The Ashley Bryan Center

The Ashley Bryan Center

Ashley Bryan, who will turn 93 years old in a few weeks, is a writer and illustrator of children’s books. Although he was born in New York City, he has spent the last 40 years living in retirement on Little Cranberry Island in Maine. But that doesn’t mean he’s sitting...

Oran Z’s Pan African Black Facts and Wax Museum, Los Angeles

Oran Z’s Pan African Black Facts and Wax Museum, Los Angeles

Because Black History Month ends tomorrow and this week’s theme seems to be all about wax, I believe this is the perfect time to tell you about Oran Z’s Pan African Black Facts and Wax Museum. Located in the middle of a strip mall in south Los Angeles, this sprawling...

Photo ceramics, which are porcelain portraitures

Photo ceramics, which are porcelain portraitures

If you have been following this blog for a long time, then you know how much I love visiting cemeteries. I am lucky that Chicagoland has so many interesting and historic ones, from Bohemian National Cemetery to Graceland Cemetery. A lot of these places have photo ceramics, which are porcelain...

Museu De Miniatures in Besalú, Spain

Museu De Miniatures in Besalú, Spain

We’ve covered teeny tiny book collections, outdoor parks full of mini buildings, the dedicated work of one Siberian artist and even the world’s smallest museum (yes, it’s the size of a closet…now go clean yours to make room for a new exhibit I’m putting together). But what about an art...

The Miniatures Museum of Taiwan

The Miniatures Museum of Taiwan

The goal of this blog is to cover every known Miniatures Museum in existence. And there are more than you might think from the Museu De Miniatures in Besalú and the Museum of Miniatures in Prague to Zarifa Salahova’s collection of miniature edition books in Azerbaijan and the Carromato de...

Le Salon des Navigateurs in Le Havre, France

Because I’m a poor asshole, I usually cannot afford to go to a hair salon. I end up badly cutting my hair into uneven bangs or have my mom (a beauty school dropout) give me a trim. But if I lived in Le Havre, France and was a man I...

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Monastery in Munster, Indiana

I know we’re all sick of the apocalypse jokes, but how about one more? Well, it’s not really a joke but it sounds like it should be. If you ever find yourself thinking about the Carmelites, then you should probably know on the grounds of Our Lady of Mount Carmel...

Historic House Museum Week, Illinois

I’ve decided to write only about my personal visits for historic house museum week; it’s much easier and I realize I have seen way too many in my life. Whenever I travel I make sure to see at least a few museums, and usually one is a house museum. It’s...

Workhorse Coffee Bar is “The Smallest Museum in St. Paul”

If you recall anything about yesterday then maybe your brain remembers yesterday’s post where I declared August 8th through 12th “Tiny Museum Week”. This blog is very important…you should have it marked on your calendar! Anyway, we continue our exploration of micro-museums with a visit to Minnesota. Right outside the...

Feline Historical Museum in Alliance, Ohio

Feline Historical Museum in Alliance, Ohio

The architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed 1141 buildings, but only 532 were actually completed during his lifetime. Many have since been demolished with only 400 buildings still standing. But did you know he designed a cat house? In the early 1950s, Gerald Tonkens commissioned Wright’s office to design and build...

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