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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: 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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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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Museum Tourist: Computer History Museum

It’s so easy to imagine the wrong kind of computer history museum. I imagine a warehouse of old computers, each with a label giving its technical specifications and production date, where aged computer users can gather to reminisce about that … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

This weekend the National Association of Science Writers held its annual meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina. This is a great event–there’s a full day of professional development, plus hundreds of science writers to socialize with and learn from. Saturday night … Continue reading

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