Thursday, January 30, 2020

Your Turn

The best museum you have been to.

80 comments:

MyDogSmiles said...

The Sonoran Desert Museum

sandybrook said...

MOMA

Brayson87 said...

Depends on the age. Didn't care much for art museums until I got older.

sandybrook said...

I could also rep and say the Brooklyn Museum too since I could walk to it.

La Morena said...

The 9/11museum in nyc. Cried through the whole time I was there and it’s a beautiful experience going out to the pond afterwards.

WickedBee said...

The R.O.M. (Royal Ontario Museum)

Derp said...

Virginia museum of fine art. I lived across the street during college.

J said...

Vatican has greatest collection of Roman art. Pergamon Museum in Berlin is awesome. Cluttered casts at London Soane's Museum are fun.

Tricia13 said...

Musee D'Orsay.Stunning.

Tuesdi said...

Getty

MrFusion said...

Collection de l'Art Brut (outsider art) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Mind bending art from non-professionals.

Someone Said said...

Isabelle Stewart Gardner in Boston.

justvisiting said...

Getty

yepthatsme said...

Museum of Natural History, Singapore! Got to see Dino skeletons, it was surreal!

Doug T. said...

Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix - you get to play a Theremin!

Aquagirl said...

Musee d’Orsay, Paris

Ivy said...

Musee d'Orsay in Paris. I love Impressionist art.

cheesegrater15 said...

Boston MFA
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
National Portrait Gallery, London
Tate Museum, London
Museum of London

Girl with a Hat said...

1.The Hermitage in St.Petersburg.
2. The Sistine Chapel at the Vatican
3. The Musee Cluny in Paris.

Humor Me said...

The British Museum:
Mummies - my spouse: "what is that smell?"
Babylon steles detailing the destruction of the nation of Judah
the Elgin Marbles

mooshki said...

Chicago Field Museum. Art museums get quickly overwhelming for me, but I can spend all day at the Field.

Glitter said...

Vatican Museum, Accademia, Doge's Palace Museum

Sunkist said...

Lourve and Picasso museums, Paris

IndieRaga said...


Hermitage Museum

Katy said...

My favorites are the Prado in Madrid, the Belvedere in Vienna and the National Museum of Anthropolgy in Mexico City. And I agree the D'Orsay is lovely...

gauloise said...

Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. Also, the Brucke museum in Berlin dedicated to German Expressionism.

For architecture the Petit Trianon (Marie Antoinette's little house in the back of Versailles) and Malmaison (Josephine's house - the lover of Napoleon), both are such gems of cozy, toned-down Neo-classical design

AlleyKat said...

Natural.history museum london...not for the exhibits but for the beautiful building itself.

Vita said...

Blessed to grow up in Chicagoland area, several amazing ones...Science and Industry Museum, Field, Art Institute, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium are all wonderful!
Love Musee D'Orsay
British Museum, Tate Gallery, Victoria and Albert
The entire Smithsonian along the Mall in DC, and the FBI museum...Years ago, I spent a 10 day vacation in DC with my history-loving mom, and it was a terrific experience. Truly a beautiful city.

hothotheat said...

National Gallery in London.

shakey said...

Yes WickedBee - ROM is it! They used to have Tuesday nights free, and their displays were stunning.

I saw King Tut there when I was 19 and he was on his first world tour. And the David Cronenberg display they did was impressive. Nothing like seeing a 10 year old shake his head and say, "This is so. FUCKED. UP." while watching a portion of Naked Lunch.

DJS NOLA said...

national world war 2 museum in nola

SkullChimpyCheese said...

Concur with so many of these but have to give a nod (okay, big hug) to the Nelson-Atkins in KC .... Go Chiefs!

Also, if you're ever so fortunate as to be in Neah Bay ... the Makah Tribe has an gem of a museum right on the edge of town. It's comprised primarily of artifacts recovered when a slide on the Pacific side of their territory in the 70s revealed an old settlement.

alphacranberry said...

the Vatican

Nutty Flavor said...

Eesti Kunstimuuseum Kumu is very good, particularly for a small museum in a small country. I particularly like the room with all the busts, all these historical figures packed in tight like a crowd at a basketball game. Creative.

jw11 said...

probs not the best but two very interesting ones are Andy Warhol Museum and Georgia Okeefe Museum

no said...

#1 Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. It's amazing, even if you aren't a fan you gain respect from his output.

#2 Museum of Jurassic Technology in L.A. It's not a museum so much as a conceptual mind F@!k

J said...

@no, I haven't been to the MJT yet but enjoyed Lawrence Weschler's book about it a great deal!

cc423 said...

British Museum... It. Has. Everything.

gauloise said...

Also Fallling Water by Frank Lloydd Wright

Moose said...

The original Barnes Foundation, in the Philly suburbs, was the most astounding and confusing collection of art displayed from the most unique perspective imaginable. It was also the greatest collection of post-impressionist art ever gathered in one place.

When the Philly elite gathered and pretty much stole the collection from Dr. Barnes' estate,they made it just another institutional collection.

If you want to see a fascinating movie, find "Art Of The Steal", which details one of the greatest art heists in history, all approved by the judicial system of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Simon said...

Holocaust museum

Kate k said...

Harlita said...

❤️❤️

Unknown said...

1. Tate Gallery--- especially the Rothko Room--a room Rothko designed as the best way to view his work

2. Art Institute of Chicago

3. MOMA

XRaySpex said...

The Victoria & Albert Museum in London

Amy said...

Monticello

Gerard said...

If I were to walk to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston
Well, first I'd go to the room where they keep the Cezanne

mud said...

the very tiny, but perfectly perfect Dixon Art Museum and Botanical Gardens in Memphis once showed art installations by Chihuly AND an impressionist exhibit which included Cassatt, Manet, Monet, and Degas--including one of his Little Dancer statues. i gladly admit to crying when seeing Little Dancer and having to be nearly torn away to leave her. Chihuly went all out for the installation at the Dixon, too. the whole of the gardens were turned into a magical and breathtaking landscape. i still cannot believe how perfect it all melded together and my luck in seeing all of it in one day.
laignappe: i highly recommend any art lover to go find the Doctor Who episode "Vincent and the Doctor" where the Doctor and Amy Pond take Vincent Van Gogh into modern times to see and hear how revered his art became. i cry every time i watch it.

PJ65 said...

Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix
Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pa.
Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

Heather said...

No one else? Salvador Dali Museum in Figueroa, Spain?

Clifton said...

Mutter museum

Chrissie said...

The tomb of King Philip of Macedonia in Vergina, Greece

Sarton Bander said...

St Fagans

KW said...

Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore

DavidHowesCREBroker said...

MOB Museum in Las Vegas!
It takes 2 days to get through all of the history they have there.

Drunk Wives Matter said...

WWII Museum in NOLA

cheesegrater15 said...

Loved the Tate! The JMW Turner exhibit was amazing.

Dusmom said...

The Getty before it moved.

Fifi LaRue said...

The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia
Texas Book Depository, Dallas
Ann Frank House, Amsterdam
Musee D'Orsay, Paris
Peggy Guggenheim, Venice
Picasso Museum, Barcelona
Genghis Kahn Memorial, Ulaanbattar, Mongolia
Chuju-giga exhibit, Osaka

I ran out out of the Salvador Dali Museum ready to vomit, it got too crazy.

Gator said...

The Louvre, the Vatican Museum, the Chicago Art Institute

GentleBreeze said...

The Field Museum, Chicago

Captivagrl said...

Philadelphia Art Museum
Yad Vashem
Tate Modern
British Museum
Getty Villa
Picasso(Paris)
LBJ Presidential Library(Austin)

LaurenMaye said...

Been to all the major museums in NYC. Some things I liked, some I didn't, but I sure hated being in that city.

mike0726 said...

It doesn't get mentioned often but The Cleveland Museum of Art has one of the finest collections in the world.

Mango said...

The Louvre and The British Museum. Most unusual: I don’t recall the name but we visited a catacomb museum in Rome filled with skulls and bones of monks.

I grew up in NYC and I have great memories of the wonderful field trips we took to New York monuments and museums. I loved The Museum of Natural History and remember being in awe of the huge, suspended blue whale replica.

Fifi LaRue said...

Also: The Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy.

Fifi LaRue said...

Briscoe Western Art Museum, San Antonio. Fantastic collection of silver spurs, saddles, and water pump from the west Texas plains. They let me in the second day free because I told them I bypassed some cool stuff.

Vita said...

This Your Turn is giving me a major travel bug...I want to print this list, grab my piggy bank and passport and go! Field trip, anyone?☺

Mud-- you mentioned Chihuly, I'd have loved to see that exhibition! Do you by any chance know the name of the place in Memphis that had a Catherine the Great exhibit years ago? It was really impressive, and I believe it was the first time many of the items had left the Hermitage.

Anonymous said...

The Clark

lintmag said...

I love the Norton Simon and the Frick, and going to the Venice Biennale is a great experience also.

Ann said...

I spent a large amount of my childhood growing up in Washington DC. So the Smithsonian is my only answer. The Field Museum in Chicago was the biggest disappointment. Nothing compares to the Smithsonian.

JBW said...

Hermitage, Leningrad, aaaaand the British Museum, London...

Sd Auntie said...

Smithsonian Art and Aviation (2"separate museums). Pretty cool stuff. The Getty in Bel Air. Will be going to Malibu soon

Sarton Bander said...

Bletchley Park

Robyn S said...

MOMA - saw the Yoko Ono exhibit there a while back. It was hilarious!

Mahogany1 said...

African-American museum in D. C.

fionafab said...

It isn't the actual museums I find interesting, but their exhibits. The best and most beautiful was the VIENNA 1900 presentation at MOMA decades ago. The Klimt paintings, with their gold inlays, dazzled the eyes and mind. His masterpiece, The Kiss, was indescribable. I stood in front of it for almost an hour. The entire exhibit blew me away.

Do Tell said...

I'll say the most underwhelming museum I've ever been to was the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I went in November. While I'm glad I went, and there were a few neat things (specifically the little parody magazine John Lennon used to write and illustrate in grammar school, The Daily Howl, which was hilarious) it is too small and too lacking in representation of major movements of music. It really needs more wings, and I don't know how they can do that with where the museum is currently located (near a waterfront).

It needs a permanent punk exhibit, glam rock exhibit, it needs a permanent 70's wing, 80's wing, a permanent grunge exhibit, for starters. I know they have revolving exhibits, but it isn't enough.

I went to see the David Bowie Is exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum a year or two ago and it BLEW MY MIND. It had iconic costumes, handwritten lyrics, props from his stage shows, tours, movies, footage of his concerts, and of him before he became famous, and was perfectly arranged to narrate the timeline of his career. THAT is how to stage an exhibit.

mud said...

@Vita: i believe the Catherine the Great exhibit was at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis. i wish i'd been able to see that!

Ms.MimiB said...

The Vatican Museum and The Met

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