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The Field Museum in Chicago features 4.6 billion years of history under one roof.

The Field Museum in Chicago features 4.6 billion years of history under one roof.

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Museums, Resorts And Cruise Ships Showcase Fine Art

If you are planning a trip this summer, consider spending some of your well-deserved vacation at some of the world’s most interesting museums and special exhibitions.

St. Petersburg, Russia: The new Faberge Museum in the Shuvalov Palace features a 1,500-piece collection of the famous ornamental eggs. Originally presented by the czars as Easter gifts to their loved ones, the Faberge Museum reunites these special art objects with the Imperial City. Dating from 1885 to 1917, many of these works of art have only just returned to St. Petersburg since the Russian Revolution. Approximately 200 eggs were acquired by Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg from the estate of Malcolm Forbes for $100 million and brought back to Russia for this specialty museum. Admission to this private museum is by appointment only. FabergeMuseum.ru

Washington, D.C.: The National Gallery of Art is hosting a large exhibition dedicated to the great masters and their interest in drawing and printmaking. This show, dedicated to the history of metalpoint — the art of drawing with a metal stylus — features nearly 100 original drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Rogier van der Weyden, Raphael, Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt van Rijn, among others. If you miss this show in Washington, you can visit these fine works of art as it travels to the British Museum in London from September through December 2015. nga.gov

New York City: The new Whitney Museum of American Art opened in May in the trendy and accessible meatpacking district at Washington and Gansevoort streets. The 200,000-square-foot building was designed by award-winning architect Renzo Piano and provides the institution with greater exhibition and event space. The new building takes advantage of its proximity to the High Line, a new outdoor park in the area. whitney.org

Sarasota, Florida: The Ringling Museum has multiple museum displays on a vast estate and unites fine art and circus history in one of the finest museums in America. ringling.org

Interesting museums slated to debut in the second half of 2015 include: Kunsthaus Dahlem in Berlin, dedicated to post-war European art and culture (kunsthaus-dahlem.de); the long-awaited National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. (nmaahc.si.edu); and the IKEA museum at the site of its first retail store in Almhult, Sweden (ikea.com).

While vacationing, you also can find fine art in your hotel or resort in the lobby, rooms and conference areas. And if you want to set sail, a number of cruise ships also feature art on-board — ranging from antique to contemporary — including Celebrity, Regent, Oceania, Holland America and others.

Enjoy your vacation!

Arts & Antiques by Dr. Lori

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