The Museum Oskars 2015: Winners Part 4

Thanks to everyone who nominated their favourite museums in our second ‘Museum Oskars’. Usually this it the point where you say “the votes have been counted and verified”, but in our eyes, everyone is a winner! If someone loved a museum enough to nominate it, then that’s good enough for us. There’s plenty of competition out there already. Since there were twelve categories, we’ll introduce three categories each day, with a final roundup on Friday. Our technical whiz, Simon, has again crafted some very nice badges for each category, so if you are one of the winning museums, please feel free to use these on your blogs, social media profile, websites etc if you so wish. So, without much further ado, here is the next round of winners.

Biggest ‘WOW’ Moment

Denmark

  • The Laurits Tuxen expo in Skagens Museum. For some paintings you need time, but the WOW is getting bigger after that.
  • Walking in to the underground caves at Cisternerne in Copenhagen

England

  • Walking into the central display area of Sir John Soane’s House, London, and thinking: “People lived here, this was their HOME!” then thinking “If I EVER win the lottery, I’m buying a couple of houses, knocking them together, and collating a pile of awesome stuff…”
  • All the dishes on the top floor of the V&A, London –  dishes for miles!

France

  • Our WOW moment was on a tour of the trenches and tunnels at Vimy Ridge at the Vimy Ridge Visitor Centre, Northern France. The tour lasted about an hour and not one of us, between the ages of 8 and 72 were bored. We even kept the tour guide longer by asking more and more questions, which he was extremely happy to do. It was an inspiring, informative and moving tour were we found out so much about World War One.
  • At Musée Guimet, Paris, during the exhibition ‘Han’

Germany

  • Always the Museum Island‘s Museums in Berlin.
  • Visiting the Nazi Forced Labour Documentation Center  in Berlin and realising the extent of a part of my countries history I knew very little about.
  • Als ich zum ersten Mal im vergangenen Jahr das “Internationale Maritime Museum Hamburg” betrat, wusste ich nicht, was mich erwartet. Ich vermutete öde, langweilige eingestaubte Schiffsmodelle. Aber was ich dann entdeckte war einfach WOW! Eine riesige Sammlung und nicht nur Schiffsmodelle – eine komplette Etage beschäftigt sich nur mit der Marinemalerei, also Kunst! Ich habe in diesem Museum bestimmt keine Kunst erwartet und dann auch noch in dieser Fülle und so toll präsentiert. Die Sammlung und das Haus ist definitiv WOW!

Italy

USA

  • I just LOVED the exhibit Yoga: The Art of Transformation at the Cleveland Museum of Art, OH. I especially enjoyed Yogini, on loan from the San Antonio Museum of Art.
  • The National Cryptologic MuseumAnnapolis Junction, MD, has copies of the oldest cryptologic books and lets you have access to them. Hundreds of years ago, the fate of nations were determined by who could read their secrets.
  • Driving on to the grounds of deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA and seeing the amazing Paul McCarthy sculpture
  • Seeing the Egyptian buildings by the fountain at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

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Best ‘Hidden Gem’ discovery

England

  • Museum of the Broads, Norfolk – Jam packed, telling the story of the Norfolk Broads, boats, tourism, local industry and crafts. many objects have been donated by locals and it is mainly run by the most enthusiastic volunteers.
  • Bristol Art Museum, Bristol

France

  • Jerome Carcopino Archaeological Museum, Aleria

Germany

  • Police Museum, Berlin – amazing collection on the history of the police in Germany and Berlin, hidden in the basement level of the Berlin Police HQ
  • U-Bahn Museum, Berlin – everything you ever wanted to know about Berlin’s underground transit railway!
  • Wasserkunst Elbinsel Kaltehofe in Hamburg. Ein kleines aber sehr feines Museum, man entdeckt es in Hamburg erst auf den zweiten Blick – neben den riesigen Häusern wie der Kunsthalle oder dem MKG, aber ein Besuch bei sonnigem Wetter wird belohnt! Es ist unfassbar schön dort, sowohl die alte Villa als auch das Außengelände.

Italy

Netherlands

  • Sint-Pieters Museum in Maastricht –  A still ‘primitive’ museum, completely run by enthusiastic volunteers.

Scotland

  • The West Highland Museum in Fort William. This is a local museum, and has an adorable mix of all you expect in a local museum – reproduction of a local interior period scene thanks to donated items, weird stuff people found in old houses, locally important military stuff…. But the museum also hold some nationally important items, and have strong links to the Commandos, who came from across the country to be trained locally. They are very active in the local community, put on a series of top notch under a small budget temporary exhibitions, and manage an excellent gift and book shop. It’s a real delight in the highlands, and worth popping in.

USA

  • I love the Virtual Pottery Storage Exhibit at Edge of the Cedars State Park and Museum in Blanding, Utah. It is an all window storage room with a computer database display where you can click on each individual vessel and view details of when and where it was found, style, etc. It is a simple, user and artifact friendly display method.
  • Peabody Essex, Salem, Massachusetts – Enjoyed my visit here very much. They have wonderful permanent collection, a good lunch, fun shop and a splendid special exhibition of Turner.
  • National Cryptologic MuseumAnnapolis Junction, MD

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Personal Favourite of 2014

Denmark

England

  • It’s a bit of an obvious one it feels, but standing in the British Museum, London, in front of the Rosetta Stone getting so excited that my husband compared me to Evie from The Mummy – I was an oblivious gushing antiquarian for a few minutes.
  • Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exter. I never tire of popping in to the RAMM when I am in the area. It has a such a diverse collection, not too much of any one thing and always has great temporary exhibitions. Great atmosphere. I want to see a stuffed Giraffe next tio an Italian Harpsichord and be encouraged to start my own collections.
  • Kelmscott ManorGloucestershire
  • I loved seeing the new George Bellows at the National Gallery in London. To see a bit of rugged New York in the middle of the posh painting was a treat. It always makes me a bit homesick to see things like this. Perfectly timed since I was headed home to Brooklyn the very next day. (And getting caught taking a picture by the guard was a little thrill – would they have sent me to NGA jail? – now they allow photos)

France

Germany

Italy

  • Museo degli Strumenti per il Calcolo, Pisa (x3) - My favourite Museum because there is an unique collection in Italy about computer and calculus machine. // It is the only way in Italy to learn about the history of computing. school as well ad families will appreciate the many different visit proposals.

Scotland

Sweden

USA

  •  National Cryptologic MuseumAnnapolis Junction, MD (x4) – for the all-around experience.
  • Cleveland Museum of Art, OH (x2) - I loved the exhibit and all the associated programs for Yoga: The Art of Transformation. Just spectacular!
  • deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA (x2)
  • Denver Museum of Art, CO – had never been before. Was blown away by the emphasis on creativity and making art throughout the museum. There’s a big studio on the first floor where you can do a longer project and then there’s a bunch of smaller stations where you can make little projects like postcards that relate to the art on view. I always feel like creating something after a good museum visit, and this one made it so I didn’t even have to wait until after the visit!
  • Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California. I visit this place over and over My personal favorite for reasons of elaborate Victorian supernatural design. It has a fascinating story (haunted history) and it really is an architectural marvel. Access to the house interior is with paid tour only, but all can freely enter the firearms museum or stroll the gardens (Which are also incredibly elaborate, and well maintained).

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