i went to the greek exhibit at the field museum. Saw the mask of agamemnon, the bust of Alexander, and a bunch of ancient weapons and fragments that have never left Greece before. I love going to the museum campus.
Most museums are far too large for the day tourist. I happen to live near DC, and I've gone to the National Gallery maybe a dozen times, always for a few hours, and I've still not seen half the works there.
The Smithsonians are all great, the Met is fantastic, the Louvre is incredible though I was in and out, I would really like to see the British Museum someday.
One of my favorite museums was the reliquary at Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. They have on display, along with Ali's sword and whiskers from the Prophet, a staff supposedly belonging to Moses (dated 5000 BCE or something according to the panel lol). But some of the relics must be real, and they have an aura of vast importance, especially with the live Quranic recitation that goes on 24/7 in that room.
>DC Spy museum, Air and Space, National Gallery. >other cities Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Solidarity Movement Museum in Gdansk, Naturhistorisches Museum/Natural History Museum in Vienna, London City Museum, Churchill War Rooms, Jewish History Museum in Vienna
>overrated/bad experiences Museum of American History in DC is mega-overrated, didn't enjoy the Imperial War Museum in London that much, every Holocaust museum besides the aforementioned Jewish Museum in Vienna has been pretty awful and the curators are breathing down my neck every second I spend in them, the Science Museum in London was way too kid-oriented and had signs apologising for having stuffed animal specimens (kek).
Louvre is king Naturkunde in Berlin has awesome atmosphere and structure, and you can't go wrong with dino skellies indeed Some rather minor exhibitions in my home country that had very good conceptual elements The Modern Art Museum in Strasbourg is also fantastic (picrelated)
>>561150 I'm a big fan of the Natural History museum in London and the National Military museum in Paris. A bit of an off the wall one is the alchemy museum in Prague, it's small, a bit silly and a bit out of the way, but it is generally not that busy and the staff really make an effort to chat and engage with you.
Wallace Collection is wierd. Like the displays have been like that since the doors opened and will be like that until it's no longer open to the public. Looking at a cool thing, finding it's number , going to a shelf at the other end of the room, picking up a physical book and reading the description in there, rather than on an ipad or a board in the cabinets themselves is just odd in the 21st century.
Not to mention the entire building just screams "you shouldn't be here peasant!".
>>561150 I love any exhibit of ancient Mesopotamian stuff. It always blows my mind how sophisticated a civilization they were. Especially the writing and carvings, unbelievable. The musculature on their bas reliefs is very lifelike, and the masses of banal data recorded on tablets speaks to the size of their bureaucracy (which is an impressive thing for such an ancient civilization).
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