ANOTHER VISIT TO THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Last summer I wrote another post on the American Museum of Natural History .

I returned to the museum , which takes up 3 blocks of Central Park West from 78th to 81st streets in New York City, to see some exhibits that I didn’t see the first time.

This being New York , where everything is big and spread out , there was a lot of things that I didn’t see.

Monkeys, history of peoples, dinosaurs and Theodore Roosevelt Hall were some of the things that I didn’t get to see the first time .

As I’m not a fan of the satellites and planets, the world famous Hayden Planetarium wasn’t on my list of things to see.

I didn’t see the planetarium the first time, so why would I want to see it now and get really bored?

No, thanks, I’ll pass on that solar system thingy.

The dinosaurs with the names that I can’t pronounce is more my speed.

There was one exhibit with a raptor or some other tyrannosaurus that was so big and long that its head stuck out the door.

I don’t think that I need to tell you that selfies were in full effect and I wasn’t the only one taking a selfie with what ever this animal was.

This section was full of little schoolchildren, who were confused as to whether they were in a playground or a museum.

I knew it was time to move onto another area of the museum so I went to the Theodore Roosevelt Hall, which is on the first floor and named after the former president who was one of the first American politicians who was interested in conservation .

This is one of the museum’s that all those travel guidebooks say that you must see while you’re in New York City .

They aren’t wrong.

A VISIT TO THE KING MANOR MUSEUM

Not many Americans know of Rufus King and his family, but they should .

Not many New Yorkers know of him, either and they definitely should .

Rufus King was one of the members of the Continental Congress , which met in Philadelphia right after the Revolutionary War .

You might say that he was one of “the Founding Fathers ” as he also signed the constitution as a member of the New York delegation.

He was a United States senator and an ambassador to Great Britain under three presidents, Washington , Adams and Jefferson .

He was an outspoken critic against slavery.

The house, which is now a museum, was the home of Rufus, his wife, Mary, and their five sons, one of which became the governor of New York .

The house, which began as a farmhouse , was brought in 1805 by Rufus.

It stayed in the family until 1896, when his granddaughter , Cornelia , died.

The city of New York took over the property and in 1900, the house became a museum .

There is a guided tour of the house, which I advise that you take, as the guides are friendly and very knowledgeable about the house and the family .

You’ll see artifacts that the family did actually use such as the piano in the parlor , which still works.

You’ll also see the delicate and very elegant tea set that belonged to Elizabeth King , another granddaughter of Rufus.

Her portrait is on the second floor of the house as is the drawing room belonging to her uncle John who was the governor of New York .

The house is decorated in period pieces, even the kitchen.

While I did enjoy looking at how the servants prepared food, my favorite room had to be the dining room, where the Kings probably entertained guests .

There’s even a portrait of Mary hanging in the dining room which should tell you who exactly was the boss of the house, and it wasn’t Rufus.

There is a suggested admission price of $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students, but the main focus of this museum is for you to experience a time in history that you thought you knew about, but realky didn’t .

The museum also has lectures , which are free to the public.

The museum is easily accessible by taking the E train and getting off at the last stop, Jamaica Center and Archer Avenue .

From there , you walk down to 153th Street and Jamaica Avenue.

The museum is right there , in the middle of Rufus King Park.

What is now Rufus King Park used to be part of King Manor as well.

It was that big .

King Manor Museum

Rufus King Park

Jamaica Avenue and 153rd Street

Jamaica , Queens, New York

Monday – Friday 12pm -2pm

Saturday – Sunday 1pm – 5pm

The museum is opened from February until December and closed the entire month of January .

A VISIT TO THE FORT PITT MUSEUM

As I was walking through the city, I came across this museum, which is part of the Smithsonian, and the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh .

It’s the Fort Pitt Museum and it sits right where the Ohio, Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers meet.

It wasn’t on my list of places to see while I was in Pittsburgh , but the beauty of traveling ,whether you’re doing a 30 Plus Teams Tour or not ,is discovering places that weren’t on your list and weren’t even mentioned in a guide book.

The museum sits right under one of the many bridges that seem to line this city.

There are 446 of them by the way.

The bridge that’s near the museum is the Smithfield Bridge.

I paid my admission and went to explore this museum which tells the story of Pittsburgh during the French and Indian War , long before there was even a United States .

I discovered facts about the city that I wasn’t even aware of , even though I was a history major in college .

As you enter the first floor , right in front of you is a diagram of Fort Pitt, and what would become the city of Pittsburgh.

You also find out about the different Native American tribes in the area and which tribes sided with the French and who sided with the British as well as the Native Tribes who didn’t side with either the French or British.

Not surprisingly , many tribes didn’t trust either the British or French.

You can take pictures on the first floor only but not on the second floor of the museum , which is too bad, because there are a lot more interesting exhibits on the second floor , not to mention the really gorgeous view that you have of the Smithfield Bridge.

But because the artifacts are so delicate, it’s easy to see why they dont want you taking pictures on this floor.

On the first floor, you get to see how soldiers and ordinary citizens lived during this time.

There’s even a portrait of George Washington, who was a member of the Virginia Regiment of the British army.

It was Washington who was sent as an envoy by the British to ask the French to give up the Fort .

Since war came later, you can only guess what the French response was.

Besides the artifacts on the second floor, you get to learn who the major players were for the French, British, Americans and Native Americans .

I was surprised to learn that even back then, Benjamin Franklin was involved in helping the British.

How this would change many years later.

You also learn how after the French and Indian War, and even the Revolutionary War , nothing was resolved with the Native American tribes, and bitterness of some of the tribes seems to linger even until this day.

You might not want to spend that long a time at this museum , but believe me , if you want to learn about some unknown United States history and you happen to be in Pittsburgh visit the Fort Pitt Museum .

Fort Pitt Museum

601 Commonwealth

Plaza Building B

Point State Park

Pittsburgh , PA 15222

Open daily 10am-5pm

412-281-9284

A

dults $7

Seniors 62 years and older $6

Youth 6-17 and students with valid ID $3.50

Retired and active military $4

Children 5 and under Free

START  SPREADING  THE  NEWS  –  NEW  YORK  CITY ,  NEW  YORK  –  A VISIT  TO  THE  AMERICAN  FOLK  ART  MUSEUM  

This  is  one of  the  many museums  in ”  The  city that never  sleeps  “, that not a lot of  tourists  know  about ,  maybe even  a lot of  New Yorkers as well.

This museum  has been  around  since 1961.

Admission  to  the  museum  is free, but there is a suggested  donation  price of $10 when you enter.

The museum  is  closed on Mondays ,  but open on Tuesday  through Sunday . 

It’s  located  at 2 Lincoln  Square ,  which  is  on Columbus  Avenue  between  65th and 66th Streets . 

Even  though  the  museum  is  called  The American  Folk  Art  Museum ,  it focuses  on art, manly quilts ,  that weren’t  mass produced ,  but mostly  made by ordinary  people  like you  and  me.

I  other words ,  people  who  were what  the  museum  calls ,  “self-taught . ”

On  the  day  that  I  visited ,  the museum  had an exhibit  called ,  “War and  Pierced”, which were quilts  made from, of all things, military fabrics ,  especially  from uniforms . 

This exhibition  continues until January  7, 2018.

I was amazed  at how  beautiful  and colorful  some of  the  quilts were.

Some of  them  were done, not by women, but men, many of whom were injured during  war time.

If you happen  to  be  in the New York  City  area, visit this little  known  museum . 
American  Folk Art  Museum  

2 Lincoln  Square  

(Between  65th and 66th Street and Columbus  Avenue  )

New York  City ,  NY  10023

212-595-9533

Tuesday  – Thursday   11:30am- 7pm

Friday   12 pm  – 7:30pm

Saturday   11:30am- 7pm

Sunday   12pm- 6 pm  

HELLO  CHARM  CITY  –  BALTIMORE ,  MARYLAND .  THE BABE RUTH  BASEBALL  MUSEUM  IN  PICTURES . 

While on my annual 30 Plus Teams Tour of Baltimore, I visited   a museum that wasn’t  on my bucket list .  

It’s  the  Babe Ruth  Baseball  Museum.

Most baseball  fans  know that Ruth played for the  Boston  Red Sox and especially ,  the New York  Yankees . 

But what a lot of  baseball  fans didn’t  know  is that he was born in Baltimore, not far from where Orioles  Park  at  Camden  Yards  stands now.

If you happen  to  be  a  baseball  fan this is  one  museum  you should visit  while in the Charm  City.

There’s  an easy way to  get to  the museum  if you happen  to  be  staying  at  the  Hampton  Inn  Downtown  Convention  Center  or you went  to  a  game  at Camden  Yards . 

Follow  the  60 baseballs that are on the sidewalk . 

60 is the the number of  home runs  that Babe Ruth  hit in case you didn’t  know . 

START SPREADING THE NEWS – NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK – THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

FB_IMG_1503928884257FB_IMG_1503928975288The first  thing  one  notices  when  you  walk  into  the  American  Museum  of  Natural  History  isn’t  the  huge  statue  of  President  Theodore  Roosevelt  right  in  front  of  the  building  that takes  up  four blocks  or so on Central  Park West .

It’s  the  two  giant  prehistoric  animals  getting  ready  to  do  battle  right  in the  middle  of  the  Theodore  Roosevelt  Memorial  Hall .

This  museum ,  which  is  one  of  the  largest  Natural  History  museums  in  the  country ,  is also  the  home  of  the  world  famous  Hayden  Planetarium .

If you  happen  to  be  visiting  New York  City  not only  for  your  own  30  Plus  Teams  Tour ,  but  just  because  this  is  New York  City  after all ,  this  is  one  of  the  museums  that  you  should  visit ,  especially  if  you  have  children .

The  museum  is  easy  to  get  to  by  public  transportation  and  two  New York  City  subway  trains ,  the B and  C  trains ,  stop  right  at  the  museum .

There’s  even  an entrance  when  you  get  off  the  subway  at the Lower  Level .

The  museum  is  open  daily  from  10am  until  5:45  pm .

The suggested  admission price   for  adults   $19  and  for children  ages 2-12, $10.

Before  you  pay, though ,  you’ll  be  asked  if  you  wish to  visit  just  the  museum  or do you  wish  to  see the Imax  Movie ,  special  exhibits ,  plus  any  shows  at  the  Hayden  Planetarium .

If you  want  to  do  all of  this ,  more money  is added  to  your  admission  price .

$14  more for  the  adults ,  $10  more  for  the  children .

If this  sounds  like  a  steep  price  to  you ,  keep  in  mind  that  in effect ,  you’re  visiting  two  museums .

The  Hayden  Planetarium  tells  you  everything  you  wanted  to  know  about  the  planets  and  solar  systems .

Given  the  fact  that  we recently  had  a  solar  eclipse ,  the  Hayden  Planetarium  was one  of  the  busiest  places  in the  museum .

The museum  itself  has  four  floors  and is quite  spread  out ,  so please  be sure  to  pick  up  a floor  plan  before  you  go into  any  of  the  exhibits .

Otherwise ,  you will  be  hopelessly  lost like I was ,  and I  did have  a  floor  plan .

The  planetarium  isn’t  the  only  exhibit  on the  first  floor ,  but the  child  in you  will love  the  Hall  of  North  American  Mammals .

On the  day  that  I  visited  the  museum ,  besides   reading  the  quotes  from President  Roosevelt  that were on  the  wall  as you walk  in  and  being  mesmerized  by the  two  prehistoric  animals  battling  it out, I really  enjoyed  the  exhibits  on in  the  second  floor ,  which just  didn’t  have  the  Hall  of  African  Mammals ,  but  also  the Hall  of  Peoples .

There  were  exhibits  on peoples  from  Mexico ,  South  and  Central  America ,  Asia  and  Africa .

I was really  fascinated  by  the  customs and  traditions ,  and I  would  say that  this  was  my favorite  section  of  the  museum .

I didn’t  think  that  I  would  enjoy  my  visit  to  a  museum  about dinosaurs ,  rocks, and the  planets ,  but I  was  wrong .

This  museum  is so  much  more  than  that .

The  inner  child  in me  really  liked  looking  at  all the  prehistoric  animals ,  and trying  to  pronounce  their  names .

There  was  even  a  section  on  the  birds  of New York  State  and for  some  reason  the exhibit  that seemed  to  have the  most  children ,  and their  parents oohing  and  just  seemingly  enjoying  for  some  strange  reason ,  was the one  called ,  ”  Rodents  of  New  York . ”

Don’t  ask, I couldn’t  look at  it without  getting  sick.

You might  think  an hour  visiting  this  museum  would  be  fine .

Wrong ,  try three  hours  at the  most .

There’s  a  lot  to  see, but leave  the  selfie  sticks  at home  or back at the  hotel  or hostel .

Security  will tell you  when you  first  arrive ,  that  selfie sticks   aren’t  allowed  anywhere  in  the  museum .

There are  so  many  museums  in  the  city to visit .

Make the  American  Museum  of  Natural  History  a must  see on your  next  trip  to  New York  City . FB_IMG_1503928864289FB_IMG_1503928880842