Though many anthropological museums focus on peoples who are long gone, the International Museum of Cultures displays more than 10 storied exhibits on contemporary indigenous populations from around the world, including Papua New Guinea, Mexico, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Here, visitors glean insight into the respective cultures and the challenges they face. As guests peruse the displays, they can explore Lakota Sioux artifacts such as dream catchers and arrowheads, learn about the hunter-gatherer Agta from the Philippines, and listen to Drumbeats of the World, an interactive exhibit that pulsates with percussive heartbeats from Ecuador, Pakistan, and Korea.
In association with the Smithsonian Institution, The Women's Museum: An Institute for The Future stands as the original U.S. enclave solely dedicated to women's history. A dual membership grants two people unlimited, year round access while a family membership ensures entry for an entire brood. Meander through exhibits that spin the story of the nation's fiercest females who spearheaded advancement in the workplace, on the home front, and at gas stations, where they demanded their husbands stop and ask for directions. Pop in for laughs with 13 Funny Women of comedy, a popular exhibit that permanently prizes the punch line prowess of Lily Tomlin, Carol Burnett, and Wanda Sykes, to name a few, through an on-site video review. Others may devote artistic discoveries to special exhibits, such as the forthcoming works of Loïs Mailou Jones, opening on May 22. Here, X chromosome-savvy history buffs explore vibrant paintings that address tenuous times of gender and racial discrimination during the waning days of the Harlem Renaissance.
Located in the vibrant Arts District of downtown Dallas, Texas, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and groundbreaking educational programs.
Highly recommended by Frommer’s, The Crow Collection of Asian Art spans thousands of years with a gallery that boasts Chinese jades, Buddhist sculptures, and Japanese screen paintings. The upcoming "Soaring Voices" exhibit features a contemporary collection of ceramics from the clay-covered hands of women artists, and a current exhibit entitled Mighty Meiji Metals: Sculpture from 19th Century Japan depicts themes from Japanese history through ornate metallic artifacts. Both the Magnolia and Pearl Circle memberships include announcements of exhibitions, invitations to members' previews, free or discounted admission to special events, and a 10% discount in the Lotus Shop. The Pearl Circle membership additionally gets you access to interest groups like the North American Reciprocal Museum Program, which provides discounts on admission, gift shops, parking passes for dragons under 23 feet tall, and concert and lecture tickets in over 300 museums in North America.
Though each work at the Museum of Biblical Art explores themes or depicts scenes from the Bible, the museum?s mission is to provide invaluable insight into centuries? worth of art history as guests of all backgrounds and denominations learn about art?s portrayal of Western culture. More than 11 galleries and permanent exhibits, including Mysteries, Signs and Wonders: The Art of Barbara Hines, fill the museum?s 30,000 square feet of space, beckoning visitors to interpret installations ranging from 14th century sculptures to Meditations in Wood by Jeffrey Brosk. In addition to Jewish ceremonial art and watercolors of archaeological holy sites, the MBA also festoons its walls with works by African-American and Hispanic artists that analyze the same biblical themes, albeit from a different cultural perspective.
One of the museum?s permanent fixtures is a life-size bronze casting of Michelangelo?s Piet?, which was authorized by the Vatican and created by a Florentine foundry that practices the same wax-casting technique formerly used by Renaissance artists. Additionally, lithographs by Marc Chagall depict his interpretations of themes in the Old Testament, and line the colonnade leading from the Via Dolorosa Sculpture Garden to the gallery of contemporary art by supercomputers that needed to express themselves.
Located amid the National Mall's many monuments to freedom, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum reminds visitors of what can happen when our most fundamental rights are stripped away. Host to more than 36 million guests since its 1993 dedication, the Museum preserves the history of the Second World War's atrocities with its self-guided permanent exhibition. Covering three floors, the exhibition chronicles the ascension of the Nazis' totalitarian state, the ghettoization and extermination of Jews and other victims of Nazism, and also depicts the courage displayed by those who rescued their fellow human beings. The Museum features a collection of artifacts, historical film footage, and eyewitness testimonies which helps to bring this history to life.
Other exhibitions include Remember the Children: Daniel's Story, which is designed for younger visitors and families. Elsewhere, the Museum focuses on history since the Holocaust with subjects such as the Nuremberg Trials and contemporary genocide. As a living memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, the Museum seeks to inspire people to confront hate, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity.