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Museum Day Live promotes cultural experiences

By Tiffany Liu

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Hoping to impart knowledge about the past and inspire visitors to think about the future, the 13th annual Museum Day Live! will be held on Sept. 23 across the nation in various museums.

Hosted by Smithsonian magazine, this year’s event will feature Minecraft: Education Edition lesson plans in collaboration with Microsoft. These sessions hope to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities.

Smithsonian-Museum_of_Natural_HistoryFor those interested in music and art, this is an opportunity to explore and discover the history behind it. The Grammy Museum at L.A. LIVE offers insights on the technology of the recording process and the Grammy award, according to grammymuseum.org. Although it is located approximately 90 miles south of L.A., the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad offers a unique, interactive experience with an emphasis on the history and creation of musical instruments, according to museumofmakingmusic.org.

One can also expand his/her knowledge by experiencing one of the many local museums that educate visitors on the rich background of various cultures. The Japanese American National Museum, located in the Little Tokyo area of downtown Los Angeles, offers interactive history lessons and engaging workshops, according to janm.org. The Latino Art Museum in Los Angeles showcases contemporary Latin American artwork and offers lessons in hopes of increasing awareness of the artistic process, according to lamoa.net.

For younger children, Zimmer Children’s Museum offers hand-on experiences with many exhibits, according to zimmermuseum.org. Adolescents can participate in various educational activities, such as learning about recycling, and developing awareness of responsibility and community service.

Tickets are free and available now on smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-live-2017/tickets. Each ticket provides admission for two guests. Space is limited, so those interested should request one as soon as possible.

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