Since I am leaving for America on Saturday I thought I’d write a quick blog entry on what museums/museum-like places I will be visiting.
Our first stop is Orlando. My main intention for this part of the trip is to be entirely surrounded by all things Disney. In saying this, we are visiting Epcot (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow). Part of this park is a World Showcase, exhibiting the culture, architecture, food, and products of eleven separate nations. Thinking back to a subject I completed on exhibition development, this kind of exhibition has a fascinating history. The 1889 World Exposition in Paris, for example, had a ‘Street of Cairo’. Visitors could literally walk down a re-created Egyptian street purchase goods and try typical foods. Even closer to home we have the 1988 Brisbane World Expo. Even though I was -4 years old when that expo happened the fact I could never visit has left a void in my life. I hope that Epcot at least attempts to fill that void.
Moving on, our next stop is Miami. I am really excited to visit the Jewish Museum, Vizcaya Museum of Art and Science, and perhaps the Perez Art Museum. I’ll also be posting about the Art Deco district and the heritage preservation happening there.
Finally, we are (hopefully) going to Nashville. The Hermitage (once owned by President Andrew Jackson), Tennessee State Museum, Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Ryman Auditorium are on our list. If we are snowed out we’ll be staying in Miami where there are plenty more museums to visit and blog about!
I’m really looking forward to posting about these museums/heritage sites. I am especially looking forward to seeing the beautifully conserved Art Deco buildings in Miami.
Since my conference presentation in Miami is on cultural landscapes I’ll see if I have time to write a few notes about that.
Looking forward to sharing my experiences!