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…

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…

Desperately Seeking Walter

Walter Potter, Victorian eccentric and taxidermist extraordinaire has found himself back in the spotlight recently. His famously infamous collection of taxidermy tableaux (having been broken up and sold off a few years ago) now find itself –along with the man himself- the subject of a recently released book. Although I’m sure the PR and Marketing…

Land of Dead Giants

Before I get to the 23 metres long, 12 metre high brachiosaurus that towers over you in the Museum fur Naturekunde’s atrium like a supersized version of the Natural History Museum’s mascot Dippy,  I’m going to pause this adventure at the foyer. Hehe I said “pause”. Sorry that will make sense in a few seconds,…

In which the Adventurer visits a celebrity badger…

Taxidermy might, to some, represent all that is wrong with museums. Beautiful specimens are ripped from their natural habitat, stuffed and placed in a glass cabinet to be gawped at as they accumulate dust. To others, taxidermy can represent all the positive aspects too; the preservation of beautiful specimens.  A chance to see an animal…