ellen albanese for the boston globe

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BATA SHOE MUSEUM

Footwear across the ages and around the world, from Chinese bound-foot shoes and ancient Egyptian sandals to chestnut-crushing clogs and Elton John’s sequined platforms. Adults $14, children ages 5-17 $5, under 5 free. 327 Bloor St. West, Toronto, 416-979-7799,

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www.batashoemuseum.ca

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NATIONAL MUSTARD MUSEUM

More than 5,400 varieties from all 50 states and 70 countries, designer mustard pots, antique tins, vintage advertisements, and, of course, a tasting bar. Free, donations appreciated. 7477 Hubbard Ave., Middleton, Wis., 608-831-2222,

www.mustardmuseum.com

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MUTTER MUSEUM

Skeletons, skulls, preserved human organs, and medical instruments in a 19th-century “cabinet museum” setting that aims to help visitors understand the mysteries of the human body and the history of diagnosis and treatment of disease. Adults $15, ages 6-17 $10, under 6 free. 19 South 22d St., Philadelphia, 215-563-3737,

www.collegeofphysicians.org/mutter-museum

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ST. AUGUSTINE PIRATE & TREASURE MUSEUM

Take an interactive journey through 300 years of high-seas adventure, complete with parrots, pirates, treasure chests, an original jolly roger flag, and the chance to fire a cannon. Adults $12.99, ages 5-12 $6.99, under 5 free. 12 South Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, Fla., 877-467-5863,
www.thepiratemuseum.com

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AMERICAN VISIONARY ART MUSEUM

Sometimes the best art comes from untrained artists using ordinary materials to express a personal vision. Think a model of the Lusitania in toothpicks, a recycled-glass-covered automobile, or a 55-foot whirligig. Adults $15.95, students and children $9.95, under 7 free. 800 Key Highway, Baltimore,

410-244-1900, www.avam.org

Ellen Albanese