The 100,000-square-foot museum sports visually appealing relics dating back 1,000 years. Discover the coveted family bible carried by famous pioneer Daniel Boone, or walk softly to the display of Teddy Roosevelt's "Big Stick," a royal grade double rifle. The third-floor Royal Armouries, USA features unusual European swords, shields, and pickle spears dating back to the 11th century. This summer's exhibits allow you to peruse photographic accounts of the American soldier from the Civil War to the present, or brush up on your pirate history with authentic treasure and trinkets, live performances, and a thorough examination of the differences between real-life swashbucklers and their movie counterparts.
On the First Friday of every month, the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft invites the community to peruse its wares for free. The museum, along with many of its neighbors on Louisville's Museum Row, participates in the First Friday Trolley Hop, a tour of the vibrant local art scene. It's one of many ways the museum team opens their 27,000 square feet of rotating art exhibits, which highlight styles from American folk art to taxidermy. The displays emphasize the importance of materials and process, rather than focusing exclusively on the final product. This philosophy extends to the museum's art workshops, in which kids make finger puppets, bracelets, and even mini-greenhouses well suited for pet hamsters who've always dreamed of gardening.
Specializing in senior portraits, engagements, and family photos, Kelly Rockhold Photography snaps professional shots of even the most photophobic customers, successfully recording proof of life before it flees into the past. Families or individuals can choose their own modeling spots (an urban, historic downtown, or a park location) and bend, contort, and jimmy-jam their bodies into as many poses as they can fit into the 60-minute session. In addition to the prints and CD of two digital photos, photo subjects will skip away with e-shareable web-sized photos (400x600 pixels) tagged with Kelly Rockhold Photography's watermark to ensure the photos aren't used in airline safety brochures without consent. This Groupon also gives customers a 25% discount on all additional print orders of more than $100. Call ahead to schedule an appointment.
Organized by Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, the exhibit includes portraiture of famous 20th-century luminaries such as Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, and Pablo Picasso. Celebrated Armenian photographer Karsh devoted his life to capturing stunning snapshots of some of the world's most famous actors, statesman, and cultural revolutionaries. This limited-time exhibit allows viewers to ponder the subtleties of history's great visages while appreciating Karsh's eye for capturing the famous in Funyuns-munching candid shots.
PsychoMania Theater of Terror invites supplicants to the abandoned Translux theater to witness the unrest of the spirits disturbed by its construction atop the remains of a cemetery. Guests convene in a lobby that bears the tattered remnants of a classic movie house before entering the theater to view a chronicling of the building’s darkened past, including the horrifying opening weekend of Gigli. A journey through 12,000 square feet of the macabre commences, stocked with multitudinous horrors and hosted by the undead who reside there. For an additional $5, those battling a fear of enclosed spaces may face their fears head on with a one-way trip to the cemetery via the Buried Alive casket ride, where they can experience a thrill spookier than hiding in Stephen King's crawlspace.
Chronicling the history of the Howard Shipyard, the Howard Steamboat Museum displays a plethora of steamboat artifacts within a 22-room Romanesque-revival mansion that was built in 1894. Visitors to the Howard mansion step into the nineteenth century, as they can admire original furnishings, brass chandeliers, stained-glass windows, intricate carvings, and primitive steam-powered laptop computers. While walking through the preserved halls, patrons have access to a collection of exhibits, including detailed full- and half-hull models, as well as more than 4,000 original photographs and paintings. Inspect the original paddlewheel from The Delta Queen, study artifacts taken directly from the Robert E. Lee and the Natchez, or browse the gift shop for the ideal present for a seafarer.