Truman Library Announces $25 Million Transformation


The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri, is launching a significant renovation of its facilities and programs. This is the Truman Library’s first major renovation in more than 20 years and the largest since the museum opened its doors in 1957. This $25-million project is planned to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the start of Truman’s presidency in 2020 and aims to ensure the continued relevance and resonance of Truman’s legacy. The renovation project will bring significant economic development to Truman’s hometown and state through expanded operations and increased visitation and tourism.

Vikings Invade American Swedish Institute


The American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis is presenting The Vikings Begin through October 27. The exhibition of early Viking boat grave artifacts from Sweden’s Uppsala University will be on its first tour outside of Scandinavia. The installation is divided into thematic sections on Viking warfare, maritime trade, a ship burial, Norse gods, the Baltic Sea and geopolitical relationships to other cultures. It sheds new light on how early Viking society was organized, the role of women and the development of maritime innovation that enabled the Vikings to reach faraway lands. Artifacts include Viking helmets, swords and weapons for attack and defense, plus jewelry, glass vessels and bowls. Many of the finds are around 1,400 years old. Group tours are available.

Detroit Institute of Arts exhibit to feature works by legendary artists


Detroit Institute of Arts

A new exhibition coming to the Detroit Institute of Arts features some of the best works of the Impressionist era. Humble and Human: Impressionist Era Treasures from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Detroit Institute of Arts, an Exhibition in Honor of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. runs through October 13. The exhibit features 44 works by Berthe Morisot, Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and others, and is comprised of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works from the collections of the DIA and the Albright-Knox.

Offshore Has World’s Largest Rooftop Deck


Located atop Chicago’s iconic Navy Pier, Offshore has been officially named by Guinness World Records as the “world’s largest rooftop deck.” Covering 52,310.29 square feet, this restaurant and bar covers a massive third floor featuring a barrel-vaulted roof with an operable glass enclosure, seven fire pits, a live performance stage, and two private lawns equipped with sail shade canopies. The Offshore menu includes seasonal and modern American fare served as small plates. The selection touts house-made craft cocktails, wine, champagne, and strong local craft beer.