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Nine Lives – Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Nine Lives – Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Jul 30, is #MuseumCats Day…no joke. I don’t know about you but I am a cat lady myself so I’m excited museums are celebrating all things kitty cat. I have written quite a few posts about cat-related museums, like the Moscow Cat Museum, Amsterdam’s Katten Kabinet, the “guard cats” at...

Museum of Natural & Artificial Ephemerata

Museum of Natural & Artificial Ephemerata

I’ve never been to Austin, Texas but apparently East Austin is on the list of “America’s Best Hipster Neighborhoods”…well, at least according to Forbes magazine so it must be true. And when it comes to hipsters, one shouldn’t be too surprised if something “eclectic” makes an appearance. Jen and Scott...

Skógar Folk Museum, Iceland

Skógar Folk Museum, Iceland

Who doesn’t love a tiny museum, especially in a remote place like the South Coast of Iceland? The Skógar Folk Museum preserves the cultural heritage of Iceland through its collection of fishing tools and equipment; decorative arts and handicrafts; as well as books, manuscripts, and documents. It is the collection...

Hitchcock Ichnology Collection, Massachusetts

Hitchcock Ichnology Collection, Massachusetts

LOOK! DINOSAUR TRACKS! Hitchcock Ichnology Collection Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College, Amherst, MA (taken Aug. 17, 2013) Several pictures I took while wandering around the Beneski Museum of Natural History. (more to come later!) These pictures are of slabs that caught my eye in the Hitchcock Ichnology Collection,...

Dog Collar Museum

Dog Collar Museum

A Dog Collar Museum spanning five centuries from Medieval Times (no, not the restaurant) to the Victorian Era can be found at Leeds Castle in Kent. Some would say this is pointless and somewhat ridiculous, but it can be really interesting to learn the history of a particular object through...

San Antonio Taxidermy Museum

San Antonio Taxidermy Museum

Usually I’m telling you about some strange museum that no one ever visits. But this time I thought I’d turn things around and share a picture with you that belongs in its own museum. As you try to think of a name for our new museum, let me get busy...

Kori no Suizokukan’s Frozen Aquarium in Kesennuma, Japan

Kori no Suizokukan’s Frozen Aquarium in Kesennuma, Japan

Not much different from your everyday fish market, the Kori no Suizokukan in Kesennuma, Japan, packs about 450 species of marine life frozen in large columns of ice bathed in blue light. It takes awhile for visitors to realize the specimens are not for sale, but are part of a...

Dave’s Down to Earth Rock Shop in Evanston

Dave’s Down to Earth Rock Shop in Evanston

I’m bringing back one of my favorite discoveries from this past year for American Guide Week. I personally paid a visit to Dave’s Down to Earth Rock Shop in Evanston, a town on the border of Chicago. After looking at all the various pieces of jewelry and crystal in the...

Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof museum

Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof museum

A new exhibit called “Soma” at Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof museum allows visitors to sleep overnight amid 24 golden canaries and a dozen reindeer. “Guests can rent a single revolving bed in the middle of the reindeer herd for 1,000 euros ($1,363) per night. Businesswoman Maru Winnacker and her husband rented...

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