Closed Doors and Secret Museums

Museums are full of surprises. On my adventures I’ve come across museums that tackle all sorts of topics; museums about death, museums about Marzipan, even a museum about a niche German snack. It’s not just the topics that museums cover that can surprise and delight, but the museums themselves. I have visited art galleries in…

An Olympic Stadium and an Olympic Museum

Athens is a city that is crammed full of history. Trip over a pothole and you’re bound to discover an ancient treasure. On a rare grey day in the Greek city, I paid a visit to the Panathenaic Stadium (Panathenaic means ‘all Athens’ or ‘all Athenian’). Now, this stadium looks like it could be ancient…

The Museum of Greek Children’s Art

Like the Museum of Cycladic Art, The Museum of Greek Children’s Art is a museum rather than a gallery. This got me thinking – why do we see ‘museum’ when ‘gallery’ might fit better? Again, the art is the focus – it’s right there in the title!- but the place identifies as a μουσείο rather…

Athens’ National Archaeological Museum

Athens’ National Archaeological Museum is considered to be one of the greatest museums in the world. It’s right up there with the Louvre and the British Museum and the Met. It’s good to know that I’ve ticked another one of these off the list. What sets this one apart from the herd (no that word…

The Museum of Cycladic Art

Firstly, I’d like to thank my friend Ed for recommending this museum to me – it was absolutely brilliant! Secondly, I would like to take a moment to ponder why it is the Museum of Cycladic Art rather than Cycladic Art Gallery. Usually art is found in galleries rather than museums, no? The museum classifies…

Acropolis now!

Whilst in Athens, I couldn’t not go to the Acropolis Museum. In fact, it was the very first museum I set foot in during my stay in the Greek capital. Funnily enough, my visit to Athens coincided with Greek Orthodox Easter as well as a couple of other Public Holidays, which meant that there was…