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Tulane University Museum of Natural History, Louisiana

Bldg. A-3, Wild Boar Rd.
Belle Chasse, LA   70037
http://www.museum.tulane.edu/
The Tulane University Museum of Natural History is a private, non-profit zoological research museum comprising collections of invertebrates (primarily freshwater molluscs and decapod crustaceans), fishes, amphibians and reptiles (herpetology), birds, mammals and vertebrate fossils. The Museum is currently administered through the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology (EEOB). Henry L. Bart, Jr., Associate Professor of EEOB is the Museum Director. <br> The museum is located on the grounds of the F. Edward Hébert "Riverside" Research Center in the English Turn region of the Mississippi River, near Belle Chasse. The Museum is not open to the general public, but tours for school groups may be arranged. Please press the Tours button for additional information.
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C.R. Smith Museum, Texas
4601 Texas Highway 360 at FAA Road
Fort Worth, TX   76155
 
http://www.crsmithmuseum.org

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The American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum is much more than a museum. It's a sight-and-sound, hands-on, window-seat look at the world of flight. It's an adventure offering you a chance to hear, see, touch and be a part of the exciting aviation industry. Best of all, it's a great place for the entire family - or any group - to enjoy, time and time again.<br> The C.R. Smith Museum is one of the few museums in the world dedicated solely to commercial aviation. The museum opened in July 1993 and is dedicated to past and present American Airlines employees and C.R. Smith, longtime American Airlines president and aviation pioneer.
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Nasher Sculpture Center, Texas
2001 Flora Street
Dallas, TX  
 
http://www.nashersculpturecenter.org

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Presenting a collection of modern and contemporary sculpture. It is located on a 2.4-acre site adjacent to the Dallas Museum of Art in the heart of the Dallas Arts District. The mission of the Nasher is be an international focal point and catalyst for the study, installation, conservation, and appreciation of modern and contemporary sculpture.
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Missouri Historical Society, Missouri
Lindel and Debaliviere  - Forest Park
St. Louis, MO   63101
     
http://www.mohistory.org

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The Missouri Historical Society seeks to deepen the understanding of past choices, present circumstances, and future possibilities; strengthen the bonds of the community; and facilitate solutions to common problems.
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Old Red Museum, The, Texas
100 S. Houston St.
Dallas, TX   75202-3502
   
http://www.oldred.org

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It is located at a crossroads of activity in downtown Dallas – adjacent to the JFK Memorial and Dealey Plaza, a National Historic Landmark District, across the street from a replica of Dallas founder John Neely Bryan’s cabin and just a block from The Sixth Floor Museum and the historic West End of Dallas. The space is stimulating for any kind of visitor, including students, local Dallasites or anyone looking to learn more about the history of Dallas County. There is always something new to discover!
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Central Texas Museum of Automotive History, Texas

Rosanky, TX   78953
 
http://www.ctmah.org/

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The Central Texas Museum of Automotive History (CTMAH) is dedicated to the preservation and display of the history of the automobile. Our goal is to provide an entertaining and educational experience for our guests. CTMAH is striving to provide an understanding of the history of the automobile and its relation to society. Our organization is dedicated to showcasing cars and memorablila from the last 100 years of the automotive industry as well as acquiring and renovating vehicles that are of historic and developmental importance. The Museum's goal is to show today's guests and future generations the evolution of the automobile as well as how it has impacted society along with the effect society has had on the automobile.
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Alexandria Museum of Art, Louisiana

Alexandria, LA   71309
 
http://www.themuseum.org/

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Visitors receive a warm welcome when they enter the grand foyer of the Alexandria Museum of Art, constructed and opened to the public in March of 1998. The Museum was founded in 1977 and occupies the Historic Rapides Bank Building, circa 1898, listed on the National Historic Register.
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National D-Day Museum, The, Louisiana
945 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA   70130
     
http://www.ddaymuseum.org

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Due to the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina, the following description may no longer be accurate. Please consider this when making your travel plans. The National D-Day Museum is made up of four sections, each containing a different exhibit. A variety of artifacts, testimonies and documents, particularly those chronicling the World War II period, are on display. There is a permanent exhibit, as well as temporary exhibits and electronic exhibits, all of which transport visitors back to that time in history. In addition, two movies are screened several times daily in the museum's Malcolm S. Forbes Theatre - these are 'Price For Peace' and 'D-Day Remembered'.
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Dallas Museum of Natural History, Texas
3535 Grand Avenue  - Fair Park
Dallas, TX  
     
http://www.dallasdino.org

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The mission of the Dallas Museum of Natural History is to further an understanding and appreciation of the natural world through collection-based research, education and exhibition programs; to further in particular an understanding of the biological diversity and natural history of Texas; and to preserve the collections for the enlightenment and enjoyment of future generations.
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Ogden Museum of Southern Art, The, Louisiana
925 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA   70130
   
http://www.ogdenmuseum.org/
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The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, home to the largest and most comprehensive collection of Southern art in the world, and a unique and innovative destination to "See the South."
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The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, Texas
1800 N. Congress Ave
Austin, TX   78701
 
http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/

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The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin, Texas, tells the “Story of Texas” with three floors of interactive exhibits, the special effects show, The Star of Destiny, in the Texas Spirit Theater, and Austin's only IMAX Theatre, featuring the signature large-format film, Texas: The Big Picture. A 35-foot-tall bronze Lone Star sculpture greets visitors in front of the Museum, and a colorful terrazzo floor in the Museum’s rotunda features a campfire scene with enduring themes from Texas’ past. The Museum also has a Cafe with indoor and outdoor seating and a Museum Store with something for the Texan in everyone.
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Louisiana Children's Museum, Louisiana
420 Julia Street
New Orleans, LA   70130
http://www.lcm.org
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These last few months following Hurricane Katrina’s impact on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast have left us all ready to enjoy the normal and healthy activities of playing with our children. At the Louisiana Children's Museum, we suffered wind damage, roof damage and water intrusion throughout the building. Our staff has shrunk from 40 to 4, and we are desperately trying to rebuild, repair and get ready for company again. If you are interested in helping us on a volunteer basis, we would greatly appreciate the support!
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Frontiers of Flight Museum, Texas
6911 Lemmon Ave
Dallas, TX   75209
 
http://www.flightmuseum.com

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Embark on a memorable aviation journey - a tour of the Frontiers of Flight Museum. During your experience, you will bridge several lifetimes starting with the pioneers who realized their earliest dreams of flying; identifying with the aviators of the 20's and 30's, known as the "Golden Age of Flight"; understanding the sacrifices of the fliers of World War II; and progressing to the jet and rocket age of today. By virtue of these chronicles of time, you will also find a new appreciation for the role the Dallas/Fort Worth area (known today as the Aviation Capital of the World) has played in the unfolding global aviation story.
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Sixth Floor Museum, The, Texas
411 Elm Street
Dallas, TX   75202
   
http://www.jfk.org/

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The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza contains nearly 400 historic photographs, six documentary films, an audio tour and a range of artifacts and interpretive displays to document the life, times, death and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. The 9,000 square-foot museum recreates the social and political context of the early l960s, chronicles the events of November 22, l963, and analyzes Kennedy's lasting impact on American culture.
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Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma
2100 N. Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK   73105
http://www.okhistory.org/
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Mission: "To Preserve and Perpetuate the History of Oklahoma and its people by collecting, interpreting and disseminating knowledge of Oklahoma and the Southwest." <br> For over 100 years the Oklahoma Historical Society has strived to protect, chronicle and share the history of our great state. The Oklahoma Historical Society maintains over 20 museums & historic sites and five affiliates located throughout Oklahoma. Intriguing destinations including historic homes, military sites, and museums offer a unique glimpse into Oklahoma's past.
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Museum Of Discovery, Arkansas
500 President Clinton Ave. Suite 150
Little Rock, AR   72201
   
http://www.amod.org/

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The Museum of Discovery is AAM Accredited, a Smithsonian Affiliate, the hub for the Arkansas Discovery Network---an initiative of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. In addition, the Museum of Discovery is a proud member of American Association of Museums, the Association of Science and Technology Centers and Association of Children’s Museums.
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Texas Memorial Museum, Texas
2400 Trinity ST.
Austin, TX   78705
 
http://www.tmm.utexas.edu/

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Texas Memorial Museum is the exhibit hall of the Texas Natural Science Center. It is located at 2400 Trinity Street, on The University of Texas at Austin campus, in Austin, Texas.
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Museum of American Railroad, Texas
1105 Washington Street
Dallas, Te   as 75204
 
http://www.dallasrailwaymuseum.com/
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Voted "Best Railroad Museum" in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Cowcatcher Roundup 2009 Gold Rail Awards
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Women's Museum, The, Texas
3800 Parry Avenue
Dallas, TX   75226
     
http://www.thewomensmuseum.org/

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An Institute for the Future, in association with the Smithsonian Institution, is a comprehensive national American women's history museum. Located in Fair Park in Dallas, Texas, The Women's Museum's 70,000 square foot building provides a home for programs and exhibits where people can honor the past and explore the contributions of women throughout history.
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Dallas Museum of Art, Texas
1717 North Harwood
Dallas, TX   75201
     
http://www.dallasmuseumofart.org

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The Museum collects, preserves, presents, and interprets works of art of the highest quality from diverse cultures and many centuries, including that of our own time. The power of art, embracing responsibility to engage and educate the community, to contribute to cultural knowledge, and to advance creative endeavor.
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Historic Arkansas Museum, Arkansas
200 E. Third Street
Little Rock, AR   72201
   
http://www.arkansashistory.com/

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Historic Arkansas Museum invites you to come in and step back into Arkansas frontier history. Tour the museum's historic grounds and visit a pre-civil war neighborhood, including the oldest home still standing in Little Rock and the site where William Woodruff once printed the Arkansas Gazette. Interact with a living history character and see first-hand how early residents lived. Inside the Museum Center, explore Arkansas made art and artifacts in four exhibit galleries, see contemporary Arkansas art in the Trinity Gallery, and watch kids having fun in the interactive children's gallery. Shop for quilts and other contemporary crafts in the Museum Store, and see the award-winning introductory video in the theater.
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Margaret Harwell Art Museum, Missouri
421 N. Main St.
Poplar Bluff, MO   63901
 
http://www.mham.org

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The Margaret Harwell Art Museum in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, owes its existence to the generosity of its namesake and benefactor, the late Margaret Harwell -- an amateur artist, businesswoman and civic leader. When Mrs. Harwell died in 1977, she left a part of her estate to the City of Poplar Bluff to establish a center for art classes and exhibits. In 1978, an Arts and Museum Advisory Board was formed to take on the task. In 1980, the city purchased the J.L. Dalton home, itself rich in local history and architecture, to house the museum.
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Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK   73102
   
http://www.okcmoa.com/

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The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is located in the heart of Downtown Oklahoma City's Arts District. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Museum serves 170,000 visitors annually from all fifty states and over forty foreign countries and hosts special exhibitions drawn from throughout the world. The Museum is home to an extensive permanent collection of European and American art, including the most comprehensive collection of Dale Chihuly glass in the world, and the Midwest's premiere repertoire cinema, which presents the finest international, independent, and classic films. Amenities include the Museum's Library Resource Center, Museum Store, and Museum School, which offers classes for students of all ages as well as fall, winter, and summer camps for youths. The Museum is also home to the Museum Cafe, whose French-fusion cuisine is complemented by a full-service bar complete with cocktails, specialty coffees, and afternoon tea.
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Museum of Natural History, Louisiana
On the campus of Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA  
   
http://www.museum.lsu.edu/
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Confederate Memorial Hall Museum, Louisiana
929 Camp St.
New Orleans, LA   70130
 
http://www.confederatemuseum.com

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Confederate veterans of Louisiana founded Memorial Hall, also known as the Confederate Museum, in New Orleans in 1891 as a repository for their memorabilia from the War Between the States. These veterans and their families have donated more than 90% of the artifacts preserved and now exhibited in Memorial Hall. Ninety thousand of their war-related documents are housed on permanent loan at Tulane University and are available for research purposes. Thanks to the foresight of these men, their valuable relics and stories have been preserved for more than a century in our historic museum.
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Dallas Firefighters Museum, Texas
3801 Parry Avenue
Dallas, TX   75226-1753
 
http://www.dallasfiremuseum.com

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The station was built in 1907 and originally was the home to Hook and Ladder Company No. 3. The Museum boasts a fantastic collection of fire apparatus including “Old Tige”, an 1884 horse-drawn steam pumper named after then mayor W.L. Cabell. Other apparatus include some of the first motorized engines that were used by the Dallas Fire Department. Children can indulge their fascination with firefighters by climbing on a 1951 Fire engine, pulling on their helmet, and pretending they are on their way to “save the day”. There is over 100 years of firefighting history through a collection of extinguishers, helmets, tools, uniforms, etc… While you are there, listen to the sounds of present day firefighters responding to alarms and serving the citizens of Dallas
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Museum of Anthropology University of Kansas, Kansas
1340 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS   66045
http://www.arcc.ku.edu
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The purpose of ARCC is to foster an appreciation of the significance of the physical and cultural diversity of humanity through the creation, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge about peoples around the world from earliest times to the present.
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Trammell & Margaret Crown Collection of Asian Art, Texas
Flora Street
Dallas, TX  
http://www.crowcollection.org
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Located in the Arts District of downtown Dallas, The Crow Collection is a permanent set of galleries dedicated to the arts and cultures of China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia. The museum offers a serene setting for quiet reflection and learning.