Columbus Museum of Art: A Scroll by Any Other Name is a Megillah

You all know I’m a huge proponent of museums and whenever we’re in a new city, or even a city we’ve visited dozens of times, we make a bee line for them. It’s the perfect way to learn about history and culture, art and style without ever having to pull your passport out of storage. Last weekend The Kid and I had the pleasure of checking out Columbus Museum of Art, including its recent Medieval and Barouque pieces. This megillah, created in Italy around 1700, tells the story of Purim.…

What’s a Neapolitan Presepio?

The winter holiday season is a really fun time to visit Pittsburgh. There’s so many spots to check out Christmas lights and a ton of our favorite places to visit throughout the year really deck the halls with holiday decorations. One hall that is truly decked out this year is the Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Hall of Architecture. Not only are there five giant Christmas trees (this year’s theme is all about Scotland thanks to one of its hometown hero’s birthplace) but the┬áNeapolitan┬áPresepio is a true wonder. First displayed…

Happy 200th Birthday, Star-Spangled Banner!

I love historical anniversaries and celebrations, so it’s no surprise that when The Kid and I visited Washington, DC last month that I was super excited to visit The National Museum of American History and visit the exhibit that so beautifully displays the banner for which our National Anthem was written. From June 14th through July 6th, Francis Scott key’s original manuscript will be together with the banner for the first time compliments of The Maryland Historical Society. We made a bee line for the famous flag that Francis Scott…

Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky, Ohio

I recently visited Sandusky, Ohio, and was lucky enough to visit The Merry-Go-Round Museum. Opened on July 14, 1990, the unique museum was created from a love of carousels and The U.S. Post Office’s commission of a Cedar Point carousel horse for 1 of 4 carousel horse stamps in 1988. Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky, Ohio Instead of a few hundred visitors they were expecting for issue day, the crowd was well over 2,000! A non-profit group with a love of carousel horses then opened the museum so all could enjoy…