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  • TheSaint 1 Dec 2011 14:14:22 14,303 posts
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    Just reading this article on the BBC website and it got me thinking about all the good museums we have in the UK ,on our doorstep in Europe and in major cities around the world.

    Obviously you have the usual suspects like the British, Science and Natural History museums, but does anyone have any other museums they would recommend around the world?

    My votes would have to be:

    The Vatican Museum in Rome. Always impressive to see a museum with more stuff stolen from other countries than The British Museum.

    The Smithsonian Museums in Washington - All free and covering any interest you could possible have from animals at the Washington Zoo to the Air and Space museum. The Museum of American life was particularly good.
  • billythekid 1 Dec 2011 14:17:55 11,107 posts
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    Slough museum
  • mal 1 Dec 2011 14:21:55 22,456 posts
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    V&A all the way.

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  • Fab4 1 Dec 2011 14:23:45 5,993 posts
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    Australian War Memorial in Canberra. If you don't come out of there with a lump in your throat then you aren't human.

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  • MrTomFTW Moderator 1 Dec 2011 14:23:51 37,833 posts
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    Natural history museum in New York is great. Really enjoyed my visit. Lots of Egyptian stuff and dinosaur skeletons.

    More locally speaking the new Liverpool tate is pretty awesome too.

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  • billythekid 1 Dec 2011 14:24:29 11,107 posts
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    There's a penis museum in Iceland apparently.
  • Kosmoz 1 Dec 2011 14:24:30 7,666 posts
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    Cadbury World. Does that count?

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  • Fab4 1 Dec 2011 14:29:16 5,993 posts
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    And the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm. Which is also very close to the excellent Vasa Museum and Pippi Longstocking Land :D
  • TheSaint 1 Dec 2011 14:38:09 14,303 posts
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    I forgot about the Vasa Museum, that was very impressive. The other one nearby where they had moved historic buildings from all over Sweden was good as well.
  • roz123 1 Dec 2011 14:44:31 7,112 posts
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    Favourite, got to be the British Museum because its free, 30 mins away and its got some amazing stuff.

    Oddest one I have been to is Auschwitz.
    Coolest, Alcatraz.
    Special mention, Cliffs of Dover
  • billythekid 1 Dec 2011 14:49:50 11,107 posts
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    I haven't been there since I was at school but I remember the Beaulieu Motor Museum being pretty awesome. I may have to plan a trip there again actually.
  • Kosmoz 1 Dec 2011 14:56:00 7,666 posts
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    roz123 wrote:
    Coolest, Alcatraz.
    Alcatraz is one of the best places I've ever been, it's amazing. Everyone should go and get the audio tour.

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  • Deleted user 1 December 2011 14:58:45
    The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is very good but sadly only a single wing is currently open. The works of Vermeer and Rembrandt are the star attractions. It is rather expensive however for what is currently a small museum.

    The National Museum of Ireland in Dublin is pretty good and is free. The collection of prehistoric and Celtic artefacts is extensive. The Viking and Medieval collections are also very good.

    The Chester Beatty Library (also free) in Dublin is supposedly one of the best in Europe according to Lonely Planet.

    Edited by zm26 at 15:01:31 01-12-2011
  • TheSaint 1 Dec 2011 15:01:11 14,303 posts
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    Kosmoz wrote:
    roz123 wrote:
    Coolest, Alcatraz.
    Alcatraz is one of the best places I've ever been, it's amazing. Everyone should go and get the audio tour.
    I really liked how everyone using the headphones made it really quiet and added to the atmosphere. Until some idiot forgot they were wearing them and started yelling at their kids across the room.
  • Nanocrystal 1 Dec 2011 15:01:40 1,013 posts
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    Longstanton Spice Museum

    EDIT: Seriously, another vote for Alcatraz. Just amazing.

    Edited by Nanocrystal at 15:03:08 01-12-2011
  • Weebleboy 1 Dec 2011 15:16:53 368 posts
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    The http://www.apartheidmuseum.org/ in Johannesburg is stunning, but not exactly a 'party' destination.
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  • boo 1 Dec 2011 15:29:15 11,752 posts
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    Guggenheim Museum, New York

    Building : 11/10
    Contents : 0.5/10

    Natural History Museum gets 9/10 just for the Blue Whale!

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  • Destria 1 Dec 2011 15:31:12 2,823 posts
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    There's a Matchbox Museum in Tomar, Portugal. Thousands of matchboxes...

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  • henro_ben 1 Dec 2011 15:35:02 2,215 posts
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    I used to love the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford - full of all the junk various Don's had sent back over the years.

    Sadly, from the website it looks like they've actually cleaned it up & organised it. It used to be like exploring a very strange old attic, sort of dim & dingy but filled with many curious and inexplicable objects.
  • terminalterror 1 Dec 2011 16:03:27 18,937 posts
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    TheSaint wrote:
    The Vatican Museum in Rome. Always impressive to see a museum with more stuff stolen from other countries than The British Museum.
    I really enjoyed the Vatican Museums in Rome, but the overall impression I ended up with was overwhelming saturation. There is just so much impressive stuff in there that the total effect is less than the sum of its parts. The particularly applies to the Sistine Chapel, which is just rammed full of tourists, many disobeying the "no photos, no talking" instructions.

    My absolute favourite in the world is the Galleria Borghese, which is more a small gallery than a museum, but is well worth going to if you are ever in Rome. Its collection comes from a similar method to the Vatican Museums, in that it is Papally plundered older art alongside contemporary (for its time) commissions from greatest Italian artists.

    Where it differs from the Vatican Museums is in their approach to the visitor experience. Whilst the Vatican Museums cram as many people in as can fit, entry to the Galleria Borghese is strictly limited to just 360 people every 2 hours (which you need to book in advance), and you have to check your bags and cameras. This means you have a relaxed, uncrowded experience to appreciate the art, without anybody taking photos to interrupt you (similarly, without the urge to take photos yourself to interrupt you). It also helps keep their collection beautifully preserved, and means that a lot of it is left totally exposed to you, in a way that would never be possible in most museums.

    It isn’t very big, but it has hands down the finest collection of art I’ve ever seen. The Bernini statues are the highlight and are truly spectacular, but everything there is fantastic (including a room full of Caravaggio paintings). It also has wonderful tromp l’oeil paintings on the ceilings and walls.
  • TheSaint 1 Dec 2011 16:34:21 14,303 posts
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    Sounds good, haven't been to Rome for years so might be time for another trip.
  • TechnoHippy 1 Dec 2011 17:20:07 14,707 posts
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    Bovington Tank Museum - does exactly what it says on the tin :-)

    It also has a King Tiger which is a beautiful piece of machinary.

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  • Deckard1 1 Dec 2011 17:37:53 27,706 posts
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    Beamish Museum. Its magical. Like a window in to the past.

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  • Rusty_M 1 Dec 2011 18:51:40 4,648 posts
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    My least favorite was the wire museum I went to in Germany.

    I liked aboa vetus and the old town in Turku, Finland.

    I love edinburghs national museum of Scotland and the museum of childhood.

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  • Kosmoz 1 Dec 2011 19:21:47 7,666 posts
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