A Collection of all the Interesting Museums I Visited, as part of the Research for this Essay.
In Paris, aside from visiting the obvious cultural behemoths that are a witness to the ability of the French government to happily extract taxes from their people, and reinvest a lot of it back into amazing public museums and galleries - yet still charge entrance fees, I visited the following: Musee Cognacq-Jay – collector, founder of the department store La Samaritaine. Musee Jacquemart-Andre, another collector. Musees Edith Piaf, Gustave Moreau, Picasso, Rodin, Quai Branly (ethnography), Maison de Victor Hugo, all the Bibliotheques, Sewers, Catacombs, Grand et Petit Palais. Musee Baccarat (jewellery), Arts Decoratifs, Musee de la chasse et la nature (hunting museum, stuffed animals etc), Musee de l’Eventail (fan museum, one of only 2 in the world, the other one being in Greenwich), Musee di Service de Sante de Armees (Museum of Army Health), Musee du Moyen Age (Middle Ages), Musee de la Publicite (Advertising), des perfumeries Fragonard, Musees National de la Renaissance, Cernuschi, du Monde Arabe, de la musique, de l’Opera, de l’Air et de l’Espace, de l’assistance publique (hospitals), des Arts Asiatiques, de la Mode et du Textile, Galliera (fashion), Yves saint Laurent, Judaisme, Carnavalet, de la Poste, de Montmartre, de Montparnasse, de l’Armee, de la vie romantique (Museum of romantic life), de Paume, d’Histoire de le medicine, des Arts et Metiers; Musee National d’histoire naturelle, de l’Homme, Pasteur, Palais de la Decouverte; Musee de la Contrefacon (counterfeiting), du Cabinet des Medailles, des letters et manuscripts, de l’Erotisme, de la marine, de police, de la franc-maconnerie (freemasonry), du Fumeur (smoking), de la Magie, du Vin, and Musee des Arts Forains (fairground art) – a collector’s museum at Pavillons de Bercy, and, of course, Versailles.
In London, aside from visiting the world-class, and free, art collections and museums, the following: Sir John Soane’s house – collector, the eccentric Denis Sever’s House (recreated Spitalfields rooms of the past), Geffrye Museum (English interiors), Museum of Garden History, Bramah Museum of Tea and Coffee, Clink Prison Museum, Florence Nightingale Museum, Shakespeare’s Globe, Old Operating Theatre, Hunterian Museum (surgeons and medical again), Museum of Methodism including an electric shock machine, Dr. Johnson’s House (author of the first English Dictionary), Museum and Library of the Order of St John, the Foundling Museum, Pollock’s Toy Museum, Guard’s Museum, Theatre Museum, London Transport Museum, Army Museum, Canal Museum, Natural History Museum, Freud Museum, Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood (part of the Victoria and Albert), Ragged School Museum, Greenwich’s Fan Museum, Horniman Museum (Natural History and Stuffed Animals), Twickenham Rugby Museum, Wimbledon Tennis Museum, Crystal Palace, Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum, Kew Bridge Steam Museum, the Wapping Project (gallery in a converted hydraulic power station).
In Guernsey, the Little Chapel, the Clockmaker’s shop, Victor Hugo’s Hauteville House, controlled by the City of Paris.
In Hong Kong, the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, Museum of Medical Sciences, the Old Wan Chai Post Office, Police Museum, Museum of Coastal Defence, Racing Museum (Horseracing), Railway Museum, Space Museum.
In Berlin, Museum fur Kommunikation, the world’s first postal museum, Hemp Museum plus café, Deutsches Technikmuseum (Technology Museum), the world’s only Gay Museum, Musikinstrumentenmuseum (Musical Instruments), Luftwaffenmuseum, Zucker Museum (Museum of Sugar).
In Barcelona, Museu Frederic Mares – collector and sculptor. He made a deal with the city stating that they could have his collection if they gave him a building to house it in. Stuffed full of Romanesque crucifixes, saints and virgins, relics, sculpture and busts, tombs, gargoyles, church portals, walking sticks, keys, pipes, photographs, opera glasses, fans, sewing equipment, nutcrackers and perfume bottles. Museu de la xocolata, Museu del Calcat (Shoe Museum – one of only four in the world), Museu de Carrosses Funebres (Museum of Funerary Carriages) – world’s biggest collection of funerary carriages and hearses, from baroque carriages to Buicks.
In New York, Ellis Island Immigration Museum, Skyscraper Museum, Museum of American Financial History, South Street Seaport Museum, Fire Museum.
Venice – a Museum in itself.