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FEB 2017

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4 9 GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E 2017 MUSEUMS & EXHIBITS GUIDE ALABAMA U.S. Space & Rocket c ente R 1 Tranquility Base Huntsville, AL 35805 800-637-7223 Tom White The U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) is the largest spaceflight museum in the world, showcasing the past, present and future of human spaceflight. The Rocket Center serves as the Official NASA Visitor Center for Marshall Space Flight Center and Tennessee Valley Authority and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. CALIFORNIA t he h U ntington Lib R a R y, a R t c o LL ection S , and b otanica L g a R den S 1151 Oxford Road San Marino, CA 91108 626-405-2100 Jane Sandmeier The Huntington: World renowned center of art & culture, covering 120 acres of breathtaking gardens. Featuring British, French & American art, and Library treasures. Highlights: Gainsborough's Blue Boy, a Gutenberg Bible, 16 magnificent gardens including California Drought Tolerant, Japanese, Chinese, Rose, Camellia, Desert & Children's Gardens. Group Tours our specialty. CALIFORNIA t he Rona L d Reagan p R e S identia L Lib R a R y and M US e UM 40 Presidential Drive Simi Valley, CA 93065 800-410-8354 Melanie Salvesen The Reagan Library is one of California's most beauti- ful and unique destinations. Tour through the actual Air Force One that flew seven U.S. presidents. View a full scale replica of the Oval Office. Touch an authen- tic piece of the Berlin Wall. Also home to President and Mrs. Reagan's memorial site. NORTH CAROLINA t he b i LL y g R aha M Lib R a R y 4330 Westmont Drive Charlotte, NC 28217 704 401-3200 Sonya Johnson The Billy Graham Library—like the Crusades that went before it—has kept the Gospel as its singular message since opening 10 years ago. Come to the Library and retrace Billy Graham's dynamic journey from humble farm boy to international ambassador of the Good News of Jesus Christ through state-of-the-art-exhibits, mul- timedia presentations, and fascinating memorabilia. PENNSYLVANIA n ationa L M US e UM of a M e R ican Jewi S h h i S to R y 101 S. Independence Mall East Philadelphia, PA 19106 215-923-3811 Beth Heaney Located on historic Independence Mall, the National Museum of American Jewish History brings to life the more than 360-year history of Jews in America. The Museum invites visitors of all backgrounds to share their own stories and reflect on how their histories and identi- ties shape and are shaped by the American experience. TENNESSEE c o U nt R y M US ic h a LL of f a M e and M US e UM 222 Fifth Ave South Nashville, TN 37203 615-416-2001 Brad Henton www. For half a century the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum has been home to a growing collection which stands now at over 2.5 million artifacts, including one-of-a-kind recordings, films, instruments, stage wear, and more. Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print are historic properties of the Museum. LOUISIANA t he n ationa L wwii M US e UM 945 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA 70130 504-528-1944 • 877-813-3329 x222 Ruth Katz Ranked the #1 attraction in New Orleans and the #4 museum in the U.S. by TripAdvisor, The National WWII Museum is a remarkable must-see attraction that illuminates the American experience in WWII. Group rates, specialty tours, field trips, team-building, live shows in BB's Stage Door Canteen and more! MISSOURI n ationa L b LU e S M US e UM 615 Washington Avenue St Louis, MO 63101 314-925-0016 Sherry Nash The National Blues Museum explores the Blues and celebrates the genre as the foundation of all modern American music. The facility educates guests in an entertaining environment that includes high impact technology driven experiences, a state-of-the-art theater, artifact-driven exhibits and robust public programming. MISSOURI t he Ma R k t wain b oyhood h o M e and M US e UM 120 N. Main Hannibal, MO 63401 573-221-9010 Melissa Cummins Come see where the stories started! Tour our five his- toric properties and two interactive museums, including Mark Twain's Boyhood Home. Experience interactive exhibits, live performances, treasured Clemens arti- facts and original Norman Rockwell illustrations and learn how a small boy from Hannibal became one of America's most beloved authors. TENNESSEE e L vi S p R e SL ey' S g R ace L and 717 Elvis Presley Boulevard Memphis, TN 38116 800-238-2010 Carolyn Mears Explore Graceland Mansion as an interactive, iPad tour guides you through the place that Elvis called home. Then, visit the all-new, immersive entertain- ment experience - Elvis Presley's Memphis - opening in spring of 2017. The full experience will take you from Elvis' humble beginnings through his rise to superstardom including automobiles, stage costumes and more. WISCONSIN h a RL ey- d avid S on M US e UM ® 400 W. Canal Street Milwaukee, WI 53201 877-436-8738 Whether you were born to be wild – or mild – makes no difference at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. More than a nostalgia trip for motorcycle enthusiasts, the Museum offers a glimpse of American history and culture like you've never seen it before – through the successes and trials of an iconic American company. M G U I D E MUSEUMS

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