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Celebrating 50 Years at the National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC

March 13, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC, US – 50 years may be a blip in the history of African art, given that the continent has been producing art and artistic objects for thousands of years. But, the half-century mark is a rather grand milestone for the National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC,… (more)
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Awesome objects at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC

September 12, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – Walking through a massive museum to get a lesson in American history might sound like a bit of a chore, akin to slogging through a high school textbook. But prepare to leave all traditional notions of how history is told at the door when you walk into… (more)
The Tenement Museum
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History lives on in the Tenement Museum in NYC

June 10, 2013

Photo Credit: Flickr user garysoup NEW YORK CITY, USA –With the decades-old demand for residential space in New York City in full effect to this day, you might not have believed us if we had told you that a particular apartment building in the Lower East Sidehad been boarded… (more)
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The Hunt: Our 5 Favorite Places to Cool Down and Chill Out

August 2, 2012

Global – Every week, The Purple Passport team goes out in search of a designated item in whatever city our team members happen to be in at that time. Now that August is here, we’re looking from some relief from the heat. This week, we’ll discuss our favorite places to cool… (more)
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Gilded Age grandeur at the Flagler Museum

February 6, 2012

PALM BEACH, USA – You’re seated in a Beaux Arts pavilion, one of the grand public rooms in a sprawling, magnificent mansion. All around you are lavish spreads of delicacies that you nibble off bone china while sipping a refined cup of tea and gazing out at the views of… (more)
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Traverse through time at the Tenement Museum

September 29, 2011

NEW YORK, USA – Ellis Island: the first stop for great hordes of immigrants after they sailed past Lady Liberty in pursuit of the American Dream. Chances are good that one of your descendants took that very journey. (I’m a proud Swede!) For countless families who now call this country… (more)
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Himalayan enlightenment at the Rubin Museum of Art

August 29, 2011

NEW YORK, USA – Impressionism. Rembrandt. Warhol. Chances are if you walk into a fancy city museum like the Met or the MoMA, even if you aren’t an art proficient, you’ll recognize a few originals (and maybe even be able to spout off a bit of trivia). For the more acquainted… (more)
Getty Villa Malibu
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It’s all Greek to us at the Getty Villa Malibu

July 22, 2010

PACIFIC PALISADES, USA – Gladiator sandals. Loose fitting tunics. One shoulder toga-style dresses. When you step out in this season’s hottest fashion trends, you may feel a little bit like you’re headed for the agora in ancient Greece or Rome. Which just goes to show that the ancient cultures of… (more)
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Yes we CAAM: a day at the California African American Museum

March 9, 2010

LOS ANGELES, USA- When it comes to visiting museums, I have a bit of a Goldilocks complex. Large city museums with extensive collections (like Los Angeles’ “three bears” of art — the Getty, LACMA, and MOCA) overwhelm me, while small, niche museums (Museum of Neon Art, anyone?) often feel too… (more)
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A concrete umbrella (!) and other wonders at Museo Nacional de Antropologia

March 18, 2009

MEXICO CITY, Mexico – The Museum of Anthropology doesn’t seem like it could be a contender for the title of one of the world’s greatest museums (which my guidebook asserts), but once you pass into the main courtyard and begin walking through the exhibits and galleries, you begin to see… (more)