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2019/04/29 Palo Alto's Small Museum of American Heritage
π 2019-04-29 01:01 in Museums
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While at the Repair Café next door, I popped in this small museum, which had interesting artifacts:










agreeable to use, certain in their effects, and harmless in their action, they may be safely smoked by ladies and children
agreeable to use, certain in their effects, and harmless in their action, they may be safely smoked by ladies and children

cocaine probably helps for toothaches, sure
cocaine probably helps for toothaches, sure

2019/03/17 Calgary's Hangar Flight Museum
π 2019-03-17 01:01 in Flying, Museums
During a very short trip in Calgary, I went to check out the Hangar Flight Museum on the way back to the airport to fly home. It wasn't a huge museum, but it was my first aviation museum in canada, so that was reason enough to go :)
A very nice volunteer gave me a tour. The whole museum can be done in 1H or so, but I spent a bit longer:




interesting ripoff of the Wright Flyers
interesting ripoff of the Wright Flyers


The Avro Arrow was supposed to be a Mach2+ fighter, but was sadly scrapped, dealing a big blow to Canadian aviation designs
The Avro Arrow was supposed to be a Mach2+ fighter, but was sadly scrapped, dealing a big blow to Canadian aviation designs



hard to believe that jet engine fits in the Havilland Vampire
hard to believe that jet engine fits in the Havilland Vampire


interesting twin boom design, jet exhaust was pointing down, so you couldn't do a static runup without melting the runway :)
interesting twin boom design, jet exhaust was pointing down, so you couldn't do a static runup without melting the runway :)

Havilland Vampire is definitely an interesting early jet
Havilland Vampire is definitely an interesting early jet








Also, nearby was the aviation section of the Military Museum:



Canada used CF104/starfighters are nuclear bombers
Canada used CF104/starfighters are nuclear bombers














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2019/03/17 Calgary's Military Museums
π 2019-03-17 01:01 in Museums
Calgary's Military Museums were much bigger than planned, spent 3.5H there, and that was without reading a lot of things. Definitely a pretty thorough collection worth a visit, you can spend the whole day if you read everything:
















Nearby was the Hangar Flight Museum

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2019/02/07 Montreal's Musee Grevin
π 2019-02-07 01:01 in Museums
Another nice wax museum worth visiting:
























They had a good explanation of how the wax statues are made:




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2019/01/28 Christchurch's Antarctic Center
π 2019-01-28 01:01 in Museums, Trips
Across the street from RNZAF's and USAF's Antarctic launch bases in Christchurch is the Antarctic Center. I did'nt have super high hopes for it, but it was better than I thought and worth a good 3-4H in the end.




NZ is indeed not that far from the antarctic:



You could get a ride in Hagglung, the all terrain carriers they use there. They can handle quite rough terrain









Of course, they had penguins:




Another room was the cold/wind chill room:




brr...
brr...


Other misc stuff, including movies:



two kinds of planes to get there, 5 to 8H trip due to the lack of real jet runway on the ice
two kinds of planes to get there, 5 to 8H trip due to the lack of real jet runway on the ice


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2019/01/22 Christchurch's Canterbury Museum
π 2019-01-22 01:01 in Museums, Trips
Christchurch's Canterbury Museum has a very good central museum with multiple sections all worth seeing.

The section on Mauri started with their early lives:

sadly they hunted the Moa to extinction
sadly they hunted the Moa to extinction



They had a very nice section on their sacred stone, the Kura Pounamu:







One corner had a nice section on a house filled with pretty shells:





Another section showed the old streets:




The 2nd floor talked about the antarctic expeditions that have been launched from NZ's Christchurch:






Other random sections:






the Kakapo, the world's biggest parrot, is quite cute
the Kakapo, the world's biggest parrot, is quite cute



All it all, it was worth a good 4H, and was well worth a good donation (entrance is free)

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2018/11/27 Ohahu's Pearl Harbour Monument, Museums, and Mighty Missouri Ship
π 2018-11-27 01:01 in Museums, Trips
Visiting Pearl Harbour is a whole day affair. It opens at 07:00 but you go stand in line a bit before that to get the daily free tickets to the Arizona Memorial. You then have until 17:00 to see the multiple museums, bowfin submarine, take a bus to ford island, see the Missouri (which in itself is over 2H if you do the great 90mn engineer tour), and then hurry on to the Air Museum before it closes at 17:00. It's barely doable in a day.

a bit of early morning rain
a bit of early morning rain

ship that took us to the Arizona Memorial (currently being renovated)
ship that took us to the Arizona Memorial (currently being renovated)


Mighty Missouri
Mighty Missouri

rainbow over the location of struck ships
rainbow over the location of struck ships



Back on land, onto the museums:



suicide torpedoes, ugh...
suicide torpedoes, ugh...









it is still an active military base
it is still an active military base

The Bowfin is a nice typical submarine visit:












Then onto Ford island, by bus, onto the mighty Missouri where we took the 90mn private engineering tour

they have their own private neighborhoods there
they have their own private neighborhoods there



the guns are big
the guns are big







our private tour guide
our private tour guide



big guns
big guns







Then, we had to hurry on to the Pacific Aviation Msseum to see what we could before it closed:


More pictures of the Pearl Harbour Pacific Aviation Museum

And that was it for our Pearl Harbour visit. I now agree that it's hard to see it all in one day :)

2018/10/14 Centre Pompidou
π 2018-10-14 01:01 in Museums, Paris
It has been so many years since I was able to enter Centre Pompidou due to a completely ridiculous line to even enter the building, never mind the exhibits which can have hour+ lines themselves too.
I thought pre-purchased tickets would help, but really not so much. Thankfully the line getting in wasn't terrible, but some temporary expos still had very long lins. So, we went to see the other ones first, and thankfully they were open late, so we were able to see the other ones later.

Modern art is well, variable. There were some interesting bits, others were so-so:
























I definitely wouldn't put this first in a visit of Paris, starting with how hard it is to get into it, but I'm happy we got to see it eventually.

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2018/10/12 Zaragoza Origami Museum
π 2018-10-12 01:01 in Museums, Spain2018
This was an unusual find in Zaragoza during our day visit. Off the beaten path but very worth the visit, very fancy pieces:
















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2018/10/08 Madrid Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
π 2018-10-08 01:01 in Museums, Spain2018
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is a very nice small-ish but very complete museum on all kinds paintings over the years. As a nice gesture, it was one of the few museums that actually still allowed pictures. Thanks to them for that:























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