Tuesday, November 8, 2011

#TTOT Round-Up: Museums

Every Tuesday, it's Travel Talk on Twitter! There are two scheduled sessions to join: 9:30am GMT and 9:30pm GMT. Follow the #TTOT hashtag on Twitter and join in on the fun!

Here's the round-up of this week's #TTOT on "Museums!"

Q1 via : What is the most unusual museum you've visited?
  • The Sedlec Ossuary or Bone Church in Kutná Hora, Czech Republic contains 40,000 to 70,000 skeletons
  • : The Doge Palace in Venice had a section on chastity belts that could have scared the devil herself! 
  • There was a miniature museum in Lyon, France with miniature scenes of human life in EXCRUCIATING tiny detail. It was pretty cool
  • : I walked by the Leprechaun Museum in Dublin
  • : The Mutter Museum in Philadelphia is pretty weird: A collection of anatomical oddities
  • The Umbrella Shop in Tasmania with a display of umbrellas used over the past 100 years
  • : Korea's largest penis park 

Q2 via : What's the most interesting museum to visit in your own "backyard"? Why?
  • : Ghost museum in Eyrarbakki in Iceland
  • : Roman Theatre Museum, Cartagena (Spain). one of the most surprising archaeological discoveries of the city 
  • : In Chicago not famous but should be.... The National Museum of Mexican Art.... and it's FREE
  • : Don't forget outdoor museums: UC Berkeley Botanical Garden & nearby Tilden Botanic Garden make for a fantastic day in the Bay Area
  • Haven't been yet but the Bondi Shark Museum could be interesting
  • The World Erotic Art Museum. It's incomparable, primal & fascinating

Q3 via : What's the coolest niche museum you've ever been to?
  • : One of our fave museums is the Tata Shoe Museum in Toronto... Egyptian reed sandals to Elton John glitter heels
  • : The torture museum in Cartagena is cool. Creepy, but cool
  • : The museum of Ham in Madrid
  • Coolest niche museum is the comic book museum in Brussels
  • : Coolest nitch museam - Voodoo Museam in New Orleans! Small but really cool
  • : Parasitological Museum in Tokyo was quite cool  

Q4 via What is the most impressive exhibit or item you've seen in a museum?
  • : Robert Capa's Leica, at Science Museum (London). He died with his camera in his left hand, killed by a landmine in Indochina War
  • : I just love the statue Victory at Samothrace aka Winged Victory in the Louvre
  • : Definitely the purple-marble bathtub at the Vatican (supposedly belonged to Emperor Nero)
  • : Slab of the Parthenon at the British Museum (should be returned to Athens)
  • : Seen Mona Lisa, dinosaurs, meteors, space crafts, Egyptology stuff, but most impressive was Terra Cotta army!
  • : The Lady of Shallot by Waterhouse at the Tate Gallery in London
  • : The Killing Fields museum in Cambodia
  • Forgot about the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit. They have the chair Lincoln was assassinated in and Edison's last breath in a tube 

Q5 via : Most valuable things a good museum must have?
  • : One night with late access. maybe till 10pm
  • Great museums have great signage, provenance, and explanations because we're all newbies compared to curators
  • FREE is always nice
  • Authenticity & atmosphere. Then add sights, sounds & space. Perfect!
  • : Mummies. And a coffee shop with those old time cakey donuts
  • : Not too many valuable things in one museum. I don't like a sensory overload! the Louvre is great but too much for me!
  • : A good coffee shop or bar even

And there you have it, "Museums"!  

Next week's #TTOT topic is: "Out of Your Comfort Zone." Submit your questions HERE! And don't forget to follow the #TTOT every Tuesday at 9:30am and 9:30pm GMT to chat about all things travel!

As always, a HUGE travel community thank you to our #TTOT hosts and organizers: traveldudes, , , , , , and !

Have YOU got anything to add to the Museum Travel discussion? 

© Connie Hum 2011

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