Category: Museums

Mad about Museums

Washington walkabout

On a recent visit to Washington, DC, I discovered it to be a very walkable city. Laid out in a radial system in the early 1800s, the wide, ample avenues crisscross each other making it easy to find one’s bearings. Even…

Wright’s masterpiece

Fallingwater has been called the greatest house built in the 20th century. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1930s as a vacation home for the Kaufman family of department store fame, the house is sited in the middle of…

The Shakespeare Globe experience

“All the world’s a stage,” but I think the best one has to be at the re-constructed Globe Theatre on the south bank of the Thames River in London, England. The Globe experience re-born Erected near where the original 1599 Globe…

An iconic house of tea

If you were to make a list of famous tea companies, Twinings Tea would probably be on it. Its teas are sold around the world and are known for their quality and high standards. And, as official purveyor of tea to…

History comes alive at hands-on museum

The Mackenzie Printery in Queenston, Ontario is no ordinary museum. The building is the house where William Lyon Mackenzie lived and worked in the 1820s. He printed a newspaper here called The Colonial Advocate before moving to York (now Toronto) and…

A day at the museum

Ever since the Ben Stiller movie “A Night at the Museum” came out in 2006, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City has said it has had record attendance. Thousands of people have been captivated by the story…

The wind, it blows in Louisbourg

The wind is a constant reminder that the elements rule at the Fortress of Louisbourg. This national historic site, a partial reconstruction of a French town that existed here in the 18th century, sits at the edge of the east…

A lesson in type

While visiting King’s Landing Historical Settlement, a living history museum of a 19th century village near Fredericton, New Brunswick, I learned a lesson in the origin of words. The printer showed us a box filled with metal typefaces used for…

Jailhouse library

Libraries are usually housed in structures specifically built for them. But sometimes they are located in buildings which have had previous uses. The Morrin Centre in Quebec City is a great example of this. The building opened in 1812 as…

Jellyfish as art

A Pacific sea nettle jellyfish at the Vancouver Aquarium is mesmerizing as it moves in a graceful, slow-motion ballet of colour and form.