Browsing Category : Museums

All Concept, No Knickers: a Trip to Marseille’s Mucem


Mucem: Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée, Marseille, France Sometimes, when you see that there is a really hyped museum, you can’t help but be carried away by the idea that it’s going to be great.  Then, when you’re somewhat disappointed, you walk away feeling kinda grumpy.  And, if you’re me,…

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Continuous Tradition, Evolving Style: Christian Art in Athens


Byzantine and Christian Museum, Βυζαντινό και Χριστιανικό Μουσείο, Athens, Greece Having attempted to write an ill-fated PhD dissertation on early Christian art, I have a somewhat difficult relationship with the subject.  One the one hand, I find the whole subject of creating a visual language for a new religion fascinating, and on the other hand I associate it with the…

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Swedes on the High Seas: the Maritime History of a Nation in Stockholm


Maritime Museum, Sjöhistoriska museet, Stockholm, Sweden Maritime history, and the way that people have used the sea for exploration and trade, is fascinating.  I never really got it until I visited the oh-so wonderful Maritime Museum in Amsterdam.  Since then, if there is a museum on the subject, I’m there. Unfortunately none of the ones I’ve visited since have really…

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Exquisite Ancient Worlds: Basel’s Ancient Art Collection


Museum of Ancient Art and Ludwig Collection, Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig, Basel, Switzerland Recently, Sister-Chickpea asked me why I’d never ended up writing up a post about the Basel Museum.  Honestly, it’s because I’ve had such a backlog of posts to write, I’d forgotten about it.  Then I found out that they were closing many of the galleries to…

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Roman Life in all its Forms in Lyon’s Lugdunum Museum


Lugdunum Museum, Lugdunum Musée, Lyon, France If you first approach the Lugdunum Museum from the base of the Roman Theatre, you may be struck by the bunker-like quality of the architecture.  Depending on your aesthetic sense, your heart may drop.  You may get a flashback to the days of the Cold War.  You may think, ‘Why?  O why?’ But don’t…

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Something For Everyone at Lyon’s Museum of Fine Art


Museum of Fine Arts, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon, France Knowing that Lyon is one of France’s most culturally significant towns, I had high hopes for its Museum of Fine Art. The museum is housed in an important former abbey, which has its origins in the 6th century.  In 1659, the abbess Anne de Chaulnes began construction of the Royal Abbey…

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Food Glorious Food: Vevey’s Alimentarium


Alimentarium, Vevey, Switzerland If I were to show you an outline drawing of a nest, with a mother bird bringing food to two little chicks, what would you think of? I grew up on Nestlé products – I drank Nesquik for breakfast, Nescafé was always in the kitchen cupboard and Milkybars were a special treat.  The little logo of the…

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