by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | December 01, 2007

From politics to pop culture, new museums are bringing a new twist to the display of historical artifacts. Whether you simply view the collections or outright party amongst them, the following venues are destined to be crowd pleasers.

Waxed Abraham LincolnWaxed eloquently:
Tussauds’ Lincoln

At waxworks emporium Madame Tussauds Washington D.C. (, which opened in October 2007 and primarily celebrates political figures, groups of up to 100 people can mingle with the lifelike likenesses of icons such as Winston Churchill and Abraham Lincoln, or step inside an exact replica of the Oval Office.

Harley’s M-65 Leggero
from 1975

Visitors to Milwaukee’s Harley-Davidson Museum (, to open this spring, will enjoy more than 400 bikes on display, including Elvis Presley’s 1956 model. The museum features event space for 20 to 15,000.

Pop culture enthusiasts will want to head to the Advertising Icon Museum ( in Kansas City, Mo., opening in fall 2008. Among the enduring American sales legends on display are Betty Crocker, Chiquita Banana, the Maytag Repairman and the Jolly Green Giant, accompanied by those hard-to-forget jingles that helped make them so famous. Special events can be arranged.