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What would be the first thing that come to your mind when thinking about books and museums?
1. Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University. I love the old-fashionedness of a museum of--basically--stuffed animals. The breadth of the collection is really amazing, and while a zoo does allow you to see animals in motion, you see fewer of them, and, with some exceptions depending on special, no real opportunity to study them up close. The coelacanth is a plus.
2. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston. Reverting to list format. I have work to do.
3. Sackler, Washington, DC.
4. Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC.
5. Istanbul Archaelogical Museum
Well, the first thing that came to mind was... work. I work in a museum.
And work makes me think of exhibitions and exhibition catalogs... There are so many exhibits that I would love to see. But since I can't travel too extensively, I'll settle for getting the catalogs!
1. keep this group active and
2. talk about museums
I'm currently working in a Zoological museum entering the information from the 150yo ink and paper (marbled endpapers) register into a database and designing a web site for it. It is a great museum, it has a number of Thylacine skulls, stuffed monkeys, pinned butterflies and so much more. Very much fun. Cheers.
By the way, I saw "Night at the Museum," and I was pleasantly surprised by how fun it was. (I originally went to see it simply because it was about a museum.)
I am connected with the Museum für Völkerkunde here, which is part of the KHM. The Kunsthistorisches Museum had a couple of years ago a beautiful exhibition on Glass - but the catalogue was 100€ (and sold miserably). We have found that the Schmerzgrenze (painful level) is 29€ (ca. 37$) - above that the sales plummet!
The Albertina has beautiful catalogues, nearly all priced at 29€ regardless of the size, some are truly a bargain (and sell well).
greetings from Vienna!