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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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Chessmen of the Silver Screen

I love the British Museum. One of my favorite things there is the Lewis Chessmen. Once you know the Lewis Chessmen, apparently you see them everywhere. I wrote about them for The Last Word on Nothing. The Chessmen That Conquered … 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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Strange Times in Washington During the Government Shutdown

With so many friends out of work because of the government shutdown, it was hard to feel like I should be working the last 17 days–but I did, a lot. While I worked, strange things were going on. A heavily-used … 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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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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