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Would you travel to see museums on neon or spuds? List says you should

If you have a hankering for banjos or spuds, salt or neon, there’s a museum for you, according to a new list of such repositories in all 50 states.

Top Museums Worth Traveling For” isn’t a list of the top 50 museums in the U.S. but a list of one such museum showcased in each of the 50 states.

The compilation is subjective of course and includes some quirky places. For example, consider the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City, the National Mustard Museum in Middleton, Wis., and the Strataca Kansas Underground Salt Museum in a vast salt mine beneath Hutchinson.

Around the West, the list includes:

California: The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, which makes it well suited to its location in Silicon Valley. The Tech makes science accessible in what its website describes as an atmosphere of “wonder and joy.”

Arizona: Children’s Museum of Phoenix was designed primarily for those from birth to age 10. It focuses on early childhood education and school readiness through hands-on, interactive exhibits.  

Idaho: The Idaho Potato Museum in Blackfoot. Idaho is proud of its spuds, and this museum highlights the crop’s history. Don’t miss the largest potato crisp, made by the folks at Pringles.

Nevada: The Neon Museum in Las Vegas. This outdoor collection features dozens of vintage signs that once adorned the clubs, hotels and restaurants of Sin City. It’s impossible to miss the 10-foot-tall pool player made of welded steel.

Utah: The Leonardo in Salt Lake City. This one is in the city’s former library, but this museum no longer informs through books but through a blending of art, creativity, science and technology.

The list is the work of the folks at Flipkey, a search engine for vacation rentals.


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