Category Archives: Museums

New Museum Post at LWON

My latest Museum Tourist item is over at the Last Word on Nothing. It’s about the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, right here in Washington, D.C. I visited with my friend Joanna last month. I’d actually been once before, … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Polar Museum

Tromsø is really far north. It’s a beautiful city centered on an island in northern Norway, about 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle. The Polar Museum in Tromsø, run by the University of Tromsø, has its focus even farther … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Jane Austen Centre

The Jane Austen Centre in Bath brought out my inner Scrooge. It seemed like a good idea to visit. Jane Austen wrote multiple books set in Bath, and the exhibit is about her time there. But I was disgruntled. I … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Polaria

Polaria in Tromsø, Norway, is the world’s northernmost aquarium. When you spend time in northern Norway, you see a lot of world’s northernmost things. The world’s northernmost brewery is around there somewhere. In Svalbard this April I took cash out … Continue reading

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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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