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From small wonders to hidden treasures, a tour of New England exhibits.

CRIMSON, IN CLOVER: The Harvard Art Museums’ $350 million renovation and expansion takes shape. Above, an artist’s rendition.

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CRIMSON, IN CLOVER: The Harvard Art Museums’ $350 million renovation and expansion takes shape. Above, an artist’s rendition.

Boston, MA., 09/27/11, Malcom Rogers, curator of the MFA and Jill Medvedow, Director of the ICA, sit for a video interview at The Boston Globe. Section: G, Reporter: Geoff Edgers, Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

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MAKING THE SCENE: MFA director Malcolm Rogers and ICA director Jill Medvedow talk contemporary art.

SMALL WONDERS: For kids, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and a Seuss celebration.

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SMALL WONDERS: For kids, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and a Seuss celebration.

CHILDREN'S MUSEUMS: A sampling of museums from around New England that children are likely to enjoy.

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CHILDREN'S MUSEUMS: A sampling of museums from around New England that children are likely to enjoy.

MOVING FORWARD: As a beloved director retires, the Worcester Art Museum is poised for change.

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MOVING FORWARD: As a beloved director retires, the Worcester Art Museum is poised for change.

ON THE ROAD: Far-flung museums link up, offering extras such as trip advice and reduced fees.

Jules Feiffer

ON THE ROAD: Far-flung museums link up, offering extras such as trip advice and reduced fees.

CONCERT FRAMERS: As performance venues, these museums offer plenty of harmonious  ambiance.

Claremont Trio

CONCERT FRAMERS: As performance venues, these museums offer plenty of harmonious ambiance.

FREE, IN NEW YORK: From the fashionable Museum at FIT to the Met, museum-hop for little or nothing.

Laura Collins-Hughes

FREE, IN NEW YORK: From the fashionable Museum at FIT to the Met, museum-hop for little or nothing.

CAFE SOCIETY: Grab a quick bite or go for fine dining in these artful museum settings.

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CAFE SOCIETY: Grab a quick bite or go for fine dining in these artful museum settings.

HIDDEN TREASURE: A medieval mantel is restored in the Gardner Museum’s Tapestry Room.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

HIDDEN TREASURE: A medieval mantel is restored in the Gardner Museum’s Tapestry Room.

DID YOU KNOW: Many

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DID YOU KNOW: Many "artifacts" you may not know about area institutions.

CRITIC’S PICKS: Sebastian Smee takes a state-by-state look at some of the best exhibitions across NewEngland.

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CRITIC’S PICKS: Sebastian Smee takes a state-by-state look at some of the best exhibitions across NewEngland.

Critic’s picks for art museums to visit this fall in New England

The Boston Globe’s Sebastian Smee offers his picks of art museum shows to see this fall in six New England states. By Sebastian Smee

The Renaissance Court at the Worcester Art Museum.

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Worcester Art Museum, poised for change

Worcester Art Museum is entering a period of momentous change after many years of relative stability.

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Jill Medvedow (ICA) and Malcolm Rogers (MFA): a conversation

One of them leads Boston’s biggest museum, the other runs one of the city’s greatest cultural success stories. We brought Institute of Contemporary Art director Jill Medvedow and Museum of Fine Arts director Malcolm Rogers together.

Photos: Harvard Art Museums project

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Harvard Art Museums’ new complex takes shape

When the project is complete, Harvard’s Fogg Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, and Arthur M. Sackler Museum will all be under one roof.

The Sony Wonder Technology Lab has four floors of hands-on experiences.  Visitors can play with robots, mix their own music, and assemble a movie trailer for free.

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Free museum-hopping in New York

Several notable New York museums are free all the time; others waive admission one full day a week.

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Artifacts: Tidbits about area museums

Short facts you may not know about museums around New England.

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Not just for children: the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Although the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst relies heavily on art from the author’s children’s books, the exhibits are not just for kids.

Eric Carle stands in front of the iconic image from his children’s book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst.

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Eric Carle stands in front of the iconic image from his children’s book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst.

The book store at the museum draws teachers, artists, and librarians.

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The book store at the museum draws teachers, artists, and librarians.

Line Teixeira, left, and Hippo Clement  visit  the museum which houses 10,000 works of art.

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Line Teixeira, left, and Hippo Clement visit the museum which houses 10,000 works of art.

The museum was designed by local architect Earl Pope.

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The museum was designed by local architect Earl Pope.

A painted paper window screen from a 2008 tissue paper workshop hangs at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

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A painted paper window screen from a 2008 tissue paper workshop hangs at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

A painted paper window screen from a 2008 tissue paper workshop hangs at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

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A painted paper window screen from a 2008 tissue paper workshop hangs at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

A young child plays in the new rocket ship exhibit at The Children's Museum in Easton.

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Children’s museums around New England

A listing of children’s museums, or museums kids are likely to enjoy, in New England

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At Boston-area museums, restaurants offer quick bites and fine dining

It is easier to appreciate Cezanne’s “Fruit and a Jug on a Table’’ when you’re not thinking about eating the fruit.