My big museum list.


Back when I was keeping a museum-specific blog (those were the days!) I’d started to track all the museums I’d been to, including museums at or within historic sites/parks, just for the heck of it. It’s quite remarkable to take a look at the range of places I’ve visited, and I am truly lucky to have been able to do so. I thought it’d be interesting to update it and share it here – have any of you visited these? I think this is all of them! Any suggestions for where I can go next? I’m eyeing up Washington DC, don’t worry..

As of May 2017, I’ve visited 162 museums in my life. And for the hell of it, I’ve bolded the ones I’ve worked at, even if briefly.

Australia – 27
West Australian Museum, Perth
Art Gallery of West Australia, Perth
Perth Mint, Perth
Berndt Museum of Anthropology , Perth
Rottnest Island Museum , Rottnest Island
Melbourne Museum , Melbourne
Scienceworks, Melbourne, Melbourne
Immigration Museum, Melbourne
Old Melbourne Gaol, Melbourne
Australian Museum, Sydney
Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney
Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
Queensland Museum and Sciencentre, Brisbane
Commissariat Store, Brisbane
Museum of Brisbane , Brisbane
UQ Anthropology Museum , Brisbane
Strehlow Research Centre Alice Springs, Alice Springs
Museum of Tropical Queensland , Townsville
Newstead House, Brisbane
Boggo Road Gaol Museum, Brisbane
Abbey Museum , Caboolture (QLD)
Fremantle Prison, Fremantle
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Queensland Performing Arts Centre Museum, Brisbane
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
UQ Antiquities Museum, Brisbane
UQ Physics Museum, Brisbane – home of the famous pitch drop webcam

NZ  – 7
Canterbury Museum, Christchurch
Christchurch Art Gallery , Christchurch
Kaikoura Museum, Kaikoura
Te Papa , Wellington
Wellington Museum of City and Sea, Wellington
Wellington City Gallery, Wellington
Auckland Museum, Auckland

USA – 27
La Brea Tar Pits and George C. Page Museum, Los Angeles
LA Natural History Museum, Los Angeles
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
American Museum of Natural History, NYC
City of New York Museum, NYC
Museum of Sex, NYC
Guggenheim, NYC
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn
Museum of the Moving Image, Queens
Museum of Modern Art, NYC
Mesa Verde museum, Mesa Verde Colorado
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum, Colorado
Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture, Seattle
Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), Seattle
EMP Museum, Seattle
Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle
Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis
Strong Museum of Play, Rochester N.Y
Newseum, Washington D.C.
Smithsonian Natural History Museum, Washington D.C.
Smithsonian Museum of American History, Washington D.C.
Smithsonian Museum of African American Culture and History, Washington D.C.
Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, Washington D.C.
Smithsonian Museum of Air & Space, Washington D.C.
Smithsonian National Postal Museum, Washington D.C.
Library of Congress, Washington D.C.

Canada – 17
Vancouver Museum, Vancouver
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
Ontario Science Centre, Toronto
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto
Toronto Police Museum, Toronto
Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto
Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg
Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa
Canadian Museum of History (formerly Civilization), Gatineau QC
Canadian War Museum, Ottawa
Currency Museum, Ottawa
Redpath Sugar Museum, Toronto
Museum of Inuit Art, Toronto
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax

Mexico – 6
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City
Templo Mayor, Mexico City
Oaxaca Cultures Museum, Oaxaca
Monte Alban

Africa – 2
Egyptian Museum, Cairo
Giza Pyramids, Cairo

Continental Europe – 18
Frankfurt Film Museum, Frankfurt
Frankfurt Ethnography Museum, Frankfurt
Berlin Natural History Museum , Berlin
Pergamon Museum, Berlin
Museum at Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin
Gestapo HQ – Topography of Terror, Berlin
Altes Museum, Berlin
Ethnographic Museum, Dahlem Berlin
Museum for Film and TV, Berlin
Musical Instrument Museum, Berlin
Medical History Museum, Berlin
Deutches Technik Museum, Berlin
Louvre, Paris
Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris
Hungarian National Museum, Budapest
Ethnographic Museum, Budapest
Galerie de paléontologie et d’anatomie comparée, Paris – part of the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle
Grande Galerie de l’Évolution, Paris – part of the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle

United Kingdom – 58

British Museum, London
University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge
Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Oxford
Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, Cambridge
Museum of the History of Science, Oxford
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Roman Baths, Bath
KelvinGrove Museum, Glasgow
Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow
Glasgow Transport Museum (old location), Glasgow
People’s Palace Museum and Wintergardens, Glasgow
Dynamic Earth, Glasgow
Elgin Museum, Elgin
Archaeolink outdoor archaeological park, Scotland – now closed
Fort George, near Inverness Scotland
Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin Scotland
Spynie Palace, Scotland
Stirling Castle, Stirling Scotland
The Writers Museum, Edinburgh
Surgeons’ Hall Museums – Edinburgh
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
Camera Obscura/World of Illusions, Edinburgh
Hunterian Museum – Royal College of Surgeons, London
London Natural History Museum, London
London Transport Museum, London
Science Museum, London
Movieum – now the London Film Museum, London
Museum in Docklands, London
Tate Modern, London
Tate Britain, London
Museum of London, London
National Portrait Gallery, London
National Gallery, London
Imperial War Museum, London
Florence Nightingale Museum, London
Wellcome Collection, London
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich (London)
Royal Greenwich Observatory, London
Sir John Soane’s Museum, London
Museum of Garden History, London
Kew Gardens, London
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Hadrian’s Wall – Housesteads and Vindolanda, Northumberland (Northern England)
Stonehenge, Salisbury
Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool
International Slavery Museum, Liverpool
Tate Liverpool, Liverpool
National Conservation Centre, Liverpool
Beatles Story, Liverpool
World Museum, Liverpool
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Grant Zoology Museum, London
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, London
Horniman Museum, London
Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI), Manchester
Manchester University Museum, Manchester

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7 responses to “My big museum list.”

  1. dougdorda says :

    It is actually a bit of a personal shame of mine that I haven’t been to many museums. I have been to those close to me, but it is something of a resolution of mine to visit more, and being close to Chicago, the obvious present themselves. Are there any in Michigan that you would personally recommend?

    • nicolehoye says :

      I wish I’d been to more in Chicago! But MOSI was pretty great. I’m not sure about Michigan personally, but I have friends who enjoyed the Henry Ford Museum.

  2. dimsimkitty says :

    Impressive! My museum list would be much smaller. I will have to try and add some to mine when I am in the US later this year.
    I still remember that great museum you took me too in London that had all the great medical specimens, though I can’t remember its name!

  3. Joleen says :

    Nice list!!!! Love that you are a museum nerd too, like me, but which one did you enjoy the most. Out of all the museums I’ve been to, this one is my favorite. Its in the middle of nowhere Alberta in between Calgary and Edmonton. Its amazing!!!

    If you ever have the chance, here is a perfect road trip day.
    Go and spend the morning at the Gay Rodeo, usually held sometime in early Aug
    Drive to the Gopher Hole Museum – See this amazing site
    Then off to the UFO landing pad, you heard right. A town in Alberta made a UFO landing pad…for real.
    Then glow in the dark mini putt and roller coasters at West Edmonton Mall.

    • nicolehoye says :

      It’s really hard to pick, but I do love the British Museum so much; the Berlin Ethnographic Museum is also incredible.

      I really must get to Alberta for some museum visits!

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