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Dan Yaeger is executive director of the New England Museum Association.

MUSEUMS SPECIAL 2017

What brings together everything from art museums to zoos?

The New England Museum Association celebrates its 100th birthday next year.

CAMBRIDGE, MA - 10/04/2017: “Self-Portrait in Tuxedo,”1927 at the Harvard Art Museums Cambridge, Max Beckmann’s painting depending on where you stand, the painting is framed by one, two, or three doorways (seen here in this photograph from a view of 3 doorways ). (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: ARTS TOPIC 15views

MUSEUMS SPECIAL 2017

When a museum really gets the hang of it

Seven examples of works in area museums that are placed just so.

Barker Character, Comic and Cartoon Museum in Cheshire, Conn.

MUSEUMS SPECIAL 2017

New England museums you likely haven’t heard of — and might want to

From comics to costumes, snowboards to waterworks, these offbeat institutions have it all.

“Ocarinas of the Americas” at Harvard’s Peabody Museum.

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Museums where music is part of the experience

Musical instruments are themselves works of art.

An undated photo of Henry David Thoreau.

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Ambitious Thoreau show brings two museums together

“This Ever New Self” looks at Concord’s most famous son through his journals.

One of several whale skeletons on display at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

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When seeing is restoring: A Midwest visitor renews her love of art at N.E. museums

A critic on sabbatical reboots with the help of New England institutions large and small.

Melchior Lorck’s “Tortoise and view of a walled, coastal town”

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At RISD, drawing anything but conclusions

“Lines of Thought: Drawing From Michelangelo to Now: From the British Museum” showcases artists’ creative processes.

Paul Laffoley’s “The Ultimate Quest” at the deCordova.

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A season for art at New England museums

Notable shows this autumn range from ’60s psychedelia to Soviet propaganda posters.