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Vibrator Museum in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Vibrator Museum in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Once upon a time I told you guys about the Sex Machines Museum in Prague. Well, there is a similar place closer to home (at least for me) in Ann Arbor, Michigan called the Vibrator Museum. Unfortunately, you cannot visit it personally, right now the collection is just an on-line...

Grave of Frances Pearce Stone, Victorian Cemetery

Grave of Frances Pearce Stone, Victorian Cemetery

Once upon a time I told you about the mysterious statue of six-year-old Inez Clarke (1873-1880) in Chicago’s Graceland Cemetery. Well, just a bit north is another Victorian cemetery called Rosehill where another beautiful monument can be found. It is the grave of Frances Pearce Stone. Depicting a reclining mother...

Day of the Dead exhibit – Latino museum

Day of the Dead exhibit – Latino museum

I skipped last year (I guess I must have been temporarily dead) but I try to always go to the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, which has an annual Day of the Dead exhibit (check out 2013 photos here and 2012 photos here). It is the only Latino...

National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago

National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago

I always try to go to the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, which has an annual Day of the Dead exhibit (check out past photos from 2012, 2013, and 2015). It is the only Latino museum accredited by the American Association of Museums and also has the country’s...

Greensburg Rabbi Sara Perman’s Dreidel Collection

Greensburg Rabbi Sara Perman’s Dreidel Collection

This evening Jews will light their menorahs for the first night of Hanukkah. Also known as the Festival of Lights, the Jewish holiday begins at sundown on the 16th of December and ends eight days later on the evening of the 24th. Even though my half-Jewish mother is not religious...

Eastland Disaster – the shipwreck on the Great Lakes

Eastland Disaster – the shipwreck on the Great Lakes

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Eastland Disaster, the largest loss of life from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes. Western Electric employees, families, and friends were to cross Lake Michigan from Chicago to Michigan City, Indiana, for a picnic. But the SS Eastland, docked at the Clark...

Hall of Presidents at the Neo-Futurist Theater in Chicago

Hall of Presidents at the Neo-Futurist Theater in Chicago

Two posts in one day? Ohmigod something must be going on! Why yes, it’s Presidents Day, a U.S. federal holiday that is celebrated on the third Monday of February to recognize the country’s first President George Washington (I don’t know, you might have heard of him). Earlier I told you...

The Bread and Puppet Museum, Glover, Vermont

The Bread and Puppet Museum, Glover, Vermont

The Bread and Puppet Museum has absolutely nothing to do with bread and everything to do with creepy, traumatizing puppets. Like the nightmarish kind. Now located in a 150-year-old barn in Glover, Vermont, this giant mask and puppet collection originally breathed its first breath in New York City during the...

About International Museum Day

About International Museum Day

Every 18th of May since 1977, ICOM has organised International Museum Day, which represents a unique moment for the international museum community. The organisation chooses a different theme for the day and coordinates every year. This year’s theme “Museums as Cultural Hubs: The future of tradition”. There is no better...

El Museo De Las Momias or the Mummies’ Museum in Guanajuato, Mexico

El Museo De Las Momias or the Mummies’ Museum in Guanajuato, Mexico

The city of Guanajuato in central Mexico has a remarkable attraction: a mummy museum(not recommended for visitors who are faint of heart) featuring over one hundred mummies that were formed naturally in the local cemetery. The Guanajuato mummies were exhumed between 1865 and 1989. The mummies here formed naturally. The...

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