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2022/04/10 California African American Museum
π 2022-04-10 01:01 in Museums
Small museum in the expo park, some interesting paintings and pictures:











2022/04/08 LA's Natural History Museum
π 2022-04-08 01:01 in Museums
It had been a while since I had been to LA and had not yet seen teh natural history museum, which turns out, was pretty good. Due to a very slow time in LAX, getting the rental car, plus slow traffic, we only had slightly over 2H, which was barely enough. We saw most of it before we were kicked out:


















The local history part was cool too:




The gems and stones were also wodnderful:













The dinosaurs section was also quite good, but we were running out of time by then:









Nice building and fun to visit:



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2022/01/05 Monnaie de Paris (French Mint)
π 2022-01-05 01:01 in Museums, Paris
I happened to walk by the former French Mint (was in Paris, now moved somewhere bigger and cheaper for higher production volume). It's a very interesting museum that shows how the coins were designed, made, and even goes into each metal's pros and cons, as well as the history of coins over French history. Quite fascinating.



original old equipment, not used anymore
original old equipment, not used anymore


a cool artifact is they had an original KG prototype #17, used to verify that the main one, wasn't losing weight
a cool artifact is they had an original KG prototype #17, used to verify that the main one, wasn't losing weight




movie that showed how coins are made today
movie that showed how coins are made today


Really cool thing is they showed how coins and medals were made:

an artist was working on this big model
an artist was working on this big model

big models
big models



the big model goes on the right, and is used to make the target size small coin model on the left
the big model goes on the right, and is used to make the target size small coin model on the left


More rooms:



golden version of the former french coin
golden version of the former french coin




5000 Euro coin!
5000 Euro coin!

Plenty of more pictures here

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2021/12/29 Paris Cinematheque, Musee Melies
π 2021-12-29 01:01 in Museums, Paris
This was another idea from my dad, there are so many museums in Paris that seeing them all is a never ending task :)

Musée Méliès was really good given how pioneering and famous this French cinematographer, was, especially as he can be said to be the first real one, and with so much success.

The museum does a great job recounting his life, inventions, and firsts, including how he built his cameras based on the frères Lumière's work who didn't believe their own invention would be worth anything:




There were multiple screens showing some of his early short movies:



even then, some of the movies were hand colorized, frame by frame
even then, some of the movies were hand colorized, frame by frame



the whole story board for 'voyage vers la lune'
the whole story board for 'voyage vers la lune'



He built an entire studio, the first one, in Montreuil:



Really cool visit (and we got lucky to have a guide walk by and give us nice explanations). After we were done, we went to see a different expo on Jean Paul Gaultier, the famous French fashion designer, and how his work got into many movies (including 5th element):







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2021/11/13 Dubai Old Town Museum of Illusions
π 2021-11-13 01:01 in Museums, Uae2021
While in old town, I went to see the museum of illusions. I've seen other ones like that before, it's not a must go attraction, but it's fun to visit if you're in the area. I was, so I did:







2021/11/11 Louvre Abu Dhabi
π 2021-11-11 01:01 in Museums, Uae2021
On my 2nd day in Abu Bhabi, I went to see the Louvre that opens at 10:00, not super early, but nothing opens early in UAE. It's not like the Louvre in Paris obviously, that louvre you can barely do in a very long day, but the Abu Dhabi one can be done easily in 3.5H if you do everything carefully (what I did), or 2H if you go through it more quickly. It is a beautiful building, definitely worth a visit no matter what:

















the section on old Paris from 130 years ago, was really cool
the section on old Paris from 130 years ago, was really cool




The outdoors were fantastic:







I probably stayed a bit longer than I should have (it made me late for the rest of the day), but things barely worked out.

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2021/09/30 Seattle's EMP/MoPOP Musem
π 2021-09-30 01:01 in Museums
I only had a portion of a day in Seattle after the 2021 open source summit, so I figured I'd go back to EMP now MoPOP which has been changing quite a bit, and I visited too quickly last time. Well, it's quite big now, and you can spend many hours there (arguably a whole day). I spent over 3H. This museum is a bit all over the place, from SciFi to Pop music, but it's definitely fun to visit:

Definitely cool buildings:





Pop Music:





Sci-Fi:






Fantasy:





Horror:



Also video games:


And outfits?


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2021/09/30 Seattle's Mohai Musem
π 2021-09-30 01:01 in Museums
Since I only had a portion of a day in Seattle after the 2021 open source summit, after doing EMP/MoPOP again, I had a bit of time left and Mohai was a good choice for something I hadn't seen. Frankly it's not a must visit museum, but I enjoyed my 1.5H there, especially the section on Leonardo Da Vinci:












Seattle had a big fire and was rebuilt
Seattle had a big fire and was rebuilt


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2021/08/26 Mme Tussauds London
π 2021-08-26 01:01 in England2021, Museums
During my last visit to London, I did got to see Mme Tussauds, both because the line looked long, and because I wasn't as excited about seeing more wax figures of UK figures I didn't really know, but turns out that it's actually the best such wax museum I've seen in the world, well worth the visit.











I didn't care for this picture, but obviously others did
I didn't care for this picture, but obviously others did









There were cool sections on movies like Alien:







There was another interesting section on Mme Tussauds herself, how she started her career during the french revolution and did actually make copies of famous heads that were decapitated:






The next part was a very interesting ride showing you even more things, I didn't expect that:







And it wasn't over yet, it seems that they've added extensions over time. The last one was on marvel characters:




And also star wars:













All in all, totally exceeded expectations, definitely enjoyed it, especially when it wasn't too busy.

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2021/08/24 British Library
π 2021-08-24 01:01 in England2021, Museums
My last time in London I went to the British Library during extended hours, but the important room was closed by then, so I had to go back and see the collection, which was quite good. Very nice free collection, glad I was able to see it this time:
































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