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Nontraditional museums

Imagine museums with very few glass cases to restrict touching their exhibits. These nontraditional museums are increasing in number worldwide. Visitors engage in exhibits by climbing, sliding or touching.

America's strangest museums : a traveler's guide to the most unusual and eccentric collections
Sandra Gurvis.
Secaucus, N.J. : Carol Pub. Group, c1998.
In Petal, Mississippi, the International Checker Hall of Fame; in Beaver Island, Michigan, The Mormon Print Shop; in San Francisco, The Old Mint Museum; or in Philadelphia The Center for the History of Foot Care and Foot Wear. The more than 100 listings are arranged geographically by area and include contact information, location, hours, and whether admission is charged. Updated from 1996. Appends Web sites and email addresses. No index or bibliography. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
     
Offbeat museums : the collections and curators of America's most unusual museums
Saul Rubin.
Santa Monica, CA : Santa Monica Press, c1997.
     
America's strangest museums : a traveler's guide to the most unusual and eccentric collections
Sandra Gurvis.
Secaucus, N.J. : Carol Pub. Group, c1996.
For mental health professionals and general practitioners who are not psychiatrists or specialists in psychopharmacology, a concise review of the principles of how, why, and when drugs are used alongside social and psychological aspects of mental health care. Uses a problem-oriented approach to discuss anxiety, depression, and other major disorders, as well as how drugs affect the body and how that effect can be examined. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
     

Today's museums are more than buildings displaying artifacts in locked cases.  Around the world, museums are alive, allowing visitors to experience science and art in many new ways.  It's where learning is fun and memorable.

St. Louis has its share of nontraditional museums. Take an adventure at the City Museum. It offers four floors of wild activities for all ages. Be sure to visit the underwater world in the World Aquarium.

Everyone becomes a scientist at the Science Center. Challenge yourself in one of the top five science centers in the nation. Enjoy a movie on the state-of-the-art technology screen in the OMNIMAX® Theater.

Discover all modes of transportation at the Museum of Transportation. Get nostalgic at the car shows from spring through fall. Board the trolley or miniature railroad for a ride around the grounds.

Interactive museums have definitely made great strides in encouraging visitors to think and turned learning into a wonderful and fun experience.

Interactive Museums to Visit

Engage in experiences of sculpture and nature together at Laumeier Sculpture Park. Be inspired as you stroll across 72 acres of the open-air museum. Stop in during Mother's Day weekend for the Art Fair and view selected works of art.

Gather a greater understanding of plant and animal relationships at the Butterfly House. Watch butterflies emerge before your very eyes.  The weather controlled environment allows the butterflies to fly in free flight.

John Burroughs the American Naturalist once said, "I seldom go into a natural history museum without feeling as if I were attending a funeral". No longer true, today's museum directors want their visitors to move beyond tradition and experience the unexplored.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff