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Old March 13th, 2008, 02:33 AM   #1
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A Museums thread...

Am surprised there isn't one. For both well and badly designed museums of course.

What prompted me to start this was I couldn't find an image of the terribly, terribly hideous looking modern museum of Salzburg, Austria. The one which seems to have like little stubs or cut-off roots on its black roof. It is really hideous when you see it.

But I couldn't find any. I guess it is so ugly that pictures of it are so scarce.
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Guggenheim Bilbao (one of the best 20th century buildings)




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Old March 22nd, 2008, 12:26 AM   #3
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To start with musuems in NYC, here is the set for Manhattan.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
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American Museum of Natural History and Hayden Planetirium
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Solomon R Guggenhiem Musuem
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MoMA
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MCNY
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ICP (uptown/midtown)
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Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum
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The Frick Collection
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NY Historical Society
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CMOM
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LES Tennament Museum
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New Museum of Contemporary Art
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Whitney Museum of Art
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Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace
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Hamilton Grange Ntl Monument
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Morris-Jumell Mansion
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Museum of the American Indian (former US Customs House)
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Skyscraper Museum
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Museum of Jewish Heritage
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American Folk Art Museum
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The Cloisters
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Mt Vernon Hotel Museum and Gardens
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South St Seaport Museum
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Federal Hall Ntl Memioral
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Fraunces Tavern and Museum
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Harlem Studio Museum
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NYC Fire Museum
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NYC Police Museum
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Museum of Sex
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Madam Tussaud's Times Sq Wax Museum
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The Museum of TV and Radio


Forbes Gallery


El Museo del Barrio
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Merchants House Museum
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Rubin Museum of Art
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JP Morgan Library and Museum
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Dyckman Farmhouse
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Jewish Museum (not to be confused with the Jewish Heritage Museum)


Japan Society of NY
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Asia Society of NY
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Ellis Island Museum (partially in NJ)
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Old March 22nd, 2008, 01:20 AM   #4
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Wow, TalB, thanks for the comprehensive portfolio of NY museums. It kinda makes me nostalgic. I didn't see half of those when I lived in NYC in the 70s and early 80s. Of course, half of those weren't established as the museums that they are today.

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Old March 22nd, 2008, 01:54 AM   #5
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London has over 300 museums, these are the biggest:

1. British Museum, the worlds greatest antiquities museum with 7 million exhibits:









2. The V & A, the worlds largest applied arts museum, 4 million exhibits

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3. Tate Modern, the worlds largest modern art gallery:














4. Natural History Museum and Wellcome Collection, the worlds largest collection of its type, an estimated 12 million exhibits:











5. National Gallery, the Greatest Hits of Western Art, 2300 paintings:



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6. Science Museum
Massive and one of the most popular attractions in the city, very interactive and modern






7. Tate Britain, the massive storehouse of British art, old and new



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8. Somerset House: Three museums in one, and a branch of The Hermitage housed in a former riverside palace






9. Royal Academy:
A private institution infamous for democratic art






10. Queens Gallery and Buckingham Palace showcase venue for the worlds largest private art collection, (1 million items)






With the exception of the last three all the museums are free

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Old March 22nd, 2008, 10:08 AM   #6
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I can't remember seeing a new good looking museum. You see, the Guggenheim Bilbao is one of the ugliest things I have ever seen. The fact that it was designed by Frank Gehry makes it even worse.
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Old March 22nd, 2008, 01:44 PM   #7
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Vienna

Museumsquartier:
http://www.mqw.at/
The Museumsquartier (MQ) is a 60,000 m² large area in the 7th district of the city of Vienna, Austria; it is the eighth largest cultural area in the world. The Museumsquartier contains Baroque buildings as well as Modern architecture.



MUMOK Museum Moderner Kunst (Museum of Modern Art)
http://www.mumok.at/




Leopold Museum
http://www.leopoldmuseum.org/
one of the largest collections of modern Austrian art, featuring artists such as Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka and Richard Gerstl.






Albertina
http://www.albertina.at/
It houses one of the largest and most important print room collections in the world with approximately 65,000 drawings and approximately 1 million old master prints, as well as more modern graphics works.




Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Art History)
http://www.khm.at/
The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, housed in its festive palatial building on Ringstraße, crowned with an octagonal dome, is one of the premier museums of fine arts and decorative arts in the world.





Naturhistorisches Museum (Natural History Museum Vienna )
http://www.nhm-wien.ac.at/



Technisches Museum (Vienna Technical Museum)
http://www.tmw.ac.at/


Österreichische Galerie Belvedere
http://www.belvedere.at/
is a museum housed in the Belvedere palace, in Vienna, Austria.
The art collection includes masterpieces from the Middle Ages and Baroque until the 21. century, though it focuses on Austrian painters from the Fin de Siècle and Art Nouveau period.




Liechtenstein Museum
http://www.liechtensteinmuseum.at/
The Liechtenstein Museum is in Vienna, Austria, named after the House of Liechtenstein, one of Europe's oldest noble families. The museum includes the Princely Collections containing important European works of art, forming one of the world's leading private art collections.





Heeresgeschichtliches Museum (Museum of military history vienna)
http://www.hgm.or.at/
It claims to be the oldest and largest purpose-built military history museum in the world. Its collection includes one of the world's largest collections of bronze cannon and focuses on Austrian military history from the 16th century to 1945.




Museum angewandte Kunst (Contemporary Art)
http://www.mak.at/
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 01:24 AM   #8
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The next set of NYC museums comes from Brooklyn.

The Brooklyn Museum of Art
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Brooklyn Historical Society
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Hudson Waterfront Museum
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Pieter Claeson Wyckoff House
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NY Transit Museum


Brooklyn Children's Museum
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Jewish Children's Museum


Hist Hunterfly Rd Houses
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Old March 24th, 2008, 01:16 AM   #9
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The next set of museums comes from Queens.

P. S. 1 (branch of MoMA)
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American Museum of the Moving Image


Noguchi Museum
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Queens Historical Society (Kingland Homestead)
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NY Hall of Science
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Queens Museum of Art
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Queens County Farm Museum
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Louis Armstrong House
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Kings Mansion
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Ft Totten
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Museum of African Art (will be moving to Manhattan around this year)


Creedmoor Living Museum
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@ Spliff Fairy. Great job too, thanks. But I have 2 questions and 1 comment:

1. I think London AND Paris must be equal in the # of museums AND the holdings of each.

2. Now about the National Gallery: wouldn't the Hermitage in St. Petersburg and/or the Louvre have about the same or MORE paintings? Also, it's not ABOUT quantity; it's QUALITY.

Finally, I think that Tate Modern is one of the coldest, ugliest, most forboding museums in the world. It looks like it belongs in Auschwitz or Treblinka. Never liked it.
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Old March 26th, 2008, 09:54 PM   #11
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The new extension of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto - Photo posted by Skybean (photographer unknown):

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NEW YORK - From the tall tower in Dubai to a contemporary art museum on New York's Lower East Side, noteworthy architecture is springing up around the globe. Conde Nast Traveler's April issue picks seven designs as the "new seven wonders of the architecture world." They are:

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-Cumulus, an exhibit hall at Danfoss Universe, a science and technology museum in Nordborg, Denmark. The building has an irregular roof, all curves and angles, like a bite taken out of a cloud.

-Burj Dubai, the world's tallest building, which is under construction in the Middle East and is already more than 1,700 feet tall. The final height is a secret but its developer, Emaar Properties, has previously said it will stop somewhere above 2,275 feet and will exceed 160 floors.

-London's new Wembley Stadium, which seats 90,000 with no obstructed sight lines. A massive 436-foot-tall, 1,000-foot-long single arch braces the retractable roof. The stadium will be a centerpiece of the 2012 Olympics.

-New Museum of Contemporary Art, designed to resemble an off-kilter stack of silvery rectangles, located on the Bowery on Manhattan's once-seedy, now-trendy Lower East Side.

-Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., a curved roof made from a patterned grid of glass and steel above shallow pools in the courtyard of the Old Patent Office Building, also known as the Reynolds Center and home to the American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.

-Red Ribbon, Tanghe River Park, in Qinhuangdao, China, about 180 miles east of Beijing, a steel bench that runs a third of a mile through a riverbank garden and ecological oasis.

-The Crystal, a controversial new entryway and exhibit space at Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum, whose sharp, even jagged angles have not been universally loved by the locals. It was designed by Daniel Libeskind.
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@ Spliff Fairy. Great job too, thanks. But I have 2 questions and 1 comment:

1. I think London AND Paris must be equal in the # of museums AND the holdings of each.

2. Now about the National Gallery: wouldn't the Hermitage in St. Petersburg and/or the Louvre have about the same or MORE paintings? Also, it's not ABOUT quantity; it's QUALITY.

Finally, I think that Tate Modern is one of the coldest, ugliest, most forboding museums in the world. It looks like it belongs in Auschwitz or Treblinka. Never liked it.
Yep, the whole point of the National Gallery is that it has cherry picked the masterpieces of Western art from every period pre 1900. By comparison the Louvre has 30,000 paintings compared to the National's paltry 2300, but theyre in the same league, considered some of the best Western paintings museums in the world - the others being the Hermitage, El Prado and the Met in NYC. The Louvre is considered with the best quality collection aswell as numbers.

The Hermitage has 3 million items in its collections, but of that it has a few thousand paintings. London's original Museum was of course the British Museum, but its massive collection was split into the British Library (6 million books), the National Gallery (2300 paintings), and the Natural History Museum (14 million exhibits). Recently the Wellcome Museum and the Commonwealth Collections rejoined the BM. It now has 7 million works remaining.

Londons other great collections are the V & A ( 4 million artworks), and the Royal Collection (1 million artworks). Propping all that up are 300 other art galleries and 300 museums, and stuffed to the eaves with art, 6 palaces and 5 cathedrals, and to a lesser extent, 4000 churches. The city has long been a global centre of the art trade, its also importantly been a global centre of thieving colonialism whereby it took in the glittering hordes from the greatest land empire ever, from the Parthenon Marbles to Tipoo Sultans Golden Throne, to the largest diamonds in the world taken from India and Africa and set into the Crown Jewels. In short its just one big bag of stolen booty.

PS I adore the Tate Modern.

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spliff!! a little Tate Modern humour you may get a kick out of!
An oldie, but a goodie!

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Now that I am back from that four day hiatus, here is the set of NYC museums in The Bronx.

Bronx Museum of Art
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Bronx Historical Society (former Valentine-Varian House)
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Van Cortland House Museum
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Bartow-Pell Mansion
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Edgar Allen Poe Cottage
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Hall of Fame for Famous Americans


City Island Historical Nautical Museum
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An oldie, but a goodie!


That is great! Says it all....



The Tate is littered with thse pieces of dodgy conceptualism - 100 bricks laid in a grid was infamously bought in the 1970s for £20,000 (and now worth 100x that). Some artist has also put some of his pieces on the floor that you are unsure whether is art - your footsteps on the metal chessboard-like pieces is part of it. I love taking my mates and hissing 'Noooo! Youre actually stepping ON the art!' then watch them freeze like a deer in headlights and that sudden look of horror.

I kid ye not, once the Tate had to repaint its walls and do a bit of building work in the galleries, and fencing them off with those single line barriers. What they got was thousands of people inspecting pots of paint, drying walls and builders tools. I dont know to this day whether it was an intentional joke by the builders/ curators/ artists or just one those accidental things that exposes modern art as the urinal it often is

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Athens' (Greece's Capital) New Acropolis Museum...





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for more info http://www.newacropolismuseum.gr/



Hellenic Cosmos...







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Evgenidou Planetarium

http://www.eugenfound.edu.gr/portal/...1/showdoc.html

Benaki's Museums

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The Tate is littered with thse pieces of dodgy conceptualism - 100 bricks laid in a grid was infamously bought in the 1970s for £20,000 (and now worth 100x that). Some artist has also put some of his pieces on the floor that you are unsure whether is art - your footsteps on the metal chessboard-like pieces is part of it. I love taking my mates and hissing 'Noooo! Youre actually stepping ON the art!' then watch them freeze like a deer in headlights and that sudden look of horror.

I kid ye not, once the Tate had to repaint its walls and do a bit of building work in the galleries, and fencing them off with those single line barriers. What they got was thousands of people inspecting pots of paint, drying walls and builders tools. I dont know to this day whether it was an intentional joke by the builders/ curators/ artists or just one those accidental things that exposes modern art as the urinal it often is
TOTALLY agree with you on this. Most of so-called 'modern art' is just merde.
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Some of the artists must have a good laugh... all the way to the bank.
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Guggenheim Bilbao (one of the best 20th century buildings)




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Museums in Amsterdam
A selection of museums in Amsterdam, virtually all of them are in or near the city center of Amsterdam.

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam / National Museum Amsterdam (only 1 wing is open now)



Stedelijk Museum / City Museum Amsterdam (currently open on a different location)



Van Gogh Museum
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Hermitage Amsterdam (currently only a part of the building is open, expanding into the whole building)



Amsterdam Historical Museum


Museum Rembrandtshuis - New left part on the left, on the right the old famous Rembrandt House.


Jewish Historical Museum


Science Center


Resistance Museum


Allard Pierson Museum (Archaeological museum of the Universiteit van Amsterdam. The ancient civilisations of ancient Egypt, the Near East, the Greek World, Etruria and the Roman Empire)


Filmmuseum


Tropenmuseum / Tropical Museum


Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum / Netherlands Maritime Museum (closed, will be reopened in 2009)
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Heineken Experience (closed now, will be reopend in june 2008)


Olympic Experience Amsterdam


Electrische Museumtramlijn Amsterdam / Electrical Tramline Museum Amsterdam (operates on an old line with old trams)


Zoölogisch Museum Amsterdam / Natural History Museum Amsterdam


Nieuwe Kerk / New Church (Cultural center)


Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder / House Church



Anne Frankhuis / Anne Frank House

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