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Too often, we travelers let good old fashioned guilt seep into the decision-making process when we’re building our itineraries. Rather than following our inherent interests (canoes, Rococo, hockey), we let the expectations of friends and family–or what we’ve read in some magazine–serve as some proxy “travel conscience,” guiding us toward things we should or shouldn’t see.

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Being able to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art regularly is one of the perks of living in New York, but it took a tour with the legendary France Pepper for me to become infatuated with it. Here are her picks for five can’t-miss experiences at America’s largest art gallery.

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This week’s #FriFotos theme is MUSEUMS, so we decided to feature this unbelievable shot that Abelardo de la Torre submitted to the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. Sixteen thousand aluminum tiles coat the exterior of the Soumaya Museum in Mexico City.

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Free to See: 20 U.S. Museums

These 20 top-notch museums—of art, fashion, dinosaurs, and more—are free to the public some or all of the time. What are you waiting for? Get a sneak peek of the list below, then find all 20 online.

From medieval sorcery in Iceland to forensics in Bangkok, enjoy a sampling of some of the world’s most oddly fascinating museums. From the National Geographic book Secret Journeys of a Lifetime 1. Museum of Bad Art, Massachusetts MOBA’s curators search thrift stores and Dumpsters for art that transcends the merely incompetent in order to bring the “worst…

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The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

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The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

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The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

Toulouse, France, located nearly 400 miles southwest of Paris, is known as the Ville Rose (the Pink City) as many of its buildings are made of reddish-pink bricks. On clear summer evenings when the sun descends, the city’s buildings blush. Though it’s an old city (the university here was founded in 1229 and the Romanesque…

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July is National Ice Cream month in the U.S. and you can score a free scoop of the sweet stuff tonight at Omni Hotel properties across the country. Guests will be met with a free ice cream social from 4 to 6 p.m. today, complete with a make your own sundae bar. Sounds delicious. [Omni…

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Exploring Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry murals via touch-screen Senior designer Mollie Bates recently spent four days touring Detroit, the most amount of time ever spent there by this Michigan native. The Detroit Institute of Arts provides visitors with a great new way to discover an old masterpiece. During my visit to the DIA last month,…

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The Vespa might just be as big of an Italian icon as the Colosseum or Sofia Loren. Learn more about the history of the scooter at the Museo Piaggio in Pontedera, Italy where Vespas of all shapes, design, and colors are on display. [Velvet Escape via #ngtradar] Learn about Southern French culinary history and culture,…

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Discover the top beaches in Cambodia including the popular Koh Rong Saloem or “Lazy Beach”  in Sihanoukville, the premier beach destination for tourists and locals alike.  [TravelFish] Local blog DCist reports that a coalition of over 100 ethnic and minority groups have released a design for a new museum on the National Mall. The National…

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It’s National Library Week. Celebrate with a visit to one of the country’s great libraries, like the Library of Congress, which offers guided tours Monday-Saturday of its nearly 838 miles of shelves holding over 33 million books and other printed materials.

Mega-Museum Opens in China

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The National Museum of China opened on March 17th in Beijing after a $380 million “facelift.” The nearly two-million-square-foot mega-museum containing over a million objects in 48 exhibition halls is purported to be the largest in the world. The revamped museum, located on Tiananmen Square, combines the former Museum of Chinese History and the Museum…

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Before blogs and social media, the self-recording of thoughts and ideas happened on the page of a journal. Margie Goldsmith takes a look at a new exhibition, where the secret lives of literary and artistic greats are revealed. Oprah keeps a diary. So does Nicole Kidman, Richard Branson, Renee Zellwegger, and Alicia Keys. Charlotte Brontë…

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Friend of IT Alison Brick checks out the Computer History Museum‘s new signature exhibition that explores life before IBM’s Watson conquered Jeopardy! I’ve always been confused when people say they want to visit Silicon Valley. Stopping by Google for a tour might be the dream, but driving around big buildings and being turned away by…

Google Art Project Debuts

Google Earth allows you to zoom in on the Taj Mahal. Google Street View lets you take a stroll up Chicago’s Magnificent Mile or through UNESCO World Heritage sites. But up until now, these familiar tools have kept our eyes on the outside. Not anymore. Google has partnered with 17 of the world’s most renowned…

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On my recent visit to San Francisco, I visited the gorgeous new contemporary photography museum at Pier 24. Described on its website as “a place to view and think about photography,” the museum is contemplative and quiet by design, allowing 20 visitors in at a time by appointment only. This, coupled with the fact that…