National Memorial Day Museum

May 27 is Memorial Day in the U.S., which is supposed to be a time to remember Americans who have died while serving in the military, but ends up being more about weddings and BBQs, even though the weather is always rainy and crappy. I didn’t think there would be...

TV Guide Museum

Happy Festivus! Today’s the holiday, first mentioned in the Seinfeld episode “The Strike”, where bitter people who still want to celebrate the holiday season without participating in its pressures and commercialism will air their grievances, by telling everyone all the ways they have disappointed him or her over the past...

Grant Wood’s American Gothic – Art Institute of Chicago

Grant Wood’s American Gothic – Art Institute of Chicago

As a museologist I have spent many hours observing people looking at art, either for my studies or for work or just for my own damn pleasure. If you remember my post from last year, then you know I am sort of obsessed with this topic, especially when it comes...

John M. Mossman Lock Museum, New York

I saw the excellent film Hugo last weekend (also an excellent book, by the way) and the main character’s ability to fix clocks and other mechanisms got me thinking. I began to wonder if there was a museum out there similar to what I saw in the movie. In the...

Land of Lost Content Museum, Shrewsbury

Once upon a time I visited Shropshire to see the town of Shrewsbury, but apparently there’s not much else going on as it is England’s most rural and sparsely populated county. That might explain why the Land of Lost Content Museum exists there, like a place time has literally forgotten....

National Presidents Wax Museum, South Dakota

National Presidents Wax Museum, South Dakota

By the way, there is a National Presidents Wax Museum next to Mount Rushmore. While you’re there, you can eat lunch at the Executive Order Grill, play mini-golf at the Holy Terror and wonder why the hell you’re in South Dakota.

Urban Planning Museum, Shanghai

Located in People’s Square, Shanghai, the Urban Planning museum displays the city’s urban planning and development as well as its history. The centerpiece is a scale model depicting Shanghai circa 2020. Every single building (at least every planned one) in China’s most populated city can be viewed alongside or from...

Egged Museum of Passengers Traffic in Holon, Israel

The Egged Museum of Passengers Traffic in Holon, Israel “presents more than 60 buses that have been lovingly collected, built and renovated, and which reflect nearly seventy years of public transport in Eretz Israel. A visit…reveals…the history of public transportation, beginning with British Army surplus trucks that were converted into...

Science Museum, London, England

Set of sixty miniature heads used in phrenology, Manchester, England, 1831. Science Museum, London Phrenology originated with German physician Franz Joseph Gall with assistance from his colleague, Johann Kaspar Spurzheim. Phrenologists believed that the shape and size of various areas of the brain and skull determined personality. These heads are...

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