The Mutter Museum

One of the main reasons why I wanted to visit Philadelphia was to see the Mutter Museum. It has been on my “must visit” list for far too long. I am happy to report that not only did I get to visit the museum, but, it lived up to my expectations. The museum is named after Thomas Dent Mutter who was a physician and Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia (for the record I have never used the word “of” so much in one sentence).  Throughout his life, Mutter acquired a substantial teaching collection including human specimens and medical instruments. On his death, 1 700 objects were bequeathed to the College. Today, that number has grown to over 25 000. Continue reading “The Mutter Museum”

Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is an overwhelming institution in the best way possible. You could so easily spend an entire day here and not come close to seeing everything. I had been warned that this is a huge gallery filled with everything from 15th century European art to Picasso and Mondrian. Basically, if you want to visit a gallery that has a bit of literally everything, then this is the one to add to your list.

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National Portrait Gallery 

On our final day in Washington we decided to finish our museum journey at the National Portrait Gallery. My main motivation for visiting was to see the portrait of Benjamin Franklin and pose with the same judgemental smirk on my face. Now my motives are clear, I want to quickly add that as soon as we entered the gallery, we discovered there was so much more to see. Continue reading “National Portrait Gallery “

Eastern State Penitentiary

Again I find myself so excited to write a review I just can’t wait to share! The Eastern State Penitentiary is such an incredibly fascinating heritage place. I’m going to start with a little bit of history then move into my experience of the site. There is so much I want to cover so I’m going to try my best to summarise as much as possible and hopefully persuade you to visit for yourself! Continue reading “Eastern State Penitentiary”

National Museum of American History and the National Air and Space Museum

I mentioned in a previous post that the last time we were in Washington we visited almost every Smithsonian. For some reason, the Air and Space Museum was not on our list. This is probably because my desire to see objects from space didn’t really develop until after we visited the Kennedy Space Center. To this day, I still haven’t experienced anything quite like seeing the Atlantis Space Shuttle. It continues to give me goosebumps. With this in mind, we made sure to  fit the Air and Space Museum into our schedule. The day before we visited the National Museum of American History. There are both strong positives and criticisms about this museum I want to cover before delving into Air and Space. Continue reading “National Museum of American History and the National Air and Space Museum”

Museum of the American Revolution 

Although I am still releasing posts on Washington, I couldn’t resist writing about the Museum of the American Revolution. After our visit to the Mütter Museum (which will be posted about later) we were a little lost for what to do. This isn’t because there is nothing to see, actually it’s quite the opposite. You can’t take two steps in Philadelphia without seeing a museum. This is otherwise known as my kind of town. Continue reading “Museum of the American Revolution “

National Museum of African American History and Culture

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. Continue reading “National Museum of African American History and Culture”

Halloween in Salem & Boston

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”

Museum of Fine Arts

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. 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. Continue reading “The Freedom Trail Tour”