The Henry Ford Museum

A few weeks ago, my entire family was planning on going to Greenfield Village to celebrate my sister's birthday (her motto is nicely -- happy kids, happy mom).  When we arrived, it turned out that Delta was sponsoring free admission into the Henry Ford museum for the day. take it!    

I hadn't been in the Henry Ford for probably five plus years.  We were with our niece (2.5) and nephew (4.5).  It was really fun to go to through the museum with both of them. 

The museum as always is a pleasure.  It has a lot for everyone.  I do feel like the Greenfield Village is a little more interactive (particularly on a weekend in the summer) with demonstrations, games, and things to do.  

My nephew LOVED it.  Like LOVED it.  He could climb in things and enough to see and questions to ask.  He dragged my husband around and basically got his own private tour.  His favorite things were: the steam engines and the race cars and the airplanes.  So, basically everything.

There isn't muc…

National Underground Railroad: Freedom Center

Jason and I went to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center a few weeks ago; coincidentally the same day as the race riots in Charlottesville, VA.  We had the visit planned for a while as we want to catch the Nelson Mandela exhibit, Mandela: the Journey to Ubuntu.

We spent a little under 2 hours in the museum, starting at the top with the special exhibit and then moving to the rest of the exhibits.  The entrance to the special exhibit was timed.  We were told that the exhibit would take about 30 minutes to go through, but we were able to get through it in about 20 minutes.  The exhibit was put together by a photographer than covered Nelson Mandela for at least a decade.  It walked the viewer through the birth of Mandela, the beginning of the apartheid, the time in jail and after he was released and his time as leader of South Africa.  The exhibit was quite thoughtful.  Jason did bring up one item that I found curious as well: for an exhibit that was created by his photographer…

Cincinnati Museum Center

This past weekend, we had our in-laws in town and decided to go to the Cincinnati Museum Center to see the Star Wars and the Power of Costumes.  It is in town for another couple of weeks.  It was created by the Denver Art Museum in partnership with the Lucas Museum.  

The museum kicks off with a video giving an overview of the exhibit.  I liked learning George Lucas's "process" as it came to costumes.  I had never realized it before, but based on the costumes you know exactly what role the characters play in the movie and what attributes and traits the character has.  There were a number of the classic characters in their iconic costumes.  The exhibit was divided into themes -- really based on the types of characters e.g., robots, villains.  

It really was fun to see everything in person and get a feel for size, scale and texture.  The exhibit provided great context and background on how the textiles and costumes came together.  

I will continue my complaining that you have…

Cincinnati Parks Krohn Conservatory

Over Memorial Day weekend, my parents, my husband, and I went to the conservatory for the butterfly exhibit on a bit of a whim.  
The exhibit was only there for a limited time.  The exhibit had quite a line to purchase tickets, but it did serve as a gating mechanism into the exhibit.  At least it kept a bit of the traffic out of the exhibit, which was packed.  I wished it had better traffic flow.  It was awkward to get around and did not really optimize the center of the space.  
We enjoyed seeing the butterflies although did not see any monarchs, which were what supposedly the main attraction.  We also saw another creature that was a bit unexpected!  

I did not end up getting a picture of it, but I really loved seeing the big blue Peruvian butterflies.  

Time spent: 45 minutes Times visited: 1 Overall: B

Louisiana State Museum - The Cabildo

While in New Orleans, we visited two of the state museums.  This is the one we went to second.  We went with my parents, my sister, her husband and their two children (four and two).  This museum focuses on the history of New Orleans.  

I will say overall, this museum was really beautiful.  I could imagine some awesome cocktail hours overlooking the square here!

This museum seemed a little more tired than the one that Jason and I had visited the day before with the exception of the second floor.  The second floor seemed to have been edited.  It was also more interactive and engaging than the other floors.  My niece and nephew definitely enjoyed it the most.  My nephew wished that the video on the pirates would "have more" aka was longer!  They also enjoyed playing the drum.  I really enjoyed the large painting on the second floor of a battle -- on the painting, it was highlighted which were the key elements to pay attention to throughout the painting.  I liked that it drew you…

Louisiana State Museum - The Presbytere

Recently, my husband and I traveled to New Orleans for a wedding!  What a fun city for a party!  On our second day, we went to the Louisiana State Museum - The Presbytere.   This museum has two main sections: Hurricane Katrina and Mardi Gras, each on their own floor. 

I will say overall, this museum was really beautiful.  I could imagine some awesome cocktail hours overlooking the square here!

The first floor provided context and details about when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond.  It walks the visitor through the lead-up to New Orleans.  Unfortunately, the atrocities that occurred were due to a number of factors.  The exhibit highlights the construction, engineering failures of the levees.  It seemed as though bad decisions were compounded through more bad decisions (e.g., materials choice, design choices).  The lack of preparedness of the groups that should have been prepared (e.g., federal, state, city resources) was astounding.  The excu…

Cincinnati Art Museum

Okay, so going to quickly skip over our trip to New Orleans to wrap up my Cincinnati blog posts!

I headed to the Cincinnati Art Museum by myself on Friday to participate in the Cinco de Mayo Frida celebration.  While I would give the Frida celebration mixed reviews, I really did enjoy the opportunity to walk through the special exhibit, Tiffany Glass: Painting with Light and Color.  

It is a special exhibit that was created by the The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass in New York City -- basically a private collection by the Neustadt family.  It appears that they also curate exhibits, which are loaned out to create awareness and interest in Tiffany glass.  The exhibit was a very manageable size -- about three main rooms.    

I loved that the also had an guide available.  Bring your own headphones, use the museum wifi and watch the youtube videos that have been created to go with the exhibit.  As a preview, the videos are available here.

I learned so much about the glass: