Must-Visit Museums in Every State

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Kansas: Museum of World Treasures
> City: Wichita
> Type: History, Science, Specialized
> If you have time, also visit: Oz Museum

Founded by Dr. Jon and Lorna Kardatzke in 2001, the Museum of World Treasures runs the gamut of world history, with exhibits relating to dinosaurs, ancient civilizations, the experiences of the Conquistadors. and the horror of the battlefields of the two World Wars.

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Kentucky: Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
> City: Louisville
> Type: Culture, Sports, History, Specialized
> If you have time, also visit: National Corvette Museum

You can’t think of baseball without the bat so associated with the game, the Louisville Slugger. At the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, you can see how the famed clubs are made. Besides viewing the bats once held by Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle, Johnny Bench, and Derek Jeter, you can stand in the batter’s box and experience what it’s like to face a 90-mph fastball.

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Louisiana: The National WWII Museum
> City: New Orleans
> Type: History
> If you have time, also visit: Mardi Gras World

New Orleans, where the Higgins boats that brought troops ashore on D-Day were developed, is the home of The National WWII Museum. Visitors get a comprehensive overview of how the war was fought, the industrial mobilization that led to victory, and poignant personal stories of those who lived through history’s worst conflict.

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Maine: Maine Maritime Museum
> City: Bath
> Type: History
> If you have time, also visit: Portland Head Lighthouse

Visitors to the Maine Maritime Museum on the Kennebec River can view modern-day shipbuilding techniques, see a restored 1906 schooner, get a guided tour of the historic Percy & Small Shipyard, and see a blacksmith plying his trade.

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Maryland: American Visionary Art Museum
> City: Baltimore
> Type: Art, Children’s, Culture, General, History, Library
> If you have time, also visit: Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park Center

Located on the southside of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the American Visionary Art Museum is a repository for the works from self-taught and intuitive artists. Coming up in May: the Kinetic Sculpture Race.

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