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.
‘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.
When you are in a foreign country and get a chance to visit a museum that gets very few overseas visitors you obviously take it. This is what I did with the Baoji Bronzeware Museum anyway.
The world of Ghibli is just magical. Studio Ghibli creates incredible animations; it’s like Disney, but more in touch with nature and often a bit darker . . . and I love it! The Ghibli Museum has therefore been on my bucket list for a long time and there was no chance I was going to Tokyo and missing it.
I just really don’t like beer (sorry), but I do like museums. My partner in crime, loves beer but is probably sick of museum by now . . . this place was like the perfect compromise, and turned out to work surprisingly well in my favour as this museum received an “it’s pretty good here isn’t it” seal of approval.
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.
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.
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’.
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”
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”