Ten museums for people who hate museums

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By David Whitley

The Electronic Music Project in Seattle.

The Electronic Music Project in Seattle.

Museums can be incredibly boring. Especially if you’re not very interested in old ceramic pots or trudging through room after room of religious art. But not all museums are full of dusty coins in grimy glass cabinets or endless paintings of the Virgin Mary. There are plenty out there that are bags of fun to visit – and we’ve picked out 10 of the most entertaining for museum-haters.

The Electronic Music Project

Where? Seattle, Washington, USA

It looks spectacular from the outside, and inside the EMP is devoted to all things music. The displays on local heroes Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix are ace, as is gloriously time-sucking section on the world’s best music videos. But most fun is the supersized karaoke booth where you get on stage, pick up instruments and get videoed while belting out a rock song of your choice.

MAGNA

Where? Rotherham, Yorkshire

Science museums are reliably good fun – full of buttons to press and toys to play with under the ostensible aim of learning about physics. MAGNA takes all of that button pressing, wind-generating, fire-starting action to another level though. It’s inside a giant, visually humbling former steelworks – and the regular Big Melt presentation brings all the clanking, roaring machinery to life.

The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre

Where? Mount Cook, New Zealand

This museum devoted to the first man to scale Mt Everest isn’t the flashiest in the world, but the stories contained within it are absolutely gripping. If you think that climbing the world’s highest mountain, crossing Antarctica on foot and riding a jet boat down the river Ganges is dull, then there’s frankly no helping you…

The Henry Ford

Where? Dearborn, Michigan, USA

The Henry Ford wins over partly on enormity and partly due to having so many incredible exhibits that you can’t fail to be impressed. There’s the car that JFK was assassinated in, the bus that Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on, the bike shop where the Wright Brothers built the first plane and the chair Abraham Lincoln was sat in when he was shot. And that’s just for starters…

The Natural History Museum

Where? London

Much of the fun in the Natural History Museum is discovering a new favourite animal – which could be anything from a spectacled bear to a pangolin. …read more

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Travel to the Island of Cebu in the Philippines – Episode 457 Transcript

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transcript of Travel to the Island of Cebu in the Philippines – Episode 457 Chris: Amateur Traveler episode 457. Today, The Amateur Traveler talks about beaches and scuba; street food; and one […]

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Book Review – Around the World in 80 Documentaries by Christopher Winnan

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The title of the book Around the World in 80 Documentaries had instant appeal for me. I consider that the first seeds of desire to travel were planted by watching some of […]

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Lipa of Batangas Philippines

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Lipa of Batangas

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The colorful coastal city of Lipa of Batangas in the Philippines

Lipa of Batangas Philippines

Lipa of Batangas is a mid-size city in the Philippines. It is colorful and unique among cities. It’s culture and daily life is rare and priceless. Life is changing fast! It is the new hub of Technology. Where farms were yesterday, today there are business complexes. Suburbs now exist to house this new class of Filipinos. These are the technology experts! These are the leaders of tomorrow. Their numbers are quickly growing. This is the new Lipa.

New to the scene are the Call Centers. Western Corporations have been moving call centers from countries where English skills are limited. Tagalog is generally spoken in the home. Spanish has faded into history. English is the language of business and instruction. Most have an excellent command of the English language. As these call centers become a success story, more are being built. This has become a major factor in the growing middle class. Life is exciting in Lipa. Standards of living are raising.

Religion is the major uniting factor between all Filipinos. Most are Roman Catholic, though many other faiths are also present. The influence of the Roman Catholic Church was seen in the last visit of Pope Francis. The government declared a major holiday during his visit. The streets of Manila were filled with men, women, and children paying homage to this religious leader. Lipa is the center of religious activity in the area. Festivals and religious holidays reign in the streets of Lipa. The cities of Lipa come alive. There is joy in the air. Whole families take to the streets. Parades are abundant. Lipa celebrates with gusto each and every holiday. It is religion that unites the people.

Education is a major tool in the Philippines. There are several national high schools and universities. There are also 23 existing Catholic schools and two high school seminaries. There are three college seminaries, and two pastoral centers. Technological colleges are also springing up. The demand for educated and skilled workers is immense. The youth are quickly filling the needed jobs. Technology and Call Centers are major success stories in Lipa. Hope and excitement is in the air. Life is good in Lipa!

Lipa is one of the most fascinating cities on the island. The old mingles with the new. Color is everywhere! Small …read more

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Addressing Gettysburg: Lincoln’s words of wisdom

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By David Whitley

The Abraham Lincoln statue outside the Gettysburg Visitor Center.

The Abraham Lincoln statue outside the Gettysburg Visitor Center.

At the site of the worst battle of the American Civil War, David Whitley learns the power that just a few words can have.

Funny things, words. Sometimes so many can be used to mean so little, thrown away to fill space or fluff egos. And sometimes so few can mean so much. The right thing said at the right time to inspire, jolt or offer a sorely needed crumb of comfort. Carefully chosen or blurted from somewhere intuitive inside we like to call the heart, these words can transform lives, relationships and even the tide of history.

On a time-blackened plaque, the raised lettering doesn’t stand out as perhaps it should. The idyllic afternoon sunshine seems at odds with the sombre hilltop setting; the fields of gravestones sweeping to the left are sprinkled far too heavily with the unmarked. But the 272 words on that plaque, words that give a sense of purpose to otherwise senseless slaughter, are some of the most powerful ever spoken.

Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address was supposed to be tokenistic contribution amongst far bigger speeches from others. The president was invited to chip in, if he wanted to, at the opening of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in the shell-shocked Pennsylvania town that had played host to the bloodiest battle of the American Civil War.

Poor Gettysburg had found itself in the line of fire by accident. Neither army had planned to fight there; it just became unavoidable when they spotted each other sneaking around. After three days of heroic defence, artillery-fire smog clouds and suicidal mass charges, the bucolic fields and ridges of Gettysburg were littered with corpses. The battle was arguably the turning point of the war – the Confederate advance into Union territory was reversed – but the toll was horrific. The concept of a memorial cemetery to honour the dead and effectively apologise to the town was born in the aftermath.

Today, Gettysburg is like a Civil War theme park. Numerous memorials are spread around the old battlefields, yet all the key attractions are swarmed with school groups. It’s one of those places that adults think kids should go to, even though it’s precisely the opposite of what most kids are interested in. A day trip Blue Peter.

Nevertheless, the Visitor Center is really good. The Morgan Freeman-narrated introductory film sets the hairs on …read more

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