What are your favorite museums?

This list is amazing, Emily! Thanks for taking the time to post (even through the new user restrictions)! The propaganda poster museum looks especially fascinating.

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Some of the most memorable museums I visited while I was traveling across Europe a few years back were in Brussels. Quite interesting since I only had less than 24 hours there.

  1. The Musical Instrument Museum
    The building itself already looks fascinating from the outside.
  2. Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
  3. The Belgian Centre for Comic Strip Art
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Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum in Florida was such a trip visiting it as a kid.

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I love this thread! Thanks for sharing your lists!
Since I’m a sociologist of science located in Switzerland, most of my favourite museums deal with the history of science, technology, industry in Europe.
My favourites are mostly hunting and natural history museums full of daxidermy animals (the creepier the better), but also all kind of small “special museums”, no matter whether they are related to sewing machines, chemistry or artificial fruit.

If you want you can check my marked places on google-maps, that is updated almost on a dailly base: https://goo.gl/maps/MCkiEM7fjwF2

Some of my all time favourites (that are also on A.O.) are:
“Museum of fishing and hunting” Munich
“Museo della Frutta” (Torino)(sheer beauty)
“Gewerbemuseum” Winterthur (CH) (a large collection of materials and artificial colors and dyes)
“Pharmaziehistorisches Museum” der Universität Basel
“Hessisches Landesmuseum” (Darmstadt) (the zoological part)
“Bird Hall of Bamberg Natural History Museum”
“Tropenmuseum” Amsterdam
“Boerhaave Museum” Leiden
“Micropia” Amsterdam

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One of the more unexpected but wonderful museums we found is the Gustavianum Museum in Uppsala, Sweden. https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/gustavianum-museum
Weirdly eclectic with a creepy anatomical theater and a whole exhibit of Egyptian artifacts. There’s a large curiosity cabinet that is pretty amazing! We spent hours here.

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Oh wow. Not only do I love discovering things in the Atlas database (which I still do, even after more than five years working here), that operating theater looks incredible!

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This is an awesome list! Thank you for sharing!

isla negra in chile. the famed poet pablo neruda and his wife are buried there, but the exceptional collection of wooden carved boat prows and shells from his time abroad as an overseas diplomat makes for an amazing roam around the rooms where he used to draw inspiration. there’s also a huge glass bottle collection. although there are three pablo neruda houses in chile to visit, this remains my all time favorite, decades later!

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So many but amongst my favourites are the archaeological museums in Naples and Pula and Museum of Naiive Art in Zagreb. The Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb is unique. The Medieval Crime and Justice Museum in Rothenberg, Germany, was compelling. Liked the Louvre but not the crowds! Several in Venice are lovely. Really liked the Slovenia Alpine Museum.

My museum tastes are usually lesser known and unique except many in Rome including Borghese, Capitoline and Etruscan museums. The war museum in Dubrovnik was incredibly moving.

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I wholeheartedly agree. We stumbled on this museum on our way back to Texas from the Henry Ford and Greenfield Village complex. I suggested we stop and stretch our legs a while. Four hours later we as we were leaving, we all decided this would be a destination on our next road trip to the midwest.

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I love to visit City Museum 911 Museum, well online booking is the best way to reserve tickets 911 Museum because in the end time I never ever found tickets of this museum, so I mostly bought my tickets from Florida Ticket Station Coupons.

One of my favorites:




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Don’t know.
But a couple worth pointing out.
Århus gamle by (old city
https://www.dengamleby.dk/en/den-gamle-by/
Museum made up of houses and buildings from around Denmark from the 1500’s up to the 1970’s

The National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton Ohio
Worth noting it contains almost all of the former Air Force one planes and helicopters
https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil

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The Museum of Russian Art, a fabulous and unique museum in Minneapolis. It’s been a family tradition for years to visit around Christmas to also stop by their gift shop and great collection of hand carved Russian Santas available around the holidays.

The museum has outstanding temporary exhibitions - past examples have included Faberge, lacquer boxes, matryoshkas, Soviet-era paintings, multiple exhibits on the Romanovs, and many more.

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Hand-carved Russian Santas are all I want for Christmas from now on.

Ted Degrazia’s Gallery in the Sun in Tucson is simply amazing.

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It is the only WWI museum in the states!

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The Louvre, Paris

I just recently took a trip out to California to visit the Getty Villa, which has been a wish of mine since I found out about it. The museum is stunning and their current exhibit focusing on finds from the Villa of the Papyri is fantastic. Getting to see things like the Isidora Portrait in person and being able to finally examine from all angles some of the busts I’ve only seen online, was an amazing opportunity. If I lived out there I’d be at the museum all the time.

The Vesunna Museum in Perigeaux, France was also an awesome experience. They have built the museum over the top of the excavated ruins of the town, so you can walk through and see frescoes in situ and get a feel for how things were laid out. Everything was in French, with no English translations, but a real time visual translator on my phone took care of most of that for us.

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I’d mentioned these under their respective AO links, but it might be worth linking them here as well: