Monday, January 17, 2011

The museums I've visited

I love the dead, their belongings and the things they left behind for all of us to see. In short, I am a museum buff. The geek in me would like to spend all day in a museum browsing through antiques and trying to find the origins of each item on display and how it came to being there. History may be boring, but tracing history can be as interesting as creating one. But it never struck me as a hobby till a friend came up with the idea of listing museums - museums I've visited, museums I wish to see, museums I liked and museums I didn't like so much. The idea is to get to know how many museums are there in this country (and the world) that are still waiting for me to discover them. This list is a work-in-progress, but here's a start:

  1. Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai
  2. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai
  3. F D Alpaiwala Museum, Mumbai
  4. BEST Transport Museum, Mumbai
  5. RBI Monetary Museum, Mumbai
  6. Mani Bhavan, Mumbai
  7. Aga Khan Palace, Pune
  8. Tribal Cultural Museum, Silvassa
  9. Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, Pune
  10. Maharaja Fatehsingh Gaekwad Museum, Vadodara
  11. Musuem of Archaeology and Ancient History, M S University, Vadodara
  12. Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery, Vadodara
  13. Shankar's International Dolls Museum, New Delhi
  14. National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum (Crafts Museum), New Delhi
  15. Tribal Cultural Society, Jamshedpur
  16. Tata Museum, Jamshedpur
  17. Indian Museum, Kolkata
  18. Victoria Memorial, Kolkata
  19. The Louvre, Paris
  20. Le Musée des Égouts de Paris or Paris Sewers Museum
  21. Centre Pompidou, Paris
  22. The Musée de la Mode et du Textile or Textile Museum, Paris
  23. National Museum, Male (Maldives)
  24. Haus der Geschichte (history of the Federal Republic of Germany), Bonn
  25. Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai
  26. Swiss Museum of Transport, Lucerne, Switzerland
  27. Schokoladenmuseum (Chocolate Museum), Cologne
  28. Colombo Dutch Museum, Colombo 
  29. Kanha Museum, Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh 
  30. National Museum, New Delhi
  31. Gandhi Ashram, Ahmedabad
  32. Sardar Patel Memorial, Karamsad, Anand

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