Category Archives: Museum Tourist

Museum Tourist: National Gallery Dragon Tour

Two weekends ago the Washington Post ran a nice story about a docent at the National Gallery who is retired from the zoo and has created a “dragon tour” of the art. So last Wednesday I turned up at the … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Narvik War Museum

Sometimes museums that don’t teach you anything are fun. I thoroughly enjoyed my 2011 visit to the natural history museum in Prague, which specialized in pretty things in glass cases. We spent hours going around, looking at beautiful fossils, minerals, … Continue reading

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Whoa, That’s a Wolverine

I knew of wolverines as a North American animal, and an animal of northern places, but only because I knew they were the mascot of a university somewhere in the northern half of the U.S. Well, now I know they … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Cité de l’Espace

Toulouse is a lovely city in Southwestern France, known for its pink-tinged bricks, violets, and art museums. But it’s also a major center for air and space business and science. Airbus has its headquarters there. It was space science that … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Musée Saint-Raymond

People have been living in Toulouse for thousands of years. To learn about the slice of that history from a bit before the year 1 to a few hundred years after, I heartily recommend a stop at the Musée Saint-Raymond, … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Zeppelin Museum

A little earlier this year, I was in Switzerland for a couple of weeks. It wasn’t totally planned. Long story. Sometimes, in one’s life, one just ends up in Switzerland. (This was my sixth time there. Doesn’t that seem like … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Muséum de Toulouse

On Saturday I went to the Museum of Toulouse. The name might lead you to expect a museum about Toulouse, but you’d be wrong–it’s the natural history museum. It’s got lots of taxidermied animals and some rocks. It proves it … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Postmuseum Liechtenstein

The museum is about the size of a postage stamp. (Sorry, couldn’t help myself.) It’s so tiny, it closes for an hour at lunchtime. The permanent exhibit has, as you’d imagine, a lot of stamps, mounted on vertical drawers that you can pull out to survey all of Liechtenstein’s 101-year postal history, from the stamps of the 1910s that just had the head of the prince, to later ones with beautiful portraits of local wildlife. Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Conestoga Edition

If you’d asked me a few weeks ago, I would have thought that a Conestoga wagon was what the settlers took out West. Well, now I know that I would have been wrong. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Computer History Museum, cont.: Babbage Difference Engine

One of the coolest things in the Computer History Museum is from the depths of the past–or what passes for it, in computer history: the first half of the 19th century. Today regular old calculators can do logarithms. Then, if … Continue reading

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