Museums around the World

Reply Thu 19 Feb, 2009 02:45 pm
i think it would be useful to have a "museums of the world" site on a2k .
if we've actually been to the museum , we could add a few comments .
they might be large or small museums , art , history , geological ... anything would be of interest .
btw it doesn't have to be an "inside" museum , outdoor exhibits , historical sites etc. might be very interesting additions .

i'll start with two small local museums attached to queen's university .
since they are practically at our doorsteps , we visit them whenever we feel like it .

Miller Museum of Geology :


Agnes Etherington Art Centre :


while this is a rather small museum , housed in the former residence of a local merchant's family , it has quite an enourmous collection - but only about 5% are exhibited at any one time .
thanks to the generousity of dr. bader (an alumni of queen's) we have a great collection of old european masters including TWO rembrandt paintings !
we are members of the gallery association and find it enjoyable to spend a sunday afternoon at the art centre just browsing .


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Reply Thu 19 Feb, 2009 03:24 pm
another "museum" on our doorsteps :

fort henry national historic site - also a UNESCO world heritage site :


tour the fort online :


the "goat major" with "david IX' - a rather raw and unruly recruit - but he'll settle down


"the place to be" for the annual performance of the 1812 symphony with the kingston symphony orchestra and the cannons of the fort - ending with a firework's display

another great performance is the annual "battle of the guns" when the U.S. marines visit .
here is a performance by their rifle drill team at fort henry :


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Reply Thu 19 Feb, 2009 03:52 pm
Neat thread, hamburger!

One of my favorite, overlooked museums is the Oriental Institue on the campus of the University of Chicago: http://oi.uchicago.edu/museum/

I discovered it when I had to read "The Epic Of Gilgamesh" for a college class and learned that Uof C had a piece of the original text so I went over to have a look:


I LOVED this lion too:


Reply Thu 19 Feb, 2009 04:04 pm
thx for your contribution , boomer !
some years ago we visited the BARDO museum in tunis - just an afterthought after seeing the ruins of carthage .
the mosaics of the bardo are more impressive than the ruins of carthage imo .



google images :


just one "small" example - there are so many mosaics you actually have to step on them :

High Seas
Reply Thu 19 Feb, 2009 04:17 pm
Hamburger - wonderful idea you had! Years ago I read a book by Malraux, Le Musée Imaginaire. I have a vague recollection that Goethe had a similar idea, in collecting reproductions of works of art he liked in museums. I'll be a quiet visitor in the Hamburger Museum - thanks Smile
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Reply Thu 19 Feb, 2009 04:53 pm
My favorite is the Maritime Museum in Hampton Roads Va. Its got the finest collection of ship models from the ealry colonies to steam ships. Theres a special collection of Chesapeake Bay craft and motor boat outboard engines, as well as charts and maps from the early ones where the "inland sea" of the SE US was located.
The unearthed sections of the Monitor are being set up for permanent display at this museum. I believe this museum is part of the SMithsonian.

My favorite collections oof porcelain and pottery are thwo

1The NAtional Palace Museum of TAipei has the major part of the Porcelains and early stoneware from the Predynastic through the modern era in China. These pices were re "patriated" as Chung Kai Shek split from the mainland. The two collections of the BEijing Palace Mueum and the Taiwan museum will probably merge as the two nations begin the talks of reconciliation.

2The Tiffany Museum in WInter Park Fla, has one of the best collections of Tiffany, Robineau, Newcomb (outside of Nawlins), Rookwood, Fulper, Rozanne , Lalique, etc. Its well diplayed and loaded with information for those that follow this stuff.

Im gonna have to think about my favorite geology museum, theres so many good ones and a few really funny ones.

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Reply Thu 19 Feb, 2009 05:07 pm
Great idea, Hbg..

I think I've been to Ft. Henry, long ago. I've no memory of it but the name.

I like a lot of small museums.

One of my favorites was the Phillips Collection in Washington DC.
There was a smallish room with a Renoir, whom up until then I could take or leave, mostly leave... and a bench or chair where you could just sit and look at it as long as you wanted.

Oh, dear, they're having a Morandi exhibit starting this week. I've a soft spot for his paintings.

Part of any museum enjoyment for me is not to be rushed through on some sort of tour - that gets me aggravated no end.
Reply Thu 19 Feb, 2009 06:08 pm
My geology museums are primarily those with great mineral collections that are the BEST. There are only 2 museums that fit that description for me.

1The Garghoti Mineral Museum in Nashik India--This has the best collection of really delicate crystals of silicate minerals that were associated with the Deccan flood basalts. These minerals form caverns of thin and beautifully colred "zeolite" minerals. The museum has also a great collection of beryls, rubies, sapphires, and other gems (In their matrix). They have about a 12 ft section of hydrothermal quartz deeply embedded with gold crystals.

2The mineral collection of the SMithsonian Mueum in DC. The collection is so outstanding (with the exception of the zeolites that are in the garghoti). The care and feeding of this collection by several noted "prospectors" like PAul Desautels
Reply Thu 19 Feb, 2009 06:37 pm
a museum for farmerman :

the northern ontario mining museum in COBALT , ontario .



See What The Cobalt Mining Museum Has To Offer:

* The World's Largest Display of Native Silver Ore
* Unique Collection of Mining and Prospecting Equipment and Artifacts
* Displays and Exhibits Highlighting the Social and Cultural Life of the Cobalt Camp in the Early 1900's
* Fluorescent Rock Display
* Hand-crafted One of a Kind Silver Jewellery
* Heritage Silver Trail and Colonial Adit Tours

we visited the museum in 1969 (?) i believe - our first trip through northern ontario .
it wasn't much more than a shack at that time . i recall that a local (retired miner) told me i could keep the block of raw silver they exhibited if i could manage to pick it up - no luck !
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Reply Thu 19 Feb, 2009 06:52 pm
and i have to include one of our favourite places to visit :

BROOKGREEN GARDENS , georgetown , s.c. - about 30 minutes south of MB - right on number 17 .


we must have visited broookgreen gardens at least a dozen times over the years .



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