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Springfield History Museum on the Square named Best New Attraction

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Winning museum tells the story of this Route 66 stop

From waterparks and theme parks to museums and performance spaces, travelers were treated to a host of new attractions in 2019. 

  • Springfield History Museum on the Square

    Springfield History Museum on the Square
    Springfield, Mo.

    The history of Route 66 comes alive at the new Springfield History Museum on the Square, where six galleries tell the stories of Springfield’s founders, the Mother Road, the Civil War in the area and regional Native American culture.
    Photo courtesy of Springfield, Missouri, Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog

    American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog
    New York

    New York’s AKC Museum of the Dog celebrates the role of man’s best friend in society at its new home on Park Avenue. The collection features some 1,700 pieces, displayed in rotating exhibits, as well as a 4,000-volume library. Interactive experiences explore dogs at work help match visitors with their ideal breed.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Rawpixel

  • The Hunger Games: The Exhibition

    The Hunger Games: The Exhibition
    Las Vegas

    Fans of The Hunger Games trilogy will want to visit this new exhibition in Las Vegas. Immersive experiences take visitors into the world of Katniss Everdeen; see props and costumes close cup, practice your archery skills at Beetee’s Lab and snap photos in 11 set recreations.
    Photo courtesy of The Hunger Games: The Exhibition

  • Allianz Field

    Allianz Field
    St. Paul

    Allianz Field is the new home of Minnesota United FC, St. Paul’s Major League Soccer team. The $250 million stadium can accommodate 19,400 spectators, with no seat further than 125 feet from the pitch.
    Photo courtesy of Allianz Field

  • J. Rieger & Co.

    J. Rieger & Co.
    Kansas City, Mo.

    While J. Rieger & Co. was founded in 1887, the famed whiskey distillery opened the doors to its new distilling facility in the Heim Brewery’s old bottling house this summer. Visitors can tour the distillery, learn about the history of the company in a 3,000-square-foot exhibit and sample spirits from several onsite bars.
    Photo courtesy of J. Rieger & Co.

  • SoundWaves at Gaylord Opryland

    SoundWaves at Gaylord Opryland
    Nashville

    SoundWaves is a new indoor/outdoor resort waterpark experience at Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Resort. The park is a balmy 84 degrees year round with a custom roof that allows the sun to shine through. Attractions include a mega raft slide, tubing bowl, body slides, a double FlowRider surf simulator, lazy river and activity pools designed for smaller children.
    Photo courtesy of SoundWaves at Gaylord Opryland

  • Tidal Cove Waterpark

    Tidal Cove Waterpark
    Aventura, Fla.

    There’s a new way to cool off in Miami, thanks to the new Tidal Cove Waterpark in Aventura. The park features seven water slides, a Triple FlowRider surf simulator, lazy river and Kids Cove for younger visitors.
    Photo courtesy of Tidal Cove Waterpark

  • Otherworld

    Otherworld
    Columbus, Ohio

    Otherworld, an immersive art experience in Columbus, occupies a 32,000-square-foot space with 47 rooms of interactive art, secret passageways and mixed reality playgrounds. More than 40 artists contributed to the project, with backgrounds in everything from creative writing to digital fabrication.
    Photo courtesy of Otherworld

  • ArtsWorcester

    ArtsWorcester
    Worcester, Mass.

    ArtsWorcester celebrates contemporary art by exhibiting the work of some 300 emerging and established artists. The new gallery space on Portland Street, opened in March of 2019, features 2,000 square feet of exhibition space.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / shotsstudio

  • Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum

    Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum
    Napa, Calif.

    More than 4,000 artifacts – specialty cookware, culinary tools and tableware – are on display at the new Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum at the Culinary Institute of America. The rotating exhibit might feature items like a vintage duck press, elaborate decorative rolling pins or a tureen shaped like a boar’s head.
    Photo courtesy of Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum

  • Springfield History Museum on the Square
  • American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog
  • The Hunger Games: The Exhibition
  • Allianz Field
  • J. Rieger & Co.
  • SoundWaves at Gaylord Opryland
  • Tidal Cove Waterpark
  • Otherworld
  • ArtsWorcester
  • Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum

The top 10 winners in the category Best New Attraction are as follows:

  1. Springfield History Museum on the Square - Springfield, Mo.
  2. American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog - New York
  3. The Hunger Games: The Exhibition - Las Vegas
  4. Allianz Field - St. Paul
  5. J. Rieger & Co. - Kansas City, Mo.
  6. SoundWaves at Gaylord Opryland - Nashville
  7. Tidal Cove Waterpark - Aventura, Fla.
  8. Otherworld - Columbus, Ohio
  9. ArtsWorcester - Worcester, Mass.
  10. Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum - Napa, Calif.

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning attractions!

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