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kwilliams
Nov 7th, 2012, 10:04 PM
When I was younger, I didn't like museums all that much. Then I grew up a bit, paid a bit more attention and actually started going to some really good ones!!

I really don't agree with having to pay to enter national museums though. Having been in Stockholm and Vienna this year, I was so interested in so many museums in both cities and it's great to have such a wide variety of museums but the cost of admission adds up! I bought the Stockholm card, so it wasn't a problem there (though it was expensive, 70 euros for 3 days, I think! I ran myself ragged getting my value for money :lol:)

It seems to me that it's often English speaking countries that have free museums - Britain, The USA and Ireland come to mind (though I prefer the system of dropping your donation into a large urn in the British museum over giving your donation to a cashier in the MET and having to start at the "recommended" donations sign as you do so) Korea and Japan also have free museums which is great and the Prado in Madrid was free for me as an EU citizen.

My favourites are:
1. The Louvre, Paris
2. The MET, NYC
3. The British Museum, London
4. The Pergamon Museum, Berlin
5. The Dokumentationszentrum, Nuremberg
6. The Istanbul Archaeological Museum
7. The Natural History Museum, Dublin
8. The Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow
9. The National Museum of Korea, Seoul
10. Tokyo National Museum
11. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
12. The Vasa Museum, Stockholm
13. The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin
14. The Vatican Museums
15. The Uffizi, Florence
16. The Prado, Madrid
17. The Museum of Natural History, NYC
18. Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
19. The Museum of Civilizations, Singapore
20. Shanghai Museum

Honourable mentions to:
The museums in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
The National Museum of Archaeology, Dublin (my friend works there!)
The Bode Museum, Berlin
The National Museum of Korea, Gyeongju
The Musée D'Orsay, Paris
The Mary Baker Eddy Museum of Christian Science, Boston (it has a maparium!)
The National Museum of Vietnam, Hanoi
The Ephesus Museum, Selcuk
The Museum of Edinburgh
Liberty Bell Centre, Philadelphia
Stockholm National Museum
Gustav III Museum of Antiquities, Stockholm

Dishonourable mentions to:
The National Palace Museum, Taipei
The National Folk Museum, Seoul
The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
The National Museum of Archaeology, Athens (too much was closed off!)
Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence (why do you have to pay 15 euros to see David and very little else!?)
The Museum of Science and Technology, Milan

Museums I'm kicking myself for not visiting when I had the chance:
The Doge's Palace Museum, Venice
The Smithsonian, Washington D.C.
The Guggenheim, NYC
The Ephesos Museum, Vienna
The Kunstorisches Museum, Vienna
The Beaux-Artes Museum/gallery, Brussels
Never even bothered to really look into museums in Beijing and HK for some reason!
Madam Tussauds, London
The Capitoline Museum, Rome
The Doria Pamphili Museum, Rome

kwilliams
Nov 7th, 2012, 10:06 PM
The Pergamon Museum
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shap_half
Nov 7th, 2012, 11:46 PM
The Pergamon is absolutely stunning, and after 7 visits to Berlin, it's still the only museum I've been to there. I went to the C/O gallery when they had the Helmut Newton exhibit. It was nice.

My favorite is still the MET here in NYC. I love that I can go for $1 and just spend my day walking around.

Kelvingrove in Glasgow is pretty stellar. The national gallery in Dublin, while super tiny, is a great place to check out if you want to take 45 minutes off the day and just see some great art. I was there like three weeks ago. It's nice.

LOVE the Leopold in Vienna. Egon Schiele is one of my most favorite, favorite artists of all time so I always make a point to go there. (I've only been twice; the first time, I almost cried.)

Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna is also magnificent. And it's about to get drop-dead gorgeous in the spring when they open up a new wing dedicated to Hapsburg treasures!!

The Vatican Museum is great; the Van Gogh museum is awesome; I love all three of the big museums in Madrid (though I don't like the city): Thyssens, Prado, Reina Sofia. I also really like Serralves in Porto. The National Gallery in both Oslo and Zurich are great, too. I love going there for the works of Munch and Chagall, respectively.

Sam L
Nov 8th, 2012, 06:17 AM
Love this topic. I was thinking about creating it but haven't had a chance.

-Louvre
-Uffizi
-British Museum
-Hermitage - Cats!
-Tretyakov Gallery - best of Russian art
-Galleria Borghese
-Vatican Museums
-Capitoline Museum in Rome - they had the Lux in Arcana exhibition when I went, it was amazing
-Art Gallery of NSW - only because I've had art classes there. Not bad.

Sam L
Nov 8th, 2012, 06:55 AM
If you're interested in music history especially operas and ballets, La Scala in Milan has a very good museum also.

Lin Lin
Nov 8th, 2012, 07:10 AM
No Forbidden City?:awww:

cowsonice
Nov 8th, 2012, 07:34 AM
Out of curiosity, why don't you like the National Palace in Taipei?

I love the Met and MoMA. :hearts: Guggenheim, not so much.
I also like the Getty because it makes for a wonderful day trip. I find the Denver Art Museum pretty underrated.

ETA: Smithsonian holds a special place in my heart for being the first museum I fell in love with.

Sammo
Nov 8th, 2012, 05:10 PM
The Louvre was absolutely amazing, I've also been to El Prado in Madrid which was nice too, but apart from that, nothing really :shrug:

I so wanna visit the MET and the Pergamon :sobbing: Oh and the Smithsonian too

Super Dave
Nov 8th, 2012, 05:32 PM
Smithsonian - Washington DC: National Museum of Natural History, National Gallery of Art, National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of American History

Salvadore Dali Museum - St. Petersburg, Florida

spiceboy
Nov 8th, 2012, 06:30 PM
You can't get a better deal in the world than the British Museum...exceptional pieces of world history from all around the world for free (sacking the Greeks and Egyptians, though :facepalm:)

Apart from the BM my three favourite museums are:

*Louisiana Museum of Modern Art north of Copenhaghen, in the middle of the forest with works exhibited outdoors next to the cliffs :hearts:
*Dalí Museum in Figueres, north of Barcelona and hometown of the surrealist genious. Totally insane museum :lol:
*Imperial War Museum, London. Probably the most interesting museum I have ever visited. So much information and really well documented. Spent like 6 hours there :oh: A must for history lovers. And free, as well.

On another note, Auschwitz-Birkenau museums in Poland were something surreal. Truly shocking and once in a life experience. You have to be really strong not too shed a tear or two there :tears:
I mean, a room full of the original shoes the prisoners left before entering "the shower", another room full of their original hair, another one full of their suitcases...

edificio
Nov 8th, 2012, 06:33 PM
My favorites are the Prado (Madrid) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

Next I love the Louvre, National Gallery in Washington, DC, and in London, the Victoria and Albert, the Getty, the Smithsonian, the Cloisters, the national museum in Athens, and the Vatican museum.

Basically any museum at all!

Definitely the Prado and the Metropolitan Museum are my favorites and I've spent more time in those places.

Olórin
Nov 8th, 2012, 07:31 PM
Agree with "any museum at all" above. Some of the most interesting museums I have been to I have found by accident and haven't really showcased anything considered "culturally significant".

That said, I find it's best to get a taste of as wide a variety of cultures as possible when visiting museums. So my top list would be according to "culture-spread".

#1 The British Museum in London for British culture and Classical early Western culture. It also has some of the most diverse and high-profile exhibitions from all over the globe.
#2 The Lourve and Uffizi tied for European/Pre-Modern-Western culture
#3 The National History Museum in Beijing for Chinese Culture
#4 The National History Museum in Lima for Pre-Coloumbian South American Culture
#5 The Egyptian Antiquities Museum in Cairo for Ancient Egypt and the Ancient Near East (yes, Egypt is being treated more and more by academics as part of the sphere of ancient near-eastern cultural dynamics and it is a lot more accessible than the museums in Iran and Iraq to say the least)
#6 The National Museum of India in Delhi for Indian culture.

Whitehead's Boy
Nov 8th, 2012, 09:17 PM
Out of curiosity, why don't you like the National Palace in Taipei?


Can't answer for him but you really need a strong interest in Chinese culture to appreciate Chinese museums, it's pretty underwhelming for the average visitor. The National Palace is pretty cool from the outside though.

They say the Shanghai museum is a must, and I was totally BORED the whole time. :help:

égalité
Nov 8th, 2012, 09:56 PM
MOMA is GOAT. I love that place. I could never get tired of crazy modern art :hearts:

olivero
Nov 8th, 2012, 10:09 PM
I loved Galleria Borghese in Rome.
Peggy Guggenheim's collection in Venice was also great.
Others I really enjoyed: Gemaldegalerie and O2 in Berlin, Musee d'Orsay, Stadel in Frankfurt, Vatican Museum.

And my worst experiences (outside of Poland) were probably Bode Museum (way too much sculputures) and Grand Palais in Paris (they just had no idea how to handle the crowds)

kwilliams
Nov 8th, 2012, 10:26 PM
No Forbidden City?:awww:

I love the Forbidden City but I wouldn't call it a museum although I know there are many displays there. Also, though I love it, due to its immense size and layout, it's hard to see it all in one visit. I do like museums/tourist attractions that are well laid out to make my visits easier! Though I can't really complain about the Forbidden City, can I!?

Out of curiosity, why don't you like the National Palace in Taipei?

I love the Met and MoMA. :hearts: Guggenheim, not so much.
I also like the Getty because it makes for a wonderful day trip. I find the Denver Art Museum pretty underrated.

ETA: Smithsonian holds a special place in my heart for being the first museum I fell in love with.

Expectations. I read that it was one of the top 5 museums in the world and I was so excited about seeing what was on offer....pottery, more pottery, ah more pottery...wonder what's in here - pottery! I think having a diverse collection can be important! I'm not a big fan of pottery, even Greek pottery (I studied classical studies in school and at university) I did love the huge Buddha statues there big plus for me in a museum is being allowed to take pictures!! The MET, Louvre and British Museums all allow you to take pics so I think once you have your flash off it should be okay in most cases.

Anyway, nice list. Thanks for contributing!

kwilliams
Nov 8th, 2012, 10:32 PM
The Pergamon is absolutely stunning, and after 7 visits to Berlin, it's still the only museum I've been to there. I went to the C/O gallery when they had the Helmut Newton exhibit. It was nice.

My favorite is still the MET here in NYC. I love that I can go for $1 and just spend my day walking around.

Kelvingrove in Glasgow is pretty stellar. The national gallery in Dublin, while super tiny, is a great place to check out if you want to take 45 minutes off the day and just see some great art. I was there like three weeks ago. It's nice.


LOVE the Leopold in Vienna. Egon Schiele is one of my most favorite, favorite artists of all time so I always make a point to go there. (I've only been twice; the first time, I almost cried.)

Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna is also magnificent. And it's about to get drop-dead gorgeous in the spring when they open up a new wing dedicated to Hapsburg treasures!!

The Vatican Museum is great; the Van Gogh museum is awesome; I love all three of the big museums in Madrid (though I don't like the city): Thyssens, Prado, Reina Sofia. I also really like Serralves in Porto. The National Gallery in both Oslo and Zurich are great, too. I love going there for the works of Munch and Chagall, respectively.

Was that the only time you had been to the National Gallery in Dublin? About 70-80% of the museum has been closed off for much of the year for renovations. No great loss as the most treasured work's are still on display. I love Carravagio's "The Taking of Christ" even though I don't usually like very dark paintings. It's a bit of a shame though because part of the museum is what looks like a former ballroom and it's definitely the nicest space in the museum.

Also, did you see William John Leech's "A Convent Garden, Brittany" in the side gallery of Irish art which is also still open. You can see it here:

http://www.nationalgallery.ie/en/Collection/Irelands_Favourite_Painting.aspx

Still kicking myself for not visiting the Kunstorisches Museum but I went to the State Hall instead which was beautiful. Still, I'll have to go one day.

kwilliams
Nov 8th, 2012, 10:52 PM
You can't get a better deal in the world than the British Museum...exceptional pieces of world history from all around the world for free (sacking the Greeks and Egyptians, though :facepalm:)


On another note, Auschwitz-Birkenau museums in Poland were something surreal. Truly shocking and once in a life experience. You have to be really strong not too shed a tear or two there :tears:
I mean, a room full of the original shoes the prisoners left before entering "the shower", another room full of their original hair, another one full of their suitcases...

On a similar note, the Tuol Sleng/S21 prison in Phnom Penh and the nearby Killing Fields are both experiences that will leave you reeling. I usually don't like audio guides but all visitors to The Killing Fields are given an audio guide and then people are free to follow the "trail." It's kind of nice because you listen to accounts from survivors and even hear old recordings (some of the perpetrators!) Everyone walks around in silence, which really is as it should be and ensures that the place maintains its solemnity. You can enter the Wat where many bones and skulls are kept and see trees from which palms were stripped and used to cut people's throats. You can even see the tree which living babies' heads were dashed against :sad::sad::sad::sad::sad::sad::sad: It's just so far beyond harrowing and at the same time an incredible insight into our species. It's an eye-opening experience. I think Cambodia is without a doubt the most special country I've been to in Asia, if not the whole world.

I like the point you raised about treasures having been taken from other countries to the west, especially Western Europe. What do people think of this? I think in many cases, it was outright theft but in other cases I think people had a genuine interest in preserving treasures that they felt might be lost, damaged or destroyed. I deplore virtually every action taken by Colonial Britain (and many of its opportunistic colonialists/business people) but in the case of the Elgin Marbles...I'm not so sure. I always think of how badly damaged the Parthenon was when it was shelled by the Venetians (damned Venetians!) It wasn't the Greeks fault that the Turks were storing gunpowder in the Parthenon. How could they protect their cultural assets whilst being oppressed! It is said that the roof of the Parthenon was largely intact until that attack but nothing remained after, columns fell or were damaged and it is also said that a lot of the achitraves, triglyphs, metopes and much of the frieze was damaged or destroyed!

I think efforts should be made to return much of what was taken. Elgin did his job, he preserved his "marbles" but now they should be returned. There's no reason not to really.

Love this statue in Athens:

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shap_half
Nov 9th, 2012, 02:38 AM
Was that the only time you had been to the National Gallery in Dublin? About 70-80% of the museum has been closed off for much of the year for renovations. No great loss as the most treasured work's are still on display. I love Carravagio's "The Taking of Christ" even though I don't usually like very dark paintings. It's a bit of a shame though because part of the museum is what looks like a former ballroom and it's definitely the nicest space in the museum.

Also, did you see William John Leech's "A Convent Garden, Brittany" in the side gallery of Irish art which is also still open. You can see it here:

http://www.nationalgallery.ie/en/Collection/Irelands_Favourite_Painting.aspx

Still kicking myself for not visiting the Kunstorisches Museum but I went to the State Hall instead which was beautiful. Still, I'll have to go one day.

I also went almost four years ago when I went to Dublin for New Year. And I saw the museum back when it was larger and the entrance was on Merrion - is that right? It was beautiful then. And totally agree about The Taking of Christ. It's fabulous, and really the overall quality of paintings there is fantastic.

I didn't get to see the Leech, but I looked it up, and I now regret paying less attention to the Irish paintings when I did my walk through.

During my stay most recent visit, I stayed at Merrion Hotel, which has a pretty incredible collection of art, too!

The Kunst Museum in Vienna is absolutely incredible. I think that the massive Klimt they have up won't be accessible after a few more weeks (here's a photo I took of a part of it: http://instagram.com/p/QZ-Ty-zOk2/), but the paintings they've got there are just ridiculous. Carravagio, Titian, Bruegel, Rubens (another of my favorites)...And next year that wing with the Hapsburg trinkets is going to mind-bogglingly amazing.

kwilliams
Nov 9th, 2012, 07:12 AM
I also went almost four years ago when I went to Dublin for New Year. And I saw the museum back when it was larger and the entrance was on Merrion - is that right? It was beautiful then. And totally agree about The Taking of Christ. It's fabulous, and really the overall quality of paintings there is fantastic.

I didn't get to see the Leech, but I looked it up, and I now regret paying less attention to the Irish paintings when I did my walk through.

During my stay most recent visit, I stayed at Merrion Hotel, which has a pretty incredible collection of art, too!

The Kunst Museum in Vienna is absolutely incredible. I think that the massive Klimt they have up won't be accessible after a few more weeks (here's a photo I took of a part of it: http://instagram.com/p/QZ-Ty-zOk2/), but the paintings they've got there are just ridiculous. Carravagio, Titian, Bruegel, Rubens (another of my favorites)...And next year that wing with the Hapsburg trinkets is going to mind-bogglingly amazing.

Yeah, the quality's quite good at the museum considering Ireland's history. It's good that it's free too. I hope that means that people who might not usually visit an art gallery or museum would take a look and take an interest in a couple of the pieces. The Irish art is pretty good (esp. Jack B. Yeats, brother of William) but you didn't miss out on anything truly incredible except for this painting by Leech and a couple of other works. My one main problem with the museum is that zero photography is allowed. I think it's nice to render a piece of art through photography as you have done well with your picture of the Klimt.

I'll have to check out the Merrion Hotel some time!

Next time I go to Vienna, I think much of my time and money will be devoted to seeing the museums. Do you know if there's a museum pass or a Vienna card? Vienna's one of my absolute favourite cities in the world. I think it's just gorgeous!!

Sam L
Nov 9th, 2012, 07:39 AM
Museums I'm kicking myself for not visiting when I had the chance:
The Doge's Palace Museum, Venice


I've been there. This is a very interesting museum. You really get a feel for the power of Venice in the past. There are some excellent paintings there also.

olivero
Nov 9th, 2012, 08:32 AM
Anyone has been to Quai Branly Museum in Paris? Heard it's awesome.

Mynarco
Nov 10th, 2012, 10:08 AM
++++:
Heritage Museum, St. Petersburg
Le Louvre, Paris (+ Orsay)
Del Prado, Madrid




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Anne Frank House (during peak times, more like a pack of sardine than actually visiting a museum) + VG Museum (too pricey + commercial) + Rijkmuseum (LONG queues)

Honorable mention: London is a wicked city with MANY good museums for us aficionados - 2 free galleries about paintings and portraits, one BIG museum about history, one interesting one about warfare, one about modern arts(Tate Modern), two about traditional arts(V&A,Tate Britain). I reckon one week isn't enough.

I am gutted I didn't go to Kelvingrove when in Glasgow :o

kwilliams
Nov 10th, 2012, 11:01 AM
I'd love to visit a big museum such as the hermitage in Russia!

Kelvingrove is cool. They've got a bit of everything!! I'm glad a couple of other people have mentioned it. I hadn't heard about it before I went there.

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Did anybody else bash their shins trying to get up some of the steeper steps in the Anne Frank Huis? :lol: I'll always remember the picture of the statue of Anne Frank with a swastika spray painted on it. You think you know just how deep the hate runs then you see that even now someone will deface a memorial to a child!

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Mynarco
Nov 10th, 2012, 11:54 AM
Hermitage is fun. I took two days to visit the whole thing and I got the tickets for free (ISIC card)

pierce85
Nov 10th, 2012, 12:53 PM
OP you forgot the new Acropolis museum, a true jewel in Athens

Dishonourable mention for me to the British museum for its most popular collection is stolen greek antiquities...

I have visited many museums around the world, my favourite are

Musee d'Orsay
Louvre
Museo Dali---Figueres
MoMA
Guggenheim NYC and Bilbao
MET--- So and so loved some collections, was indifferent towards others but the museum was huge
Museo Picasso Barcelona
Miro museum
La Pedrera

Cosmic Voices
Nov 10th, 2012, 03:36 PM
London
The National Portrait Gallery
Saatchi Gallery
Tate Britain

(sometimes Tate Modern dependant on exhibition)

International
Nationalmuseum in Sweden
MoMA in NYC (Tim Burton exhibition was :eek:)
The MET in NYC

kwilliams
Nov 10th, 2012, 05:39 PM
OP you forgot the new Acropolis museum, a true jewel in Athens

Dishonourable mention for me to the British museum for its most popular collection is stolen greek antiquities...

I have visited many museums around the world, my favourite are

Musee d'Orsay
Louvre
Museo Dali---Figueres
MoMA
Guggenheim NYC and Bilbao
MET--- So and so loved some collections, was indifferent towards others but the museum was huge
Museo Picasso Barcelona
Miro museum
La Pedrera

So the British Museum is dishonourable but The Louvre is fine?

I really wish I had been to the Acropolis Museum - I should've put it in my kicking myself list. There's always next time.

antonella
Nov 10th, 2012, 06:16 PM
The California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco needs to be mentioned. Historical and contemporary European art (great Rodin collection!) on one of the most beautiful locations on Earth:

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Sammo
Nov 10th, 2012, 07:41 PM
OMG I want to visit the MoMA so bad too

shap_half
Nov 10th, 2012, 09:47 PM
Next time I go to Vienna, I think much of my time and money will be devoted to seeing the museums. Do you know if there's a museum pass or a Vienna card? Vienna's one of my absolute favourite cities in the world. I think it's just gorgeous!!

There's indeed a Vienna card that allows you unlimited metro access and discounts to museums and other attractions. I'm fortunate that I'm a "journalist" so I've been able to go to museums for free.

I've also been to the Holocaust memorials in Berlin, DC and Jerusalem. Sobbed like a crazy person in all three, but I think the one in Jerusalem is really incredible. It's massive, and they've done a thorough job of not only chronicling the historical development of the holocaust but also making a massive emotional impact.

The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is also quite interesting. The wide range of mediums (paintings, jewelry, photography, installations) makes it a worthy stop in a city so, so young.

I've also been to the Holon Design Museum, and it's awesome! The building itself is just breath-taking.

kwilliams
Nov 11th, 2012, 12:59 PM
That's interesting, what you say about making an emotional impact, I feel like the Jewish Museum in Berlin kind of shied away from that. I can respect wanting to present history in a very literal and impartial way but some museums just showcase material or information in a somewhat evocative way - not to manipulate people's feelings but to allow someone to feel a huge impact if they would be so inclined. I think The Dokumentationszentrum in Nuremberg is a little like this. It's probably the museum that really got my interest in museums going actually because although I knew you could find a good museum anywhere, I didn't really realise that a world class museum could be anywhere! I probably overrate the museum a little but I just love it and I always will. Also...Germans do good museums! I had a quick look at one of the museums along Bruhl's Terrace in Dresden and it was a really nice space. On the other hand, one of the thing's I remembered most vividly about my visit to the Jewish Museum in Berlin was a little exhibit on the life of a rope maker x hundred years ago. I was like...I get what you're trying to do and I respect that but, really? A rope-maker? You really want to have a museum with exhibits as mundane as this leading up to exhibits on the holocaust?

When you say the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, do you mean...

this:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8008/7111144751_c4d5ca3bf3_n.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/keithmaguire/7111144751/)
Searching (http://www.flickr.com/photos/keithmaguire/7111144751/) by keithmaguire (http://www.flickr.com/people/keithmaguire/), on Flickr

or something else?

shap_half
Nov 12th, 2012, 03:15 AM
That is the memorial I was referring to. I thought it was super evocative. Those black slabs of stones - I think they're concrete - were so scary to look. So atmospheric. The entire thing looked like a cemetery.

What I found really interesting was they actually pulled information from the Yad Vashem (the memorial in Jerusalem) so that they can list all the names of the known Jews who died during the holocaust. I especially found those letters they presented on the floor to be incredibly emotional. There was one from a mother writing to her young son about being strong and that they'll see each other again. I just lost it.

WowWow
Nov 12th, 2012, 10:10 AM
Dia:Beacon (http://www.diaart.org/sites/main/beacon)

kwilliams
Nov 12th, 2012, 11:15 AM
That is the memorial I was referring to. I thought it was super evocative. Those black slabs of stones - I think they're concrete - were so scary to look. So atmospheric. The entire thing looked like a cemetery.

What I found really interesting was they actually pulled information from the Yad Vashem (the memorial in Jerusalem) so that they can list all the names of the known Jews who died during the holocaust. I especially found those letters they presented on the floor to be incredibly emotional. There was one from a mother writing to her young son about being strong and that they'll see each other again. I just lost it.

:sad::sad::sad: :crying2: That kind of insight is just something you don't get elsewhere.

Some of the accounts in The Peace Memorial Museum in Hiroshima are so harrowing. The museum and the park are really well done - a very fitting tribute to the victims and a firm commitment to future peace.

I believe the memorial in Berlin is, among other things, supposed to allow the visitor to imagine what it was like for people trying to escape a city (or anywhere) not knowing what could be around each corner.

Dave.
Nov 12th, 2012, 01:31 PM
^^ On the theme of peace, I was at the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo yesterday which was quite interesting. In particular their 'Sheroes' exhibition, and the whole floor dedicated to Gandhi.


I think the most impressed I've been with a museum recently is Anne Frank's house, just because it gives you such a close up sense of what it might have been like and everything is kept pretty much as it was. At the same time, it gives you lots of information without feeling like a museum.
I suppose Auschwitz is the same but I don't class that as a museum.

kwilliams
Nov 12th, 2012, 02:10 PM
Oh, that reminds me, the Nobel Museum in Stockholm is really quite limited!

égalité
Nov 12th, 2012, 02:21 PM
Has anyone mentioned the Benidorm wax museum yet? :oh:

http://sphotos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/644285_467341349972561_224210271_n.jpg

Dia:Beacon (http://www.diaart.org/sites/main/beacon)

I grew up really close to there. :hearts: They have amazing stuff.

Soliloque
Nov 12th, 2012, 03:15 PM
Louvre, Orsay and Pompidou-Metz.

matthias
Nov 12th, 2012, 04:59 PM
Egyptian museum Cairo

Sam L
Jan 25th, 2013, 01:04 PM
I love this painting by Lethière in Hermitage.

http://thousandsmilesinsolitude.files.wordpress.com/2006/10/guillaume-guillon-lethiere-death-of-carlo.jpg?w=423&h=320

It's opposite the famous portrait of Joséphine de Beauharnais. :)

I really want to visit Prado.