Well, today is International Museum Day…much to my chagrine, this did not mean that all the museums in town were open for free. (Although our fair city of Burgos is having La Noche Blanca next week.)
So to celebrate, we decided to make a list of our favorite museums from our travels:
Imperial War Museum, London, UK
Perfect for a (typically) rainy day in London, this free museum is dedicated to the military history of Britain and the Commonwealths from World War I onwards. It’s beautifully curated and perfect for anyone (boy) who love planes, cannons and swords. Of course, It also goes far beyond this, covering war propaganda, the blitzkrieg, espionage, and much more.
Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
The story of the Vasa is a glorious one: built in haste to keep up with King Gustavus Adolphus’ war, the Vasa sunk 20 minutes into its maiden voyage (too little ballast for too many gun decks). Even more fascinating is the story of its excavation over 300 years after it sank. While it’s not free, they do have student discounts. And it’s well worth the price.
El Prado, Madrid, Spain
Amidst the Velascos, the Grecos, and the 1000+ other great classical works, you’ll find one of our favorite paintings: Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights, a triptych with three panels showing the Garden of Eden, the Garden of Earthly Delights, and most grotesquely and compellingly…Hell. (If you’re in the neighborhood, hop over to the Reina Sofia to check out Picasso’s Guernica).
East Side Gallery, Berlin, Germany
It’s one of the last few remaining bits of the Berlin wall, now covered in murals by artists from all over the world as a memorial to freedom. Need we say more?
The Holocaust History Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Photo by David Basulto, CC License BY-SA
Gripping, painful, unforgettable. This is not an easy experience; take your time and perhaps leave your day following the museum open for reflection. Although covering a devastating era in human history, there are some testimonies and artifacts that gave hope. The children’s memorial offers a particularly poignant and emotional end to museum.
Speaking of museums, what are some of your favorites? We’d love suggestions!