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10 must-see museum exhibits this summer

10 must-see museum exhibits this summer

Posted by Liliana Castaño on May 13, 2014

You'd think the inviting outdoors of summer would be a poor time to stage a new or high profile temporary museum exhibit. Well, sooner or later there's going to be a rain day and when that happens, we've got a few suggestions.

Baltimore: "For Whom It Stands: The Flag and the American People" is on display at theReginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture May 17, 2014 through February 28, 2015. Few people realize that Grace Wisher, a young African American indentured servant in Mary Pickersgill's household, worked on the flag that became our national symbol. Wisher's contribution to American history will be honored in this 3,200-square-foot exhibition featuring more than 75 works of art, artifacts, documents and photographs about the history and representation of the U.S. flag as an icon.

Dallas: The Perot Museum of Nature & Science presents The World's Largest Dinosaurs from April 6 through December 31. A life-size model of a Mamenchisaurus serves as the centerpiece for this exhibit, which includes specimens of sauropod vertebrae, a giant femur, skin impressions and many other fossil finds. Hands-on exhibits include a hand pump that demonstrates how much pressure would have been needed to circulate blood through a sauropod's long neck to its head and a simulated fossil dig.

Milwaukee: The Harley-Davidson Museum, the only Harley-Davidson Museum in the world, presents The American Road Exhibit June 14 through September 1. The exhibit traces the Golden Age of the road trip as an American ritual, starting in the 1930s when leisure travel, the open road and the first "housecars" offered an escape for a small but growing number of affluent Americans. The exhibit continues as road tripping eventually become the template for the average family vacation until its decline during the gas crisis of the early '70s.

Omaha: Design Zone at the Durham Museum, running May 24 through September 14, 2014, will showcase the behind-the-scenes work of how video game developers, music producers, roller coaster designers and others use math and science to do their jobs. Displays include a DJ recording studio, where one can learn how many beats per second it takes to get bodies moving on the dance floor, and a video game design studio where one can learn the formulas needed to create the on-screen action.

Phoenix: Build! Toy Brick Art at the Heard Museum opens May 24 and stays on display through September 28. The interactive showcase is filled with works by American Indian and non-American Indian artists who have transformed their artworks into LEGO brick creations. There are additionally plenty of hands-on components for all ages to create their own art.

Pittsburgh: The Andy Warhol Museum hosts the exhibition "Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede" from May 18 to August 24, kicking off The Warhol Museum's 20th anniversary celebration. The exhibition examines the interconnected lives and creative practices of Andy Warhol and Halston, icons who had a profound impact on the development of 20th Century art and fashion by integrating Halston's dresses, hats, garments and accessories with Warhol's photography, video and painting.

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