Museums explore U.S. history
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Museums explore U.S. history

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                                The 60-foot-long multilayered exhibit wall at the American Writers Museum takes you on a journey through the literary history of the United States, from the early Native American oral traditions up to the explosion of voices of the 20th century.

    COURTESY AMERICAN WRITERS MUSEUM

    The 60-foot-long multilayered exhibit wall at the American Writers Museum takes you on a journey through the literary history of the United States, from the early Native American oral traditions up to the explosion of voices of the 20th century.

A handful of new and expanding museums provide engaging and enriching experiences. Here are a few to consider:

1. American Writers Museum, Chicago

Debuting in May, this new entry into the museum world, and the first of its kind in the U.S., will shine a light on American writers and their influence on our history and daily existence. Learn about the professional and personal lives of famous scribes including Mark Twain, Dr. Seuss and John Steinbeck. Exhibits tagged “The Mind of a Writer,” “A Writer’s Room” and “Word Play” will decode the writing life and spur the creativity of budding wordsmiths through games and a menu of immersive opportunities. Also expect permanent exhibits, a children’s gallery, films, talks and readings for every age group.

Contact: americanwritersmuseum.org

2. The National WWII Museum, New Orleans

Through family workshops where your clan can learn the secrets of military code cracking, changing exhibits and multimedia programs, this expansive museum strives to educate visitors about the many facets of America’s experience in the Second World War. Spend time learning through scavenger hunts, games and the chance to explore the inside of a Sherman tank during the museum’s popular Family Overnight experience. The Founders Plaza offers a peaceful setting to honor those who served.

Contact: nationalww2museum.org, horatioalger.org

3. Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia

If you needed just one more history-based nudge to plan a trip to Philadelphia, a new museum will open in April just steps from Independence Hall, Carpenter’s Hall and Franklin Court. Permanent and special exhibitions, theater and diverse programming will help visitors explore the tumultuous era of the American Revolution. Supported by an extensive collection of artifacts, artwork and manuscripts, the museum hopes to provide a meaningful and contextual portal to the nation’s many Revolutionary sites.

Contact: amrevmuseum.org

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