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Other Museums With Star Power

¿ Jimmy Stewart Museum: The Indiana, Pa., institution honors Hollywood's nicest guy -- and the town's native son -- with film clips shown in a vintage theater, baby photos and replicas of his L.A. office and childhood bedroom. Outside, fans can see the site of the Stewart family's hardware store and the bronze statue dedicated to Jimmy on his 75th birthday. 800-835-4669, http://www.jimmy.org; $5.

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¿ Walton's Mountain Museum: Say good night to John-Boy and the rest of America's folksy TV family in a school-cum-museum 30 miles south of Charlottesville in Schuyler, Va. Sitting across the street from the show creator's boyhood home, the attraction features re-creations of John-Boy's bedroom and the Waltons' kitchen, plus loads of photos and memorabilia. 434-831-2000, http://www.waltonmuseum.org; $6.

¿ Houdini Museum: Though Harry Houdini came from Budapest, the magician frequently performed in Scranton, Pa., which honors him with a museum devoted to his life and tricks. The guided tour includes a short film starring Houdini and mementos from his colorful life (props, his rigged vest) and ends with a magic show. An evening performance ($35) brings out the paranormals, with telekinesis and a seance. 570-342-5555, http://www.houdini.org; $14.95.

-- Andrea Sachs


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