Category Archives: Museums & Galleries

Second in a week of lasts

In the late 1970’s, it was decided that the Riksdag (Swedish Parliament) in Stockholm, needed a bit of rebuilding. Part of that project involved the addition of an underground car park. The car park would be underneath the front of the … Continue reading

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First in a week of lasts

For my final solo trip into Stockholm, I decided to revisit the Moderna Museet. I wanted to see the collection, then I found out there was a new exhibition so, obviously, that was where I was going. I also wanted … Continue reading

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Why do they wear pixie slippers in Asgard?

When the National Museum of Sweden was designed, no-one thought to include toilets. Completed in 1866, it took two years for a granite pissoir to be added for the men. It emptied directly into a stream. Women, however, weren’t catered … Continue reading

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World class museum, 2nd class subtitles

When he wasn’t picking and choosing buildings to move around Sweden, Artur Hazelius was busy collecting ephemera for exactly the same reason. The buildings went to Skansen (we visited in April) the smaller stuff was meant for his grand museum … Continue reading

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Shipping and shopping

Today was Emma’s seventh birthday. I remember picking her up from the Isle of Sheppey back in August 2014. She fitted into one of my hands and was ridiculously cute. It doesn’t feel like seven years. To celebrate, I went … Continue reading

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The king is not always right

We have had a few recommendations for things to do in Stockholm. One of the most often recommended has been the Vasa Museum. While it was open when we first arrived in Sweden, it closed, following government guidelines, before we … Continue reading

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The bare bones

I accidentally discovered the Grant Museum of Zoology. It was when I went to the Wellcome Collection. Following the bus on my mapping app, I noticed the Grant pop up just down the road. I read about it and decided … Continue reading

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Hopegood Helpless

Thomas Coram (1668-1751) was a great man. He wasn’t a rich man but he decided to do everything he could to help rid the streets of London of poor destitute children who, through no fault of their own, were on … Continue reading

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Maritime

Following a second, perfect breakfast at La Beaujolais, we headed for the Eiffel Tower, walked under it and made for the bridge over the Seine, taking in the Palais de Chaillot. This building is described in the Rough Guide as … Continue reading

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Museum day

Finally, after such a long time and determination, I visited the Museum of London, Docklands this morning. And what a brilliant museum it is. Having dropped Mirinda off at the ferry, I wandered around to the closest Starbucks for my … Continue reading

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