I happened to run across a website for a Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge Tennessee the other day, and it got me to thinking about the museums I've visited in my lifetime.

I have been to the Smithsonian Museums in Washington, DC many times, and have enjoyed visiting them all. If I had to pick my least favorite, it would probably be the National Portrait Gallery. I'm just not that interested in the art world.

My favorite Smithsonian Museums are the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall and the newer addition, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. To look up at the Spirit of St. Louis and then walk over to the space Shuttle Discovery is such a thrill for me.

Shortly after the Steven F Udvar-Hazy Center opened, I just had to visit. The museum features so many types of aircraft from World War II, Korea and Vietnam wars, including the 'Enola Gay.' That aircraft had such an impact on the history of the world.

The Air and Space Museum on he National Mall is currently closed due to Covid-19, but the Steven F Udvar-Hazy Museum is open as of this writing.

Now on the subject of the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge Tennessee, I didn't know this even existed. The website lists the museum as a half scale model of the actual ship. As you walk through the ship, you get to see cabins and exhibits among other things, and you can even follow the story of a crew member or passenger. I am intrigued and think it would be an interesting museum to visit.

Museums can be a great way to learn about history with all the visuals made available to see. It's been a long time since I've been to a museum. And there are plenty of great museums to visit here in the Southern Tier. Probably time to get back to visiting some, keeping socially distanced of course.

via Smithsonian Museum and Titanic Museum

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