Celebrate Diana at Mall of America

Malcolm Forbes once said: “Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” I think the same can be said about travel—especially international.

In fact, I would encourage anyone to travel abroad. Sure, it can get expensive and the flight and additional travel time can take an entire day of your vacation, but the exposure to diverse cultures is, however corny it sounds, priceless.

Diana a celebrationLucky for you and all Minnesotans (or those traveling here), you can get a good taste of London and the English hierarchy right here at home—at Mall of America.

Diana, A Celebration” is an exhibit that chronicles the captivating life and work of Diana, Princess of Wales, and is on loan from Althorp Estate, the Spencer’s 500-year-old home in England. It made MOA a temporary home last weekend and will run until June 10, 2012.

It can be hard to understand the phenomena of Princess Diana, but she surely charmed the world with her natural grace and humanity, and when I toured Buckingham, Kensington Palace, and other London sites a few years ago, I made a point of visiting a smaller exhibition already up—that showcases the very dresses you can now see, plus lots more. Anyone interested in fashion will appreciate seeing what she wore at various events, especially her own royal wedding dress. More personal mementos, family heirlooms, and other royal objects, including jewels, have been added to the exhibit for you to explore and get to know a life cut too short.

The exhibit is open on MOA’s level 4 East Monday through Thursday, noon to 8 p.m. and Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., plus Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at mall guest service desks, the exhibition box office, or ticketmaster. Admission for adults (12-61) is $21.50, $17.50 for seniors, $13.50 for children under 12, and an additional $5 for the audio tour. Proceeds are ultimately shared with The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you don’t want to miss—unless you plan on swinging through London this summer for the 2012 Olympics!