A fine collection of Native American artifacts and Western art is found at the Favell Museum (125 W. Main St., 541/882-9996 or 800/762-9096, www.favellmuseum.org, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Sat., $7 adults, $4 ages 6–16, children under 6 free, $20 family). Here you’ll find beautiful displays of Native American stonework, bone and shell work, beadwork, quilts, basketry, pottery, and Northwest coast carvings as well as a collection of over 60,000 mounted arrowheads.
Another attraction is the collection of miniature working firearms, ranging from Gatling guns to inch-long Colt 45s, displayed in the museum’s walk-in vault.Destination:Activities:
Six miles south of Bend is the High Desert Museum (59800 U.S. 97 S., 541/382-4754, www.highdesertmuseum.org, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. daily May–Oct., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. daily Nov.–Apr., $15 adults, $12 seniors, $9 ages 5–12, children ages 4 and under free). Although the admission may seem steep, this is an excellent indoor-outdoor museum that will take half a day to explore in detail. During the winter, admission prices drop by a few bucks.Destination:Activities:
You’ll find an impressive display of Native American wealth at the Museum at Warm Springs (541/553-3331, www.museumatwarmsprings.org, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. daily Apr.–Oct., 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Wed.–Sun. Nov.–Mar., $7 adults, $6 seniors, $4.50 teens, $3.50 children), located just east of the town of Warm Springs below the viewpoint at the bottom of the Deschutes River Canyon.Destination:Activities:
400 Grand Blvd., Kansas City
HOURS: Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
COST: $12.50 adult, $11.50 senior, $4.75 child
As 19th-century expansionists pushed their way through the Midwest, river travel became a popular way to transport people and goods. The steamboat industry flourished and muddy river waters served as a lengthy, and at times treacherous, highway. Prior to her untimely sinking, the steamboat Arabia had traveled the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers before changing hands twice.Destination:Activities:
1616 E. 18th St., Kansas City
HOURS: Tues.–Sat. 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. noon–6 p.m.
COST: $8 adult, $3 child;
Negro Leagues Museum combo ticket $10 adult, $5 childDestination:Activities:
4420 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City
HOURS: Tues.–Thurs. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.,
Fri.–Sat. 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
The Gunnar Birkerts–designed Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art opened in 1994 and has since evolved into one of the region’s most comprehensive collections of contemporary art.Destination:Activities:
4525 Oak St., Kansas City
HOURS: Wed. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Thurs.–Fri. 10 a.m.–9 p.m.,
Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. noon–5 p.m.
Upon its opening in 1933, the Nelson-Atkins’ Beaux Arts facade and intricately detailed interior combined to make the museum a true landmark for the city. The permanent collections feature pieces from a number of styles ranging from African and American Indian to decorative arts and South/Southeast Asian.Destination:Activities:
Although its hours are a bit limited, the Friends of Rocheport Historical Museum (First and Moniteau Sts., 1–4 p.m. Sat.–Sun. May–Oct.) provides a fascinating glimpse into local history. The volunteer-staffed museum contains carefully preserved artifacts and historical documents from the town’s rich history as a former trading post and river and railroad town.
The town of Rocheport was near one of Lewis and Clark’s stops as they made their way west on their infamous early-1800s journey.Destination:Activities:
Dozens of historic buildings fill the heart of downtown Juneau. Get a brochure describing them from the Juneau-Douglas City Museum (4th St. and Main St.).
One of Juneau’s most photographed sights is the onion-domed St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church (5th St. and Gold St., 907/586-6790, www.juneau.org/parksrec/museum, Sun. 1–4 p.m., Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. mid-May–Sept., tours $2), built in 1894. Inside are icons and artwork, some dating from the 1700s. For a more evocative experience, attend a service (Sat. 6 p.m. and Sun. 10 a.m.).Destination:Activities:
A massive $106 million expansion in 2009 transformed the Anchorage Museum (625 C St., 907/929-9200, www.anchoragemuseum.org, $10 adults, $8 seniors, $7 ages 3–12, younger children free) into the state’s largest (170,000 square feet) and finest museum.
One popular feature is the kid-friendly Imaginarium Discovery Center, with 80 hands-on science exhibits, including an amazing high-tech globe that displays today’s weather patterns, an air cannon, and pulley chairs. Many exhibits focus on Alaskan science, especially earthquakes and volcanoes. Also on the first level is a planetarium and a gallery of Alaskan art, including Sydney Laurence’s 6- by 10-foot oil of Mt. McKinley.Destination:Activities:
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