Tag Archives: world cultures

{Sweden} Tillsammans – Together

April 18, 2016


100 Museums Challenge: Museum No.19 “We are two coconuts. We were picked from a palm tree in the warm breeze. Village boys dressed as women and we became their breasts. We gone on a trip and for a long time we were on a dark shelf. And now we are here!” When #MuseumBoy started reciting this the other day out of the blue, it threw me for a minute. Coconuts? Breasts? Where was he getting this from?! “The museum!” he exclaimed. “What museum?!??” He looked […]

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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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{Armenia} Sardarapat Ethnography & Liberation Movement History Museum

December 3, 2012


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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31. Lange Nacht der Museen Highlights

August 27, 2012


As I mentioned last week, this past Saturday was the 31. Lange Nacht der Museen in Berlin. Over 100 museums took part, and were open from 6pm in the evening until 2am in the morning. I was taking part in a double capacity. Officially, I wasn’t working and there on my own time, but as the National Museums in Berlin, whom I work for, joined Twitter on Friday (you can find them at @smbmuseum) I was sending some ‘live’ tweets throughout the night. Therefore I […]

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Happy 1st Birthday #newnms

July 29, 2012


Animatronic dinosaur at National Museum of Scotland

Remember Rexy? A year ago today we was entertaining the crowds outside the National Museum of Scotland at its grand reopening after a three year major refurbishment. At the time, we were right in the middle of organising our relocation from Edinburgh to Berlin (in fact, the husband had already gone ahead), but wild horses could not have kept me away. In the following weeks, #MuseumBaby and I took the excuse of the reopening to escape the removal chaos at home, and systematically explored all […]

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52 Museums in 52 Weeks

January 4, 2012


52 Museums in 52 Weeks

This time last year I had the idea that, as a challenge for the year, I would try to visit 52 museums in 52 weeks. However, with #MuseumBaby to look after I didn’t know how feasible this project was or whether I’d just end up being one of those mums who visits the National Museum of Scotland every other day because it’s free and it’s raining again outside. Turns out, a bit of both as the case was. But, either way, I didn’t tell anyone […]

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