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...how many museums and galleries of the world I've been to?
I'll try to remember to add to this as I go along (and when I inevitably remember more I've been to)

So here goes, off the top of my head:






GB + EIRE:
Natural History Museum (London)
British Museum (London)
Wellcome Collection (London)
National Gallery (London)
Tate Modern (London)
Tate Britain (London)
Museum of London (er...)
Victoria and Albert Museum (London)
Design Museum (London)
Whitechapel Gallery (London)
Science Museum (London)
Viktor Wynd Gallery (London)
Tower of London (er...)
Gordon Museum, Guy's Hospital (London)
Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret, Guy's Hospital (London)
Florence Nightingale Museum, St Thomas' Hospital (London)
St Bartholomew's Pathology Museum, (London)
Hunterian Collection, Royal College of Surgeons (London)
The Royal London Museum, Royal London Hospital (London)
St George's Pathology Museum, Tooting (London)
Saatchi Gallery (London, when it was on the South Bank)
Kew Gardens (Kew)
Kew Bridge Steam Museum (Kew)
Ashmolean (Oxford)
Pitt Rivers Collection (Oxford)
Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Oxford)
University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Cambridge)
University Museum of Zoology (Cambridge)
Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences (Cambridge)
Natural History Museum at Tring (Tring)
Bletchley Park (Milton Keynes)
National Museum of Computing (Milton Keynes)
The Manchester Museum (Manchester)
Manchester Town Hall (Manchester)
The Booth Museum (Brighton)
Brighton Royal Pavilion (Brighton)
Brighton Museum and Art Gallery (Brighton)
Scottish National Portrait Gallery (Edinburgh)
Scottish National Gallery (Edinburgh)
Whitby Museum (Whitby)
Natural History Museum, National Museum of Ireland (Dublin)
St Michan's Crypt (Dublin)
M Shed, formerly Bristol Industrial Museum (Bristol)
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery (Bristol)
Blaise Castle (Bristol)
Arnolfini (Bristol)
Leeds City Museum (Leeds)
Mottisfont Abbey (Romsey)
Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum (Salisbury)
Stonehenge Visitor Centre (Salisbury)
Alexander Keillor Museum (Avebury)
Museum of Witchcraft (Boscastle)
Tudor House Museum (Southampton)
Sea City Museum (Southampton)
Southampton City Art Gallery (Southampton)
Maritime Museum (when it was at the Wool House, Southampton)
Bargate Museum (Southampton)
Hawthorns Wildlife Centre (Southampton)
Royal Victoria Military Hospital (Netley, Southampton)
Eastleigh Museum (Eastleigh)
Winchester Cathedral (Winchester)
The Westgate Museum (Winchester)
City Museum (Winchester)
National Railway Museum (York)
Cardiff Castle (Cardiff)
Buckler's Hard (New Forest)
New Forest Centre (Lyndhurst)
Corfe Castle Museum (Corfe Castle)
Swanage Railway Museum (Corfe Castle)
Isle of Wight Studio Glass (Ventnor)
Botanical Gardens (Ventnor)

FRANCE:
Grande Gallerie de L'Evolution (Paris)
Musee de L'Anatomie Comparee et Paleontologie (Paris)
Catacombes de Paris (Paris)
Musee Galleria (when it was Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris)
Musee du Louvre (Paris)
Musée de la Mode et du Textile (Paris)
Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris)
Petit Palais, Musee de Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris (Paris)
Jardin des Plantes (Paris)

BELGIUM:
Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinee (Brussels)
Musee du Costume et de la Dentelle (Brussels)
Musee des Sciences Naturelles (Brussels - this is where the Bernissart iguanadons are, though I think I saw them someplace else at the time - I went here too)
Musee Bruxelloise de la Geuze (Brewery Cantillon - Brussels)
Musee d'Art Ancien (Brussels - good Bosch collection)
Musee Royal de L'Afrique Centrale (in it's previous incarnation as the Imperial Museum of the Congo - Tervuren)

GERMANY:
Museum Fur Naturkunde (Berlin)
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedachtniskirke (Berlin)
Spreewaldmuseum (Lubbenau)

SPAIN:
Sagrada Familia (Barcelona)
Museu de Ciencias Naturales (Barcelona)

CANADA:
Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto)

ITALY:
Museo "La Specola" (Florence, for Susini's anatomical waxes)
Galleria degli Uffizi (Florence)

JAPAN:
Ota Memorial Museum of Art, Ukiyo-E Museum, Shibuya(Tokyo)
Japanese Sword Museum, Shibuya (Tokyo)
Meiji Shrine/Meiji Jingu, Shibuya (Tokyo)
Asukasa Kannon (Kamakura)

POLAND:
Natural History Museum of the Białowieża National Park (Białowieża Forest)



EDIT TO ADD:

Museum of costume and lacemaking, Brussels

Museum of Witchcraft, Boscastle

Museum of Toys, somewhere in cornwall?

Museum of Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

Berlin Medizinhistorisches Museum, Berlin

Horniman Collection, Forest Hill, London





and for the record, the wish-list:



Musee Fragonard (Maisons-Alfort)
Musee Orfila (Paris)
Smithsonian Institute (Washington D.C.)
Museo del Prado (Madrid)
State Hermitage Museum (St Petersburg)
Morbid Anatomy Library (San Francisco)
National Museum of Nature and Science (Tokyo)





Where do YOU think I should go?



(no subject)

Date: 2013-01-17 10:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gnommi.livejournal.com
OK suggestions so far!

Steve: The Horniman Museum in Forest Hill

(no subject)

Date: 2013-01-17 10:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gnommi.livejournal.com
Steve again: House of Marbles, Devon

(no subject)

Date: 2013-01-18 10:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nmg.livejournal.com
It's not actually very good...

(no subject)

Date: 2013-01-18 10:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nmg.livejournal.com
They have a really cool marble run on the inside walls of their large hall (about 15m x 5m, using snooker balls), but the rest is just dull. Not a bad cafe, from what I remember.

There were some other Devon 'attractions' (I use the term advisedly) that I just couldn't bring myself to visit, chiefly this one.

(no subject)

Date: 2013-01-18 11:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gnommi.livejournal.com
OK I actually laughed out loud there. That guy...

(no subject)

Date: 2013-01-18 12:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gnommi.livejournal.com
any advice on the post-doc application problem, incidentally? see comments to previous post

(no subject)

Date: 2013-01-18 12:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nmg.livejournal.com
Alas, at a complete loss there. I agree with Clare's summary of your ex-PI and ex-supervisor.

(no subject)

Date: 2013-01-18 12:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gnommi.livejournal.com
The PI is the senior postdoc from the lab I worked in at CRUK, I never directly worked with him at all, and he never saw my project. He's the PI for the last postdoc I applied for - was gonna apply for a more recent one with that group but am severely reticent about working for/with him - even if he did take me on, which he won't, even if I am the most qualified candidate.

My ex-supervisor is somewhat tongue in cheek, but he has still been extremely disinterested in my career since I went back to diagnostics. We get on fine socially, and I think part of the problem is that he himself has given up on academia to retire to the country and is severely disillusioned himself now.
I just wish he'd give it to me straight - if I my PhD/publication record is not up to scratch to get a postdoc, then I may as well not waste my time! If it is up to scratch then I am clearly not presenting it well enough and I need help!

Ugh.

(no subject)

Date: 2013-01-18 08:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] major-clanger.livejournal.com
In London:

Geffrye Museum (Shoreditch) - history of the home
V&A Museum of Childhood (Bethnal Green) - guaranteed you will say "I used to play with that!" at least once
Museum of London Docklands (West India Quay)
HMS Belfast (Tower Bridge) - see the inside of a warship
Soane Museum (Holborn) - what happens when you spend your life collecting art and antiquities

(no subject)

Date: 2013-01-18 10:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gnommi.livejournal.com
Ooh, I forgot about the Soane... I've been past the Geffreye many times and just never managed to have time to get off the bus and go, should really get on it. Am definitely going to try the Horniman, was going to try to go today, but yunno, snooooooow.
HMS Belfast sounds pretty cool too, though I wonder if I went there as a child - either way I don't remember much about it.

(no subject)

Date: 2013-01-18 10:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nmg.livejournal.com
I'm tempted to give you a big list of aero museums, some local:

IWM Duxford
RAF Museum Cosford
Solent Sky
Tangmere Military Aviation Museum, Chichester
RAF Museum Hendon
Fleet Air Arm Museum

Of course, sheds full of things that used to be able to fly might not be your thing...

There are also some cracking military museums around:

Tank Museum in Bovington (obv)
Imperial War Museum (double obv)
Regimental museums in Winchester (esp the Gurkha)

(no subject)

Date: 2013-01-18 11:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gnommi.livejournal.com
Yeah I know, I can't believe I haven't been to Solent Sky either! I only learned of it's existence about a month ago, which means that publicity must be pretty dire as I've lived in and extensively explored Southampton for over 20 years! I think I've probably been to Bovington, though certainly was Small at the time. Never saw the attraction of the Regimental Museum, nor military museums in general - more interested in tech than people trained in killing each other, so to speak.
Edited Date: 2013-01-18 11:10 am (UTC)

(no subject)

Date: 2013-01-18 11:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nmg.livejournal.com
Solent Sky has the only surviving SR.A/1, plus a Short Sandringham that you can go inside.

(no subject)

Date: 2013-01-18 11:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nmg.livejournal.com
I generally agree with you re: military museums, but the Gurkha Museum is rather more culturally interesting than most. Also has a couple of interesting artefacts that they make surprisingly little of (for example, a single Vickers machine gun with battle honours from Ypres, the Burmese campaign in WWII and the post-war Malayan Emergency).

(no subject)

Date: 2013-01-22 10:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] davywavy.livejournal.com
You haven't done the Soane museum? Blimey.

(no subject)

Date: 2013-03-05 06:57 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Munich, Germany, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deutsches_Museum -- Huge, simply huge. Having time for rather plain but rarely exhibited stuff will be good. Plan two or three days.



(no subject)

Date: 2013-07-06 03:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gnommi.livejournal.com
Right, that is totally on the list!

(no subject)

Date: 2013-07-07 07:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tinkll1.livejournal.com
Surely, you must have gone to the Imperial War Museum? You had to have gone to the Imperial War Museum. As you read this, a team of commandoes is on its way to your domicile to carry you off to the Imperial War Museum!

And, you must have been to Duxford, the location of the IWM's aircraft collection.

And, you must never have been to the United States. We're loaded with worthy choices, beginning in Chicago, where a 74 Squadron Spitfire and a Ju 87 Stuka hang from the ceiling of the Museum of Science and Industry, and where an actual U-boat can be toured!

Yes, you must come to the United States, to the west coast, to Orange County, that notorious headquarters of the Real Housewives, where every shopping mall is a living museum, where the local display of plastic surgery and the losing battle between tired collagen and gravity is slowly being lost to the dismay of those searching for eternal youth. You will really relish Southampton after Newport Beach, and a Queen Mary is not far away, marooned forever, in Long Beach.... a sad fate for maritime royalty.

(no subject)

Date: 2013-07-07 02:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gnommi.livejournal.com
I have been to the IWM, I worked at St Thomas' for a while and it's not far from there. Not sure how I left that out... I confess, though, that I'm not a fan of much war-related: well, other than from an engineering standpoint, which is another matter entirely... War stuff makes me a bit despairing about humanity sometimes! There's a hall of aviation here in Southampton which I am embarrassed to say I've never been to. See comments from my good friend [livejournal.com profile] nmg above, he is pretty shocked too. (Sorry Nick! You'll just have to take me there when/if you take the family).

As for the States: I've been to New Orleans and very briefly to Detroit, but New Orleans was for a dermatology conference and I didn't see much of it beyond conference centre and a few bars! Managed to make it out into the swamps but that was pretty much it. Due to go to SF in the not-too-distant future. Ha and yes, malls! That reminds me we went to Minneapolis/St Pauls for a stopover on the way home and went to Mall of the Americas - TERRIFYING. It has the Camp Snoopy theme park with rollercoaster and full-grown forest pretty much inside it, like it's no big thing to have a theme park in a mall... Brrr!

Malls in Japan are pretty insane too - I went to Sunshine 60 in Ikebukuro, which had a Toyota dealership on some ludicrous floor level, and to some huge behemoth in Yokohama (Landmark Plaza under the Landmark Tower, I think). Mind you, most of Tokyo is Malled (mauled?) to within an inch of it's life!

(no subject)

Date: 2013-07-07 02:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tinkll1.livejournal.com
I read the comment by nmg after I had added my comment, and I was very impressed with his list. He looks like someone that you (and I) would probably have a good deal in common with. And he reminded me about Hendon, which I loved!

I've been to the Mall of the Americas and was a bit awestruck. Minneapolis/St. Paul, and Minnesota, in general... very nice people as a group, including a favorite, Garrison Keeler of NPR Prairie Home Companion Fame.

Tell me more about SF. My daughter lives across the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County, a favorite destination. SF is a fabulous city! And Northern California is probably my favorite spot in the states.

Watching Murray at Wimbledon, 6-4, 1-2, so far.

(no subject)

Date: 2013-07-07 03:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gnommi.livejournal.com
OK that's scary... If Murray wins it'll probably herald the end of days. Or was that Henman?

(no subject)

Date: 2013-07-07 05:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tinkll1.livejournal.com
He won, magnificently! The last time there was a British champion, I was 3 months old! Are the church bells ringing? Or was that the Armada?

(no subject)

Date: 2013-07-07 05:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gnommi.livejournal.com
A bit of both? I'm personally fearing the zombie apocalypse but in other quarters there are cautious celebrations. I think most of us just can't quite believe it yet...

(no subject)

Date: 2013-07-08 09:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nmg.livejournal.com
I have a very, very long list of US aerospace museums on my to-visit list. Probably enough for a three-month stay in the US, plus a few thousand miles travel around the continent.

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