We are travelling round the USA at the moment, where there is an abundance of museums. Sometimes it can be quite tricky choosing which ones to spend valuable time and money on.
What are your favourite museums around the world?
Some of my favourites from our trip so far have been:
The Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto
The Oklahoma City Memorial (About the bombing in '95)
The Cowboy Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City
The 6th Floor Museum at The Texan School Book Depository in Dallas
The museum of Egypian antiquities in Cairo and the Pencil Museum in Keswick, England. They are pretty much diametrically opposed in terms of size, fame and grandeur but both excellent museums in their own right. The pencil museum has, extravagantly, the worlds largest pencil!
Hello Stuart 😊
Which museums are best to visit ,would be a matter of what one is interested in.
Two I found particularly interesting were.
The Museum of Human Rights in Berlin, Germany
The Gandhi museum in Mumbai, India
(Though, I am unsure if these are exactly the names of them. You can check in the Lonely Planet books, if you are interested)
Thanks, we are in India later this year so will be sure to check out the Ghandi Museum. We visited the Rosa Park Museum in Montgomery, Alabama today and it was very good, if not a little small. all about the bus boycott and Civil Rights movement.
If you get to New York I highly recommend the Lower East Side tenement museum (http://www.tenement.org/). You learn a great deal about the lives of immigrants from Eastern Europe in the latter half of the nineteenth and the first couple decades of the twentieth centuries. The museum itself was a tenement and sweat shop that was condemned and shuttered, but never torn down, so there's a lot of authenticity about the place.
And for two incredibly obvious choices, but still my two favorites: El Reina Sofia for Picasso (and the Guernica!) and the Prado, as Goya is my all-time favorite and they have a huge collection. Both are in Madrid. There's one in Segovia as well that I really enjoyed but I can't recall what it was called. It was in a castle. Aha! The Alcazar. For some reason I was searching in Spanish and got nothing, but switched to English and it worked. Google, you're weird!
We found these really interesting... we aren't really 'museum people' but we love it when we find one which really holds our interest and has different things around every corner...
Te Papa in Wellington New Zealand
- a whole range of information on every aspect of New Zealand. It's free too!
Royal Regalia Museum Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
- fascinating insight into the Sultan of Brunei's life - another free one for you
Thailand-Burma Railway Centre in Kanchanaburi, Thailand
- information on the building of the Railway in WWII and those that built it. Don't confuse this museum with the WWII museum in the same town, the two places couldn't be more different!
Forensics museum, Bangkok, Thailand
- a very strange one if you like all things gory
Aside from that we love all the museums in London, most of which are free and are probably some of the best in the world without a doubt.
I like the sound of the one in NZ and the Forensics Museum in Bangkok sounds interesting! We are going to both of those places this year, so will be sure to have a look.
Here are some of the museums that I know that are to be visited.
Centre Pompidou Paris
Tate Modern London
British Museum London
Metropolitan Museum of Art New York
National Gallery of Art Washington
Vatican Museums Vatican City
National Gallery London
Have a great trip.
I finally went to Te Papa a couple of weeks ago for the first time - it is well worth a visit. The 'Golden Days' exhibit (would probably be more appreciated by Kiwis, but still worth seeing), and the one on Refugee Immigrants were a couple of my favourites.
You could spend a whole day in there and not see everything :-)
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
is also one I think people should go to if they ever get the chance. Don't miss the opportunity to also visit the memorials as well (easy walking distance)
I only visit musuems if they hold my interest or if I'm studying a particular subject. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the following musuems and these are now among my favourites:
Wilberforce House, Hull, UK
William Wilberforce's birthplace and the lead campaigner for the abolition of the slave trade. The exhibits there tell of his life and the story of the trans-atlantic slave trade and the events leading up to the abolition.
The British Musuem, London
So much to see there and worth visiting. There is always something for someone there.
i am a volunteer i know a nice musuems in GHANA i always visit there with my tourist friends and show them lots of things that we have over here and history of our late leaders .
1-- we have ACCRA national musuem
2--CAPE COST museum
3-- KWAME NKRUMAH MUSUEM
please all this places are very interesting places to visit when you are in Ghana for a visit...
Not a huge fan of museums but always open to checking them out.
I second the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York
. Only wish I had more time to explore it and would love to go back. Also got to see a couple guys break dance outside on top of some cardboard (best I've seen out of California and South Korea).
Around the age of 12/13, I took a trip to the Holocaust Memorial Museum
in DC., and it's stuck with me ever since. It's very educational and emotional and, regardless of age, pretty intense.
Also like the War Memorial Museum/Hall
in Seoul, Korea. I've been there twice so far and find it very interesting. Granted, I may find it more interesting because of my ancestry.
The City Museum in St. Louis; very hands-on and kids-oriented, I found it different from any other museum I had been to before. I was in college but I still enjoyed it, even (or especially) the five-stories-tall playground!
Here in China, the Shanghai Museum is a must. Of course, the Terracotta Warriors Museum in Xi'an is a must as well. But the Shanghai Museum highlights accomplishments in ceramics, bronze, painting, calligraphy...it's worth spending a day seeing!
We would endorse a lot of the above suggestions and add a couple to the list. The Nubian Museum in Luxor, Egypt is well worth a look. Very well presented and dramatically different to the Egyption Museum in Cairo where you are flat out working out what you are looking at.
For something completely different try the Dargaville Museum in ... Dargaville, North Island, New Zealand
Probably the most interesting and eerie - The National Museum in Port Moresby PNG. First step involved our security contacting the museum to have it opened for us and finding the keys (same thing happened at the botanical gardens, no one had keys to feed the few animals sadly but we did go inside eventually some areas), The fact the museum doors hadnt been opened for several months made it all very very eerie and spiritual, dusty and dark, especially the huge wedding canoe with its dog, fish and pig teeth adornations. A lot of headhunting ceremonial headresses and drums etc...just a very strange vibe in there indeed.
Also enjoyed many many years ago Dr Sun Yat Sens house and recently wouldnt say I enjoyed but got a lot from S21 museum and the genocide museum (killing fields) in Pnom Penh
the best visiting museum is west Africa Ghana,lot of tourism travel from Europe countries to visit ghana because of its passion to peoples,
simply the British Museum nothing compares.
I believe the British museum has more than 7 million artifacts
Below are a few of our favourites from around the world from trips we have entered blogs for (not including London which has some of the best if not the best) in no particular order:
Bogota Gold Museum - Amazing collectrion of Gold Artifacts
Inca Ice Maiden - Juanita - Museum in Arequipa (can't remember the name)
Himalayan Mountain Institute - Darjeeling (India)
Communist Statue Park - Budapest, Hungary
Tunnel Museum, Sarejevo, Bosnia
Itapu Dam, Iguassu Falls, Paraguay/Brazil
Eva Perron Museum, Buenos Airies, Argentina
Panama Canal Museum, Panama
Auswitz, Krakow, Poland
S21/Killing Fields, Pnhom Penh, Cambodia
Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Skansen Museum, Stockholm, Sweden