Spring is here. That means school holidays, family vacations and time to get away from the daily grind. Museums across the United States are also ready to shake off the winter blues and showcase new collections and creative exhibits. Enjoy dog ​​shows and baby animal shows, plus a new chocolate museum in the Big Apple. Expand your horizons with a new collection dedicated to a civil rights activist and celebrity chef. Head to the City of Brotherly Love to be one of the first to see the famous Museum of the American Revolution. And reminisce about the summer of love in Berkeley and rolling stone magazine – both celebrating their 50th anniversary. Start booking trips to these 12 must-see exhibitions happening this spring.

Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia
Open

A century in the making, the much-anticipated Museum of the American Revolution opened its doors to the public on April 19—the anniversary of the “gunshot heard ‘around the world’ that sparked the Revolutionary War. With 118,000 square feet in historic Philadelphia, the state-of-the-art museum houses Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, letters, diaries, and artwork. A special feature is General George Washington’s headquarters tent, considered one of the most important surviving artifacts of the war. Also look for his wartime correspondence, a full-scale replica of Boston’s Liberty Tree where the first discussions of the revolution took place, the weapons of war and the art of the time. amrevmuseum.org

Rolling Stone / 50 years at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland
May 5 – Nov 26

In honour of rolling stone‘s 50th anniversary, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will dedicate three floors to the iconic magazine’s writers, critics, photographers, subjects and impact on American culture. Relive musical history with unforgettable cover images of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Miley Cyrus, Janis Joplin, Janet Jackson, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Miles Davis. The exhibition includes rarely heard stories, original manuscripts, music reviews and audio interviews. rockhall.com/rolling-stone-50-years-0

Chocolate Museum in New York
Open

New York’s first chocolate museum, which opened in March, explores sweet products from bean to bar. Get ready to take photos at the 17-foot cacao tree and come hungry: There are nine tasting stations. The history of chocolate is told from 250 BC with artifacts from the Maya and Aztec civilizations, continues across Europe from the 19th century to the present day. Don’t miss the candy-making class, the mural painted by founder Jacques Torres at the entrance, and the freshly ground Mayan hot chocolate. mrchocolate.com/museum

Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds at the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH
April 22 – April 30

It may be the age of the internet or our need to escape a politically charged culture, but have baby animals ever been more popular than they are today? Head to New Hampshire’s Strawbery Banke Museum, a 10-acre living history site, to celebrate newborns on the farm this spring. Just in time for Spring Break, the Baby Animals event features heritage livestock breeds that have come to America from the UK, Ireland, Europe, Africa and South America over the past a few centuries. You will see chicks, newly hatched turkeys and ducklings, piglets, sheep, Nigerian goats, alpacas and rabbits. Strawbery-banke-museum.simpletix.com/Event/29602/Baby-Animals-Heritage-Breeds-a/#.WMbseLjAqYk

Dogs: faithful and true at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art in Indianapolis
Until August 6

The dogs are spending their day in Indianapolis this spring at Dogs: faithful and true exposure. The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art highlights dogs as heroes, workers and companions in Native American and Western cultures. The museum makes its canine case through films, historical and contemporary paintings, sculptures, weavings, photographs and artifacts. There will also be opportunities for dogs and their owners to participate in outdoor programs and a chance to meet an Iditarod musher and his dogs. eiteljorg.org/explore/exhibitions/dogs-faithful-and-true

Hippie modernism: the struggle for utopia at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in California
Until May 21

It’s the 50th anniversary of the Bay Area Summer of Love. Step back in time to 1967 at this groovy counterculture exhibit in Berkeley. hippie modernism is called the first museum exhibit to explore in depth the hippie movement of the 1960s and 1970s, which changed American culture, art, architecture, and design. The exhibit includes many items on display exclusively in the Bay Area and features hundreds of artworks and artifacts, including experimental furniture, sculptures, and films. bampfa.org/program/hippie-modernism-struggle-utopia

The Prado in Santa Fe at Cathedral Park in Santa Fe
May 1 – October

As part of its celebration of art and global culture in 2017, Santa Fe presents a hit show in a downtown park. The cathedral park will temporarily house in the open air 93 life-size reproductions of iconic works of art from Spain’s Museo Nacional del Prado. The exhibition will bring together the greatest Spanish, Flemish, Italian, French and German painters from the 14th to the 19th century. It will feature the haunting of Diego Velázquez The MeninasHieronymus Bosch’s masterpiece The Garden of Earthly Delightsand Titian Philip II. The exhibition is free and open to the public seven days a week. santafe.org/The_PRADO_in_Santa_Fe/index.html

Mentoring a muse: Charles Umlauf and Farrah Fawcett at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum in Austin
Until August 20

Before Farrah Fawcett rose to fame as one of charlie’s angels, she studied art with Professor Charles Umlauf at the University of Texas at Austin. They continued a lifelong friendship after he moved to Hollywood. She collects Umlauf’s works and sends him plaster casts of her own sculptures. Fawcett is said to have exerted a muse-like influence on Umlauf, as he created dozens of sketches and sculptures of her over the years. This exhibition brings together the work of the student and the teacher in a unique show. umlaufsculpture.org/current-exhibits-1

Preserving Eden: The Florida Photographs of Clyde Butcher at the Florida History Museum in Tallahassee
Until May 1

Award-winning landscape photographer Clyde Butcher’s images of the Florida Everglades are striking and otherworldly in black and white. He spent over 50 years touring North America with his camera, focusing on the Everglades. The Museum of Florida History temporarily houses 30 images developed in Butcher’s custom darkroom, some of which measure up to 5 feet by 9 feet. museumoffloridahistory.com/exhibits/current.cfm

NEW at NOMA: Recent Acquisitions in Modern and Contemporary Art at the New Orleans Art Museum
Until October 8

When leader, civil rights activist and art collector Leah Chase – the “Queen of Creole” – turned 90, the New Orleans Art Museum and the local community established a fund in her name to acquire works by emerging and underrepresented contemporary artists. NOMA is committed to “bringing exciting new voices in contemporary art to the New Orleans community,” said Katie A. Pfohl, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at NOMA. The new collection presented this spring includes works by McArthur Binion, Leonardo Drew, Mildred Thompson and many others. While in Crescent City, be sure to visit Dooky Chase Restaurant, famous for Leah Chase’s soulful cuisine since 1946 and its walls filled with her collection of African American art. noma.org/exhibitions/new-noma-recent-acquisitions-modern-contemporary-art

Lafayette to Fayetteville at the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum in North Carolina
Until fall 2017

Thanks to the resounding success of Broadway hamilton, the Marquis de Lafayette is hot. Fayetteville, North Carolina, is the first town named for “America’s favorite French fighter” and the only one named after him that he actually visited. He passed on March 4 and 5, 1825, and left a lasting impression. This exhibit recalls his days in Fayetteville with letters written by Lafayette, memorabilia, a rosette worn at the ball held for him, and other unique artifacts. There is also a “Lafayette Trail” that guides visitors to every site they visit in the city. fcpr.us/facilities/museums/transportation-museum

Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia
Until November 26

As ancient sites in Iraq and Syria – including Nimrud, Aleppo, Palmyra and Ebla – face destruction due to war and instability, the Penn Museum answers the questions “Why does it matter?” » and « What are we doing to avoid further losses? This exhibition brings together more than 50 objects from the museum’s renowned collections and manuscripts from the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, contemporary works of art by a Syrian artist, as well as multimedia elements including music and film clips. documentaries. penn.museum/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions

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