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Pollock’s Toy Museum, London

Pollock’s Toy Museum, London

Label: Matreoschkas (a common name for a Russian woman). Its history is linked with S. Malyutin, a famous designer from the Talshkino circle. His designs gave rise to the first painted, lathe-turned wood doll in 1890s. Pollock’s Toy Museum takes its name from Benjamin Pollock, the last of the Victorian...

Maurice Sendak Collection at the Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadephia

Maurice Sendak Collection at the Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadephia

Final drawing for “Higglety Pigglety Pop! Or, There Must Be More to Life”, 1967. Part of the Maurice Sendak Collection at the Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadephia, home to over 10,000 Sendak objects, including original drawings, preliminary sketches, manuscript materials, photographs, proofs and rare prints of his books. R.I.P....

The Dream Maker – Anne Bradshaw Clopton House

The Dream Maker – Anne Bradshaw Clopton House

Like most people, I absolutely detest anything to do with spiders. But Anne Bradshaw Clopton was a bit different. In 1889 at 11 years old, Clopton discovered a magazine article about a German artist who used gossamer, or extremely fine spider silk, as his canvas. Clopton decided to give it...

HR Giger Museum in Gruyères, Switzerland

HR Giger Museum in Gruyères, Switzerland

With the passing (or should I say decaying) of Surrealist artist H.R. Giger let me bring back an old post from a year and a half ago: Follower tonyrios87 informed me about the existence of the HR Giger Museum in Gruyères, Switzerland. As you guessed by the name of the...

“The Silent People” by artist Reijo Kela, Finland

“The Silent People” by artist Reijo Kela, Finland

Okay, if this next one doesn’t creep you out, then something must clearly be wrong with you. Along Highway 5 outside of Suomussalmi, Finland, thousands of scarecrow-like figures stand quietly in a field. “The Silent People” created by artist Reijo Kela in 1988, are simple wooden bodies made up of...

Obscura Antiques & Oddities, NYC

Obscura Antiques & Oddities, NYC

If anyone can remember as far back as July, I went on a short trip to New York City. A few of you recommended a visit to Obscura Antiques & Oddities, which is also a television show on the Discovery Channel (I’ve seen, like, one episode at a friend’s house...

New York Tattoo Museum

New York Tattoo Museum

Opened just last year, the New York Tattoo Museum is located in Staten Island’s Old Town neighborhood. On the upper floor of tattoo artist Dozer’s Island Tattoo parlor, tattoo fans can find three exhibits and two glass cases full of historic artifacts from the tattoo trade. It starts with the...

Enchanted Castle Studios – Dino Kingdom

Enchanted Castle Studios – Dino Kingdom

Even though I lived in Great Britain for over a year, I didn’t make it down to see the country’s number one tourist attraction, Stonehenge. Fortunately (or unfortunately) America has its own version in Virginia. Foamhenge was made entirely of, yes you guessed right, foam. It was created by artist...

Vigeland Museum at Slemdal

Vigeland Museum at Slemdal

Time for another creepy museum, maybe not in the classic sense, but it’s still a bit weird for an art museum. What am I talking about? That would be the Vigeland Museum at Slemdal, one of Oslo’s best kept secrets. The museum is basically a mausoleum to artist Gustav Vigeland...

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