Wandering and Wondering

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Museums, museums and more museums

For my last week in London I must have spent around 50% of my waking hours walking around museums. Here is the complete list of museums and galleries I've visited since I've been in London:
  • Tate Modern
  • Tate Britain
  • Kensington Palace
  • Kenwood House
  • Museum in Docklands
  • British Museum
  • Photographer's Gallery
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Science Museum
  • Star Wars Exhibition
  • Royal Observatory
  • National Maritime Museum

The great thing is that most of them are free. Tate Modern is definitely one of my favourites. They are currently showing an exhibition called Global Cities which looks at urbanisation and its impact on the way we live. One of the exhibits showed the population densities of 4 different cities via 3D graphs:

Global Cities exhibition at Tate Modern

Another one of my favourites was the Surreal Things exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum. Unfortunately no photography was allowed in this particular exhibition, so I can't show you any of the interesting objects they had on display. Apart from this exhibition, the rest of the museum was a little boring (in part due to a bit of museum overload on my behalf), although the sculpture gallery was worth a visit:

Sculpture Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum

The British Museum is fascinating due to the sheer number of artifacts they have on display. This is testament to the wealth of the British empire, and how much they've prospered by exporting the wealth of other countries onto British soil (a fact which the museum makes up for in a small way by allowing free entry). My favourite exhibit from this museum is a photo of a Buddha statue meditating on a picture of himself displayed on a TV screen:

Meditating Buddha

Even when you are not inside a museum there is always plenty of art to view around London, such as the African Poems on the Picadilly line trains or the deckchair art in Regent's Park:

Deckchair art

1 comment:

Boots in the Oven said...

Oh, dear, I hate that you didn't care much for the V & A! But museum overload can be a bitch. We went there and spent most of our time in the fashion exhibit, for some reason. I'm really not sure how that happened, as neither of us are all that into fashion, but we really enjoyed looking around in there! Logan wanted to go to the Surreal Things exhibit, bot we couldn't justify like $40 US on it, if I remember the prices correctly.

And that global cities exhibit opened after we visited the Tate Modern. I'm sorry we missed it - it looks very interesting.

-rachel