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{Germany} Spreepark Berlin

April 30, 2014

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Amusement parks don’t feature very often here on Museum Diary – I’ve spent enough time during my years in museum education telling parents that museums are NOT amusement parks – but an abandoned amusement park that has in itself become a kind of museum piece with a fascinating history, that’s a different story altogether. The Spreepark Berlin started out as the Kulturpark Plänterwald, which operated from 1969-1989 and was the only amusement park in the former East Germany. After German reunification, it was taken over […]

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{Denmark} Tivoli Gardens

February 5, 2014

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Tivoli Gardens isn’t a museum as such, but as the world’s second oldest operating amusement park, it is a piece of living history and worth a mention. Known simply as ‘Tivoli’, the world famous amusement park and pleasure garden was opened in 1843 and included a variety of attractions right from the beginning. Today, Tivoli hosts a number of fairground rides and games, situated amongst the beautiful 21 acre park which includes several landscapes flowerbeds and a large lake in which fireworks reflect at night. […]

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Turn of the Seasons at JMBerlin

September 16, 2013

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Yesterday we indulged in one of our favourite Sunday afternoon pursuits – a visit to the Jewish Museum Berlin. #MuseumBaby loves to watch the fountain in the gardens, and we had a good run around too. Autumn is definitely on its way. Of course, afternoon tea was on the agenda too – the birds, which often fly from outside in to the glass courtyard, were being very forward in trying to steal cake. I felt a bit like I was in a Hitchcock movie!  And […]

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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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{Germany} Summer Sightseeing: Peacock Island

August 20, 2013

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Summer is slowly coming to an end, and with it my fair weather sightseeing recommendations. So far we’ve had an open air museum, an art trail and a 19th century garden. But do you know what we haven’t had yet? An island! And not just any island. A UNESCO World Heritage Site island. Oh, and did I mention it’s inhabited by free roaming peacocks? The “Pfaueninsel” (Engl. “peacock island”) is situated in the southwest of Berlin, within the river Havel. As well as belonging to […]

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Summer Sightseeing: Tudor Place Gardens

August 7, 2013

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Continuing with my fair weather museum recommendations, I’ve dug deep in to my archive of notes, to a place I visited over 10 years ago on my first trip to Washington, D.C. But although the individual scenes from the photographs may have changed slightly, the place is still there, offering a welcome escape from the bustling city centre and cool shade from the summer sunshine on the Mall, amidst its leafy greens. Tudor Place is a federal-style mansion in Georgetown Heights dating back to the […]

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