National Museum of African American History and Culture – Washington 

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened in September 2016. It continues to be one of the most popular and visited Smithsonian Museums in Washington. After visiting the National Museum of American History, honestly the bar was set quite low for what to expect. I will definitely write about that later. As opposed to some of the other Smithsonians, this museum felt innovative and up-to-date. Even before walking into any exhibition you could already start to see this through the architecture of the building itself. (more…)

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – Washington 

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Last time we were in Washington I think we must have sprinted to see every single Smithsonian Museum. After returning to Australia, I soon started my Masters of Museum & Heritage Studies. Throughout this course, I learnt so much about the Holocaust Memorial Museum. I absolutely regretted not visiting! It was first on my to-see list if I ever returned to Washington. Luckily, the opportunity came, and I was able to see the museum with this knowledge in mind. Not only do I want to discuss the permanent exhibition that covers three floors, but also, the temporary exhibition “Remember the Children: Daniel’s Story”. (more…)

Death, Flowers & Disease – the Peabody Museum, Harvard Natural History Museum and Warren Anatomical Museum – Washington

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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. (more…)

National Museum of Women in the Arts – Washington 

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I am already breaking the promise I made yesterday about posting every second day. This is because I am literally too excited not to write about the National Museum for Women in the Arts. Before I begin, I am going to assume there are people out there who would say “where is the museum for men in the arts?” Walk into any art gallery in the world and I challenge you to find a greater representation of women artists to men. You’ve already got your museums of men in the arts, visited by literally millions every year. There are of course exceptions, but, there are so few. Now that’s said and done, I can drop my imaginary mic and write on. (more…)

Black Heritage Trail – Boston

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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. (more…)

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.” (more…)

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum – Boston 

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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. (more…)