It’s taken me a month to get to this gem of a temporary exhibition but gosh darn it, it was worth the wait! Imagine if a museum asked visitors what they wanted to display . . . if they just put out a theme and then said ‘go on then, bring us stuff’. I mean that would be chaos, that would be insane, that would be A FLIPPING BRILLIANT IDEA WELLCOME COLLECTION – YOU UTTER LEGENDS.
‘I actually think this might be better than the Natural History Museum in London’ . . . direct quote from my long suffering partner in crime who I drag around every museum going.
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.
Have you ever seen a jar of moles or a penis worm? What about some dodo bones, or the almost complete skeleton of a quagga? Well thanks to the Grant Museum I can tick those visions that have been missing from my life off the never ending list of bizarre and wonderful things to see at a museum.
Eton College is regarded as the epitome of Britain’s privileged elite. Not many can boast their own Natural History Museum, but Eton College can. Tucked away down a side street near the ornate chapel, it’s open to the public on term time Sunday afternoons, also has an extensive outreach program to local schools in the area. Continue reading “Eton College Natural History Museum”
In the past museum have been the beacon of ‘no touching’. If you consider MC Hammer harsh in his touching policy I don’t advise you to go to any traditional museums any time soon.
If you want to see the only dinosaur ever found in the state of Washington, or a type specimen of a 27 million year old whale before glimpsing aspects of cultures from around the Pacific Rim, the Burke Museum is for you. Continue reading “The Burke Museum, Seattle”
In a grey concrete building on the University of Reading campus is a really colourful gem. The Cole Museum of Zoology. The collection demonstrates the diversity of the animal kingdom with some incredible specimens. Continue reading “The Cole Museum of Zoology, Reading”
I was at a loose end. I was in Reading. There was a museum. It was fate really. Continue reading “Reading Museum”
I’m a fan of curiosity cabinets. I’m sure it’s considered cliché by many museum curators, but I like the whole style of displaying varied collected items in this kind of aesthetically pleasing manner. A number of the cases at Manchester museum present collections in this style. It gives you the opportunity to see a wide range of objects in a small space. Contrasting colours, shapes, textures set alongside each other make for an impressive display. At Manchester Museum they know how to curate a case. Continue reading “Manchester Museum”