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History Colorado inspires wonder

History Colorado Center, Denver, Colo.
Credit: Frank Ooms

History Colorado strives to make Colorado’s history accessible to all and to create opportunities that connect people to Colorado and its past to cultivate an informed future. History Colorado’s museums are home to interactive exhibitions, programs for students and adults, special events and cultural performances. From historic adobe forts to Victorian gardens to state-of-the-art museum galleries, History Colorado’s museums offer something for every visitor. Artifacts, stories and art intermingle to tell the stories of Colorado’s longest residents and the stories of more recent arrivals. Student groups can learn about the countless cultures that have made Colorado’s landscapes their home and shaped Colorado’s past — and still shape its present and future.

Philadelphia Museum of Art welcomes Matisse exhibition

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pa.
Credit: Philadelphia Museum of Art

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — A visit to Philadelphia in 1930 inspired Henri Matisse to develop a new creative approach and outlook that he would showcase in his work in the later part of his career. “Matisse in the 1930s” is the first exhibit to ever be dedicated to that pivotal decade in Matisse’s art.

Opening at the Philadelphia Museum of Art — the only venue in the United States to host this exhibit — “Matisse in the 1930s” will be on view from Oct. 19, 2022, through Jan. 29, 2023. The exhibition will invite guests to immerse themselves in Matisse’s work. More than 100 of the artist’s works will be on display, including renowned and rarely seen paintings and sculptures, drawings, prints and illustrated books.

Hunt for giant troll statues at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

BOOTHBAY, Maine — Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens has teamed up with acclaimed Danish artist Thomas Dambo to bring larger-than-life sculptures into the gardens —friendly trolls deemed “Guardians of the Seeds.” Made of recycled wood, the giant trolls offer clues that can be put together to unearth a secret. The magical and mysterious experience ties into the real importance of the sustainability of the forests.

The five trolls are hidden deep in the woods, and visitors should not necessarily expect to see them all in one visit; some of the trolls require a lot of walking. While the first troll is in the central gardens, the others are in the woods, about a half-mile apart from each other. The Guardians of the Seeds Map & Guide, available at the front desk, will guide visitors to each troll. To see all five trolls, the hike will be about 3 miles.

Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry presents ‘Ansel Adams: Masterworks’ exhibit

Ansel Adams, ‘The Teton and the Snake River,’ Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 1942, Gelatin, Silver Print, 15 3/8 x 19 1/8 inches, ©The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

SEATTLE, Wash. — Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) presents “Ansel Adams: Masterworks” from May 28–Sept. 5, 2022. The exhibit features 48 photographs by Adams — a selection of images he considered the best work of his career. The featured photographs reveal the importance Adams placed on the awe-inspiring power and beauty of the natural world, and his deeply held conviction that place matters. Visitors explore prints that capture elegant details of nature, architectural studies, portraits and breathtaking landscapes that Adams created himself.

Sharing the same gallery space, the “Perspectives on Place: Photographs from Here” exhibit features approximately 15 photographs from the collections of MOHAI and the Black Heritage Society of Washington State (BHS). This unique exhibit experience explores the relationship between humans and place, illustrated through MOHAI and BHS photographs, which have been curated by three Puget Sound community members, who bring their insights to historic photographs.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay debuts new coaster

Iron Gwazi, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Tampa, Fla.
Credit: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

TAMPA, Fla. — Busch Gardens Tampa Bay debuted its new roller coaster in March, called Iron Gwazi.

The most anticipated roller coaster of 2022 according to USA Today, Iron Gwazi is the world’s fastest and steepest hybrid coaster and North America’s tallest hybrid coaster. Iron Gwazi takes thrills to new heights, plunging riders from a 206-foot-tall peak into a 91-degree drop and reaching top speeds of 76 miles per hour. Riders on Iron Gwazi experience a dozen airtime moments, including three inversions, as they sink their teeth into crocodile-inspired thrills.

The park also announced a conservation partnership with Wilderness Foundation Africa (WFA) in conjunction with the new African-themed coaster. The partnership will help raise awareness of the need to protect animals and their habitats across Africa and a portion of the proceeds from Iron Gwazi merchandise will be donated to WFA to support its important conservation, education and research efforts.