinball Hall of Fame Pinball Museum, Nevada NV, Tim Arnold
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Since you all seem to be taking the definitions of "museum" and "US" a little liberally, let me add:

- Boxing Hall of Fame, Canastota, NY.
An unexceptional little place really but when they have signings or inaugurations... it is a great place. I have met a couple of HoF boxers there.
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- Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. Hamilton, ON
A great place in my town. Very interactive. Sit in a lot of the planes, even go on a flight in some. Home of one of only two surviving FLYING Lancaster bombers from WWII. When that thing goes overhead it is something else.
https://www.warplane.com/
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The Spy Museum in DC
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An amazing list so far, and lots of opportunity for future travel plans.

I’ll add another, Chunuly Garden and Glass in Seattle.
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Specialty Museums in the US

A couple not mentioned...

The Allman Brothers Band Museum
https://www.thebighousemuseum.com/

Edison Ford Estates/Museum
https://www.edisonfordwinterestates.org/
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The glass museum in W. Virginia and Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina.
https://www.brookgreen.org/ Only American Sculpture in beautiful plantation gardens.
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Old 11-26-2019, 07:18 PM   #68
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Slater Mill...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slater_Mill_Historic_Site
I grew up in Pawtucket , R.I. which was a mill town (textiles)

The Slater Mill is recognized as the first textile mill in America, built in 1735. When I was a kid, about 8 years old, we used to play in and around the mill and the Blackstone River. I remember sliding down the front of the dam, where the water wheel was located.

The mill was broken down then, and supposedly being rehabbed as a US Historical Site.... but that was going slowly and not complete until 1955, when I was in High School.

Slater Mill was added to the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark on November 13, 1966, the first property to be listed on the register.
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Old 11-28-2019, 07:52 PM   #69
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That would be my recommendation, too.
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https://www.brookgreen.org/ Only American Sculpture in beautiful plantation gardens.
Speaking of glass, the Corning Glass Museum in Corning, NY is pretty amazing.
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The Mutter Museum in Philadelphia, PA - a vast collection of medical and anatomical oddities. "We invite you to explore our world and become Disturbingly Informed."
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The Newseum in Washington, DC is closing at the end of the year. https://www.newseum.org/2019/10/01/were-on-deadline/
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The Newseum in Washington, DC is closing at the end of the year. https://www.newseum.org/2019/10/01/were-on-deadline/

... to be replaced by the Cat Video museum, I imagine.
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www.RoadTrippers.com

Forum member clobber recommended www.RoadTrippers.com in response to my question last year about how to know about interesting things to see when traveling.

There is a free version and a subscription version. There is also an app but I find it easiest to use on a laptop. It lets you select various categories/interests and then shows choices along your travel route. You can find interesting museums and attractions along the way, as well as other categories which you are free to specify.

Thanks to this app we had a great visit at the "All Things Oz" museum in Chittenango, NY. The free hour-long personal tour (by appointment) was entertaining and educational.

Also found and visited thanks to RoadTrippers: Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum and It's A Wonderful Life movie museum and the town and bridge that inspired the movie set.

These aren't big places but they were interesting and I doubt we'd have known about them any other way.
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I'm surprised nobody's mentioned The National WWII Museum in New Orleans.
Also the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles - one the most amazing car collections in the world - it's Hollywood's car collection and much more. And the spectacular Getty Villa in Malibu.
I'll also put a plug in for my alma mater - the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology at Webb School in Claremont, CA. It's the only nationally accredited museum of paleontology on a secondary school campus in the United States. Everything there was collected by the high school students at Webb including some new, previously unknown specimens. Truly unique and excellent! - better than the dinosaur displays in most natural history museums - it's also free.

FWIW - The National Aerospace Museum at the Smithsonian is ridiculous; and the most awesomely impressive thing there is the Mercury space capsule. When you think about being shot into space for the first time on top of a re-purposed ICBM in that rinky-dink corrugated steel coffin held together with bolts and rivets - I don't know how they found room for the astronaut's huge balls to fit in the capsule. My Casio watch has more computer power in it than that entire rocket.
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Forum member clobber recommended www.RoadTrippers.com in response to my question last year about how to know about interesting things to see when traveling.

There is a free version and a subscription version. There is also an app but I find it easiest to use on a laptop. It lets you select various categories/interests and then shows choices along your travel route. You can find interesting museums and attractions along the way, as well as other categories which you are free to specify.

Thanks to this app we had a great visit at the "All Things Oz" museum in Chittenango, NY. The free hour-long personal tour (by appointment) was entertaining and educational.

Also found and visited thanks to RoadTrippers: Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum and It's A Wonderful Life movie museum and the town and bridge that inspired the movie set.

These aren't big places but they were interesting and I doubt we'd have known about them any other way.
This reminded me of a website that I like to check on when traveling: https://www.atlasobscura.com/

It brings up significant, interesting and sometimes quirky points of interest... & is worldwide.

As an example: the Mapparium in Boston was not something we'd know about otherwise https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/mapparium
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Did a cross-country trip a few months back and these were the some of my favorites:

Field of Dreams Movie Site Dyersville, IA
https://fieldofdreamsmoviesite.com/tours/

Hobo Museum Britt, IA
https://www.britthobodays.com/hobo-museum

Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum Hannibal, MO
https://www.marktwainmuseum.org/

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13 Presidential libraries, with upcoming Obama library. I would visit all of them someday.
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On the west coast, the Tillamook Air Museum in Tillamook Oregon. It's set in a WW2 blimp hanger and has some great airplanes and other. Also, check out the free tour of the Tillamook Cheese Factory, and there is a neat little local history museum just off the town square.

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And the US Army Airborne & Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville NC is another great place to visit if you're in the area.
https://www.asomf.org/
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In Dallas, Texas:

1) The Sixth Floor Museum is all about the Kennedy assassination.
2) The Perot Museum is a science museum aimed at kids, but great for adults, too.
3) The Frontiers of Flight and Cavanaugh Flight Museums are not in the same league as National Air and Space or Dayton, but worth a visit if you in the area.

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