Showing posts with label museums. Show all posts
Showing posts with label museums. Show all posts

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Day at the Clark Planetarium

Since Sean and I had to leave the zoo earlier than planned, we decided to visit Clark Planetarium which is probably Sean's favorite place.  We have been here many times before but there have been some renovations with some new exhibits added.  Sean was in heaven!  The really great thing about the planetarium is that all of the exhibits are free of charge.  There are Earth exhibits about water, wind, volcanoes, and earthquakes; moon exhibits including actual moon rocks, the phases of the moon, and lunar landings; and space exhibits about planets, black holes, and gravity.  Sean really likes playing with the tornado simulator, the gravity floor, and the lunar landing video game.  He could spend hours and hours here.  You can also buy tickets ($7.00) to see 3D movies about the Earth and space in the IMAX theater and star shows in the Dome theater.  While Sean and I were there we saw a show in the IMAX theater called "Amazon Adventure" which was absolutely fascinating.  Clark Planetarium is not just fun for kids.  I like visiting in the evening to see laser shows set to music.  You can go here to find out more information about all of the activities and shows at the planetarium.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

A Day at the Natural History Museum of Utah

On Friday I was on aunt detail and I told Sean that we could do anything that he wanted.  He chose to visit the Natural History Museum of Utah on the campus of the University of Utah.  Sean absolutely loves this place and we ended up spending most of the day there.  The museum showcases the history, physical geography, plant life, and earliest peoples of Utah.  There are lots of fun interactive displays for kids and Sean and I enjoyed the Great Salt Lake exhibit and the earthquake exhibit.  Sean's structure withstood the earthquake much longer than mine did!  I absolutely loved the dinosaur displays.  I had never been to this museum before and I quite enjoyed it.  I think it is a great place for both adults and kids because the displays are very informative as well as vibrant and interactive.  I think Sean could have stayed for hours and hours.  Go here for more information about hours and admission prices.

Note:  Currently there is a special exhibit about the Vikings which Sean and I both really enjoyed.

Monday, July 18, 2016

A Day at the Art Institute of Chicago

Whenever I am in a big city for a few days, I always like to visit a major art museum (like I did in New York City).  Marilyn and I had a morning free in Chicago so we decided to visit the Art Institute of Chicago.
Because we are such tourists we had to find what is arguably the most famous painting in the museum:  A Sunday on La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat.  This painting is featured in the movie Ferris Beuller's Day Off and because I love that movie it was really fun to see this.
Another really famous painting in the collection is American Gothic by Grant Wood.  It took us quite a while for us to find this painting but it was absolutely spectacular to see it in person.

I am a huge fan of Impressionism and I was thrilled to find a huge collection of paintings by some of my very favorite artists.
Cliff Walk at Pourville by Claude Monet
Houses of Parliament by Claude Monet
Stack of Wheat (Thaw, Sunset) by Claude Monet
Stacks of Wheat (Sunset, Snow Effect) by Claude Monet
Stacks of Wheat (End of Day, Autumn) by Claude Monet
Two Sisters (On the Terrace) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Venice, Palazzo Dario by Claude Monet
Water Lilies by Claude Monet
Water Lily Pond by Claude Monet
Waterloo Bridge, Gray Weather by Claude Monet
Woman at the Piano by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Arrival of the Normandy Train, Gare Saint-Lazarre by Claude Monet
Poppy Field (Giverny) by Claude Monet
Drapery, Pitcher, and Fruit Bowl by Paul Cezanne
Self-Portrait by Vincent Van Gogh

It was incredible to see all of these paintings, which I had studied in college, up close and in person.  I highly recommend a visit to the Art Institute of Chicago!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Madame Tussauds

The actors who have portrayed 007 at Madame Tussaud's (Daniel Craig was at the front entrance).
Another really "touristy" thing I did while in New York is visit Madame Tussauds.  I just couldn't resist (and it was part of the New York pass).  I've been to the London one several times as well as the one in Las Vegas.  I had a lot of fun wandering around the exhibits in the morning before seeing a matinee.  Here are some of my favorites.
Anderson Cooper (I may or may not have a small crush on him).
Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan during happier times.
Pope Francis (I wonder how they got him to model for this?)
JFK and Jackie Kennedy
Mahatma Gandhi
Pope John Paul II
Mikhail Gorbachev
Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones
Director Steven Spielberg
Judy Garland as Dorothy
John Wayne
Charlie Chaplin
Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula
Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's monster 
The King of Pop (I stood in a long line to get this picture for Marilyn because she loves him).
Bob Marley and ???
Jimi Hendrix
Whitney Houston
Taylor Swift
Rihanna
Muhammad Ali

Monday, May 30, 2016

A Day at the Met

Whenever I am in a big city for a few days, I like to plan a visit to a museum because I find them to be endlessly fascinating.  In New York City there are so many to choose from!  I had been to the MoMA (although it merits a return visit) so I thought about the Guggenheim (it was closed) and the Natural History Museum but, in the end, I opted for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and it was incredible!  I started on the ground floor with a current exhibition called Manus x Machina (it runs through August 14) showing how the sewing machine has changed haute couture.  My favorite piece is a wedding gown designed by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel which has a 20 foot train embroidered in gold.  It is quite spectacular.  I also loved the exhibition of J.M.W. Turner's Whaling Pictures (it runs through August 7) which includes one painting in the Met's permanent collection and three on loan from the Tate in London.  These four paintings were completed near the end of Turner's life and are very tumultuous, to say the least.  (I became a fan of Turner after seeing this movie).  Next, I wandered through an exhibition called Artistic Furniture of the Gilded Age.  It is fascinating but it closes soon (June 5).  Finally, I wandered through the permanent collections including Egyptian Art, Medieval Art, Greek and Roman Art, and the Art of Africa and Oceania (which has some dramatic exhibits).  I was there most of the day and still didn't see everything!  If you are a fan of art from around the world, I highly recommend a visit to this amazing museum (I also recommend the cafeteria in the basement!).  Go here for more information.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Laser U2

The last time I saw a laser show was many years ago at the old Hansen Planetarium downtown and, ironically, it featured the music of U2. I recently discovered that the U2 show is back at the Clark Planetarium for the summer so I decided to check it out last night because, as you know, I love U2. It is seriously awesome!  If you've never been to a laser show at the planetarium before, there are images, lasers, and other cool special effects projected on a giant domed screen above you while music, in this case the music of U2, plays from speakers all around you. The seats in the dome theater are slightly reclining so you are looking up at the giant screen and sometimes it feels as if you are spinning. The images and lasers are in sync with the music and I really loved all of the songs they played such as "Where the Streets Have No Name," "Sunday Bloody Sunday," "Pride (In The Name of Love)," "Beautiful Day," "With or Without You," "The Fly," "Mysterious Ways," and "Elevation."  My favorite sequence was in "Bullet the Blue Sky" because there were lasers shooting up almost continually.  So cool! The crowd talked our projectionist into an encore and he played "Vertigo" for us. I think there were quite a few of us who had a little bit of vertigo when we stood up after the show.  I'm telling you, it's a little bit trippy but it is such a fun night out. Go here for more information about the U2 show as well as the other laser shows featuring the music of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd (I want to see them, too) playing in the dome theater.  Tickets are very reasonably priced at $9.00 for adults and $7.00 for children. While you are at the planetarium, there are lots of free exhibits to wander through as well as all of the star shows and movies in the IMAX theater.
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