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Massive SC State Museum was very educational

When Columbia Mills opened in 1894 it was the first totally electric textile mill in the world (and the first major industrial installation for GE); the building now houses the huge SC State Museum

When Columbia Mills opened in 1894 it was the first totally electric textile mill in the world (and the first major industrial installation for GE); the building now houses the huge SC State Museum

High Speed Warper, Abney Mills (Anderson Cty), 1928; admission to the this huge museum was $8.95 plus you could add a visit to the planetarium or a 4D show for another $5

High Speed Warper, Abney Mills (Anderson Cty), 1928; admission to the this huge museum was $8.95 plus you could add a visit to the planetarium or a 4D show for another $5

This telephone switchboard was made in Sumter about 1910; in 1922 Columbia became just the second US city to have a complete dial system; the museum has had popular temporary shows like Body Worlds and the Titanic

This telephone switchboard was made in Sumter about 1910; in 1922 Columbia became just the second US city to have a complete dial system; the museum has had popular temporary shows like Body Worlds and the Titanic

In 2014 SC adopted the Columbian mammoth as the official state fossil (yes, at least 41 states have an official fossil); these animals (larger than woolly mammoths or modern African elephants) roamed North America 10000 years ago

In 2014 SC adopted the Columbian mammoth as the official state fossil (yes, at least 41 states have an official fossil); these animals (larger than woolly mammoths or modern African elephants) roamed North America 10000 years ago

Made by a Columbia artist and Seamstresses with a Purpose, this face mask (using the state flag) was part of small exhibit detailing how SC responded to Covid; this is the largest museum in the state

Made by a Columbia artist and Seamstresses with a Purpose, this face mask (using the state flag) was part of small exhibit detailing how SC responded to Covid; this is the largest museum in the state

This museum ($6 that I did not pay) was founded in 1896, and is the oldest museum in Columbia; sharing the building with the SC State Museum, historians have said it may be the least accurate museum operated by a state government anywhere in the country

This museum ($6 that I did not pay) was founded in 1896, and is the oldest museum in Columbia; sharing the building with the SC State Museum, historians have said it may be the least accurate museum operated by a state government anywhere in the country

The Best Friend of Charleston was a steam-powered railroad locomotive widely considered the first locomotive to be built entirely within the US for revenue service; it covered a 6 mile route in Charleston beginning in 1830

The Best Friend of Charleston was a steam-powered railroad locomotive widely considered the first locomotive to be built entirely within the US for revenue service; it covered a 6 mile route in Charleston beginning in 1830

This 1940 Dobby Loom was used at Bath Mills in Aiken until the 1980s; the textile industry, long the backbone of the South, has largely moved to Asia leaving huge old mills abandoned

This 1940 Dobby Loom was used at Bath Mills in Aiken until the 1980s; the textile industry, long the backbone of the South, has largely moved to Asia leaving huge old mills abandoned

This 1904 Curved Dash (Model 6C) Oldsmobile was owned by JE Richard, the first Oldsmobile dealer in Columbia; the wheels of this Olds are 60 inches apart to fit ruts made by cotton and tobacco wagons

This 1904 Curved Dash (Model 6C) Oldsmobile was owned by JE Richard, the first Oldsmobile dealer in Columbia; the wheels of this Olds are 60 inches apart to fit ruts made by cotton and tobacco wagons

There was a very large area dedicated to the work of Charles Hard Townes, winner of the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work in developing the maser and laser; born in Greenville, he advised every president from Truman to Clinton

There was a very large area dedicated to the work of Charles Hard Townes, winner of the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work in developing the maser and laser; born in Greenville, he advised every president from Truman to Clinton

The March 1861 Ordinance of Secession (this is one of 200 copies given to the delegates) officially marked the start of the Civil War; this copy was displayed in the SC State House and was rescued just before Sherman torched the building in 1865

The March 1861 Ordinance of Secession (this is one of 200 copies given to the delegates) officially marked the start of the Civil War; this copy was displayed in the SC State House and was rescued just before Sherman torched the building in 1865

King Cotton and Pro-Slavery Arguments (1860) was published in response to books such as Uncle Tom's Cabin; this compilation includes works by Southerners including one from SC famous for coining the phrase - cotton is king

King Cotton and Pro-Slavery Arguments (1860) was published in response to books such as Uncle Tom's Cabin; this compilation includes works by Southerners including one from SC famous for coining the phrase - cotton is king

The CSS Hunley became the first submarine to destroy an enemy ship on February 17, 1864 when it sank the USS Housatonic in Charleston harbor; it was damaged in the fight and sunk that same day, never returning to port

The CSS Hunley became the first submarine to destroy an enemy ship on February 17, 1864 when it sank the USS Housatonic in Charleston harbor; it was damaged in the fight and sunk that same day, never returning to port

The Anderson Motor Company of Rock Hill was one of the most successful automakers in the South producing 6000 cars between 1915 and 1925; in 1921 Ford's Model T sold for $345 while Anderson's lowest price was $1650

The Anderson Motor Company of Rock Hill was one of the most successful automakers in the South producing 6000 cars between 1915 and 1925; in 1921 Ford's Model T sold for $345 while Anderson's lowest price was $1650

The 1849 Henry Fitz Telescope was delivered to Erskine College in Due West and is one of the oldest examples of an American-made telescope; it is possibly the oldest surviving American-made observatory instrument

The 1849 Henry Fitz Telescope was delivered to Erskine College in Due West and is one of the oldest examples of an American-made telescope; it is possibly the oldest surviving American-made observatory instrument

I loved this work of Sir Isaac Newton by Molly B. Right (2014) made entirely of bottle caps; Right was born in 1963 in Greensboro (but I couldn't find her maiden name so I'm not sure if we were in school together) but now works out of Charleston

I loved this work of Sir Isaac Newton by Molly B. Right (2014) made entirely of bottle caps; Right was born in 1963 in Greensboro (but I couldn't find her maiden name so I'm not sure if we were in school together) but now works out of Charleston

Dave storage jug, c. 1850; in the Edgefield district, beginning in 1809, a distinctive type of alkaline-glazed stoneware began to be made; pieces were created by African-American slave craftspeople with the most famous of these being Dave

Dave storage jug, c. 1850; in the Edgefield district, beginning in 1809, a distinctive type of alkaline-glazed stoneware began to be made; pieces were created by African-American slave craftspeople with the most famous of these being Dave

This chair (1758), made by local cabinetmakers, was used by the Royal Governor when he presided over the Royal Council (the upper body of the state legislature) in the first statehouse in Charleston

This chair (1758), made by local cabinetmakers, was used by the Royal Governor when he presided over the Royal Council (the upper body of the state legislature) in the first statehouse in Charleston

Spinning Jennies sold for $130 in 1827 and were popular on large Southern plantations until after the Civil War; the machine could produce enough yarn in 1 day that a loom could turn into cloth 10 yds long by 3 yds wide

Spinning Jennies sold for $130 in 1827 and were popular on large Southern plantations until after the Civil War; the machine could produce enough yarn in 1 day that a loom could turn into cloth 10 yds long by 3 yds wide

An exhibit to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing (here JFK is at Rice Stadium announcing his plans for a mission to the moon) charted the history of NASA’s Apollo program and South Carolina’s role in lunar exploration

An exhibit to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing (here JFK is at Rice Stadium announcing his plans for a mission to the moon) charted the history of NASA’s Apollo program and South Carolina’s role in lunar exploration

This is one of three original cameras from WNOK which began broadcasting in Columbia on September 1, 1953 (amazing to think how relatively new the medium is); the station is one of the oldest UHF stations in the world

This is one of three original cameras from WNOK which began broadcasting in Columbia on September 1, 1953 (amazing to think how relatively new the medium is); the station is one of the oldest UHF stations in the world

1927 Hupmobile owned by an optometrist in Hopkins, SC; Henry Ford said - I recall looking at Bobby Hupp's roadster at the first show where it was exhibited and wondering whether we could ever build as good a small car for as little money

1927 Hupmobile owned by an optometrist in Hopkins, SC; Henry Ford said - I recall looking at Bobby Hupp's roadster at the first show where it was exhibited and wondering whether we could ever build as good a small car for as little money

Ronald McNair, born in Lake City and educated in Greensboro, first went into space aboard the Challenger in 1984 which was the first flight to land at Kennedy Space Center; he died in the January 1986 Challenger tragedy

Ronald McNair, born in Lake City and educated in Greensboro, first went into space aboard the Challenger in 1984 which was the first flight to land at Kennedy Space Center; he died in the January 1986 Challenger tragedy

A spinning room in a 1915 cotton mill; when the Columbia Mills opened in 1894, they manufactured cotton duck cloth (a canvas-like material) and the old mill building is considered the Museum's largest artifact

A spinning room in a 1915 cotton mill; when the Columbia Mills opened in 1894, they manufactured cotton duck cloth (a canvas-like material) and the old mill building is considered the Museum's largest artifact

Built in a Columbia garage in 1978, this is a Quartz Rotary Pecan Cracker Prototype that used air pressure to shell pecans (the first technological breakthrough the industry had seen in decades)

Built in a Columbia garage in 1978, this is a Quartz Rotary Pecan Cracker Prototype that used air pressure to shell pecans (the first technological breakthrough the industry had seen in decades)

Lee Redd used this Smith Premier typewriter in the 1890s when he worked at Columbia Mills (the building now housing the museum); temporary exhibits for my visit included the Science of Sound and Early American Face Vessels

Lee Redd used this Smith Premier typewriter in the 1890s when he worked at Columbia Mills (the building now housing the museum); temporary exhibits for my visit included the Science of Sound and Early American Face Vessels

Twenty years before Samuel Morse patented the telegraph, he was a portrait painter in Charleston (this is a self-portrait from 1808); most of the exhibits involved a large amount of reading so the kids were better off next door at EdVenture

Twenty years before Samuel Morse patented the telegraph, he was a portrait painter in Charleston (this is a self-portrait from 1808); most of the exhibits involved a large amount of reading so the kids were better off next door at EdVenture

Tiger Paw is modeled after the shrimp trawlers seen in SC (they usually are within 4 miles of the coast); the state's most valuable seafood crop, commercial shrimp here have 3 varieties which all taste the same; peak season is August to October

Tiger Paw is modeled after the shrimp trawlers seen in SC (they usually are within 4 miles of the coast); the state's most valuable seafood crop, commercial shrimp here have 3 varieties which all taste the same; peak season is August to October

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Highlight's from Pasadena's Norton Simon Museum, pt 1

Portrait of a Peasant (Patience Escalier), Vincent van Gogh, 1888; the museum has a world-renowned collection of art from South Asia and Southeast Asia, with examples of this region's sculptural and painting traditions

Portrait of a Peasant (Patience Escalier), Vincent van Gogh, 1888; the museum has a world-renowned collection of art from South Asia and Southeast Asia, with examples of this region's sculptural and painting traditions

Vase of Flowers, Paul Cezanne, 1880-81; I found the museum to be very old school with lots of old money trappings; this is not a museum where you will see school groups or many young people

Vase of Flowers, Paul Cezanne, 1880-81; I found the museum to be very old school with lots of old money trappings; this is not a museum where you will see school groups or many young people

The Flower Vendor, Diego Rivera, 1941; when the Pasadena Art Museum (contemporary) morphed into the Norton Simon (traditional), it led indirectly to the founding of the Museum of Contemporary Art, LA in 1979, a project largely driven by Norton Simon's sister

The Flower Vendor, Diego Rivera, 1941; when the Pasadena Art Museum (contemporary) morphed into the Norton Simon (traditional), it led indirectly to the founding of the Museum of Contemporary Art, LA in 1979, a project largely driven by Norton Simon's sister

Woman with a Book, Pablo Picasso, 1932; originally focused on contemporary art, the museum ran into financial troubles in the 1970s; Simon rescued the museum (then called the Pasadena Art Museum) provided it devote 75% of its space to his art collection

Woman with a Book, Pablo Picasso, 1932; originally focused on contemporary art, the museum ran into financial troubles in the 1970s; Simon rescued the museum (then called the Pasadena Art Museum) provided it devote 75% of its space to his art collection

This outdoor sculpture garden area contained works by well-known artists but the best sculptures were located inside; the garden is at a busy intersection with a freeway on the third side so it's not a place for quiet contemplation

This outdoor sculpture garden area contained works by well-known artists but the best sculptures were located inside; the garden is at a busy intersection with a freeway on the third side so it's not a place for quiet contemplation

Bird in Space, Constantin Brancusi, 1931; the artist produced his first Bird in Space in 1923, eventually producing 15 variations on the theme working in both bronze (like this one) and marble

Bird in Space, Constantin Brancusi, 1931; the artist produced his first Bird in Space in 1923, eventually producing 15 variations on the theme working in both bronze (like this one) and marble

Horse Galloping on Right Foot, Edgar Degas, 1889; the Tournament of Roses Parade starts near the museum which is in Pasadena at the intersection of Orange Grove Blvd and Colorado Blvd (the old route 66)

Horse Galloping on Right Foot, Edgar Degas, 1889; the Tournament of Roses Parade starts near the museum which is in Pasadena at the intersection of Orange Grove Blvd and Colorado Blvd (the old route 66)

Portrait of the Artist's Wife, Jeanne Hebuterne, Amadeo Modigliani, 1918; born in Italy, the artist moved to Paris in 1906 where he frequented Picasso's studio, dabbled in Cubism and developed an addiction to drugs and alcohol

Portrait of the Artist's Wife, Jeanne Hebuterne, Amadeo Modigliani, 1918; born in Italy, the artist moved to Paris in 1906 where he frequented Picasso's studio, dabbled in Cubism and developed an addiction to drugs and alcohol

The Swineherd, Paul Gauguin, 1888; Norton Simon purchased this painting in 1955; it was his 7th purchase (and the most significant) for his collection although Simon's wife left it to the LA County Museum of Art upon his death (it's on loan here)

The Swineherd, Paul Gauguin, 1888; Norton Simon purchased this painting in 1955; it was his 7th purchase (and the most significant) for his collection although Simon's wife left it to the LA County Museum of Art upon his death (it's on loan here)

Mouth of the Seine at Honfleur, Claude Monet, 1865; a 24 yr old Monet made his Paris Salon debut with this work, declaring an allegiance to Courbet, Manet and the Realist avant-garde

Mouth of the Seine at Honfleur, Claude Monet, 1865; a 24 yr old Monet made his Paris Salon debut with this work, declaring an allegiance to Courbet, Manet and the Realist avant-garde

Vase of Lilacs, Roses and Tulips, Gustave Courbet, 1863; best known for his early peasant paintings, Courbet's still lifes recall 17th century Dutch flower paintings which were coveted by 19th century collectors

Vase of Lilacs, Roses and Tulips, Gustave Courbet, 1863; best known for his early peasant paintings, Courbet's still lifes recall 17th century Dutch flower paintings which were coveted by 19th century collectors

Red-Headed Woman in the Garden of M. Foret, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1887; in 1929, Norton Simon invested $7,000 in a floundering juice bottling company; he eventually turned his investment into the highly prosperous Hunt Foods (think ketchup)

Red-Headed Woman in the Garden of M. Foret, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1887; in 1929, Norton Simon invested $7,000 in a floundering juice bottling company; he eventually turned his investment into the highly prosperous Hunt Foods (think ketchup)

Martin Mariano de Goicoechea, Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, 1805; this miniature on copper is part of a group of portraits Goya painted marking his son's wedding as a souvenir for his daughter-in-law's family

Martin Mariano de Goicoechea, Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, 1805; this miniature on copper is part of a group of portraits Goya painted marking his son's wedding as a souvenir for his daughter-in-law's family

Interior of St. Peter's Rome, Giovanni Paolo Pannini, 1735; this work is based on a piece, now in the Louvre, that was commissioned by Cardinal Melchior de Polignac, French ambassador to the Vatican

Interior of St. Peter's Rome, Giovanni Paolo Pannini, 1735; this work is based on a piece, now in the Louvre, that was commissioned by Cardinal Melchior de Polignac, French ambassador to the Vatican

Wine is a Mocker, Jan Steen, 1663-64; the artist conveys the message here that not only are those of a superior position as susceptible as the lowly to the sins of drink, but that their disgrace is more pitiable because of the distance they've fallen

Wine is a Mocker, Jan Steen, 1663-64; the artist conveys the message here that not only are those of a superior position as susceptible as the lowly to the sins of drink, but that their disgrace is more pitiable because of the distance they've fallen

Portrait of a Bearded Man in a Wide-Brimmed Hat, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1633; dressed in sober black attire and and presented close-up, the sitter embodies the ideals of sobriety and modesty valued by the Dutch middle class at the time

Portrait of a Bearded Man in a Wide-Brimmed Hat, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1633; dressed in sober black attire and and presented close-up, the sitter embodies the ideals of sobriety and modesty valued by the Dutch middle class at the time

Madonna and Child with Book, Raphael, c. 1502-03; together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael forms the traditional trinity of great masters of the High Renaissance

Madonna and Child with Book, Raphael, c. 1502-03; together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael forms the traditional trinity of great masters of the High Renaissance

Still Life with Rummer, Pieter Claesz, 1645; Claesz was one of the innovators of the small-scale breakfast piece, or ontbijtje, in which a few modest elements—such as a pewter plate, bread and herring—are described with a limited palette of warm tones

Still Life with Rummer, Pieter Claesz, 1645; Claesz was one of the innovators of the small-scale breakfast piece, or ontbijtje, in which a few modest elements—such as a pewter plate, bread and herring—are described with a limited palette of warm tones

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The colorful and worldly birds of the Fort Worth Zoo

The Caribbean flamingo is, by far, the most brightly colored of all flamingo species and the tallest flamingo living in the Americas; these animals can live up to 50 years in the wild

The Caribbean flamingo is, by far, the most brightly colored of all flamingo species and the tallest flamingo living in the Americas; these animals can live up to 50 years in the wild

Budgerigars are found wild throughout the drier parts of Australia, where they have survived harsh inland conditions for over 5 million years; its success can be attributed to a nomadic lifestyle and its ability to breed while on the move

Budgerigars are found wild throughout the drier parts of Australia, where they have survived harsh inland conditions for over 5 million years; its success can be attributed to a nomadic lifestyle and its ability to breed while on the move

Hyacinth macaws are parrots native to central and eastern South America;  it is the largest macaw and the largest flying parrot species; limited tool use has been observed in both wild and captive hyacinth macaws

Hyacinth macaws are parrots native to central and eastern South America; it is the largest macaw and the largest flying parrot species; limited tool use has been observed in both wild and captive hyacinth macaws

Although relatively small by pelican standards, the pink-backed pelican has a wingspan of 7.5-9 ft. and can weigh up to 15 lbs; it is a resident breeder in the swamps and shallow lakes of Africa, southern Arabia, and southern India

Although relatively small by pelican standards, the pink-backed pelican has a wingspan of 7.5-9 ft. and can weigh up to 15 lbs; it is a resident breeder in the swamps and shallow lakes of Africa, southern Arabia, and southern India

The greater flamingo is the most widespread and largest species of flamingo (how does it sit like this?); they are found in Africa, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, and in southern Europe

The greater flamingo is the most widespread and largest species of flamingo (how does it sit like this?); they are found in Africa, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, and in southern Europe

Male lesser birds-of-paradise have a dark emerald-green throat and a pair of long tail-wires with ornamental flank plumes which are deep yellow at their base and fade outwards into white; the males are polygamous, and perform courtship displays in leks

Male lesser birds-of-paradise have a dark emerald-green throat and a pair of long tail-wires with ornamental flank plumes which are deep yellow at their base and fade outwards into white; the males are polygamous, and perform courtship displays in leks

The galah is native to Australia and can undo stitching to access bagged wheat so is sometimes regarded as a pest by farmers; both parents incubate the eggs from August to November for 22 - 26 days

The galah is native to Australia and can undo stitching to access bagged wheat so is sometimes regarded as a pest by farmers; both parents incubate the eggs from August to November for 22 - 26 days

Wild turkeys claim more habitat than any other game bird in North America; TX is home to nearly 600,000 wild turkeys (more than any other state); once home to 10 million wild turkeys, North America's population had dropped to only 30,000 by 1900

Wild turkeys claim more habitat than any other game bird in North America; TX is home to nearly 600,000 wild turkeys (more than any other state); once home to 10 million wild turkeys, North America's population had dropped to only 30,000 by 1900

Common around prairie dog towns, burrowing owls show up wherever available burrows are found; to protect the burrow, this owl (found in Texas) mimics the rattlesnake's rattle sound to ward off predators

Common around prairie dog towns, burrowing owls show up wherever available burrows are found; to protect the burrow, this owl (found in Texas) mimics the rattlesnake's rattle sound to ward off predators

The saddle-billed stork is one of Africa's largest stork species with adults weighing 13  pounds and having a wingspan of 10  feet; the eyes of males are darkly colored while females have pale yellow eyes

The saddle-billed stork is one of Africa's largest stork species with adults weighing 13+ pounds and having a wingspan of 10+ feet; the eyes of males are darkly colored while females have pale yellow eyes

African penguins live off the SW coast of Africa and spend most of their day in the water feeding; these penguins can dive to 400 ft in search of anchovies, mackerel, herring, sardines and squid

African penguins live off the SW coast of Africa and spend most of their day in the water feeding; these penguins can dive to 400 ft in search of anchovies, mackerel, herring, sardines and squid

The Chilean flamingo has light pink plumage (so light that it almost looks white); it may live on the coast or far inland and can survive in a variety of altitudes and climates

The Chilean flamingo has light pink plumage (so light that it almost looks white); it may live on the coast or far inland and can survive in a variety of altitudes and climates

The heaviest living bird native to North America, the trumpeter swan is also the largest extant species of waterfowl, with a wingspan of up to 8 ft 2 in; by 1933, fewer than 70 wild trumpeters were known to exist, and extinction seemed imminent

The heaviest living bird native to North America, the trumpeter swan is also the largest extant species of waterfowl, with a wingspan of up to 8 ft 2 in; by 1933, fewer than 70 wild trumpeters were known to exist, and extinction seemed imminent

The rockhopper is one of the smaller penguin species with adults standing only 16 to 18 inches high; males and females cannot be distinguished visually, so a DNA test is conducted by taking a feather from the bird to determine its gender

The rockhopper is one of the smaller penguin species with adults standing only 16 to 18 inches high; males and females cannot be distinguished visually, so a DNA test is conducted by taking a feather from the bird to determine its gender

The scarlet macaw's range extends from SE Mexico to the Peruvian Amazon, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, Venezuela and Brazil as well as the Caribbean island of Trinidad; it is the national bird of Honduras

The scarlet macaw's range extends from SE Mexico to the Peruvian Amazon, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, Venezuela and Brazil as well as the Caribbean island of Trinidad; it is the national bird of Honduras

Native to Australia, cockatiels are prized as household pets and companion parrots throughout the world and are relatively easy to breed; as a caged bird, cockatiels are second in popularity only to the budgerigar

Native to Australia, cockatiels are prized as household pets and companion parrots throughout the world and are relatively easy to breed; as a caged bird, cockatiels are second in popularity only to the budgerigar

The military macaw gets its name from its predominantly green plumage resembling a military parade uniform; it is native to forests of Mexico and South America and though considered vulnerable in the wild, it is commonly found in the pet trade industry

The military macaw gets its name from its predominantly green plumage resembling a military parade uniform; it is native to forests of Mexico and South America and though considered vulnerable in the wild, it is commonly found in the pet trade industry

Parakeets comprise about 115 species of birds that are seed-eating parrots of small size, slender build, and long, tapering tails; the green parakeet (found in South Texas) is the only species still found in North America

Parakeets comprise about 115 species of birds that are seed-eating parrots of small size, slender build, and long, tapering tails; the green parakeet (found in South Texas) is the only species still found in North America

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Favorites from Boston Museum of Fine Arts Monet Exhibition

Ships in a Harbor, c. 1873; a Harvard professor, in 1906, donated this painting and two others which became the first Monet works in the MFA's permanent collection; this was part of a temporary exhibition dedicated to Monet

Ships in a Harbor, c. 1873; a Harvard professor, in 1906, donated this painting and two others which became the first Monet works in the MFA's permanent collection; this was part of a temporary exhibition dedicated to Monet

Rouen Cathedral Facade and Tour d'Albane (Morning Effect), 1894; from rooms facing the cathedral across a square, Monet concentrated on the analysis of light and its effects on the façade, changing from one canvas to another as the day progressed

Rouen Cathedral Facade and Tour d'Albane (Morning Effect), 1894; from rooms facing the cathedral across a square, Monet concentrated on the analysis of light and its effects on the façade, changing from one canvas to another as the day progressed

Monte Carlo Seen from Roquebrune, 1884; he first visited Monte Carlo with Renoir but returned because he explained that he painted best alone; the principality has sure changed in the almost 150 years since Monet visited

Monte Carlo Seen from Roquebrune, 1884; he first visited Monte Carlo with Renoir but returned because he explained that he painted best alone; the principality has sure changed in the almost 150 years since Monet visited

Late Afternoon, Vetheuil, 1880; Renoir-'Paints in tubes, being easy to carry, allowed us to work from nature.  Without paints in tubes, there would have been no Cezanne, no Monet, no Pissarro, nothing of what journalists were to call Impressionism.'

Late Afternoon, Vetheuil, 1880; Renoir-'Paints in tubes, being easy to carry, allowed us to work from nature. Without paints in tubes, there would have been no Cezanne, no Monet, no Pissarro, nothing of what journalists were to call Impressionism.'

Water Lilies, 1907; Monet showed 48 pictures from this series, including this one, at Durand-Ruel's Paris gallery in 1909; Bostonian Alexander Cochrane bought it and then donated it to the Museum

Water Lilies, 1907; Monet showed 48 pictures from this series, including this one, at Durand-Ruel's Paris gallery in 1909; Bostonian Alexander Cochrane bought it and then donated it to the Museum

Morning on the Seine, near Giverny, 1896; in the summers of 1896 and 1897 Monet set up his easel at 3:30 each morning in a boat moored just off the riverbank near his house; there he sat and painted the series of 21 canvases to which this one belongs

Morning on the Seine, near Giverny, 1896; in the summers of 1896 and 1897 Monet set up his easel at 3:30 each morning in a boat moored just off the riverbank near his house; there he sat and painted the series of 21 canvases to which this one belongs

Poplars on the Banks of the Epte, Sunset, 1891; in the summer of 1891, Monet began a series featuring these particular trees; the trees were going to be cut for timber but Monet purchased the land so he could complete his paintings

Poplars on the Banks of the Epte, Sunset, 1891; in the summer of 1891, Monet began a series featuring these particular trees; the trees were going to be cut for timber but Monet purchased the land so he could complete his paintings

Valley of the Petite Creuse, 1889; in 1891, Monet's dealer Durand-Ruel lent this canvas to Boston's Chase Gallery for an exhibition; the following month, Bostonian Clara Bertram Kimball purchased it with her husband bequeathing it to the Museum

Valley of the Petite Creuse, 1889; in 1891, Monet's dealer Durand-Ruel lent this canvas to Boston's Chase Gallery for an exhibition; the following month, Bostonian Clara Bertram Kimball purchased it with her husband bequeathing it to the Museum

Charing Cross Bridge (Overcast Day), 1900; the billowing steam suggests two trains crossing the bridge while the Westminster Bridge appears in the distance along with the Victoria Tower and Big Ben

Charing Cross Bridge (Overcast Day), 1900; the billowing steam suggests two trains crossing the bridge while the Westminster Bridge appears in the distance along with the Victoria Tower and Big Ben

Grainstack (Sunset), 1891; in 1890 and 1891, Monet painted a series of haystacks with the motifs seen as vehicles through which he could explore the interaction of light, color, and form over the course of the day and in different weather conditions

Grainstack (Sunset), 1891; in 1890 and 1891, Monet painted a series of haystacks with the motifs seen as vehicles through which he could explore the interaction of light, color, and form over the course of the day and in different weather conditions

Fields of Poppies near Giverny, 1890; Monet's friend and politician Georges Clemenceau-'when I saw Monet (in poppy field), I had the feeling that an evolution was developing. There begins a new era in the history of feeling and in that of expressing things.'

Fields of Poppies near Giverny, 1890; Monet's friend and politician Georges Clemenceau-'when I saw Monet (in poppy field), I had the feeling that an evolution was developing. There begins a new era in the history of feeling and in that of expressing things.'

Rouen Cathedral, Facade, 1894; apart from its religious significance, the Gothic-style Cathedral could be seen as representing all that was best in French history and culture, given that it was a style that was admired and adopted by many European countries

Rouen Cathedral, Facade, 1894; apart from its religious significance, the Gothic-style Cathedral could be seen as representing all that was best in French history and culture, given that it was a style that was admired and adopted by many European countries

Sunset on the Sea, Pourville, 1882; in 1861, Monet was drafted into the army, and left Paris for Algeria (then controlled by France); Monet's father offered to pay for his son’s discharge if he would promise to give up painting, but Monet refused

Sunset on the Sea, Pourville, 1882; in 1861, Monet was drafted into the army, and left Paris for Algeria (then controlled by France); Monet's father offered to pay for his son’s discharge if he would promise to give up painting, but Monet refused

Poplars at Giverny, 1887; planted at intervals in long rows, poplar trees lined roads, demarcated boundaries between properties or districts, and often followed along the banks of rivers in rural France

Poplars at Giverny, 1887; planted at intervals in long rows, poplar trees lined roads, demarcated boundaries between properties or districts, and often followed along the banks of rivers in rural France

Flower Beds at Vetheuil, 1881; when a friend asked if he might visit Monet’s studio at Vétheuil, he retorted, 'My studio! But I’ve never had one, and I don’t understand how anyone could shut themselves into a room—perhaps to draw but not to paint.'

Flower Beds at Vetheuil, 1881; when a friend asked if he might visit Monet’s studio at Vétheuil, he retorted, 'My studio! But I’ve never had one, and I don’t understand how anyone could shut themselves into a room—perhaps to draw but not to paint.'

La Japonaise (Camille Monet in Japanese Costume), 1876; this is one of only 3 Monet's the Museum has purchased (the others were all gifts or bequests) and the only one of a figure (the other 33 are all landscapes)

La Japonaise (Camille Monet in Japanese Costume), 1876; this is one of only 3 Monet's the Museum has purchased (the others were all gifts or bequests) and the only one of a figure (the other 33 are all landscapes)

The Seine at Lavacourt, 1878; Monet painted at least 8 versions of this composition showing 3 smaller versions at the 1879 Impressionist Exhibition and the largest of the series at the 1880 Paris Salon

The Seine at Lavacourt, 1878; Monet painted at least 8 versions of this composition showing 3 smaller versions at the 1879 Impressionist Exhibition and the largest of the series at the 1880 Paris Salon

Entrance to the Village of Vetheuil in Winter, 1879; in the early 1890s, the Boston gallery Williams and Everett sent Monet a photo of this painting, asking if he might recall it and give it a proper title; Monet did indeed reply and returned their photo

Entrance to the Village of Vetheuil in Winter, 1879; in the early 1890s, the Boston gallery Williams and Everett sent Monet a photo of this painting, asking if he might recall it and give it a proper title; Monet did indeed reply and returned their photo

Rue de la Bavole, Honfleur, 1864; painted with great simplicity and directness, Monet's palette of pure, contrasting colors is a radical departure from the traditional practice of building up an overall tonality through delicate gradations of color

Rue de la Bavole, Honfleur, 1864; painted with great simplicity and directness, Monet's palette of pure, contrasting colors is a radical departure from the traditional practice of building up an overall tonality through delicate gradations of color

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Lots of fun attractions in SF's Golden Gate Park

Music Concourse; the 1017-acre park is similar in shape to, but 20% larger than, Central Park in NYC; with 24  million visitors annually, the park is the third most-visited city park in the US after Central Park and the Lincoln Memorial

Music Concourse; the 1017-acre park is similar in shape to, but 20% larger than, Central Park in NYC; with 24+ million visitors annually, the park is the third most-visited city park in the US after Central Park and the Lincoln Memorial

The 3-acre Japanese Tea Garden is the oldest public Japanese garden in the country (1894); ironically the first Chinese fortune cookies were served here at the Japanese Tea Garden in the 1890s

The 3-acre Japanese Tea Garden is the oldest public Japanese garden in the country (1894); ironically the first Chinese fortune cookies were served here at the Japanese Tea Garden in the 1890s

Bison have been kept in the park since 1891 when a small herd was brought here in an effort to breed them; in 1984, Mayor Dianne Feinstein's husband purchased a new herd as a birthday present for her (the older bison today are descendants of this herd)

Bison have been kept in the park since 1891 when a small herd was brought here in an effort to breed them; in 1984, Mayor Dianne Feinstein's husband purchased a new herd as a birthday present for her (the older bison today are descendants of this herd)

My mom and I drove to the West Coast and visited the Conservatory of Flowers in the summer of 1985; that road trip marked my first visits to the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, LA and San Francisco

My mom and I drove to the West Coast and visited the Conservatory of Flowers in the summer of 1985; that road trip marked my first visits to the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, LA and San Francisco

The Dutch Windmill, completed in 1903, is one of the largest in the world and was designed to pump water to irrigate the park; I had been told there were lots of homeless living in the park but, despite lots of time here, I never saw any

The Dutch Windmill, completed in 1903, is one of the largest in the world and was designed to pump water to irrigate the park; I had been told there were lots of homeless living in the park but, despite lots of time here, I never saw any

De Young Art Museum; there was separate admission charged at each venue in the park - the Japanese Tea Garden, Conservatory of Flowers, SF Botanical Garden, De Young Museum, CA Academy of Science as well as parking fees

De Young Art Museum; there was separate admission charged at each venue in the park - the Japanese Tea Garden, Conservatory of Flowers, SF Botanical Garden, De Young Museum, CA Academy of Science as well as parking fees

The park opened in 1870 on what had largely been sand dunes; by 1879, 155,000  eucalyptus, Monterey pine and Monterey cypress trees had been planted

The park opened in 1870 on what had largely been sand dunes; by 1879, 155,000+ eucalyptus, Monterey pine and Monterey cypress trees had been planted

The SkyStar Observation Wheel rises 150 ft and was Installed in 2020 as part of Golden Gate Park’s 150th anniversary celebration; mostly closed to traffic, the park was popular with cyclists, runners and walkers looking to escape the city congestion

The SkyStar Observation Wheel rises 150 ft and was Installed in 2020 as part of Golden Gate Park’s 150th anniversary celebration; mostly closed to traffic, the park was popular with cyclists, runners and walkers looking to escape the city congestion

Lloyd Lake; after the 1906 earthquake, the park was used by the US Army as a site for tent encampments to house the thousands left homeless; many areas of the park are closed to traffic so there was lots of walking required

Lloyd Lake; after the 1906 earthquake, the park was used by the US Army as a site for tent encampments to house the thousands left homeless; many areas of the park are closed to traffic so there was lots of walking required

The Drum Bridge at the Japanese Tea Garden is thus named because when reflected on the water, the full circle shape it creates resembles a drum; they were designed to slow people down and let barges in too

The Drum Bridge at the Japanese Tea Garden is thus named because when reflected on the water, the full circle shape it creates resembles a drum; they were designed to slow people down and let barges in too

Congress and the President approved the National AIDS Memorial Grove Act in 1996, which officially set aside the de Laveaga Dell land in Golden Gate Park as the site for the first AIDS memorial in the nation

Congress and the President approved the National AIDS Memorial Grove Act in 1996, which officially set aside the de Laveaga Dell land in Golden Gate Park as the site for the first AIDS memorial in the nation

The Conservatory of Flowers was one of the first municipal conservatories constructed in the US and is the oldest remaining municipal wooden conservatory in the country

The Conservatory of Flowers was one of the first municipal conservatories constructed in the US and is the oldest remaining municipal wooden conservatory in the country

There's a nice rose garden but nothing was blooming in October; 100,000  young people converged in the park in 1967 for the Summer of Love with Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and George Harrison all playing free shows

There's a nice rose garden but nothing was blooming in October; 100,000+ young people converged in the park in 1967 for the Summer of Love with Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and George Harrison all playing free shows

October was not the ideal month to visit the San Francisco Botanical Garden; founded in 1937, the 55-acre arboretum is known for its magnolia species, high elevation palms, conifers, and cloud forest species from Central America, South America and SE Asia

October was not the ideal month to visit the San Francisco Botanical Garden; founded in 1937, the 55-acre arboretum is known for its magnolia species, high elevation palms, conifers, and cloud forest species from Central America, South America and SE Asia

The Conservatory of Flowers was small but had interesting species like this slipper orchid; the conservatory was completed in 1879 and is the oldest building in the park (I can remember visiting here in 1990)

The Conservatory of Flowers was small but had interesting species like this slipper orchid; the conservatory was completed in 1879 and is the oldest building in the park (I can remember visiting here in 1990)

I remember playing tennis tournaments here starting in the 1980s; the facilities have all changed since then and there were even people playing pickleball

I remember playing tennis tournaments here starting in the 1980s; the facilities have all changed since then and there were even people playing pickleball

If you didn't have time to visit Muir Woods, the San Francisco Botanical Garden has a nice grove of redwoods; the park is often used as a staging site for large events including the several SF Marathons that I ran

If you didn't have time to visit Muir Woods, the San Francisco Botanical Garden has a nice grove of redwoods; the park is often used as a staging site for large events including the several SF Marathons that I ran

The CA Academy of Science has a 2.5-acre living roof with 1.7  million native plants; the soil of the roof is 6 in deep, which reduces storm water runoff by more than 90% and naturally cools the interior reducing the need for AC

The CA Academy of Science has a 2.5-acre living roof with 1.7+ million native plants; the soil of the roof is 6 in deep, which reduces storm water runoff by more than 90% and naturally cools the interior reducing the need for AC

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