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

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...

Buddy Holly Memorial Crash Site, Clear Lake, Iowa

After visiting the Surf Ballroom, I knew I had to see the Buddy Holly Memorial Crash Site (well, at least that’s what it’s called on Facebook for those who like to check-in) in order to complete “The Day The Music Died” pilgrimage. This is the cornfield where Buddy Holly, Ritchie...

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

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...

Volendams Cigar Bands Museum, Netherlands

Volendams Cigar Bands Museum, Netherlands

My great-grandfather had a cigar in his mouth from when he was a young man in his twenties until his death at the age of eighty. Something tells me he would’ve liked this next museum in the Netherlands, where you can find a house made entirely of cigar bands. Sixty-five...

JC Penney Museum & Boyhood Home, Hamilton, Missouri

On this date in 1902 James C. Penney (aka J.C. Penney) opened his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming. Today “The Mother Store” of the 1,106 department store chain is a national historic landmark along with Penney’s small house, where he lived from 1902-1909. Today these buildings are open for tours...

Lumina Domestica in Bruges, Belgium

If you appreciate the fact you can actually see shit, especially at night, then do I have a museum for you. The Lumina Domestica in Bruges tells the 400,000-year history of domestic illumination. Yes, believe it or not, people have been trying to see things for that long. Located in...

The Stoogeum Museum, Ambler, Pennsylvania

Was not expecting this excellent tribute to the masters of slap stick comedy. I have watched the stooges since I was a little guy watching their two reelers at the YMCA on Saturday afternoons. This is a museum is totally dedicated to stooges memorabilia and souvenirs. Gary Lassin opened it...

Road Traffic Hall at the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne

As an architecture geek, this place definitely caught my eye. The Road Traffic Hall at the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne is literally made of road signs, but there is even more interesting stuff inside. The building, designed by architects Gigon/Guyer, has two floors of exhibition space, where visitors...

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