MONA in Hobart, Tasmania: the largest privately-owned museum in Australia

Jonathan Leeming Contributor

By Jonathan Leeming in Cool Travel on Tuesday 3 June 2014

On a recent trip to Tasmania, I had the opportunity to visit MONA, which after hearing so much hype and doing an abundance of background reading, I predicted would be a highlight of my already-amazing trip. I wasn’t wrong.

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The pocket-size museum you can take anywhere

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Saturday 1 March 2014

If you’ve always wanted to have your very own museum, a new Kickstarter project is allowing you to do just that. Curated by Hans Fex, the Mini Museum is a ‘portable collection of curiosities where every item is authentic, iconic and labeled’. Fex says he has collected these museum specimens over the last 35 years […]

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Meet the Matron of Morbidity

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 17 December 2013

Meet Elinor Wrobel, the Matron of Morbidity. This woman established a museum at Sydney Hospital to display the ‘morbid anatomy collection,’ a lineup of body parts collected since the 1890s. Just like any other museum, this place is divided into sections, too. And the most popular exhibit? The giant hairball. Wrobel ‘recovered the collection from […]

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MONA in Hobart, Tasmania: the largest privately-owned museum in Australia

Jonathan Leeming Contributor

By Jonathan Leeming in New Art on Thursday 12 September 2013

On a recent trip to Tasmania, I had the opportunity to visit MONA, which after hearing so much hype and doing an abundance of background reading, I predicted would be a highlight of my already-amazing trip. I wasn’t wrong.

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In Tokyo, a haunted art gallery has been created for kids

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Monday 26 August 2013

Why is it that we don’t remember our childhoods being as epic as this? Just for the kids, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo engaged Torafu Architects to toy with the artworks belonging to one of its art galleries. Its name? Haunted House — and it sets out to be exactly what it sounds […]

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SONS: a museum in Belgium dedicated to footwear

Michael Amter Contributor

By Michael Amter in Cool Travel on Thursday 22 August 2013

Addicted to shoes? SONS is a special museum in Belgium dedicated to footwear. It is the product of Dirk Vanderschueren, owner of Cortina, one of the world’s largest shoe manufacturers. Shoes Or No Shoes boasts having William ‘Boy’ Habraken’s ethnographic collection of 2700 pairs of shoes originating from 155 countries.

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The Museum of Broken Relationships

Michael Amter Contributor

By Michael Amter in Video on Thursday 15 August 2013

The Museum of Broken Relationships was conceptualized by artists Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić of Croatia sometime in 2006. The unique artistic endeavor has traveled the world ever since, receiving a wealth of positive coverage, amassing a very special collection contemplating the loss of love. This unconventional museum collects donated objects and descriptions by request, producing an emotive documentation dedicated to the memory […]

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Eerie lifelike wax models of the human anatomy

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Tuesday 23 July 2013

The Josephinum wax museum has quite an impressive collection of eerily realistic wax anatomical models. Apparently the collection dates back to 1785, when Emperor Josef II ordered the models to be made for his army surgeons to get their medical knowledge together. The museum is part of the Medical University of Vienna. It looks spooky.

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Museo De La Memoria: dedicated to Chileans killed during Pinochet period

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By Scratch My Nose in Cool Travel on Friday 28 June 2013

For many people from outside the America’s, the only realistic depiction of life in Chile during the Pinochet period has come from the recent Academy Award nominated film, No. The film follows the advertising political campaign during the historic 1988 election when it was to be determined whether General Pinochet should have another 8 year […]

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20-foot balloon dinosaur at the Virginia Museum of Natural History

Eugenia Viti Reader Find

By Eugenia Viti in New Trends on Thursday 9 May 2013

That’s right, some wonderfully talented and imaginative people teamed up with school kids to make a twenty foot balloon Acrocanthosaurus for display at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. Using a real skeleton of the dinosaur as a guide, they tried to make it as realistic as possible. However, nobody really knows what their skin […]

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Brain museum in India showcases ‘six hundred brains in an otherwise empty room’

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Tuesday 16 April 2013

In Bangalore, India, which has a geeky rep for being a hub for India’s information technology sector, an offbeat attraction called the Dr Shankar’s Brain Museum, which is open on Saturdays from 10am-3pm, has a superb grey collection of unlabelled brains in jars. Sounds like a visit is rightfully warranted. Also, you should tip off […]

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The Icelandic Phallological Museum

Tanja M. Laden Contributor

By Tanja M. Laden in Cool Travel on Wednesday 27 March 2013

Tucked inside the city of Reykjavík is a sleek, modern-looking little museum that just so happens to display nearly 300 phallus specimens from water and land mammals, including (supposedly) those from Iceland’s “Huldufólk,” i.e., elf-like “hidden people.” The Icelandic Phallological Museum features clean lines and a tidy installation that make it look like it could […]

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The Museum of Broken Relationships

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Saturday 3 November 2012

Back in 2010 when I first heard about the Museum of Broken Relationships (a traveling exhibition of donated emotionally-charged remnants from past relationships), it came across as a tad self-indulgent, or at best, whimsical.

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Famous Art Pieces Being Hung

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By Luke Watson in Cool Websites on Tuesday 8 May 2012

Check out the behind the scenes of famous art pieces being hung, positioned and eased into place around the word. From the small to the ridiculously large, it’s amazing to see the work you love being shunted around the globe.

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