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Museum Day Photo by Sophie Bergquist
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Museum Day Today - May 18!

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My mom tells people one story every time the topic of our family's cross-country trip comes up. I'm almost five years old. I'm standing in front of one Smithsonian in Washington D.C., and I shout, "I'm not going to another museum." I didn't budge, so she left my brothers and me with the pigeons in a park for a few hours. My mom always fails to mention that her knowledge-hungry self circled every historical marker and every local museum located on the 2,850 miles of highway and back roads. It seemed to me that we stopped at every one, and I had reached my limit by D.C.

Every year on May 18, the National Council of Museums celebrates Museum Day:

"There is no better way to celebrate Museum Day than to take a trip down to a nearby museum [. . . ]. Depending on where you live, the museums you might be closest to could be ones connected with anything from farming to fashion, from astronomy to archaeology, from art to natural history."

When I lived in San Francisco, Arion Press was a historic place in my Richmond neighborhood where the craft of printing and book making are preserved. The gallery and foundry are open to the public. You can see book bindings stitched by hand and the foundry staff pouring metal to create custom type. You will see words and watercolor drawings come together in a book that will add to their collection of limited editions. On a tour, you might meet the craftspeople and apprentices who will invite you to select a metal type before you leave.

I went to Arion Press as often as I could. I took the paved trail from 10th Avenue at Lake Street into Mountain Lake Park, circling east around the lake and into the back entrance. I can't remember if there was/is a sign to lead you to its location in the Presidio. If you're entering from 14th Avenue, stay to the right of the housing complex in front of you. If you're entering from Mountain Lake Park, follow the fence along Wyman Avenue and look left after a short distance. The Arion Press website shows this map;

Another San Francisco museum that is on my list is the Museum of Craft and Design in the Dog Patch neighborhood of San Francisco. I leave you with the link because it's about lunch time, and you may have time to visit today. If you have a favorite museum to share, leave a comment. Have a great weekend!

Photo Credits: Sophie Bergquist, Jenn Kubat, and Arion Press website.