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Posts tagged museums

Oseberg ship in the Viking Ship Museum

Oseberg ship in the Viking Ship Museum

Excavated in 1904, the Oseberg ship was used in the 800s and has been on display in Oslo for nearly one hundred years.




The Thinker

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There are dozens of copies of Rodin’s “The Thinker”, but this one in Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen is one of the earliest and was made while Auguste Rodin was still alive.

390 years ago today…

Stockholm’s Vasa

…the Vasa headed out of Stockholm harbor on its maiden voyage. Less than a mile later it sunk. 330 years passed before it was brought to the surface again. The Vasa Museum is the current resting place where I took these (five) photos (and stitched them into one) last summer.

Elgin Marbles


Parthenon Marbles in the Duveen Gallery of the British Museum

At some point the Elgin Marbles will make their way back to Greece as their presence in the British Museum seems very wrong. At that point, I’m guessing admission to the British Museum will go from free to 30 pounds as they can’t exactly charge people to see stolen property currently.

Today’s photo features marble sculpture created about 2,500 years ago on the Parthenon on the Acropolis of Athens. If you look really closely you can see holes in certain places. These weren’t from destruction in transport. Instead, these are original and were there to hold objects that are now missing like horse bridle, reigns, etc.

Rosetta Stone

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Rosetta Stone @ British Museum

The largest empire in history “collected” (some would say stole) many significant pieces of history. Then, in the early 1960s, Britain created a law preventing the return of anything in their collections to the various countries of origin. If it’s legal it must be ethical, right?

Anyway, people can come see these items for free so that’s something. The problem is that if you visit, like we did, on a rainy day in early August things can get ridiculously crowded. Picture the Mona-Lisa-in-the-Louvre crowded.

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