Hawaii: Bishop Museum
> City: Honolulu
> Type: Specialized
> If you have time, also visit: ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center
Bishop Museum, founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in honor of his late wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, is the largest museum in the state. It houses Hawaiian artifacts, documents, and photographs about Hawai’i and other Pacific island cultures.
Idaho: Museum of Clean
> City: Pocatello
> Type: Specialized
> If you have time, also visit: Idaho Potato Museum
Author and speaker Don Aslett founded the museum whose mission is to impart the value of cleanliness and to expand the idea of cleanliness beyond homes and into minds and language. Worth a look is the vacuum collection, featuring the Daniel Hess Carpet Sweeper from the 1860s that is the world’s first vacuum cleaner.
Illinois: The Art Institute of Chicago
> City: Chicago
> Type: Art
> If you have time, also visit: Museum of Science and Industry
The Art Institute of Chicago is one of America’s great cultural institutions. It houses the largest Impressionist collection outside of Paris, and contains well-known contemporary works such as Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks.”
Indiana: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
> City: Indianapolis
> Type: Children’s
> If you have time, also visit: Dream Car Museum
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, founded in 1925, is the largest children’s museum in the world with 500,000 square feet with exhibits and activities. It recently added a 7.5-acre outdoor health and fitness area that encourages participation in sports. The indoor section features the National Art Museum of Sport along with the World of Sport and History of Hoops.
Iowa: The Union Pacific Railroad Museum
> City: Council Bluffs
> Type: Culture, History, Specialized
> If you have time, also visit: John Deere Tractor and Engine Museum
The Union Pacific Railroad Museum holds artifacts, photographs, documents, and equipment from the construction of the transcontinental railroad, which the Union Pacific company helped build. The Beaux Arts-style building was originally the Council Bluffs Carnegie Free Public Library and was established with the help of philanthropist and steel magnate Andrew Carnegie.
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