Museums are absolutely fascinating to me. I loved strolling through museums when I was growing up. there is so much to learn about the world and it’s so easy to grow up sheltered and not be exposed to the vast expanse of information outside of a child’s daily routine. that’s why I make sure to routinely make special trips to various museums with the kids in order to open their minds and expand their view of the world. whether it’s natural science, natural history or the art museum, it’s always a worthwhile visit each time we go. one museum that we’re planning on heading out to sometime this summer is the Stark Museum of Art. the Stark Museum features an extensive collection of American Western art and artifacts as well as collected works by Native Americans. one exhibit that I’ve been wanting to see for a while now is the works by H. S. “Andy” Anderson who is best known for his wonderful woodcarvings. his carvings of Old West characters are well known and one of his carvings was even given to President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a gift at one point around World War II. the Stark Museum of Art is only one of the few places where one can see Anderson’s amazingly detailed carved figures. other noteworthy artists being shown at the museum include Frederic Remington, Paul Kane, Thomas Moran and Albert Bierstadt. Bierstadt did some wonderfully elaborate western landscape paintings back in the 19th century. Bierstadt’s paintings are still popular to this day with multiple exhibitions throughout the Unites States. the Stark Museum is a huge facility that boasts over 15,000 square feet of exhibit space and the property itself covers a whole city block. there’s a ton of fascinating works of art to see there and I’m looking forward to our visit later this summer.