October Travel News Digest – Eastern US

Tintoretto Exhibition at National Gallery • Washington, D.C.

In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Jacopo Tintoretto, a major exhibition from Palazzo Ducale in Venice will travel to the National Gallery of Art—its only other venue. As the first retrospective of the artist in North America, Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice (March 10-July 7, 2019) will feature nearly 50 paintings and more than a dozen works on paper spanning the artist’s entire career. Many works will be in the U.S. for the first time. Subjects range from regal portraits of Venetian aristocracy to religious and mythological narrative scenes. (nga.gov)

New Museum to Memorialize Baseball Great • New York

A museum honoring the athletic and social achievements of Brooklyn Dodgers star Jackie Robinson (1919-1972) is expected to open in 2019 in Lower Manhattan. The Jackie Robinson Museum will recount a historic moment in sports history when on April 15, 1947, Robinson took a major step for civil rights in breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball. A theater, in a setting reminiscent of an old-time ballpark, will show a film brimming with interviews, historic footage and home movies that portray Robinson’s life in the context of sports, politics, family and the struggle for racial equality. The museum will be located on the ground floor of One Hudson Square at the intersection of Varick and Canal streets. (jackierobinson.org)

Philadelphia’s Cherry Street Pier Sets Opening • Pennsylvania

The revitalized Cherry Street Pier, featuring Delaware River views, artist studios built of repurposed shipping containers, an open-air garden and a cafe, makes its debut this October. The $5 million Delaware River Waterfront Corporation project will convert the 55,000-square-foot, 93-year-old former municipal shipping pier, unoccupied since the 1980s, into a public gathering spot. The 55,000-square-foot space also will have a large section designed for pop-up retail markets, art installations and public events, plus multiple food vendors scattered throughout. Cherry Street Pier is just south of Race Street Pier and steps away from Spruce Street Harbor Park and Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest/Winterfest. (delawareriverwaterfront.com)

National Road Museum to Spotlight Historic Route – Maryland

The National Road Museum will open this November in Boonsboro, Maryland. Occupying an old hardware store, it will showcase the history of the National Road, the first major east-west route that carried early settlers from the historic seaport in Baltimore to Illinois, and its impact on the development of transportation technology. The Vehicles Through Time central exhibit will include a stagecoach, Model-T and other modes of transportation. The museum is located on the actual historic road, which is a Maryland Scenic Byway and has been designated by the Federal Highway Administration as an All-American Road. It will stand next to a former trolley station that houses the Boonsboro Trolley Museum, a project completed by the National Road Heritage Foundation. (nationalrdfoundation .com/national-road-museum)

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