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Fair Weather Museum Roundup

August 28, 2013

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We’ve almost reached the end of August, but with a little bit of luck it’s not the end of summer. Or maybe we’ll have a golden Autumn. Whatever the season, when the weather is fair, there are plenty of outdoors museum destinations to head to. Here’s a round up of some of my favourites that have featured on Museum Diary. Open Air Museums Domäne Dahlem, Berlin, Germany Historic Village of Hokkaido, Sapporo, Japan Museumsdorf Düppel, Berlin, Germany St Fagan’s National History Museum, near Cardiff, Wales […]

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Museum City Guide: My Top 5 in Yerevan

August 19, 2013

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We’ve almost come to the end of my summer ‘Museum City Guide’ series. Only two more cities to go. This week’s penultimate guide is devoted to fascinating Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia which I had the privilege of visiting last year.   1. The Yerevan “Cascade” The most impressive sculpture park I’ve ever come across has to be the ‘Cascade’ in Yerevan. It’s easy to see where it gets its nickname – at a 15 degree incline and over 570 steps, a series of […]

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Jenni’s Museum Awards 2012

January 9, 2013

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This time last year, I did an extensive review of my ‘52 Museums in 52 Weeks‘ challenge. And I held my very own ‘Museum Awards’ for 2011 by choosing my top 3 museums in each of several categories (here and here). I thought it would be fun to do the same again, though I’ve cut it back a little year to choosing just one candidate for each category – which was not easy to do, believe me! Actually, it was difficult not choosing the National […]

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Happy New Year!

January 7, 2013

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Hello everyone, Museum Diary is back again after the winter holiday break, and although we’re already in to the second week of January it’s never too late to wish you all a Happy New Year! I hope you all have a great 2013 full of health, happiness and, of course, museums ;-) Before jumping head first in to the new year ahead I wanted to briefly reflect back on the year that was. This time last year, I was making the big resolution to find […]

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{Armenia} Aram Khachaturian House Museum

December 10, 2012

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Although I majored in Music from high school, alongside English, I must admit my ignorance in never having heard of Soviet Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian (1903 – 1978) before my trip to Armenia, even though he is apparently often listed as one of the three great names in Soviet music alongside Prokofiev and Shostakovich. Or if I had heard of him, he certainly hadn’t stuck in my mind. That’s definitely changed, since a very special evening during the ICOM CECA Conference in October. All Conference […]

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{Armenia} Sardarapat Ethnography & Liberation Movement History Museum

December 3, 2012

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Sardarapat Ethnography & Liberation Movement History Museum

Time to introduce you to another museum from Armenia, I think. It’s not just because I started out my museum career as an ethnologist that I find ethnographic museums interesting. Just as local history museums are a great way to get an insight into a new city (such as the Yerevan History Museum I wrote about earlier), ethnographic museums are a great way to get an insight into an unfamiliar country and culture. One could argue that ethnographic museums become repetitive after a while – if you’ve seen […]

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