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Don’t forget to look up!

June 12, 2013


Writing about the painted ceilings at Schloss Köpenick got me thinking about other museums I’ve been to where it’s worth while to remember looking up. Sometimes it’s because there’s an exciting exhibit you may otherwise miss, such as this painted ceiling from Rossend Castle at the National Museum of Scotland, Brachiosaurus head at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin, or a whole swarm of floating heads at the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery in Glasgow. But quite often it’s the museum buildings themselves that will make […]

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{Germany} Schloss Köpenick

June 10, 2013


The Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Engl: National Museums in Berlin) comprise 19 different museums, the majority of which are located in the centre of town. However, a couple of them are positioned on the outskirts of town, such as the Museen Dahlem in the south-west, and Schloss Köpenick in the south-east. Schloss Köpenick (Engl: Köpenick Palace), built in the late 17th century, is a branch of the Kunstgewerbemuseum (Engl: Museum of Decorative Arts) and was reopened in 2004 after some restoration work. There is a […]

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The Building Zone

May 24, 2013


A couple of weeks ago I wrote about our “Kids in Museums” tour of Washington, D.C.  One museum space we were particularly impressed with, which I though deserved a post of its own, was the “Building Zone” at the National Building Museum. The Building Zone is a hands-on gallery which introduces children aged 2-6 to the building arts. The exploratory activities cover different areas related to the topic. Naturally, one big focus is on building things, and kids can use different materials, from hand sized […]

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Curvilinear & Indigenous: the National Museum of the American Indian

May 17, 2013


The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian holds one of the world’s largest collections of Native American artefacts and actually consists of three facilities: the Cultural Resources Centre in Maryland, the George Gustav Heye Center in New York, and the museum building on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. with its curvilinear architecture and indigenous landscaping. It was the latter that we visited during our Spring visit to Washington, D.C., specifically the three permanent galleries “Our Lives: Contemporary Life and Identities”, “Our Peoples: Giving […]

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Historical Fun Fair at Domäne Dahlem

May 15, 2013


Last year was our first summer in Berlin, and we stuck pretty close to the city centre in exploring the city that had become our new home. This year, we’ve decided we want to be more adventurous and make the effort to go on little day trips at the weekends. So when the Domäne Dahlem, a country estate and museum in one of the outer districts of Berlin, advertised they were having an historical fun fair the weekend before last, we were on the next […]

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{Germany} Some like it hot: the Bautzen Mustard Museum

May 13, 2013

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Yesterday was ‘International’ Museum Day in Germany, Austria and Switzerland*. Alas, I was nowhere near a museum, instead spending the afternoon travelling back from a long weekend in rural Saxony. But I did manage to visit a very special little museum while I was there, a couple of days earlier. One of the places we went to see was the town of Bautzen, the historical capital of Obserlausitz (Eng: Upper Lusatia) and an important cultural centre of the Sorbs, a Western Slavic people living in Germany […]

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