September 29, 2012 - Museum Day Live

The Smithsonian Institute includes 17 museums in Washington, D.C., (plus the National Zoo and one museum in New York City) that have free admission at all times. In this spirit, Smithsonian magazine is offering free, downloadable Museum Day tickets, which will get two people into any participating museum, today only.

Check out which museums are participating, and get your free tickets, here.

We Love Museums!

Museums are places to see...

...fossils of animals that no longer exist.
...great artworks of the past and present.
...exhibits about the natural environment, including volcanoes and ecosystems and animals and weather.
...historical artifacts of all sorts.
...battlefields and estates and castles and missions and other historic places.
...cultural artifacts such as traditional costumes, eating implements, crafts, and musical instruments.
...collections of all kinds: snuff boxes and model trains, dolls and automobiles.
...exhibits about an important person, such as a former president.

But there are more unusual museums, too. Here are just a few of the weirder museums near me:

  • The Bunny Museum in Pasadena
  • The Museum of Death in Hollywood
  • Museum of Neon Art in Glendale
  • This is a museum of chocolate. Yum!
    Live Steamers Railroad Museum (you get to ride a mini-train!) in Los Angeles
  • LAPD Historical Society (old cop stuff!) in Los Angeles
  • Bhagavad-gita Museum in Culver City
  • Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles
  • Walt Disney's Barn in Griffith Park (only open two hours a month)
  • Holyland Exhibition in Los Angeles

Also on this date:


  1. A good place to muse on oil painting in Western art history online, I find, is at this site at There is a huge archive of digital images of artwork now housed in art museums around the world.
    The company makes canvas prints and hand-painted, oil painting reproductions to order, from your selection of images from this big archives.
    It's some resource for art lovers and historians. There are many images of works by famous artists of the past that I have never seen.
    From their home page at, you can browse by the hundreds of artists there, movements in art, art media, historical timeline and even by subject matter. There is much biographical information about the artists.
    I am always fascinated by the way the 19th century English landscape painter, William Turner, used layers of luminous oil paint to recreate his blazing landscapes. Clicking , I find his paintings indexed in a floating 3D gallery at the site.

    1. Thanks for the resource suggestion! I am continually amazed by how much great info and how many wondrous images are available online!