Call Me, Maybe?

I was in Budapest again back in December. I have already visited quite a few museums in Budapest, but I yet to visit the Hungarian capital’s Telephone Museum. Not from want of trying, mind you. Last time I was in the city, it took me so long to track it down that it closed for the…

Museum Mannequins: An everyday Adventure in Museum Education

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of museum mannequins. Long term readers of this blog will be familiar with my fondness for these plastic people, as would anyone who follows my Instagram feed. Mannequins can be a useful tool for interpretation in museums, especially when it comes to demonstrating how costumes would have…

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…

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…

An Adventure in the Hungarian National Museum

With its columns and pediment in the neo-classical style, you would be forgiven if, at first site, you thought this is the museum where I spend most of my time but this isn’t that museum. Rather, it’s the Hungarian National Museum, or for those practising their language skills, the Magyar Nemzeti Muzeum. Purpose built in 1847,…

The Fun in Funeral

It’s a universal fact of life that people are weird about death. It comes to all of us, and yet is always such a surprise – do we all secretly think that we’re immortal? A culture’s funeral rites are always very telling, just think about how much we can learn about the Egyptians through mummification, it reveals so…

Going Underground in Budapest

Every great city has its network of subterranean railways to help the inhabitants get from point a to point b. London has her Tube with its famous map and iconic roundel, New York her  almost incomprehensible subway and Paris has her elegant Metro system. It’s a well-known fact that the London Underground is the oldest of…

St Bartholomew’s Museum

It’s not secret that I’m fond of a hidden museum; those fascinating little places, little nooks and crannies hiding all sorts of stories that often get overlooked. I’ve already visited one museum in St Bart’s hospital, the wonderful Pathology Museum which has an interesting little exhibition all about things found in people… but what you might…

#MuseumSelfie Day – a look back

It was the camera-shutter-sound-they-insist-on-equipping-phones-with-now heard around the world. The indefatigable Museum Advocate Mar Dixon’s Museum Selfie Day  made a return yesterday, and that stats for the day speak for themselves. #MuseumSelfie @hashtracking 27000+ tweets 169,600,000+ impressions 13000+ contributors 57,600,000+ reach THANK YOU!! pic.twitter.com/5OyLQUwuLu — Mar (@MarDixon) January 22, 2015 With nearly 30 thousands tweets and…

The Houdini Museum

‘Houdini‘ is a name that still conjures up all sorts of sorcerous associations nearly 90 years after his death (31st October 1926). It is pretty safe to safe that Houdini is the second most famous magical Harry, after Potter of course – although Houdini gets bonus points for not being fictional… Despite being a native…

Museum Mannequins

Whenever two or more museum-folk strike up a conversation, it isn’t long until museum-mannequins are brought up. No matter what you do in a museum, you’ll have an opinion on them. And not just any opinion, a strong one. So strong in fact that if anyone disagrees with you then the only way to resolve…

Let’s Be ‘Aving You: Brighton’s Old Police Cells

Located in the basement of Brighton’s Town Hall, you would be forgiven for not noticing this tiny but fascinating little museum at first glance. Look a bit closer, make a note of the contact details and clear a space in your diary (for you have to pre-book a visit). Trust me, it’s worth the effort….