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Top 10 most interesting museums

Museums are getting mighty expensive these day.  Here's your change to get a bit of culture without the big bucks. Sept. 29 is Smithsonian magazine’s annual Museum Day Live, which waives admission at 1,400 art and cultural institutions across the country.  Here are ten--in no particular order--worth checking out. 

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High Museum of Art:  Atlanta, Ga.

The High Museum of Art, known simply as the High, is one of the most-visited art museums in the world.  The High boasts a celebrated collection of classic to contemporary art, as well as renowned architecture by Richard Meier and Renzo Piano.

Why Go Now: Don’t miss masterpieces by Monet, Pissarro, Degas, and Renoir in the special exhibit  “European and American Impressionism” and the amazing glass works of  Harvey K. Littleton, both which are in their final weeks.

You Save: $19.50 per person

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Adler Planetarium: Chicago, Ill.

Feel what is like to pilot a rocket or live in space on live on a “shuttle.”  The Adler Planetarium features two full-size theaters -- the Sky Theater and the StarRider Theater-- a full "virtual reality" experience that makes you feel as if you were floating through outer space.

Why Go Now: Don’t miss “Planet Explorers,” a permanent exhibition designed for families with young children.

You Save: $28

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International Center of Photography: New York, N.Y.

The International Center of Photography is not only great because it features work of the world’s master lensmen and women, but its manageable size sets it apart of other larger New York City museums.  It also has a small but terrific museum shop for serious photo buffs.

Why Go Now:  The moving images of South Africa’s racial struggle in the “Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life” has more than 500 photographs that documents the end of white rule.

You Save: $14 per person

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Museum of Fine Art: Boston, Mass. 

Museum of Fine Arts is home to over 450,000 works of global fine art. Classic and original Van Gogh, Monet, and Degas occupy MFA walls along with rotating exhibitions.

Why Go Now: Check out the Fenway Park photo project and the newly opened “Artful Healing,” exhibit which features drawings and photography of patients of Mass General, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Children’s Hospital Boston.

You Save: $25 per person

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The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live:  Los Angles, Calif.

You don’t have to be a music lover to enjoy the exhibits at the GRAMMY Museum.  Start on the 4th floor and work your way down through the history of music and the GRAMMYs, as well as the technologies involved in recording and mixing music.

Why Go Now: Check out life and career of the late Whitney Houston in “Celebrating the Musical Legend of Whitney Houston.” Also not the miss is the newly-opened, year-long exhibit called “Good Vibrations: 50 Years of The Beach Boys,” about the band which marked a generation helped put Southern California on the musical map a half-century ago. 

You Save: $12.95 per person

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Miami Art Museum: Miami, Fla. 

The Miami Art Museum is a great place to see contemporary art. There is video art, sculpture, paintings and photography. The space is relatively small for a museum, which allows you the time to take it all in.

Why Go Now: The exhibit “Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks” is an exploration of identity and race using photography, paintings, sculpture, and video, and shows how everyday items help shape who we are.

You Save: $8

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Newseum:  Washington, D.C.  

The Newseum has six-levels of high-tech, interactive exhibitions that captures the history and controversies of news reporting.  It has 15 theaters, 14 major galleries, two state-of-the-art broadcast studios and a 4-D time-travel experience.

Why Go Now: Gain some historical perspective to this year presidential race by visiting "Every Four Years: Presidential Campaigns and the Press," which explores how media coverage of presidential campaigns has evolved from William McKinley's campaign to today.

You Save: $21.95 per person

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Stark Museum of Art: Orange, Tex.

The Stark Museum of Art houses one of the nation’s most significant collections of American Western art.  The collection includes examples of Western Art, decorative arts and pieces from Native American artists.

Why Go Now: See history of the region through glass and porcelain, such as the only complete set of The United States in Crystal from Steuben Glass or inspect letters and manuscripts by artists such as John James Audubon.

You Save: Admission is normally free

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African American Museum in Philadelphia: Philadelphia, Pa. 

This museum interprets the life and work of African Americans in history through family life, the visual arts, entertainment, politics, and sports.

Why Go Now:  See the Congressional Gold Medal that was bestowed upon civil rights icon Rosa Parks, and check out the photographs and letters of singer Pearl Bailey.

You Save: $ 10

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Museum of Flight: Seattle, Wash. 

The Museum of Flight has a large collection of planes that includes the first jet-powered Air Force One, a British Airways Concorde, one of only two airworthy Douglas DC-2s, the Lockheed M-21 as well as many other famous military and civil aircraft.  Plan your day wisely.  There is more to see here than can fit in a single day.

Why Go Now:  See how the people and machines shaped modern Navy aviation in “Soaring at Sea: 100 Years of Naval Aviation.”

You Save:  $17 per person

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Top 10 most interesting museums

Museums are getting mighty expensive these day.  Here's your change to get a bit of culture without the big bucks. Sept. 29 is Smithsonian magazine’s annual Museum Day Live, which waives admission at 1,400 art and cultural institutions across the country.  Here are ten--in no particular order--worth checking out. 

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