Vacations should be good for the body (like a hike in the mountains or an afternoon at the spa), but they can also improve the mind when we take the time to learn about our heritage, culture, history, and art. We suggest you think about visiting some museums the next time you stay in one of our resorts.
Museums do more than just make information accessible. They invite us to walk in the shoes of those who’ve gone before us for a little while, to experience the wonder and pain they experienced, to see the world through their eyes.
Heard Museum in Phoenix
“The arts matter because they touch our hearts and minds and bring us closer as we appreciate humanity in all its diversity,” says Ann Marshall, director of curation and education at the Heard Museum. When you stay at WorldMark Phoenix South Mountain Preserve, carve out some time to visit one of the “world’s preeminent” museums of American Indian Art and History.
Founded in 1929, the Heard Museum is known for its award-winning exhibits, collections, and festivals. Highly rated on TripAdvisor, visitors are always impressed by beautiful displays, friendly staff, and even the gift shop.
Alf Engen Ski Museum in Park City
Near Park Plaza is one of the most interactive museums you’ll ever find. Full of photos, trophies, ski gear, medals, and history, the Ski Museum will help you appreciate the progress of the sport over the decades. Housed in the Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center at Utah Olympic Park, you can spend a few hours strolling through the museum before or after you ride the Winter Comet Bobsled or attempt the Summit Adventure Course nearby.
“Here you are more than a spectator – you’re a participant! That’s because our state-of-the-art interactive and virtual exhibits place you in the epicenter of the past, present and future of winter sports in the Intermountain Region, including an Olympic downhill course.”
In southern California, when you are staying at the Cimarron Golf Resort, you don’t want to miss your chance to visit a famous World War II air museum. Founded in 1996, the Palm Springs Air Museum showcases “over 40 vintage aircraft,” including planes from both the European and Pacific Theaters during WWII. After spending an afternoon there, Avenger, Red Tail P-51 Mustang, and the Spitfire will mean more to you than just random names of aircraft.
Featuring three hangars, engine displays, mechanics working onsite, and even tours inside the B-17 and C-47 airplanes, the museum continues to grow with plans to expand and include more warplanes from the Korean and Vietnam wars in the near future.
A day at a museum is just one way to fully engage the places you visit. Being a world traveler brings certain perks (like photos to make your friends jealous), but it can also bring unexpected benefits like greater appreciation for military heroes and greater cultural awareness of peoples of the past and present.