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…

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…

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…

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…

All Hallows Crypt Museum

The word “crypt” is a favourite of mine. Not only does it conjure up a whole heap of images, it’s also really good for playing hangman (check out that lack of vowels!). The Museum Adventure I’m writing about today is a very fitting one. Today (the day it has been posted) is All Hallows Day – the…

Creepy Dolls and Famous Puppets: Pollock’s Toy Museum

Clunk, clunk, ka-ching went the old-fashioned till in the old fashioned store-front of this charmingly old-fashioned toy-shop-cum-museum. It was a very satisfying sound; those heavy clunks followed by the ringing ka-ching. Pollock’s Toy Museum, however is more than just an old fashioned till (even though the til was a really nice way to start this visit)….

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….

Ich bin ein Berliner

“Ich bin ein Bear-liner” said JFK in his famous address to the people of the Ursus-loving German city on June 26th, 1963. No, really it’s what he said. It’s on the cue-card and everything. It’s funny but this little four word phrase has become one of the most famous quotations from the last century. Ever….

Museum Blindenwerkstatt Otto Weidt

The name of this museum gives very little away. Usually museums are very literal beings, usually you know what you’re going to get with a Natural History Museum or even a Marzipan Museum. I realise there are some exceptions to this general rule and this and the Workshop for the Blind Museum (thank you google translate)…

Victorian Punch

Twilight was starting to set in as I made my way through picturesque Kensington, looking for yet another one of London’s secret museums. I was on the lookout for the little known 18 Stafford Terrace -the family seat of the Sambourne clan- which for the first time in its history was putting on a special event for…

Best of the Wurst

“More than just a sausage, it’ one of life’s experiences” reads the legend on the wall of Berlin’s legendary Currywurst Museum, proudly proclaiming their passion for their favourite food. The whole idea of a museum entirely dedicated to food made me curious (as well as a little bit peckish) because we don’t really have them in…