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10 Great Museums to Visit at Hallowe’en

October 26, 2015

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Hallowe’en is just around the corner, and I have to admit, I am a big fan! Previously, I shared a piece here on the blog about the Scottish/Irish cultural background of Hallowe’en (if you think it’s all about devil worship, I recommend you read it and be convinced of the contrary), but this year I decided to do something a little fun instead. I had a look around the world to see which spookily themed museums would be a perfect fit for museums lovers to visit […]

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{Germany} I Spy With My Little Eye

September 21, 2015

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Berlin, city of spies. With its history of espionage still very much within living memory, what better place to open Germany’s only spy museum, and one of only a few worldwide. In my previous post, I shared some photos from the exclusive preview I was invited to last week. Since then, the museum has opened its doors to the general public. So what awaits you there, what did I think of it, and is it worth the 18 Euro entry fee? All questions I have […]

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{Germany} Pssst…Top Secret!

September 18, 2015

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Berlin is a city with, literally, hundreds of museums and galleries. But there’s always room for one more, right? For the past few weeks, the imminent opening of the new Spy Museum has been dominating Berlin’s museum landscape, and I was lucky enough to be invited to one of the special previews. I’ll post a proper review soon, but in the mean time, I thought I’d share a couple of pics from the preview, before the museum opens its doors to the public tomorrow. Encoded […]

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{Netherlands} I spy with my little eye…

February 26, 2015

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As far as hidden gems and cabinets of curiosities go, Amsterdam’s Nationaal Brilmuseum (National Spectacle Museum) combines them both incredibly well in one. Founded by Jan Teunissen, from the third generation of a family in the optical business, the museum is located in the heart of Amsterdam and spans 700 years of optical history. Teunissen built up his collection over 35 years of travelling and collecting, and there are even spectacle frames from the last 100 years on sale in the shop on the ground floor. […]

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A Postcard from…Budapest

January 23, 2015

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As you can imagine, things are quite busy at Museum Diary HQ, with #MuseumBaby to look after and his highly energetic brother, #MuseumBoy, to keep happy too! I’m working on new blog posts where I can (‘sleep blog when the baby sleeps’), but as you may remember, at the beginning of January I also announced a new series of guest posts. As much as I would love to travel the world and visit every single museum along the way, that’s not going to happen, so […]

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{Scotland} Follow the Money

December 4, 2014

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Today, I’d like to share another of my favourite museums in Edinburgh with you. I have to start by saying, that I always think the Museum on the Mound does itself a bit of disservice with its name. Behind the rather nondescript moniker – after the street the museum is located on, i.e. The Mound – lurks a fascinating little gem of a museum all about the (hi)story of banking and money. The museum opened in 2006 and is housed in the Bank of Scotland’s […]

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