Category Archives: Museums

So Many Fish

Ann Patchett has written several delightful novels. A few months ago I read Run. One character is a college student who is very serious about fish and works at the Harvard Natural History Museum. He takes a small relative down … Continue reading

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Float On, Jellyfish

The local science writers’ group organizes a lot of cool events. Last weekend some of us spent a morning in Baltimore, checking out the jellyfish exhibit at the National Aquarium and touring a NOAA ship. I might write about the … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Charles Dickens Museum

Nowadays, most people’s encounter with Charles Dickens is probably not a voluntary one. I first had to read him in college, when Bleak House was assigned for a class in 19th century fiction. I don’t know that I would have … Continue reading

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My Taste is Amazing

I was watching the first Harry Potter movie the other day–those kids got a lot better at acting as they got older–and noticed two pieces of art that I’ve seen and blogged about in the last year. The chess set … Continue reading

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Sumatran Tiger Cubs are as Cute as You’d Imagine

This was my plan for Monday: Read up on a subject I haven’t covered in a while. This is what actually happened: I was starting on my stack of reading when I saw a post from the local blog DCist … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum

About a year ago, a friend and I stopped by Leadville on the way back to Denver from a wedding in the western part of Colorado. We chose Leadville in part because it’s at 10,152 feet and it’s not every … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Zeppelin Museum, again

This year I visited dozens of museums. The Zeppelin Museum, in Friedrichshaven, Germany, was one of my favorites. If this sounds familiar, that’s because I wrote about it in March. Its centerpiece is a full-sized mock-up of a section of … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Neues Museum

One of the main attractions in Berlin is the Museumsinsel (Museum Island) in the center of town. It’s about halfway between the Brandenburg Gate and Alexanderplatz, two landmarks of the former East Germany. The island includes the Pergamon Museum, which … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Slovak National Museum

In the spring of 2011, I managed to hit up three natural history museums in about two weeks: Prague, Vienna, and Slovakia. Prague’s was a delightful old hulk of a building, filled with rows and rows of cases and labels … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Musée national du Moyen Âge

Usually I write about museums with some kind of science component. But let me tell you about the Musée national du Moyen Âge – the museum of the Middle Ages in Paris. You know those tapestries with the lady and the … Continue reading

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