Leila’s Hair Museum in Independence, Missouri.

Leila’s Hair Museum in Independence, Missouri.

We interrupt historic house museum week to bring you an important message. For the first and maybe only time ThisBelongsinaMuseum has a guest writer. Even though I once briefly mentioned this place in the early days of the blog, Chicago artist and writer Dmitry Samarov was nice enough to share...

Museum of the Modern Snowglobe in Somerville, Massachusetts

It seems like the perfect time to pay a visit to the Museum of the Modern Snowglobe in Somerville, Massachusetts. It all started in 1997 with a random gift from Philadelphia, now there are nearly 200 items in the collection, with the most recent acquisition coming from the Bronx Zoo....

Franz Gsellmann’s Weltmaschine: the World Machine

In the hills of southern Austria is a farmhouse outbuilding that is home to the Weltmaschine (the World Machine). What is this, you ask? The creator of the machine, Franz Gsellmann, grew up hoping to become an engineer, which never happened because everybody knows dreams don’t come true. But after...

de Young: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

de Young: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

I don’t know what to say…probably makes you not want to have a cup of tea. Seen at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Note with exhibit: “Charles Krafft’s Hitler, Idaho resurrects the image of Adolf Hitler to critique facism and the role of kitsch. The teapot spout and...

Getty Museum – Arthur Tress’ photo series

Getty Museum – Arthur Tress’ photo series

Earlier this year the Getty Museum acquired 66 gelatin silver prints taken by the photographer Arthur Tress from his photo series “The Dream Collector” and “Theater of the Mind”. Beginning his career in the 1960s, Tress originally took ‘straight’ photographs, mostly street scenes, before moving in the direction of surreal,...

Chaffee Barbershop Museum – Elvis Barbershop

There’s Graceland and then there’s the Chaffee Barbershop Museum. Yes, the place where Elvis got his first Army buzz cut is memorialized with a cardboard cutout. Supposedly the widow of the barber who cut the singer’s hair, James Petersen, still has the pair of clippers. Hopefully, she’ll donate it to...

Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

Supposedly Roald Dahl‘s books continue to sell at the rate of 12 a minute every day of the year. That’s a lot of freaking books! Gipsy House in Great Missenden, England where the author lived from 1954 until his death in 1990 still remains in his family. So Dahl’s pocket-sized...

The Rainbow Land Museum – Rainbow Brite

As an only lonely child of the 1980s with a parent who literally worked around the clock, let’s just say, I grew up watching a lot of television. But that’s probably the exact same childhood of anyone born after, say, 1965. One of my earliest memories of being at a...

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