Archive for the ‘Museums’ Category

The Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret

In Museums on September 17, 2012 at 2:33 pm


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Wellcome Collection

In Exhibitions, Museums on November 26, 2011 at 10:00 am

The Wellcome Collection is the foremost medical museum in Britain, nay, the WORLD as far as I’m concerned, and so it has a lot to live up to.


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Geffrye Museum

In Historic Houses, Museums on November 16, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Geffrye is a pretty weird way to spell Geoffrey. Or Jeffrey. In fact, when talking about it to a former boss (noted museum academic and a Professor) I pronounced it incorrectly, making me look like queen of the morons, and I’ve never forgiven the Geffrye for this. That said, I’m going to try and be objective about my recent visit…

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Churchill War Rooms

In Museums on November 14, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Having recently moved to the big smoke, I’ve started hitting up London Museums. This was an absolutely epic start:

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The US Holocaust Memorial Museum

In Museums on June 21, 2011 at 4:48 am

Not too many pictures in this one, folks – the United States Holocaust Museum.

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The subtle science and exact art of potion making…

In Museums on June 10, 2011 at 3:16 am

After a tantalizing wander around Old Town Alexandria, I returned with the troops for a proper look. I really, really have to recommend this town again – it’s on the Metro (King St on the Blue and Orange Lines) and has a free shuttle (a cute trolleybus, no less) to the waterfront and back from the station (although it’s easily walkable) and there are lovely boutiques, gift shops, cafes, and some pretty awesome ice cream vendors, all sat on the picturesque Potomac River with a view over to DC.

I’ve waffled at length about Old Town Alexandria before though – I’m targeting my waffle today, and I’m targeting it at the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum:

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The Final Frontier

In Museums on June 9, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Time for another Smithsonian! And today we’re talking National Air and Space Musem.


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Going Postal

In Museums on May 31, 2011 at 11:46 pm

So, I made a detour up to Takoma today (wouldn’t venture there at night, if I were you. I wouldn’t exactly rush back during the day either…) to meet the Director of the National Museum of  Health and Medicine , which was based at the Walter Reed Army Medical Centre until April – it’s now in the process of moving to a new site and will be reopening in May of 2012 – based on the enthusiasm of Dr Adrianne Noe (sadly pronounced No-eee, not Dr No) and the description of their collections, it’s going to be well worth the visit.

Anyhoo, that’s a sidetrack. On the way back I hopped off the metro at Union Station to make a visit that I have been looking forward to to another Smithsonian – the National Postal Museum.

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A museum that already beat me to the title pun – Newseum!

In Museums on May 25, 2011 at 6:09 pm

After the disappointment of the building museum, I decided to hit up the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall, so off I wandered to Pennsylvania Avenue. Upon arriving, I was told I couldn’t cross the road for at least 15 minutes, to my right, to my left, or infront of me, pretty much trapping me on the one block.

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If you build it…

In Museums on May 25, 2011 at 3:15 am

Today we have another tale of two museums, and I begin with a museum that was recommended by several people – the National Building Museum.

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