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National Museum of Women in the Arts undergoes comprehensive renovation

National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. Credit Thomas H. Field

Washington, D.C. — Earlier this year, the National Museum of Women in Arts (NMWA), the world’s only major museum solely dedicated to championing women artists, announced a plan for the comprehensive renovation of the museum’s historic building. State-of-the-art upgrades to the museum’s home, a 1908 Classical Revival structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will expand NMWA’s exhibition space and enhance its programming, strengthening its work for years to come.

The building is currently closed to the public during construction. The project will be completed in approximately two years.

The long-planned updates include enlarged gallery space to showcase historic and contemporary artworks and installations; a new destination for researchers and education programs; and enhanced amenities and accessibility for visitors. Infrastructure and storage upgrades will bolster the long-term conservation and security of the museum’s collection of more than 5,500 works.


Museum of History & Industry extends Da Vinci exhibition

Seattle, Wash. — Due to popular demand, Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) has extended its “Da Vinci – Inventions” exhibition through March 13, 2022. “Da Vinci – Inventions,” created by Grande Experiences, brings to life the genius of Leonardo as an inventor, scientist, anatomist, engineer, architect and more. An extensive range of unique pieces includes numerous examples of his machine inventions. Visitors can push, pull, crank and interact with many of these machines for a hands-on understanding of the scientific principles behind them.

Visitors to the exhibit are invited to embrace the history, theory and objective behind each of Leonardo da Vinci’s designs through engaging and entertaining technologies. Guests also will enjoy a glimpse into Leonardo’s mysterious alphabet and writing techniques as they browse touch-screen versions of his actual codices.


Mall of America and Nickelodeon Universe add new accessibility options renewing commitment to Certified Autism Center Designation

Nickelodeon Universe, Mall of America, Bloomington, Minn. Credit: Mall of America

Bloomington, Minn. — Since Mall of America (MOA) and Nickelodeon Universe earned the Certified Autism Center (CAC) designation in 2019, the team has implemented a variety of additional options to enhance the guest experience and recently renewed their commitment to the CAC program.

As part of the continued commitment to the CAC designation, MOA and Nickelodeon Universe staff have completed updated renewal training to help better understand and communicate with visitors who are autistic or have sensory needs. Nickelodeon Universe also offers sensory guides, created by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards, as well as quiet areas and other options.


Bob Dylan Center set to open in May 2022

Tulsa, Okla. — Located in Tulsa’s burgeoning arts district just steps from the city’s renowned Woody Guthrie Center, Bob Dylan Center (BDC) will feature cutting-edge and immersive technology in a multimedia environment that is designed to be as impressive and revealing to visitors new to Dylan’s work as it will be to long-time fans and aficionados. The Bob Dylan Center is committed to exploring the myriad forms of creativity that enrich the world around us and will be anchored by a permanent exhibit on Dylan’s life and work.

When it opens in the Tulsa Arts District in May 2022, the center will serve to educate, motivate and inspire visitors to engage their own capacity as creators. Through exhibits, public programs, performances, lectures, and publications, the center aims to foster a conversation about the role of creativity in our lives. Information regarding public admission to the Bob Dylan Center will be released in early 2022.


Main Street Electrical Parade, Disneyland, Anaheim, Calif. Photo: Disneyland

Disneyland Resort continues comeback in 2022 with parades and nighttime spectaculars   

Anaheim, Calif. — Disneyland Resort is celebrating 2022 with the thrills, magic fun and adventure that have made the “Happiest Place on Earth” one of the most popular family vacation destinations on the planet. In spring 2022, the imaginative “Main Street Electrical Parade” will light up Disneyland Park for the iconic parade’s 50th anniversary year, and guests will be treated to the return of three nighttime spectaculars: “Fantasmic!,” “World of Color” and the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular.

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Courtney Birchmeier oversees the editorial department at Group Tour Media. With half a decade under her belt in the group travel industry, she's eager to connect tour operators and group leaders with new destinations. It's a great day at the office if her dog, a chow/lab mix named "Kiwi," is in tow. In her free time, she enjoys reading (for fun, with no red pen in hand), sampling craft beer (New Holland Brewing's "Dragon's Milk," anyone?) and adding new destinations to her travel bucket list (like Salzburg, Austria).