Museum Binge Series

(Above: ‘Museum Access’ host Leslie Mueller at the Bruce Museum. Source: ‘Museum Access’)

Have you ever gone on a museum binge?

You can, thanks to Museum Access, now in its second season on Amazon.

Show host and producer Leslie Mueller takes viewers on 30-minute behind-the-scenes tours of some of the nation’s top museums. Among her second season stops is “Saturday Night Live: The Experience,” an exhibition at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago. Mueller explores the SNL writing process and everything else that goes into staging the live Saturday night broadcast.

Another episode visits the CIA Museum in Langley, Va. Not open to the public, the CIA Museum works with other major museums and institutions on public exhibitions. Mueller explains how the CIA gathers intelligence – including from outer space and the ocean floor – and examines such historical artifacts as the model of Osama bin Laden’s compound used to plan the successful raid.

Other second season field trips include: The Collings Foundation’s “Wings of Freedom” traveling aviation museum of WWII aircraft in Stow, Mass.; the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wisc.; the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Ill.; The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Conn.,featuring an exhibition of Toulouse-Lautrec portraits; the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Conn.; the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City; the Wild Center Natural History Museum in upstate New York; and the Phillips Collection Museum in Washington, DC.

“The museums really appreciated our approach to documenting a unique experience at their facility and to providing access to information that the general public can’t easily find online or even during a museum visit,” Mueller said.

Streaming and Over-the-Air Options

You can stream both 10-episode seasons with an Amazon Prime subscription. In addition, some public TV stations air the show. Visit Museum Access to see if it is available in your area.

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A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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