the global microscope can display breaking science
news. If, say, Mount St. Helens erupts, museumgoers
will be able to view the fiery crater and listen to a scientist from a remote location explaining the event through
a picture-in-picture broadcast.
The popular new exhibit called Skyscraper! goes
to new lengths in explaining the architectural marvels
visible just across the Hudson River. There’s a 20-foot-
long wind tunnel that demonstrates how tall buildings
behave in high winds, even a Walk the Steel experience
(complete with safety harness) that lets visitors cross a
narrow beam 18 feet above the gallery floor. A 4,000-
square-foot exhibition called Eat and Be Eaten looks
at chemical warfare, camouflage and other aspects of
predator/prey relationships in the animal world. Infection Connection explores disease. Those whose feet
are weary from traversing the six new exhibition areas
can head for comfortable seats in the nation’s largest
IMAX dome theater.
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A BIGGER FOOTPRINT
FOR A PHILLY FAVORITE
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia’s art museum, the neoclassical colossus
made famous by Rocky Balboa’s dash up its front steps,
began welcoming visitors last fall to the first expansion
of its footprint since its opening in 1928. The new space
offers an additional 59,000 square feet and enables the
museum to display more of its vast holdings, much of
which previously was relegated to basement storage.
Just across the street, the Ruth and Raymond
G. Perelman Building now showcases revolving
exhibits of the museum’s trove of photography,
costumes and textiles. The 2,000-square-foot
Spain Gallery of Costume and Textiles, just
off the first-floor, skylighted galleria, nearly
triples the exhibition space dedicated to
costume and textiles, permitting several
in-depth special exhibitions per year. Not
currently on display but certain to reap-
pear in the future is one of the art museum’s
most cherished items: the wedding dress of
native daughter Grace Kelly.
The new Perelman Building is an attraction in
its own right. Listed in the National Register of Historic
Places, it’s a stunning example of art deco architecture
and design. It opened in 1927 as the headquarters of
the Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance Company. The
Egyptian-inspired flora and fauna decorating the
building’s exterior, the most elaborately sculpted
facade of any 20th-century building in the city, were
carved by sculptor Lee Lawrie, whose work adorns
Rockefeller Center and the Library of Congress.
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Or take in the Wednesday Night Sailboat Race.
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