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This photo was taken at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, California. The Cal Academy is an awesome place to go for a day, and if you’re interested and 21 or over, they also have nightlife programs every Thursday. It’s not exactly a regular museum, kind of more like a science center; it’s got a planetarium, an aquarium, and a bio dome. It’s a great place to visit with kids, or to go for a date, or just a fun day of science! So, If you’re in the mood for some super cool learning, and you’re in the bay area, you should definitely check it out!

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This picture was taken in the wacky, wonderful, and weird city of San Francisco. San Francisco, being one of the major cities in Northern California, has a TON to offer. Some of my favorite San Fran places are the Cal Academy of Sciences, The Golden Gate Bridge, and Haight Ashbury. It’s a really neat city, and you can find a lot of interesting areas just by wandering around. We happened to drive past this on a recent visit there, I thought it was super cool, and pretty indicative of the awesomely artsy weirdness that can be found in this city. If you’re planning to visit i’d recommend looking into visiting some of the numerous museums the city has to offer, or looking to see what events may be happening during your visit. This is also a great place to go for music, check to see if there are any cool concerts or music festivals going on during your stay!

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These pictures were taken at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz, California. The museum is currently holding an exhibit of works by Ze Frank and Stefan Boucher. (If you don’t know who Ze Frank is I seriously suggest you look him up, he’s done lots of interesting projects, and two TED talks. I’d also recommend watching his Vlog, especially the video entitled An Invocation For Beginnings, it’s really amazing) The weekend we went we actually got to meet him and hear presentations by him and Stefan Boucher, another artist. The MAH has lots of interesting, sort of out there exhibits, it’s not a very large museum, but it has a very different experience to offer it’s visitors. I’d recommend a visit here if you are in Santa Cruz, it’s very unique, and much of the works on display here allow visitors to really participate and become more fully involved in their viewing experience. Many of the works are community oriented, and work to incorporate all viewers who choose to become involved. It’s an awesome place, and it’s absolutely worth checking out!

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This picture was taken on Museum Island in Berlin, Germany. This island (not an island exactly, its surrounded by a little water way, which seems more like a moat) houses a few of the (many) amazing museums that Berlin has to offer. The island is great because it has a lot of places to visit in very close proximity to each other. Because this area is pretty highly touristed there are also lots of restaurants, cafes, and places to shop around for the typical tourist stuff like Berlin teeshirts and Ampleman merchandise. We also found a little craft fair area not to far from here, so the area really has a lot to offer.

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This is a picture of one of the many impressive pieces being displayed at the California Science Center’s temporary Cleopatra Exhibit. The exhibit is cool, not to big, but with a lot of very impressive, and very, very, well preserved. The exhibit has some really neat statues, I thought this one was particularly cool, but there are also a couple of really large statues here too. The exhibit starts with a video, to give you some background information on the material displayed, and both reading material and headsets are provided. And, when you are done  with this exhibit you can wander around the rest of the museum. It’s a great museum, with a lot of fun little exhibits, and it’s totally family friendly. The only thing i’d recommend is going earlier in the day rather than later, this is for two reasons; one is, it’s not located in the best neighborhood, it shouldn’t be a problem, but just to be on the safe side try to be gone before dark. The other is, there are a few other really cool museums around, check ’em out if you have time!

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These pictures were taken at the Louvre in Paris, France. The Louvre is an extraordinarily famous museum, and part of this fame can be attributed to this painting. This painting is particularly famous not only because of the great artistry, but also because it was stolen by a museum employ, and was missing for 2 years, which earned it even greater notoriety. If you are interested about the painting, how it got to the louvre, or how it was stolen, I suggest you look it up before you go, it’s all really interesting!  As you can see, she gets a LOT of visitors, so if you are looking to get a great view, get to the museum early! No matter when you go, there’s bound to be a crowd in this room, and while the painting is small, she is absolutely worth the wait!

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Taken at the California Science Center in Exposition Park, Los Angeles. This is a super cool museum to take kids to, and it's free admission for there permanent exhibits.

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