• The Art of Video Games at the Smithsonian (2012). Not every tour or museum exhibit has to be this on-brand for Ars to visit, but of course we were going to this one. [credit:
    Jonathan Gitlin
    ]

By default, life at Ars involves a lot of day-to-day work from a home office. But putting together two-decades-and-counting of high quality journalism has opened opportunities over the years that may not have existed in 1999. Looking back through the archives recently in light of our 20th anniversary, we couldn’t help but notice all the previously unbelievable places we’ve been and seen. Maybe things started with looking at Mac OS X DP2 from the confines of the Siracusa house, but work here has pretty quickly evolved to require occasional dinosaur riding and NASA booties wearing, too.

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Ars will never say no to an on-the-nose museum exhibit (thank you again, Smithsonian’s Ars of the Video Game), but some of our most memorable tours have leveraged journalism privilege into some amazing behind-the-scenes experiences to share with readers. We’ve seen particle accelerators across continents and followed the forum’s lead into hallowed ground like Mission Control (editor’s note: we really need to do the same with the National Air Force Museum, too). Our former Navy man got to visit his old ship and see the quarters on a newly restored WWII PT-boat. Ars has seen old space and new space up close, and we even spent quality time with George, the early supercomputer.

Luckily, the future looks like it will have more of the same—if recent trips to the set of The Orville or to the Boring Company’s LA tunnel are any indication, at least. We’ll try to be better about postcards (and certainly remain open to invitations), but for now it’s time to reminiscence and look back at snapshots from some of Ars’ greatest trips.

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