What's Your Favorite Museums and Where are They?

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  1. anng3
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    Sorry for the poor English in the title. Not sure how to edit. Anyway for me it's
    hard to choose one between Moma in NYC, Miro in Barcelona and Van Gogh in Amsterdam.
    Looking to go to the Guggenheim in Bilbao. Anyone been?
     
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    Victoria and Albert Museum in London
    Guggenheim in NYC
    Lower East Side Tenement Museum in NYC
     
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    It is probably unfair to name the Smithsonian, as it is really several museums. But since I am one of the contributors to the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef, currently in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, I might as well do a little shameless self-promotion. (I crocheted 20 pieces of "coral" for the exhibit.)

    I am also particularly fond of the Walters in Baltimore, especially for their manuscript rooms. And the British Museum, largely for the various archeological treasures there.
     
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    On a quirkier note, the relatively recent (opened last year) Music Museum in Phoenix is the sort of place where I can spend hours. Lots of instruments to look at and video clips to watch. I was there on opening day (just happened to be in town, largely to go to a baseball game) and I was actually glad it wasn't completed, as I didn't have enough time to see everything as it was.
     
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    I really enjoy every chance I have to visit London's British Museum. The breath and depth of the collections documenting mankind's development across time and geography is impressive and I don't think I can ever "see it all". The building itself is also beautiful... oh, and it's free. ;)
     
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    I had a great visit to the Field Museum in Chicago with my son a few years back. We both thought is was better than the Natural History Museums in New York and D.C.
     
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    If you're into surrealism, don't forget the relatively new Magritte museum in Brussels. Most of those listed above would be on my list as well -- and remember that virtually all London museums are free to enter!
     
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    I went to the Magritte museum in Brussels. I was a little disappointed. It was very dark which took away from the art, for me. I liked better the Museum of Musical Instruments. I loved the building and it was so cool standing in front of the different instruments with headphones on and being able to hear what the instruments sounded like. Brussels was a layover. I didn't expect much but between the Magritte museum, the Museum of Musical Instruments, all the Gold in the town square topped off with warm Belgium waffles with fresh strawberries and chocolate samples, I would definitely plan on going back.
     
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    The Louvre Paris
    The Metropolitan New York
    Fondation Maeght Saint-Paul de Vence, France
    The Hermitage Saint Petersburg

    Then there are hundreds more...:)
     
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    I'm in to aviation museums and here is a short list of the ones I like the most:
    • Imperial War Museum, Duxford, UK
    • RAF Museum Cosford, UK
    • Newark Air Museum, Winthorpe, UK
    • Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, UK
    • Aviodrome, Lelystad, the Netherlands
    • Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin, Germany
    • Norwegian Armed Forces Aircraft Collection, Gardermoen, Norway
    Since I've always been interested in the Viking Age, here are three viking museums:
    • The Viking Ship Museum, Oslo, Norway
    • The Jorvik Viking Centre, York, UK
    • Nordvegen Historiesenter, Karmøy, Norway
      (A hidden germ for people interested in the Viking Age. This museum is on the site where the first Norwegian king, Harald Fairhair, lived and ruled)
     
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    Locally in Southern CA I enjoy the Getty Museum http://www.getty.edu/museum/ especially for it's location on top of a hill overlooking LA and it's architecture.

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    Van Gogh Museum in AMS
     
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    I was rather disappointed by the Magritte museum, though on reflection, all the good stuff is elsewhere already, so maybe my expectations were too high. I really enjoyed the Museum of Ancient Art next door, though, and wish I'd spent less time at Magritte and more time there. Other faves: Alte Pinakothek, Munich; NGA; SFMoMA; Palace Museum Taipei. But there are so many of them.
     
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    Natural History in NY 81st & Central Park West
    Asia Society Museum 70th & Park Ave
    National History Museum, Bangkok Sanam Luang (get a guide on Wednesday mornings)
    Asian Art Museum in SF near city hall
     
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    Some of my faves:
    Met in NYC
    ANMH in NYC
    British Museum in London
    Egyptian Museum in Cairo
    National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City (just went there and I would highly recommend it!)
    Rjiksmuseum in Amsterdam
    Smithsonian in DC

    Open museums - not really museums, but they should be
    Forbidden City in Beijing
    Acropolis in Athens
    Temple of Karnak near Luxor
     
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    Tate Modern. Can't beat the price. Honorable mention: anything on the National Mall in DC.
     
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    British Museum, London
    Uffizi Gallery, Florence
    Air & Space, Washington DC
    California State Railroad Museum, Sacremento
    Reading (PA) Public Museum, they have a mummy! Childhood trips fueled my creativity.
     
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    2nd for the Air and Space in DC.
    Also the Museum of Natural History especially the Gem room.
     
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    Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Sydney, Australia- the 'convict' museum. You can search for any convict relatives in the database!
     
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    The John Soane Home on Lincoln's Inn Fields in London.
    A very idiosyncratic collection of architectural artifacts, sculptural fragments and memorabilia, at first it seems completely random and anarchistic, but actually Soane designed the building to highlight all the works in a wonderful way.​
    The Santa Giulia Museum in Brescia, Italy
    Built over Roman and medieval ruins, those sites are incorporated into the museum experience​
     
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