Museum of Funeral History (Bestattungsmuseum), Vienna

It makes sense for a funeral museum to be in a cemetery. If I’m honest I have never seen a cemetery quite like it. Vienna has incredible architecture. Every building in the centre is dripping with carvings. It would appear that in Vienna a building could not be classed as finished unless it’s topped with a couple of horses and a handful of urns. I exaggerate of course, but the scale and quantity of the stonework is incredible and this is a feature that extends from areas designed for the living to the memorials of the dead.

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Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Spirit Collection, Natural History Museum, London

‘Is it more stuff in jars’, was the question from my boyfriend, who I was very definitely dragging along on this birthday treat to myself. And yes, yes the Spirit Specimen Tour at the Natural History Museum in London is a behind the scenes peek of their ‘stuff in jars’ store which holds around 22 million animal specimens.

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The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret, London

Up what feels like a contender for the narrowest flight of spiral stairs in London, you’ll find the wonderful world of the Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret. Located in the loft of the 300 year old St Thomas’ church is the oldest surviving operating theatre in Europe, dating back to 1822.

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Human Remains in Museums

Whether or not museums should have and display human remains is a much debated topic and a very interesting one. It’s also one that’s close to my heart having completed a dissertation as part of my Masters in Museum Studies entitled ‘What frameworks do different repositories in Northern Ireland follow in relation to the care of human remains’.

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Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, London

When you enter a museum and you’re greeted by a smiling, happy member of staff or volunteer who straight away tries to find out if there is anything that they think might make your visit extra special, you know you are on to a good visit. It’s so simple yet rarely actually achieved, so I’ve only ever has this happen at a number of places go that extra mile, the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology is one. Continue reading “Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, London”

Museum of the History of Science, Oxford

Imagine being able to visit the birthplace of the modern public museum. Well you don’t really have to imagine it, because you can make that very pilgrimage with a trip to the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford. This is the oldest surviving purpose built public museum, which opened its doors to the public in 1683 displaying the collection of Elias Ashmole. Continue reading “Museum of the History of Science, Oxford”