The Tropical TropenMuseum

The Tropenmuseum, or the Trooopeeenmuuuseeeem as the logo suggests, is one of Amsterdam’s largest museums. Something you can tell just by looking at it. The palace-like building is absolutely gigantic! Despite the sheet size of the museum, the Tropenmuseum is one that I stumbled upon mostly by accident. It is by Osterpark in Amsterdam, a…

Museum Memories…

Lets face it, those Facebook memory notifications are utterly mortifying. Is there anything more cringe-inducing than being reminded of your recent past? That hair, those clothes and what is even going on there?! I’m sure I’m not alone. This morning however,  when I checked my Facebook, an orange banner’d picture that, the app reassured me, only…

Put That in Your Pipe!

Smoking, whether with a pipe or without is a habit that comes loaded with meaning. Sometimes anyway, although I’m sure a sociologist or anthropologist can read meaning into someone smoking a pack of Benson and Hedges from the corner shop. It might come loaded with almost as much meaning as, perhaps, smoking a peace-pipe in…

Cheesy does it!

Cheese is one of the best things ever. Hard cheese, soft cheese, smelly cheese, all delicious so when I discovered there was a museum all about cheese I simply *had* to go! Like the Flower Makers Museum and the Twinings Tea Museum, the cheese museum I visited is in the basement of a shop. It…

Tulip Mania at the Tulip Museum

When you start thinking of the Netherlands, it won’t be too long until you start thinking about Tulips. Fields and fields with row upon row upon row of the flower with the odd windmill thrown in for decoration would be the typical image that comes to mind. When I visited Amsterdam, one of the first…

Why I (Museum) Blog…

I’ve been blogging since September 2011. If you hadn’t guessed, I was in the middle of reading a lot of Lewis Carroll, and if museums and wonderland have anything in common, it’s that they’re both wonderful and more than a bit odd. Museum Land seemed a sensible title at the time, and it makes as…

Here Kitty -Amsterdam’s Cat Museum

A museum full of cats, how could I not explore this one? I’m a card carrying crazy cat person, and any chance to combine my love of cats with my love of museums is one I jump at. In the past I’ve written about my top cats in museums and made sure that this Top…

Making Flowers in Hastings

Seaside towns often throw up interesting little places. Actually, ‘interesting’ is a lazy word, but it covers most things. Odd, quirky, different could all work, but they don’t always have the positive connotations that interesting does. Linguistic digression over, I want to tell you about the Flower Makers Museum in Hastings. Yes, you read that…