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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...

Brontë Parsonage Museum

Brontë Parsonage Museum

Years ago I went to the Brontë Parsonage Museum. Yorkshire is a beautiful place, yet the atmosphere at their house is bleak as the family lived in the middle of a graveyard. If you like reading Jane Austen, then this place isn’t for you. Cheers!

Home of Charles Darwin – Down House

Home of Charles Darwin – Down House

Feb 12 is the birthday of naturalist Charles Darwin. I believe he would be 206 years old…otherwise known as dead. I am lucky to have visited both his birthplace of Shrewsbury (where there is a statue of course) and Westminster Abbey, where he is buried in the north aisle of...

Brighton Toy and Model Museum, Brighton, England

Brighton Toy and Model Museum, Brighton, England

The Brighton Toy and Model Museum is located under the early Victorian arches that support the forecourt of the 1841 railway station in…you guessed it…Brighton, England. The space, originally used to store beer barrels for a brewery, is supposedly haunted. Maybe the ghosts are upset that their pints have been...

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...

Borgvattnet Jämtland Bed and Breakfast, Sweden

Borgvattnet Jämtland Bed and Breakfast, Sweden

This house might look innocent enough, but it’s actually one of the most haunted places in Sweden. This humble abode, located in Borgvattnet Jämtland, is actually a vicarage built in 1876. The first report of hauntings began in 1927 when the resident chaplain Nils Hedlund wrote a letter noting the...

Simone Rosenbauer – Small Museum

Simone Rosenbauer – Small Museum

For three years photographer Simone Rosenbauer traveled throughout rural Australia and documented 41 quirky and tiny museums and their caretakers for a series called Small Museum. The House of Bottles was built by Joseph Eykenbaum in 1969 after he spent two years collecting 13,569 bottles to use in the construction...

Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center in Mountain City, Georgia

Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center in Mountain City, Georgia

If I hadn’t wanted to get rid of the Firefox browser on my computer before, then I definitely do now. Why? Because I was nearly finished with a post about another crazy museum and…CRASH…that shit died and went straight to interwebs heaven, never to be seen or heard from again....

Mmuseumm, New York City

Mmuseumm, New York City

Ever wish a museum was open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Well, if you’re a resident of New York City, I have news for you…you’re in luck. Built into an abandoned freight elevator and accessible only down a dark alley, the museum is simply called Museum (how...

Bily Clocks Museum, Iowa

Bily Clocks Museum, Iowa

This has probably been the fastest March I’ve ever lived through in my life. The more time you waste, the more you lose…or something like that. Anyway, I’m sure time moves pretty slow in Spillville, Iowa. It’s home to the Bily Clocks Museum, an old brick building dedicated to the...

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