In each episode I feature a quirky museum that’s definitely off – and sometimes way, way, off – the beaten path. If you enjoy learning the backstory behind some very curious collections, then join me where we find the answer to the question, “Now, why would there be a museum about that?”
Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tennessee
On this episode we’re visiting the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. From the largest vehicle to the world’s smallest vehicle, the Lane Motor Museum goes beyond the standard car museum by showcasing one-of-a-kind vehicles that meld human ingenuity with cultural influences.
Worlds of Puppetry Museum in Atlanta, Georgia
On this episode we’re visiting the Worlds of Puppetry Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. From displaying puppetry, performing puppetry and preserving puppetry, the Worlds of Puppetry Museum share their vision that puppetry is an art form that can unite people all around the world.
Pinball Hall of Fame Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada
Sitting down with Tim Arnold, founder of the Pinball Hall of Fame Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada allows us to peek behind-the-scenes and experience the truly unique aspects of this museum. First, it features pinball machines from every decade starting in 1933 when pinball machines were a small, countertop game. Second, the 250 machines on display have been fully restored and you can play every single one for either a quarter or fifty cents.
Museum of Design Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia
My guest is Laura Flusche from the Museum of Design Atlanta. MODA is a museum dedicated to the world of design. Laura defines design as, “a creative process that inspires change, transforms lives and makes the world a better place.” Join me as we explore the abstract concept of what design is, and then the reality of how we interpret and interact with design every day.
Embroidery Museum in Louisville, Kentucky
Sitting down with Gwen Nelson and Cynthia Welch of the Embroiderer's Guild of America, which operates the Embroidery Museum, opened my eyes to the beautiful world of embroidery. The museum is small, and when you enter, you feel like you’re walking into a private art gallery. And after you listen to this episode, I think you’ll agree that the amazing work and creativity by the embroiderer’s in this collection showcase how what started as a functional craft can be transformed into art.
Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind in Louisville, Kentucky
My guest is Michael Hudson, Director of the Museum for the American Printing House for the Blind. Located in Louisville, Kentucky, the museum is both a printing house and a museum with a distinctive focus – preserving and presenting the remarkable contributions of people who are blind and the history of printing materials for the blind or visually impaired community.