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Fascinating Small Town Museums in Northeastern US • McCool Travel

This article covers small town museums in Northeastern US, including Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. Please additionally see Fascinating Small Town Museums in Southeastern US and Fascinating Small Town Museums in Western US, and Fascinating Small Town Museums in Midwest US.

Along with my personal recommendations, I acquired strategies from journey author buddies, tourist workplaces, PR representatives, and museums themselves. I do know there are nice museums in the other northeastern US states but I didn’t receive responses. So you’ll be able to help by suggesting fascinating museums to go to in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, along with the states I’ve listings for. Thank you!

There are over 35,000 museums in america but most travel articles persistently cover the identical 50 or so. I’ve been to many fascinating museums in many small towns throughout america and assume they should be acknowledged and visited.

Along with highlighting lesser recognized museums, I also will embrace solely museums situated outdoors of main US cities. Not one of the listed entries are situated in the 30 largest US cities.

The next fascinating small city museums in Northeastern US are listed alphabetically by state, city, and museum identify. Hours of operation or costs are usually not included, so please verify the respective website for that and another desired info.

MAINE

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, in Boothbay, has beautiful ornamental gardens and exceptional pure magnificence, waterfalls, and incomparable stonework and sculpture. Miles of trails permit you to experience waterfront and woodlands which are quintessentially Maine.

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Coastal Maine Botanic Gardens, Boothbay, Maine. Museums of Northeast US by McCool Travel

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Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Photograph credit score: Julie McCool, FuninFairfaxVA.com

Farnsworth Art Museum, in Rockland, isn’t far from lovely Camden Maine. The most important surprise at this museum was that some of the foremost Pop Artists, Robert Indiana, lives nearby and his works are displayed on the museum. While his identify is probably not that well-known, his iconic LOVE sign is. You’ve got seen it in New York and almost each different major city in the world. [ Submitted by Paula McInerney of Contented Traveller : Facebook : Pinterest ]

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Farnsworth Artwork Museum, Camden, Maine

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Farnsworth Artwork Museum, Rockland, Maine

Maine State Aquarium, in West Boothbay Harbor, options extraordinary lobsters of all sizes (up to 23 kilos!) and colors. Expertise the joys of petting a reside shark and discover the roughness of a skate’s skin in an open 850 gallon tank. A 20 foot lengthy elevated touch tank houses invertebrates—really feel the spiny pores and skin of a sea star or sea urchin and get squirted by a sea cucumber or scallop. Or maintain a few horseshoe crabs, like I did!

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Maine State Aquarium, West Boothbay Harbor, Maine

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Maine State Aquarium, West Boothbay Harbor. Photograph credit score: Julie McCool, FuninFairfaxVA.com

MARYLAND

Washington County Museum of High quality Arts, in Hagerstown, has been recognized as one of many best small museums in the USA. Maybe its most essential piece is a marble bust of President Abraham Lincoln, a half sized model of the one on the Capitol Constructing in Washington, DC. The artist, Gutzon Borglum, thought-about this bust amongst his best work. You could have seen his most famous art venture—Mt. Rushmore.

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Enjoyable things to do in Hagerstown, Maryland embrace visiting an Amish market, a world-class fantastic arts museum, historic properties, and a leading edge library.

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Washington County Museum of Wonderful Arts, Hagerstown, Maryland

William Didusch Middle for Urologic Historical past, in Linthicum, provides an exciting tour by way of the historical past of drugs and the specialty of urology. The Didusch Middle encompasses a wealthy and assorted assortment of drawings, pictures, and instruments of historical importance to urology.

MASSACHUSETTS

The Peabody Essex Museum, in Salem, is among the oldest museums in the USA. Initially, the permanent collection housed numerous artifacts from sailors (the East India Marine Society) who had traveled around the Cape of Good Hope or Cape Horn. Visitors can explore the one authentic Qing Dynasty home outdoors of China. Short-term reveals, just like the current Native Trend Now, examined Native American affect on style. The museum uniquely permits guests to explore other cultures, making a connection to their own lives and well-liked tendencies. [ Submitted by Alison Abbott of Green With Renvy : Instagram : Twitter ]

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Peabody Museum, Salem, Massachusetts

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Peabody Museum, Salem, Massachusetts

Basketball Hall of Fame, in Springfield, is residence to more than 300 inductees and more than 40,000 square ft of basketball history. For the various tens of millions of people that have played, coached, and refereed the game for greater than a century, there are just over 300 individuals who have earned the title “Hall of Famer.”

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Margret and H.A. Rey Middle, in Waterville Valley, supplies nature walks, literary teams, writers workshops, discussion golf equipment, a month-to-month lecture collection, art exhibits, and naturally, actions for youngsters. In fact, that is, as a result of Curious George, the lovable monkey whose antics have delighted youngsters for many years, was born in the imaginations of H.A. and Margret Rey. Curious George and the Reys spent their summers in Waterville Valley, a spot that epitomizes Curious George’s spirit of fun and journey.

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Margret and H.A. Rey Middle, Waterville Valley, New Hampshire

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Margret and H.A. Rey Middle, Waterville Valley, New Hampshire

NEW YORK

Nationwide Baseball Hall of Fame, in Cooperstown, collects, preserves, reveals, and interprets its collections for a worldwide audience, as well as honors those that have made outstanding contributions to our national pastime. Underneath one roof is definitely three entities: a museum, the precise Hall of Fame, and a analysis library.

Corning Museum of Glass, in Corning, cares for and shows the world’s greatest collection of art and historic glass. View a timeline of glass history, from the oldest recognized glass (from Mesopotamia 35 centuries in the past) by way of glass being made onsite. In reality, you can also make your personal glass object, no expertise essential.

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Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York

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Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York

Rockwell Museum, in Corning, is the only Smithsonian Affiliate museum in upstate New York and has a numerous collection—including a mix of modern Native American artwork with conventional bronze sculptures, landscape paintings, and different works—that embody America. Its imaginative and prescient is to show compelling exhibitions whereas difficult perspectives by way of art concerning the American experience.

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Rockwell Museum, Corning, New York

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Rockwell Museum, Corning, New York

National Hovering Museum, in Elmira, has the most important assortment of gliders (planes with out engines) underneath one roof. A featured exhibit has 127 fashions of sailplanes from 1883 to current. NSM is situated atop Harris Hill, the “Soaring Capital of America,” and is adjoining to Harris Hill Hovering, where you’ll be able to take a public gliding experience. Please also see Silver Wings Museum in Museums in Western US, which honors the history of World Conflict 2 glider pilots.

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National Soaring Museum, Elmira, New York

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Nationwide Hovering Museum, Elmira, New York

Glenn H. Curtiss Aviation Museum, in Hammondsport, celebrates an aviation pioneer—the primary individual to make a circular flight, first publicly announced and witnessed flight on US soil, first lengthy distance flight, first pilot faculty proprietor, first amphibious aircraft, and far more. Until February 2017, the featured exhibit shall be “Warehouse 53,” that includes props and costumes from iconic films and TV exhibits, like Indiana Jones and Nationwide Treasure.

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Curtiss Aviation Museum, Hammondsport, New York

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Curtiss Aviation Museum, Hammondsport, New York

PENNSYLVANIA

Brandywine River Museum of Artwork in Chadd’s Ford (near Wilmington, Delaware) is famend for its holdings of the Wyeth family of artists. Featured galleries are devoted to the work of N. C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, and Jamie Wyeth.

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Brandywine Museum, Chadd’s Ford, Pennsylvania. Museums of Northeast US by McCool Travel

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Brandywine River Museum of Artwork, Chadd’s Ford, Pennsylvania

Seminary Ridge Museum, in Gettysburg, has 4 floors of interactive shows telling the story of the building’s use in the course of the battle, as an remark outpost for Union Common John Buford on the first day of preventing, and later as a hospital for the overwhelming variety of wounded troopers. The third flooring reveals inform a notably powerful and ugly tale of the lads who had been horribly wounded and the surgeons and nurses working valiantly to save lots of them. Fans of PBS’s Mercy Road will study new particulars about the challenges and triumphs of Civil Struggle hospitals. [ Submitted by Julie McCool of FuninFarfaxVA.com : Facebook : Twitter ]

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Seminary Ridge Museum, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

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Seminary Ridge Museum, Gettysburg. Photograph credit: Julie McCool, FuninFairfaxVA.com

Fallingwater, in Mill Run, is a masterpiece by USA’s most well-known architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. This lovely house, constructed over a waterfall, was included in Smithsonian‘s Life Listing of 28 locations to visit earlier than you die. Excursions of Fallingwater are available every day, besides Wednesdays, and you’ll have a chance to wander the grounds.

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Fallingwater, Mill Run, Pennsylvania

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. Photograph credit score: Julie McCool, FuninFairfaxVA.com

VERMONT

Ben & Jerry’s Manufacturing unit, in Waterbury, provides visitors the chance to study our ice cream manufacturing course of and clarify how the corporate incorporate values-led selections to drive their business. There’s, in fact, additionally a Scoop Shop to take pleasure in your favorite flavors, some not provided anyplace else. McCool Travel Tip: concentrate in the course of the tour because you’ll be able to win the trivia contest and get a free ice cream bar.

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Ben & Jerry’s, Waterbury, Vermont. Museums of Northeast US by McCool Travel

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Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Manufacturing unit. Photograph credit: Yelp.com

VIRGINIA

Nationwide Air and Area Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Middle, in Chantilly, wows visitors with a few of the Smithsonian’s largest and most impressive plane, housed in two big hangers which might be a number of fun to discover. The preferred museum in Virginia, the Udvar-Hazy Middle is a wonderful year-round vacation spot, especially when the weather turns too scorching, rainy, or cold for outside fun.

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Udvar-Hazy Middle, Centreville, Virginia. Museums of Northeastern US by McCool Travel

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Udvar-Hazy Middle. Photograph credit: Julie McCool, FuninFairfaxVA.com

Jamestown Settlement, in Jamestown, chronicles the historical past of America’s first permanent English colony, founded in 1607. Expansive exhibition galleries explore the convergence of Powhatan Indian, English, and west central African cultures and look at the evolution of the Virginia colony through the 17th century and its legacies. Outdoor, visitors converse with historic interpreters at a re-created Powhatan village, replicas of the three ships–Susan Fixed, Godspeed, and Discovery–that sailed from England to Virginia 1607, and a palisaded fort representing the colonists’ first residence.

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Jamestown Settlement: museums in northeastern US by McCool Travel

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Jamestown Settlement, Photograph credit score: HistoryisFun.org

Freedom Museum, in Manassas, is a Smithsonian Affiliate museum and honors the historical past and heritage of the U.S. Army. Paying tribute to native heroes who served our country, you’ll find firsthand fight accounts, army artwork, and guest audio system. The museum also hosts the annual Manassas Air Show, held every Might, to encourage the subsequent era of aviators.

Mill Home Museum, in Occoquan, is a part of the last remaining construction from the 18th century Merchants Mill that when made Occoquan a bustling middle for water trade. The primary automated grist mill in america, Retailers Mill put Occoquan on the map as a thriving industrial city, earlier than the town burned down in 1924.

National Museum of the Marine Corps, in Quantico, is a state-of-the-art museum that takes you step by step by means of the complete history of the U.S. Marine Corps. Utilizing interactive reveals, full measurement tanks, planes, and automobiles that have been used in battle, the customer experience is immersive. Each detail has been thoughtfully planned out to make the reveals as authentic as potential right down to the forged molded troopers.

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National Museum of the Marine Corps, in Quantico, Virginia

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Nationwide Museum of the Marine Corps, in Quantico, Virginia

The Yorktown Victory Middle, in Yorktown, spans the American Revolution period—from the beginnings of colonial unrest to the formation of the new nation—and options outside re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and Revolutionary-era farm, where historical interpreters interact visitors in demonstrations of army and home life. The museum transitions to American Revolution Museum at Yorktown in mid-October 2017 with the debut of a new introductory film and everlasting exhibition galleries.

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Yorktown Victory Middle: museums in northeastern US by McCool Travel

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Yorktown Victory Middle, Photograph credit: HistoryisFun.org

WEST VIRGINIA

Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, in Harpers Ferry, is more than a museum, it’s a whole historic town. In addition to museums—together with John Brown Wax Museum and Toy Practice Museum—Harpers Ferry has nice climbing trails (including the Appalachian Trail), battlefields, outlets, and restaurants. While primarily situated in West Virginia, parts of Harpers Ferry National Historic Park stretch into Maryland and Virginia.

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These lesser recognized museums in northeastern US are situated outdoors of major US cities. Not one of the museums are situated in the 25 largest US cities.

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Fascinating Small Town museums in Northeastern US was first revealed on McCool Travel on Sept 9, 2016.