Gallery of the Day: Artistic Legacies

November 30, 2011

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Gallery of the Day: Artistic Legacies

Since it’s St Andrew’s Day today, I thought I should press on with my National Museum of Scotland gallery guide. Artistic Legacies is one of the top floor atrium galleries in the World Cultures stack: “Art has always captured and conveyed human spirit, culture and imagination. What you perceive as art depends on your perspective. Neither art nor tradition have straightforward definitions – this applies as much to 2000 years ago as it does to today. In the contemporary world, art is debated by many, […]

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{Croatia} HT Muzej

November 1, 2011

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{Croatia} HT Muzej

Have you ever had one of those museum experiences, where you check out a museum with few or no expectations and come away with the most wonderful experience? I had just one of those visits when I made a stop at the HT Muzej in Zagreb, Croatia’s Museum of Post and Telecommunications. The visit almost didn’t happen, as the forbidding entrance looked like it was closed, but after circling around it a few times, double checking the opening times on the flyer I had picked […]

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Happy Hallowe’en

October 30, 2011

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It’s Hallowe’en again. Ok, so that’s maybe stating the obvious, and anyway, what does that have to do with museums? I’ve noticed that Hallowe’en has become quite a big thing here in Germany. Last time I lived here, it was virtually unknown, now there’s hardly a shop that hasn’t jumped in on the game. It’s pumpkins and movie inspired costumes all round, and looks very much like its been imported kit and caboodle from America. I wonder how many people here actually know about its […]

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Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum

September 15, 2011

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Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum

Another museum that we initially visited in Berlin because it was next to our temporary accommodation is the “Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum”, or the Berlin Medical History Museum. Situated on the campus of the Charité hospital, it has a most fascinating history: The Charité in Berlin, founded in the early 18th century, is one of the largest university hospitals in Europe. When Rudolf Virchow, a world famous pathologist of his time and considered by many to be “the father of modern pathology”, took over as Chair […]

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Gallery of the Day: Traditions in Sculpture

August 10, 2011

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Gallery of the Day: Traditions in Sculpture

After a busy few mornings in the ever popular animal galleries at the National Museum of Scotland, we took a breather in Traditions in Sculpture, one of the top floor balcony galleries overlooking the Grand Gallery: “Sculpture uses the three dimensions of depth, height and width, and the characteristics of its materials such as stone, metal or wood to achieve the physicality and presence of the finished work. From earliest times sculptors have created works intended to inspire devotion, to tell stories, to commemorate individuals, […]

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Gallery of the Day: Survival

August 10, 2011

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Gallery of the Day: Survival

Survival is the top floor gallery out of three in the ‘animal stack’ at the National Museum of Scotland. As an atrium gallery,it has the Wildlife Panorama rising up through the middle*. “What makes one animal species thrive and another die out? The ability of a species to adapt to its environment is key to its survival. Evolution and extinction are constantly happening, changing the diversity of life on Earth. What we do to the world around us affects these processes dramatically and threatens the […]

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