MOMA PS1

This is my last Museum Adventure  from New York City. For now at least – who knows, maybe I’ll be back there one day. Like my previous adventure, in which I went to a museum in a Freight Elevator, this one also takes place in an usual space: a former school building (hence PS1, which…

Mmuseumm: A very unusual Museum

The first thing I do when I know I’m going on holiday is to hit the internet and the guide books to find the unusual, the hidden and the odder museums where I’m visiting. In this crop of adventures in New York City I have already told you about the Houdini Museum, and Teddy Roosevelt’s Birthplace…

Brooklyn Museum

I had an idea of what to expect from the Brooklyn Museum, but only an idea mind you. I first came across this museum in a book. Alas, not one I’ve gotten around to looking at for my Museums and Books series of posts, but a book nonetheless. It was in the first of Rick…

Some things you might not know about Teddy Roosevelt…

…And his Birthplace Museum, which has been a functioning museum since the 1970s. If you don’t know what the building looks like, here’s a picture of it. Except, well, it isn’t. Not really anyway. It’s a recreation you see. A “70s recreation of a 20s house based on 60 year old memories” is how I…

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…

Here be dinosaurs: An adventure in the American Museum of Natural History

With the planetarium, dinosaurs and diorama galore (as well as a starring role in the Night at the Museum franchise) I was expecting big things from the American Museum of Natural History. That’s Big Things both metaphorical and literal, and you know what? I wasn’t disappointed. It was early on a grey autumn morning, with…

Gawping at the Guggenheim

After the stately Frick and the monolitic Met, the next stage of our grand adventure around New York City’s museums took us slightly further up 5th Avenue so we could goggle at the Guggenheim. According to the guidebook, the Guggenheim was a controversial building when it first opened in 1959 and it’s clear that the…

A Walk around The Met

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is officially the Big Daddy of museums. In terms of sheer size, it is absolutely massive. “You’ll need a whole day for the Met” my well-meaning friends warned me as I told them of my intention to explore ever nook and cranny this vast treasure trove had to offer….

Putting on the Frick

The very first museum I explored on my trip to New York City is a bit of an odd one, an historic house kind of museum that’s not overly old at all but has some surprising secrets. Built in 1913-1914, the house that was to become The Frick Collection was still the residence of steel…