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THE DEA MUSEUM ARLINGTON, VA

There have been hundreds of films and TV shows featuring the DEA, but none come close to the reality on display at its very own museum in Arlington, VA. Founded in 1999 with a mission to “educate the American public on the history of drugs, drug addiction, and drug law enforcement in the United States,” the DEA Museum offers stateof-the-art exhibits, displays, interactive stations, and educational outreach. While some complain of the museum’s “heavy-handed, propagandist approach” to all things drug-related, there is no denying the DEA Museum takes its subject matter very seriously. As more families are being impacted by the complex and often tragic history of drugs in America, this museum offers the unique perspective of law enforcement. DEAMuseum.org

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NATIONAL INVENTORS HALL OF FAME MUSEUM ALEXANDRIA, VA Operating out of the U.S. Patent and Trademark office building, the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum features interactive kiosks, displays, and even a theater. The NIHFM highlights more than 550 inductees and inventions of “highly significant technology” for people of all ages. Founded in 1973 to “honor the people responsible for the great technological advances that make human, social and economic progress possible,” the NIHFM routinely shines a light on personalities as diverse as the Wright Brothers (aviation) to Joseph C. Shivers (Spandex) and even Stan Honey, the father of the “1st & 10” virtual line used in televised NFL broadcasts. Invent.org

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INTERNATIONAL UFO MUSEUM ROSWELL, NM

Located in New Mexico, the International UFO Museum and Research Center is dedicated largely to the infamous UFO crash reported near Roswell, NM in 1947. Functioning as ground zero for all later UFO incidents (recorded in the United States and beyond), the International UFO Museum is located in an old 1930s movie theater and functions as a non-profit educational organization. It features an extensive library and detailed exhibits, not to mention the funkiest gift shop of UFO-inspired souvenirs you’ve ever seen. Seeking to be the leading voice in the history, science, and research surrounding UFO events worldwide, the museum also hosts an annual Ufologist Convention. The truth is out there. Beam yourself in today! RoswellUFOMuseum.com

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CENTER FOR PUPPETRY ARTS ATLANTA, GA

Opened to the public in 1978 (Kermit the Frog and Jim Henson cut the ribbon), the Center for Puppetry Arts is the largest American non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to the art of puppet theater. Over the years, the Center has become a leading voice in the field of puppetry, hosting numerous conferences and festivals. Routinely recognized for excellence, July 2007 saw the opening of the Jim Henson Wing, housing anywhere from 500 to 700 retired Muppets plus other treasures loaned exclusively from the Henson archives. The Center’s museum and special exhibits present puppets from various time periods and countries around the world. Puppet.org 85

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