Travel in Brief

Auguste Rodin’s “The Thinker” is displayed at the entrance to the grounds of the Rodin Museum on May 16 in Philadelphia. After a three-year renovation, the museum is scheduled to reopen to the public July 13.

PHILADELPHIA — The Rodin Museum in Philadelphia is getting ready to reopen after a three-year renovation.

The museum is home to the largest collection of sculptures by French artist Auguste Rodin outside of Paris.

The revitalization project started in 2009. It aimed to clean the pollution and grime that have built up at the institution over the past several decades. The museum first opened in 1929.

Restoration work includes interior and exterior renovations, garden rejuvenation and reinstallation of the collection.

The museum will reopen to the public July 13. Visit

ALBANY, N.Y. — Audubon New York is spreading the word about how birders help local economies.

The group has launched a campaign that will distribute calling cards for bird-watchers to hand out at restaurants and other businesses. The idea is to show businesses and tourism agencies how much money is spent by people traveling to see birds.

The cards feature the slogan, “Birds mean business.” On the back, birders are supposed to write their name and contact information.

Audubon spokesman Sean Mahar says the cards will encourage communities to develop events and programs designed to attract birders.

Hamilton County has taken the message to heart, hosting the annual Adirondack Birding Festival.

SPRING GREEN, Wis. — Frank Lloyd Wright’s estate, Taliesin, has started tours in south central Wisconsin.

The famous architect used the property in Spring Green as a laboratory of sorts, changing and expanding it until he died in 1959.

The National Park Service declared Taliesin a National Historic Landmark in 1976.

Taliesin Preservation officials say they’ve added four specialty tours, each scheduled one Friday per month during the regular tour season. They each have a theme: landscape, preservation, observation and biography.

The tours run every day through October. Visit

LOS ANGELES — The California Science Museum said it has raised nearly half of the $200 million needed to build a permanent exhibit for the space shuttle Endeavour.

The museum recently received a donation from the Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Oschin Family Foundation that will allow it to start the design phase of the project. The museum didn’t disclose the amount of the gift.

The museum has received gifts from private foundations, corporations and individuals.

When the display opens in 2017, it will be the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center in memory of a real estate developer and astronomy enthusiast, and will feature Endeavour in a vertical position. Until then, the retired Endeavour will be housed in a temporary exhibit under construction. It is slated to be bolted to the top of a modified jumbo jet and arrive in Los Angeles in late September.

Wire reports