This number might surprise you, but 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 the Americas. 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 history as displayed, in many cases on an interactive basis, by many of these museums. First, the radio show broadcasts from the Mile High City, where the Denver Art Museum houses a collection of more than 70,000 works. The ten permanent collections of the museum run the gamut from modern and contemporary, to African, to pre-Columbian art. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper joins the show to discus Denver’s boom in beer, bikes, and bands.
Then, it’s on to The National WWII 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, all help to tell the deeply personal stories of the second World War. Stephen Watson, the Vice President & COO of the WWII Museum, joins the show to give a firsthand account of the museum’s mission and how running the facilities has changed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Then the radio show airs from one of America’s newest museums—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 even purchase the tent Commander George Washington used as his headquarters in Valley Forge. The museum houses the most impressive collection of artifacts and spans the scope of the war and includes art, manuscripts, printed works, and arms used by all sides in the conflict. There’s all this and more as Peter Greenberg Worldwide celebrates the best of America’s museums.
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