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Once called the "Stephen Fry of Museum Blogging," this tumblog, written by a frustrated museologist, is dedicated to the small, random museums and weird attractions of the world. Always informative, usually funny, sometimes offensive.

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Apparently the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus hit shelves today, giving purpose to the lives of people who have enough free time to sleep outside an Apple store. I love Apple products, like I would die for my still-functioning 6-year-old iMac, but when it comes to phones I’m more of a “wait until [insert your favourite provider of mobile telephones] offers it for 99 cents with a 2-year contract” type of purchaser. Speaking of technology, are you aware of the Antikythera Mechanism? It is sometimes called the world’s first analog computer with the oldest known complex gear mechanism ever found. It’s more ancient than the iPhone 5. It was on a Roman ship that sank near the remote island of Antikythera around 60 BC. The wreck was found in April 1900, when a group of Greek sponge divers retrieved a number of artifacts, including bronze and marble statues, pottery, unique glassware, jewelry, coins, and 82 fragments of the mechanism itself. The items were transferred to the National Museum of Archaeology in Athens for storage and analysis. The mechanism itself went unnoticed for two years until an archaeologist recognised its significance. Designed around 100-150 BC, the complexity of the mechanism’s technology did not appear again until the 14th century, when mechanical astronomical clocks began to be built in Western Europe. Today a reconstruction of the Antikythera Mechanism is on display at the museum.

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With the exception of the horse-drawn delivery vehicles at the Thrasher Carriage Museum in Maryland and the sculpted wooden horses on display at the Museum of Fairground Art in Paris, the blog has not really paid much attention to the mammal known as the horse. Did you know there is a theme park and museum dedicated to them, you know, the actual living breathing thing? The Kentucky Horse Park calls itself an educational equine theme park, and ‘the world’s only park dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse.’ In 1972, the park’s land was sold to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and six years later became a public horse park. In every season except winter, you can take horseback rides through the park. In the historical ‘Big Barn’, which was originally built in 1897 and is one of the largest barns in the world, you can see the draft horse teams that pull the carriage tours of the park. The ‘Hall of Champions’ is where the race-winners reside, and visitors can see daily presentations of these retired champions. Some of them are buried along the ‘Memorial Walk of Champions’, while others are buried throughout the park with graves marked by memorial plaques and statues. Man o’War is one of the most famous to be buried in the park, along with several of his descendants. Another major attraction within the park is the Smithsonian-affiliated International Museum of the Horse, the largest and most comprehensive museum in the world of its kind. The exhibits highlight the role and history of horses in many cultures, including equine art from many world-renowned artists. So if you are horse-crazy, this is the place for you!

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Anyone else excited about the upcoming final season of Mad Men? It’s, like, my favourite television show ever, guys. I always think of my relative who was obsessed with Dallas and died before they found out who shot J.R., which means I have to live another 8 months or so. I think I can do it.

Anyway, the Museum of the City of New York has a new exhibition "Mac Conner: A New York Life" with more than 70 original works by the artist. Conner arrived in New York in 1950 and built a career in the city’s vibrant publishing and advertising industries with his crisp, hand-painted illustrations for women’s magazines like McCall’s, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan and more. He helped to create the image of the post-war American woman and redefine American style and culture. Conner, who is still with us at 100 years old, was a real life Mad Man, the Don Draper of his day…or actually more like Stan Rizzo, but you get the point. The exhibit, the first of its kind to celebrate the artist, includes the above images: “The Trouble With Love” (1952) from Good Housekeeping, “Killer in the Club Car” (1954) and “There’s Death for Remembrance” (1953) both from This Week, “How Do You Love Me” (1950) from Woman’s Home Companion, and “Hold On Tight” (1958) published in Redbook.