RDP Wednesday: Museum

I grew up in a town full of museums, London. Every part of the town hd its own museum: even Bethnal Green, where I lived, had a museum full of remnants from the Victorian era, it was a external branch of the Victoria and Albert Museum and I spent many afternoons there browsing around, looking at the old style of dress at the turn of the centuary. The children’s department was the most interesting with its dolls houses and dolls.That was when I was younger some time in the fifties. We are now in the next centuary but the museum is still there somewhat modernised. However, the big museums were all situated in South Kensington in a part of London town. I think it was where I discovered my interest in history. Apart from the main department of the Victoria and Albert Museum, there was the Science museum, the Natural History museum and the Geophysical Museum. My parents would make an excursion to that part of London as a treat for me and we spent the day in the various museums. i think my dad enjoyed it most of all.

The photo is from the Natural History museum where they had a department for prehistoric animals that had been discovered over the years in England, As you can see it was a very majestic museum, with plenty of space, which it had to have for the sizes of the dinosaurs. My oldest son is standing next to the skeleton of the tail of a dinosaur and my youngest, who is now father of my two grandchildren, is at the front of the photo standing next to me. I was visiting my family in London when we made an excursion to South Kensington. The Science Museum was also attractive with the many machines you could operated, not to mention in later years when they exhibited one of the space capsules used by the Ameicans to return to earth,

I now live in a part of Switzerland where our local town of Solothurn also has a museum.

Even there the dinosaurs had left thei footprints in the nearby jura mountains, as can be seen by these two exhibits of dinosaur skulls.

Museums always fascinated and in the meanwhile I have visited many in the world.
And just one last glimpse at the British Museum in London where it has a vast collection of Egyptian mummies and also houses the Elgin Marbles, stolen from Greeks. They never forgave us Brits for that, and they are still making efforts to have them returned.
RDP Wednesday: Museum

10 thoughts on “RDP Wednesday: Museum

  1. Museums are fun for how they present a theme a community felt necessary to preserve. My community in the Panhandle of Nebraska is a railroad town in the middle of farming and ranching country, so the local museum features closer looks at the people and businesses that are responsible for how the town grew.

    In another local museum in a village south of here, a reconstructed log cabin gives a look at how pioneer families lived. Another exhibit is an overcoat made from the tanned hide of a horse that died after being bitten on the nose by a rattlesnake! Quirky still, a chest of drawers made from a tree struck by lightning. One has to wonder how an iron lung on display figures in the village history.

    Go to the bigger cities for the art and natural history museums, but, I agree, one should visit any museum on encounters and enjoy the enrichment these institutions offer their visitors!

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    • It’s interesting to see how different places have their own museums. Amerca is a relatively young country and the museums full of subjects we can remember back to our grandparents. Our little town in Switzerland was visited by the Romans and they left their marks. There followed various different religions and there are still the reminders.

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      • I was a pen pal with a Swiss kid who was born on the very same day as me. That was a random, fun coincidence, but what was truly interesting was he lived in one of those towns where the Romans had built a stadium and other public works. I don’t recall if the town had a museum, but I bet they had a very interesting one, given its history. I wish I could remember the name of Thomas Reichmuth’s hometown so I could check my presumption out!


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