I won’t even attempt to deny it .. I am a museum junkie. Through my many years of study & work in folklore, archiving and heritage resources (archeological conservation, collections management, cultural resource management, history, cultural geography etc.) I have spent a great deal of time in museums, archives and historic sites. However, as hanging out in museums is one of my favorite pastimes … paired with travel, to me, is bliss. My intense passion for museums is not always shared by my travel companions and I have, on occasion, taken off on my own to get to a museum (or three) that I simply can not miss (and why it is important to always plan time for that into my travel itinerary or to opt for solo travel – but that’s a post for another time). I admit I have a tendency to lose track of time when I am visiting museums and spend too much time at this or that exhibit, sometimes running out of time and not able to see everything I intended to see. Is there ever enough time to do everything when you’re traveling?! Looking back, while I have regrets about my plans being derailed and not getting to a particular museum, or any, while visiting a destination, some of my favorite travel moments involve the discovery of museums I have never heard of before!
Thankfully my family are into museums almost as much as I am & we happily have spent entire days together exploring. Here is a shot of my boys outside the Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester (MOSI) in 2007. We arrived just after the museum opened in the morning and, other than the museum staff, we may have been the last to leave in the evening.
We did take a little break from the awesome exhibits & interactive activities for lunch at a nearby local pub The Old Grapes; owned by former actor Liz Dawn of Coronation Street the pub was a little like a museum itself, with photos of Liz with fellow Coronation Street actors & other celebrities.
Here are a few photos from some of my favorite museums from the past few years of travel.