Modern and contemporary Central European art from a private collection of Meda Mladkova, including a large number of Kupka's paintings, Gutfreund's sculptures and one huge wooden chair in the river outside the museum. Walk there down the Vltava riverbank, called Kampa, which is a picturesque part of Prague.
U Sovových mlýnů 2, Praha 1 www.museumkampa.cz
nearest tram station: Hellichova
nearest tube station: Malostranska
Somewhere hidden behind or around the castle but I'm damned if I can be more specific is a hilarious and unadvertised museum of handmade miniature objects. Some loony hirsute Russian chappie made them and they include a tiny foil choo-choo mounted on a hair, a horseshoe and locket attached to a flea, a picture of Jesus on a seasme seed, and a 3-D model of the Tour Eiffel on a bisected cherry stone. Among other delights. You amble around peering through magnifiers and are quite simply left agog. There was noone else in there at all the day I went (high season, the old town was thick with tourists) and it does not seem to feature on any of the brochures. Perhaps I'm making it up. But, I'm not. Sorry this is so vague, but I thought it worth posting even so, as in retrospect it was a true highlight.
Prague is a city of great beauty, but was also Kafka's prison. For anyone interested in the artistic backcloth to the city it is a must-see. This atmospheric museum is highly imaginative in exploring and presenting the biography and psyche of the man. It is a unique record of a unique sensibility - worth an hour, with a good shop at the end - after which you can chill out with a beer and some goulash in one of the many nearby restaurants.
Hergetova Cihelna, Prague 1. Look down to your left as you begin to cross Charles Bridge coming from Mala Strana and you'll see a big sign for it.
Alphonse Mucha (1860 - 1939) achieved international fame as a master of Art Nouveau, the decorative style of sensuous and opulent decoration that captured the fin-de-siecle world but was rapidly supplanted by the harsher vision of modernism. His poster art remains familiar over sixty years after his death, but the work he considered his masterpiece is sadly neglected.
The Mucha museum houses one hundred or so of his works. The 'Slav Epic' series however is now on public display in the Czech village Moravský Krumlov - for this worthwhile (90 minute) trip you'll need either a map and a hire car or a helpful train enquiries desk.
National gallery of modern art on several floors in restored inter-war building. Each floor is vast around central atrium. Almost no-one there when we visited in April. You can pay by the the floor. Interesing range of artists, with emphasis on Czech.
Dukelskych hrdinu, north of river near Letna
tram routes 5,12,14,15 and 17
A fairytale castle from 1607 in the heart of town in the King's Gardens (Kongens Have). Houses the crown jewels and crown regalia in the basement and the rest is a museum telling the story of the Kings of Denmark over 300 years.
A great museum letting you get close to the exhibits.
Located in Kongens Have. 65 kroner for adults. 20 kroner for kids aged 5-14. www.rosenborgslot.dk
Opened last year this houses an excellent collection of Picasso's work from the whole of his career. Mainly composed of items loaned or donated by members of his family. The building itself is lovely and has architectural remains of a roman/visigothic palace in the basement.
C' San Augustin 8 not far from the Cathedral; www2.museopicassomalaga.org/i_home.cfm
Best place to eye loads of old Soviet-era tat. Understandably, the text that accompanies the displays is not overly favourable to Marxism-Leninism but this is a superb peek behind the Iron Curtain. Highlight is the agricultural propaganda poster claiming "Manuring the hayfields is the greatest amelioration!"
Na Prikope 10, near Mustek station. Go through the arch by McDonalds (love the irony) and the entrance is on your right and up the stairs.
Hemingway, upon recieving his Nobel Prize, admitted that the lady should have won. Karen Blixen. Out of Africa.
Visit her home and grounds north of Copenhagen.
It's a lovely, personal museum in honour of a much-loved writer and personality.
Combine it with a trip to Louisiana and Kronborg (Hamlet's castle). They're all on the same rail line.
You've read the play, now see the castle! This was Hamlet's gaff and even though it's not the same castle it's still cool to go home and say you saw Hamlet's castle, isn't it? 200,000 people a year think so. A lovely day trip with the train along the north coast. Combine it with a visit to the world-renowned art gallery Louisiana.
Elsinore is Helsingør in Danish and it's a good 45 min. north of Copenhagen on the train. But the views are great - from the train and the castle.
A few brave souls refused to accept Denmark's official cooperation with the Germans and this museum is about their struggle. While the rest of the country sighed and accepted it these men acted. A moving tribute.
Located in Churchillparken near the harbour and the Little Mermaid.
The name says it all. The guardian of all things old in the name of the state. Great exhibitions, both permanent and temporary. The definitive museum for the discerning museum-goer.
Ny Vestergade 10 - A short walk from the Town Hall Square.
50 kroner for adults. Children under 16 free.
Open 10-17. Closed Mondays.
Tel: (+45) 33 13 44 11
Copenhagen’s City Museum is a cosy place, much like the city it represents. It gives you a great impression of the city’s 1000 year evolution from fishing village to thriving European capital.
Kids love the huge model of the city in the old days and there is something for everyone inside. The building itself – former home of the Royal Shooting Club – is impressive. Check out the little Søren Kierkegaard exhibition.
20 kroner for adults, kids under 14 free.
Open 10-16. Closed Tuesdays.
Vesterbrogade 59 – five minutes from the Central Station.
This is a fascinating museum with some wonderful exhibits. The highlight is probably the collection of sarcophagi discovered in 1887 at Sidon in Lebanon. The "Sarcophagus of the Mourning Women" has wonderful decorative friezes and the remarkable Alexandria Sarcophagus is covered in intricate raised friezes on which some of the original colours can still be seen.
There is a collection of fine Roman statues and in the Museum of the Ancient Orient colourful glazed brick friezes from Babylon.
Osman Hamdi Bay Yokusu
Opening Hours: 9.00am-4.30pm closed Mondays
A stone's throw from the town hall square, the Danish Design Centre showcases all that is hot in Danish design. There's always an exhibition on and their shop is guaranteed to tickle your fancy with its wealth of cutting edge design wares.
Entree: 40 kroner (20 for students)
H.C. Andersens Boulevard 27. Just south of the Town Hall.
Tel +45 3369 3369
There are plenty of museums in Sydney - some good, some decidedly average. The Museum of Sydney ($7) tells the story of the city from 1788 to the present, and although small is extremely interesting. Also worth a look is the nearby Hyde Park Barracks Museum ($7), built by convicts in 1818, which shows the history of the fledgling community through the people who were housed there - convicts, immigrants and soldiers. Finally the Powerhouse Museum ($10) is a fun and massive collection devoted to science, transport and technology - where you could spend hours. Kids will love it.
On the downside is the Australian Museum (£10). Despite having been there three times, I've always felt let down at the size and content. For such a huge building, there really is precious little on display apart from the ubiquitous animal bones and minerals. If you can make it over to Canberra, the National Museum of Australia there is far, far better.
MoS - cnr Phillip/Bridge Sts, city centre
HPBM - Queens Square, Macquarie St, city centre
Powerhouse - Harris St, Ultimo (Central station)
Australian Museum - College St, Hyde Park
It is a branch of the harbour in the city centre containing wonderful restaurants, a shopping centre, a convention centre, a glamorous casino, a maritime museum, an aquarium, chinese and japanese gardens, an IMAX cinema, and the Powerhouse Museum (a power station converted into a costume museum and other wonders).
via Monorail from the shopping district
This museum offers some excellent material on the early history of the area, particularly on the First Nations. It has also a small, though interestingly stocked, bookshop.
We missed it the first time we were in Calgary and the second time only found it on the last morning we were there. Don't make our mistake!
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