The Peabody Museum, Harvard Natural History Museum & Warren Anatomical Museum

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While I really wanted to write separate reviews for the Peabody Museum, Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Warren Anatomical Museum, I thought that combining them was best. This is because I doubt I could write a decent full review on each of them individually. I am going to focus on only one section of the Peabody Museum, the Day of the Dead display. Similarly, I will only write on one display in the Natural History Museum, the glass flowers. Continue reading “The Peabody Museum, Harvard Natural History Museum & Warren Anatomical Museum”

Black Heritage Trail

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There was so much we did in Boston that I didn’t get the chance to blog about. From now on, there will be a new post every second day. This is to avoid the release of four blog posts in one day!

I promised a while ago I would write on the Black Heritage Trail. After leaving the Freedom Trail Tour at Faneuil Hall, I made my way to the Abiel Smith School on Joy Street. Built between 1834 and 1835, the building held the African School of Boston. This wasn’t the schools first location. As early as 1787, there were petitions against the inequality of the education system. Two years later a school was established in the home of Primus Hall. In 1808 it was moved to the African Meeting House. Eventually the school was built with the funds left by a businessman named Abiel Smith. The conditions of the school weren’t great and the education received by students was no where near the same quality as white students in public schools. The public school system in Massachusetts was the last to be de-segregated following Brown vs. Board of Education. Continue reading “Black Heritage Trail”

Halloween in Salem & Boston

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Celebrating Halloween in America has been on my to-do list for quite some time. I believe that this cultural celebration most definitely is a form of cultural heritage. According to ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites):

“Cultural Heritage is an expression of the ways of living developed by a community and passed on from generation to generation, including customs, practices, places, objects, artistic expressions and values.” Continue reading “Halloween in Salem & Boston”

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is located within walking distance from the Museum of Fine Arts. It houses a superb collection of artworks from artists such as Rembrandt and Titian. I would argue, however, that it is not solely an art galley. Instead, it had all the trademarks of a house museum. I will delve into this later, but first things first – let me cover the Palace.

So the main building that houses the artworks is referred to as the Palace. On entering the museum, you first walk through a modern-built annex that contains the gift shop, cafe, information counter, etc. You are then directed through a glass walkway to the Palace. It is not hard to see why it bears this name. Towering three storeys high, the Venetian-inspired Palace quite literally looks like you have been transported to another country. The courtyard garden in the middle features an Ancient Roman mosaic. Surrounding the mosaic are numerous plants, statues, and fountains. I will include photographs below because words cannot do it justice. Continue reading “Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum”

Museum of Fine Arts

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The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) is one of the most impressive and beautiful cultural spaces I have ever visited. It is filled with objects and artworks from Asia, America, Europe, and numerous ancient cultures. There are constantly changing exhibitions meaning you could visit again and again without feeling as though you had seen it all before. In saying this, we spent over two hours at the museum and still felt as though we had barely scratched the surface of what was on offer.

It was an absolutely exhausting experience trying to find our way around and see everything that was of interest. I am absolutely hopeless reading a map at the best of times. This map defeated me and we often found ourselves completely lost. In other words, we saw more of the museum than we initially intended. Apart from the map, which I do believe could be slightly improved and adjusted, our experience of the MFA was very enjoyable. I would highly recommend anyone visiting Boston to have this museum on their “to visit” list. Continue reading “Museum of Fine Arts”

The Freedom Trail Tour

I first visited Boston in 2012. We did most of the touristy things including walking the Freedom Trail. We purchased the guide, followed the trail and learnt a little about the history of the city. Over the past few months I have seen the Freedom Trail tour guides all over Instagram and Facebook. This persuaded me to try the trail again and see the heritage of Boston from a different perspective.

In short, this was an absolutely brilliant decision. I’m going to provide an overview of the type of tour that was offered then highlight five stops on the tour that were of particular interest. Continue reading “The Freedom Trail Tour”

Conference Summary

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Today was the final day for the International Symposium on the History of Anaesthesia here in Boston. Luckily, the program for this year contained a few talks on museums from around the world. We heard from Directors, Curators and Honoray Curators who were representing museums in Wales, Germany, America and Australia to name a few. I am going to summarise and comment on three of my favourite talks from the conference. These were all relating to museums (no surprise) and really highlighted the passion that can be found in this industry. They will be discussed in order of when they were presented. Continue reading “Conference Summary”