National Postal Museum

June 20, 2010

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As promised, here is a more detailed review of the National Postal Museum. The Postal Museum is one of the lesser known of the Smithsonian family, and undeservedly so. I’ve been a fan of it ever since my first visit in 2001, and have made a point of going back to see it every time I’ve since been to D.C. (and I’m not a stamp collector, in case you were thinking that’s where my interest comes from). Situated in the old Post Office building next to […]

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International Spy Museum

May 23, 2010

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During our last day in Washington D.C. we visited the International Spy Museum. It may sound like one of those museums that are a bit of a gimmick, but we had a really good visit and stayed almost 4 hours. We would have stayed even longer if it hadn’t been closing, we easily had at least another hour’s worth to see – we were very thorough though, i.e. reading/ watching/ trying everything, so as with any museum it probably helps to have some interest in […]

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Icelanders are doing it for themselves

October 13, 2009

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One thing that stood out for us in Iceland, was the number of museums that had been created and were in some cases still being run by the same person. I’ve already written about the Phallological Museum, which started out as a personal collection and is still owned and run by its founder and curator. In fact, the reason it moved from the capital of Reykjavík to the small northern town of Húsavik was that he retired and relocated there, taking the museum with him. […]

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Reykjavík Museum of Photography

October 12, 2009

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Despite having managed to cover a lot of Reykjavík’s museums during the conference last week, we still managed to find some more we hadn’t visited. The Reykjavík Museum of Photography is an independent museum with an annual programme of changing exhibitions. It’s small but admission is free, and with around ten exhibitions each year there will no doubt always be something new to discover. We spent some time there in their current exhibition ‘Ma France’ by Hungarian born photographer André Kertesz, which chronicled scenes from […]

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