If I’d left my heart in Tokyo, it wouldn’t have been down by the river (don’t you know) . . . it would have been here.
It’s a tricky one to find without google maps as it’s on the 5th floor of an unassuming tower block; not where you expect to find a museum, but I guess kites traditionally hang out fairly high up.
What’s the first thing you do in order to combat the dreaded jet lag having being awake approximately 20 hours on your journey over to Tokyo . . . well personally I’d recommend a trip to the local parasite museum. Sadly this recommendation would only work in Tokyo, since Meguro Parasitological Museum claims to be the only establishment in the world entirely devoted to these clingy critters.
Sex machines . . . well who knew there were so many. This museum was an education. We went, like I imagine many do, for a bit of a giggle, but as well as being entertaining it was pretty interesting too. Continue reading “Sex Machines Museum, Prague”
It may be macabre, but Sedlec Ossuary was at the top of my list for things to visit in and around Prague. My Masters dissertation was on repositories that care for human remains and the guidance that is followed in relation to these remains. This has fuelled an interest in the display of human remains and how they are perceived by the general public. There are an abundance of ossuaries in Europe, in comparison to the two in the UK. This memento mori in Sedlec is particularly spectacular due to the decorative arrangement of the remains. Continue reading “Sedlec Ossuary, Kutna Hora”
When I see an arrow saying ‘Museum’, especially if it’s somewhere unusual, I’m drawn to follow it. This is how I came across the Museum of the Infant Baby Jesus. Continue reading “Museum of the Infant Baby Jesus, Prague”
Little things are hard to display, but what about tiny things? I decided to visit the Miniature Museum to look for ideas. It was tiny . . . no shock there then . . . barely two rooms with magnifying glasses on benches around the edges of the room. It was then that I realised that although small things are hard to display, tiny things are not. Continue reading “Miniature Museum, Prague”
Want a one off, weird outing? Old Mother Shipton’s Cave will be right up your street. The oldest tourist attraction in England, having been open since 1630, is home to a petrifying well and is said to have been the home of Old Mother Shipton, a famous prophetess from the Tudor period. It’s expensive, but for a one off, it was probably worth it. Continue reading “Old Mother Shipton’s Cave, Knaresborough”
If you ask google what a museum is it describes it as building that stores and displays objects of historical, scientific, artistic or cultural interest. In 1998 the Museums Association agreed to define museums as places that ‘enable people to explore collections for inspiration, learning and enjoyment. They are institutions that collect, safeguard and make accessible artefacts and specimens, which they hold in trust for society’.