Boston: Day 4

I began the day with my second presidential library. This one of course built for John F. Kennedy.

I had two minor issues with the library. First, it was small. Of course he was president for less than three years, but still. Second, it focused solely on his time in the White House. At the beginning of the museum there’s a short movie on his life leading up to his nomination at the 1960 Democratic National Convention. I would have like that information incorporated into exhibits rather than the film.

I next went to the Edward Kennedy Institute of the Senate. This was also rather small. But they have a replica of the Senate chamber and host different events throughout each day. They did a debate on the censure of Joseph McCarthy, a live vote of everyone in attendance on a real bill currently under consideration by the real Senate, and hearings on a fake real world problem we created. It was interesting and really interactive.

I followed that with a visit to the Institute of Contemporary Art. It’s currently under renovation. Extremeley small. If I’d had to pay for entry I’d have wanted my money back. Also, I was a little baffled by what qualifies as art. But I’m no artist.

Lastly, I finished up with the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. I discovered during the ride over that it’s the fourth largest museum in the country. An absolute behemoth. I got there around 6:30 and left around 9:30 and still didn’t cone close to getting all the way through. There were so many great exhibits and pieces. I’m most likely going back on Tuesday.

FOUR museums in one day is a new record for me. Though it was really 3.25.

I’ve been using Lyft to get around. Last night I hailed a driver with my phone at 12%. He called me probably 20 minutes later saying that the app gave him the wrong address and he was in Cambridge, nowhere near me. I explained that my phone was going to die (2% by this time) and that I’d just keep waiting, but he kept blaming the app. Over and over again. I hung up and canceled the trip. Phone died. Again. But this time it was 10:00 at night and raining. I started walking. I had my charger with me. I just needed somewhere to actually charge. I walked for 10 minutes before realizing I’d walked in a circle. I changed directions and started looking for outlets on the outside of buildings. Nothing. I finally found a Mexican restaurant open and decided to eat and then figure out what to do. Found an outlet by the restrooms. Charged up. Good to go. End of a long day.

Saturday Selects: Why I Love Museums

Saturday Selects is a series of posts I write on the ocassional Saturday about topics outside the general bookish theme of the blog. Today I’m discussing museums.

I think if you’re reading this you likely know about my trip to DC last year. For four days I went to every museum I possibly could. After the conclusion of the trip I still have a lengthy list of museums in and around DC I want to visit. A month before I went to DC last year I went to Austin for two days. It was the first time I visited one of the presidential libraries. In those two days I went to four museums and the state capitol of Texas. Next month I’m spending eight days in Boston.

As you can see I’m just about obsessed with museums. Quite honestly I’d like to visit every museum I possibly can during my brief time roaming Earth. But the question I often get is “Why?”. Why do I want to travel to different cities of the world just to go to museums?

I’ll tell you. That’s where all the history lives. I’m not saying there aren’t bits of history scattered throughout cities and historical places, but for what is typically a nominal admission fee you’re granted access to hundreds, thousands, and in some cases millions of pieces of individual history. How great is that!

You don’t have to be a history buff to appreciate the opportunity museums give us. We’re allowed to learn about cultures, eras, wars, and movements because people behind the scenes have usually devoted their lives to preserving history and historical artifacts of all shapes and sizes.

I love museums because I’m only one person in one era living one life experience, but I’m so eager to learn about the things I haven’t and won’t be able to experience. Museums are time machines. And who doesn’t love those?

Come to DC With Me: Day 4

You’ve now reached the end of my little series documenting my trip to Washington DC. The trip came to an end much too soon, and I can’t wait to go back. But the final day was another busy one for us. We finished visiting the monuments and memorials on the National Mall. We visited the Holocaust Museum. We finished the trip with the National Archives and the Newseum. The best part of this final video is that I give my thoughts on the entire trip as we’re driving to the airport. These are my thoughts just as I was thinking them.

Now watch! And thanks for visiting DC with me! Back to normal programming tomorrow.