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Maryland Historical Society

mining-1Baltimore, Maryland is home to one of the many state historical societies in the U.S., the Maryland Historical Society, today’s “Museum of the Day”.

Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) features Maryland’s largest and most comprehensive Civil War exhibit. The impact of the war on the people of Maryland is told on personal terms in “Divided Voices: Maryland in the Civil War.” The largest Civil War exhibit in the museum’s 167-year history occupies over 5,000 square feet and tells the story of a tragedy in three acts: the romantic war, the real war and the long reunion.

Founded in 1844, the Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) is the state’s oldest continuously operating cultural institution. In keeping with the founders’ commitment to preserve the remnants of Maryland’s past, MdHS remains the premier institution for state history. With over 350,000 objects and seven million books and documents, this institution now serves upward of 100,000 people through its through museum, library, press, and educational programs.

MdHS is located in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland.

In 1992, artist Fred Wilson created “Mining the Museum”, a historical exhibition for MdHS , which was quite provocative. Museum exhibit designers and educators still reference his ability to reinterpret history with simple changes to labeling and presentation.

I will visit this museum very soon!

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Related article: https://collectingseminar.wordpress.com/2008/11/03/fred-wilson-re-presents-history-and-objects-by-maria-gaspar/

American Visionary Art Museum

american_visionary_arts_museum-2Baltimore, Maryland’s American Visionary Art Museum is today’s “Museum of the Day”!

This is one of my all-time favorite museums. Having spent 10 years between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD, I am fortunate enough to have developed a friendship with the founding director, Rebecca Hoffberger.

Her leadership in creating some of the most outstanding visionary art, presenting them in creative and thoughtful ways, and addressing them with keen eye on thought-provoking social issues is, in a word, visionary.

There’s a joy and celebration of art and life that emanates from the museum, from the outside of the building to the visually overwhelming and sensually-stimulating museum store; even the restaurant and restrooms are engaging and fun. Nestled beneath Baltimore’s Federal Hill, the museum has “O SAY CAN YOU SEE” boldly displayed in neon lights on one of it’s three buildings facing the inner harbor.

“Visionary art” is defined by the museum as “art produced by self-taught individuals, usually without formal training, whose works arise from an innate personal vision that revels foremost in the creative act itself.”

Rather than give you more “basic” info about the museum, I urge you to visit their website and to follow them on them FACEBOOK. Do not miss this museum when in Baltimore. And by all means, make Baltimore a stop on your tour of important historical and creative cities in the United States. There’s so much to see and do in Baltimore, for sure!

shinyhappyIf my review seems shiny and happy, it’s because this museum is simply one of the best museum experiences in the world.

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Nota Bene: I will be relocating to Washington, D.C. in the coming days and have scheduled a regular “Museum of the Day” through next Sunday, February 23. The museums coming in the next week are simply some of my personal favorites.

Once I settle into my new home in DC, I will continue to research new and interesting museums with a focus on diversity of museum type and geographic location.

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture

1253Baltimore, Maryland, one of the best cities for arts & culture, is home to many of my all-time favorite museums. Today’s “Museum of the Day” pays tribute to the history and culture of African Americans in Maryland. The Reginald F. Lewis Museum opened in 2005, during my tenure in the city.

It is one of the largest museums of its type and features permanent and temporary exhibits, theater facility, café and shop in the heart of downtown Baltimore.

The museum is named after Reginald F. Lewis (1942-1993). Born in Baltimore, Lewis was an entrepreneur and philanthropist who served as chair and chief executive officer of TLC Beatrice International, the largest U.S. company owned by an African American during his lifetime.

The museum’s mission is: To be the premier experience and best resource for information and inspiration about the lives of African American Marylanders.

The museum brings Maryland African American history and culture to life through its permanent galleries and educational programs. It also shares the broader African American experience through special exhibitions, lectures and a variety of events.

The 82,000 square-foot facility accommodates over 13,000 square feet of permanent and temporary exhibition space, a two-story theater, resource center, museum gift shop, café, classrooms, meeting rooms, an outdoor terrace, and reception areas.

The museum provides dynamic educational programs for both children and adults and is especially proud of its partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education. The museum’s education department has developed curricula and provided teacher training to reach more than 850,000 students and 50,000 teachers.

An important educational resource and a well-planned museum, The Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore is another museum I look forward to revisiting soon!