According to the Institute of Museum and Library Services, there are over 35,000 operating museums in the U.S. For a little perspective, that’s more than double the number of Starbucks locations in America. This week, the Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio Show celebrates the best of America’s museums, with a look back at some of this year’s memorable moments in the country’s hallowed halls of knowledge.
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The first hour of this week’s radio show comes from the Mile High City, where the Denver Art Museum houses a collection of more than 70,000 works. The museum is comprised of two iconic buildings, the North Building and Frederic C. Hamilton Building, each with its own noteworthy design that helps the entire museum serve as a landmark in the Denver area. The ten permanent collections of the museum run the gamut from modern and contemporary, to African, to pre-Columbian art. At the Denver Art Museum, Peter Greenberg spoke with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to discuss Denver’s boom in beer, bikes, and bands.
The second hour of the show comes from the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana. The museum, which sits on a six-acre campus in downtown New Orleans and spreads across five pavilions, has been designated by Congress as the official WWII museum of the United States. The immersive historical exhibits, multimedia displays, on-site restoration work, and even the period dinner theatre on the campus all aim to tell the deeply personal stories of the second World War. At this museum, Peter Greenberg was joined by Stephen Watson, the Vice President & COO of the WWII Museum, who gave a firsthand account of the museum’s mission and how running the facilities has changed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
The third hour of the show comes from the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia served as a crucial hub in the Revolutionary War, and is a fitting location for this museum.The collection at the museum was started over one hundred years ago by a forward-thinking minister who raised the money necessary to buy the tent Commander George Washington used as his headquarters in Valley Forge. The impressive collection of artifacts spans the scope of the war and includes art, manuscripts, printed works, and arms used by all sides in the conflict. There is even a soldier’s canteen branded “UStates.” In this hour, Peter Greenberg is joined by Sandy Lloyd, a historian at Historic Philadelphia Inc., and Michael Quinn, the CEO at the Museum of the American Revolution, to discuss the museum, Philadelphia’s history, and its heritage moving forward.
By Mara Marski for PeterGreenberg.com