The Ultimate Museum Playlist – Part 2

January 26, 2011


Here is the second part of my museum songs collection, to coincide with the run up to February’s Let’s Get Lyrical, a month long programme by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature and Glasgow UNESCO City of Music to celebrate song lyrics.

Part 2 features: Songs about museums (title only), Songs about museums (lyrics only), Instrumental songs with museum titles, Film scores with museum titles, and something a little special at the end. Catch up on Part 1  of the playlist for songs with both titles and lyrics that refer to museums, or you can listen to the (almost) complete playlist on Spotify.


Songs about museums (title only)

Muscle Museum by Muse (1999)

Wax Museum by The Red Thread (2005)

Life in a Museum by A Static Lullaby (2006)

Art Museum by Kobert (2009)

Songs about museums (lyrics only)

The Addams Family, TV Theme Tune (1960s)

Their house is a museum, where people come to see ‘em…

Visions of Johanna by Bob Dylan (1966)

Inside the museums, infinity goes up on trial…

Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell (1970)

They took all the trees, put ‘em in a tree museum,
And they charged the people a dollar and a half just to see ‘em…

Girlfriend by The Modern Lovers (1972)

If I were to walk to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston,
Well, first I’d go to the room where they keep the Cezanne…

Wheat Kings by The Tragically Hip (1992)

There’s a dream he dreams where the high school is dead and stark; It’s a museum and we’re all locked up…

The Art Teacher by Rufus Wainwright (2004)

He had taken our class to the Metropolitan Museum,
He asked us what our favorite work of art was…

Instrumental songs with museum titles

Thought Museum by Liquid Mind (2001)

Museum by The Future Sound of London (2007)

Recycling Fun At Museum by Ferris Bueller (2008)

Museum of Air by Ultre (2009)

Ship’s Bells Otago Museum by Alastair Galbraith (2010)

The Weird Museum by Liquid Ham (2010)

Film scores with museum titles

Off To The Museum by Randy Newman, Toy Story 2 film score (1999)

Night at the Museum (several titles) by Alan Silvestri, film score (2006)

Science Museum by Alan Parker, Stormbreaker film score (2006)

At The Museum by Edward Shearmur, Passengers film score (2008)

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (several titles) by Alan Silvestri, film score (2009)

Into The Museum by Murray Gold, Dr Who Series 5 film score (2010)

And finally…

Here’s some abstract jazz I discovered during my collecting:

Sound Museum by Ken Nordine (1950s)

Before we go any place else, I want you to go with me to a special place that I know; It’s a museum, but it isn’t an ordinary museum; It’s a very abstract museum in which they show sound paintings…

And there’s also The Getty Song by Eric Idle, which I came across while chasing up some dates for this blog post, but I haven’t been able to find a recording of it.

Do you know any other museum songs missing from the list? Then please add to the collection by leaving a comment below. Thank you.


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