Browsing Category : Museums

The Surprising World of Roman Nyon


Roman Museum of Nyon, Musée romain de Nyon, Nyon, Switzerland As you walk around the museum, it is very striking to see just how intertwined the town’s Roman heritage is with its present.  Not only is the structure of the museum actually within the foundations of the Roman basilica, but many of the objects on display name the street that they…

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The Strange Past of Nyon Castle


Nyon Castle, Château de Nyon, Nyon, Switzerland On a dark and stormy afternoon, on the banks of Lake Geneva, the castle perched on the hill in Nyon looked imposing and cold.  The white walls and pointy turrets looked promising, and the thunderbolts that were shooting down all around us made it necessary that we take shelter there regardless. The castle’s…

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The Museum of the Awesome Mr Gulbenkian: Part One – From Ancient Egypt to China


Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal While America is littered with museums built around the varied collections of their millionaire founders, this sort of thing is much rarer in Europe.  The Armenian Calouste Gulbenkian, who made his fortune from oil, put his money to good use and amassed an amazing little collection of objects from across the ages which…

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Ancient Worlds in Stockholm Part Three: Egypt


…continued from Part Two… The Mediterranean Museum has a very fine Egyptian collection.  It contains objects which were brought to Sweden in the 1700s by merchants and seamen who collected pottery, amulets and papyrus as souvenirs.  In the 1800s, scientists and explorers traveled along the Nile and often donated objects to the Royal collection, as did the Consul General of…

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The Ancient World in Stockholm Part Two: Cyprus


…continued from Part One… Stockholm houses one of the largest archaeological collections from Cyprus.  This is in large part thanks to the excavations undertaken in 1927-1931 by the Swedish Cyprus Expedition.  They dug in about twenty locations and discovered material from the Stone Age to the Roman era.  The team were also notable for their scholarship in that they not…

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Ancient Worlds in Stockholm Part One: Greece & Rome


The Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden Clearly if a town has a museum dedicated to the ancient world, I’m there.  And I’ll probably be there for a long time.  And I was at the Mediterranean Museum for much longer than I expected –  and still didn’t see the entire collection.  I totally missed the Islamic section,…

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Finding Treasures in Kelvingrove in Glasgow


Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow, Scotland Standing majestically in the middle of lush greenery, the red-stone Kelvingrove Museum looks like a museum.  It opened in 1901 and and was refurbished in 2006, displaying its wide and varied collection thematically.  There are sections on stuffed animals, paintings, the Egyptians, Mackintosh… in short, it’s almost like an enlarged cabinet of curiosities, with a few…

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