For more than a century, the Berkshire Museum has blended history, science, and art into a cohesive whole, drawing inspiration from both the Smithsonian and the American Museum for Natural Science. The museum is packed with wonders ranging from Wally—the fiberglass stegosaurus who guards the museum’s entry—to the John James Audubon display, an impassioned tribute to the very ornithology that prompted Audubon to pen The Birds of America. Other, more playful displays unveil additional wonders, including Alexander Calder's collection of wooden push and pull toys. And inside the vast, salty aquarium, a teeming collection of clownfish, blind cave tetra, and puffer fish swim merrily side-by-side, thankful that they've yet to be cast as members of some trite, underwater calypso band.
A Maze in Pottery invites brush-wielders of all ages and skill levels to select and custom-slather functional ceramic canvases. The studio's shelf-lined wall brims with more than 300 enticing and unpainted pieces, including cereal bowls ($14), coffee mugs ($13.50), and cat figurines ($13.50), which make ideal chew toys for brave mice. After selecting a piece, customers can get cozy at a table and spend two hours beautifying blank surfaces with more than 50 food-safe and lead-free paints and glazes.
Stamford Museum & Nature Center has come a long way since its founding in 1936. Over the decades, its sprawling grounds have grown to include areas focused on nature, agriculture, astronomy, art, and history. On a hill lies the Henri Bendel Mansion. This once-private residence echoes classic British manor houses with its lead-framed glass windows, half-timbered walls, and stone gargoyles that speak in cockney accents. Visitors can view the ground's sculptures, before going inside to gaze at the art galleries. Rotating exhibits explore topics in art and pop culture– Two Artists Who Look at the Sky begins February 16 and includes Nightwatch: The Art of Greg Mort and The Prints of Etienne Leopold Trouvelot, and Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats will run mid-summer through Labor Day.
Festivals, such as the Maple Sugar Festival Weekend (March 2–3) and Spring on the Farm Festival Weekend (May 18–19), allow visitors to engage with the property in unique ways and with many family activities.
Back outside, more than 80 acres of nature trails wind through the trees. One such trail leads to Nature's Playground, where kids soar down slides and play in a treehouse. Elsewhere, the accessible Wheels in the Woods trail lets people of all abilities explore the forest.
Crossing over Bendel's Pond brings visitors to Heckscher Farm, where—through the Junior Curator program— kids learn basic animal care. The New England–style farm, which stands next to an otter pond, home to otters Bert and Edie, encompasses structures such as the Maple Sugar House and the Cheshire Barn, which was built in 1750 and houses only heritage-breed animals, including chickens, pigs, cows, and llamas. The Stamford Observatory sits west of the farm and offers visitors an opportunity to peer into a 22-inch research telescope, which uses a built-in computer to hone in on nearly any object in the sky.
Neuberger Museum of Art is Westchester County's premier museum of modern, contemporary, and African art. An integral part of Purchase College, SUNY, it boasts nearly 30,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space. We present 10-12 changing exhibitions each year as well as two permanent collections of modern American art and Africa art.
Home to more than 1,000 marine animals, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk entices visitors of all ages with glimpses of the Long Island Sound’s rich ecosystem. Pintsize adventurers thrill at the touch tank, which puts friendly rays and other inhabitants of the Sound at arm's reach. Sharks swiftly navigate a glass-enclosed exhibit, giving visitors an up-close view of the powerful creatures without having to disguise themselves as bigger sharks. The friendly staff members feed seven harbor seals three times a day, inviting landlubbers to watch and ask questions as the whiskered inhabitants chow down. A six-story screen displays larger-than-life images in the IMAX theater, as educational tales of seafaring critters and jungle dwellers inspire folk ballads about the family cat. The behind-the-scenes tour steers visitors through the jellyfish nursery and fish kitchen before piloting toward the Open Ocean exhibit, where participants can toss in fish to feed the sharks, and then after-dinner mints to curb the indecorous effects.
At 19,314 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro has the highest summit on the continent of Africa. But if you take it slow and steady, you can make it to the top. Along the way, you'll get a full view of Tanzania's windswept savannahs, and when climbers finally reach Uhuru Peak, it's a rite of passage to stop and look to a sea of clouds below them. On this 12-day, 11-night Mount Kilimanjaro trek, you'll have a fleet of expert guides, porters, and cooks at your side as you make the ascent to the summit. Click to see the full itinerary. Days 1–2 (Thursday and Friday): Your plane will depart from Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD) (other gateways are available by request for an additional fee) and touch down at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Tanzania. There, Odyssey Safaris staff will pick you up in a shuttle and take you to the African Tulip Hotel. Feel free to explore the town of Arusha for the day or rest up in the hotel. Day 3 (Saturday): The caravan then embarks on a three-hour drive into Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. For the first leg of the journey, your group will be accompanied by a game ranger, who will act as a mediator and an advisor when you encounter wild buffalo, elephants, or escaped Smokey the Bears along the trail. Guides, porters, and cooks will join the expedition as it follows the Lemosho Route, a remote trail covered in lush vegetation. Throughout the excursion, each trekker will carry only a daypack filled with personal belongings. Days 4–5 (Sunday and Monday): You'll gain nearly 2,000 feet in altitude on Sunday's portion of the trip, which takes you beyond the rainforest level of the mountain. For this stretch of trail, hikers will course through the Shira Caldera, a volcanic cone and high desert plateau. You'll take some time to get acclimated to the altitude on Monday; that leg of the expedition has an elevation gain of only 214 feet. Days 6–7 (Tuesday and Wednesday): The highlight of day 6 is a trek beyond the Lava Tower; afterward, you'll spend the night at Barranco campsite, which is situated above the clouds and has excellent panoramic views. On day 7, campers will reach heights of 13,452 feet in the Karanga Valley. Days 8–9 (Thursday and Friday): After four hours of slow and steep hiking on Thursday, you'll be rewarded for your hard work as you make the final ascent to the summit. That evening, hikers awaken in the middle of the night and forge ahead to Stella Point, located about six hours away, just in time to catch the sunrise. If you wish, you can head up to Uhuru Peak, the tallest point on the African continent at 19,341 feet. After reaching the pinnacle of Mount Kilimanjaro, the group will make its way back down through the rainforest.Day 10 (Saturday): Travelers descend the mountain and head back to Arusha, where they spend their final night at the African Tulip Hotel.Days 11–12 (Sunday and Monday): The group departs from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) on Sunday and arrives stateside on Monday. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
Westport Picture Framing's meticulous frame experts specialize in safeguarding art, photos, and prints and can frame almost any item or size to fit personal tastes and special occasions. With an impressive selection of high-quality materials to choose from, customers can match their boutique artwork or prized Calvin Coolidge trading card with the surrounding décor of the frame's impending wall space. Skilled artisans can also mount and display glass sculptures, lithographs, and serigraphs. Acid-free products and museum-quality, UV-free glass help to ensure the longevity and preservation of framed photos, keepsakes, and important receipts.