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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Museums and Libraries

I've been on a personal mission of sorts to go to every major museum and now I might have to do libraries!

Check out this post of awesome looking libraries to go see in your travels. While I find the whole 'porn' reference strange, it can't deny the power of the photos. [via]

Just for fun, here are the ones I've made it to so far on the museum side:

New York:
Metropolitan Museum of Art
American Natural History Museum
Frick Collection
Brooklyn Museum
Washington DC
National Gallery of Art
Royal Ontario Museum
Art Gallery of Ontario
Bata Shoe Museum
Los Angeles:
Huntington Library
Museé national du Moyen Age(Cluny)
Museé d'Orsay
British Museum
National Gallery
Victoria and Albert Museum
National Palace Museum
Tokyo National Museum

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I highly recommend the Morgan Library in NYC. It re-opened this year after major renevations, and it's a real jewel. Not just for JP's old personal library rooms (which look like the rooms on the web site you linked to above) but also the new modern collection buildings/galleries. My review here.
Those photographs are really beautiful. It makes me sad to think of the grand, Beaux Arts building of the Brooklyn Public library main branch (shaped like an open book from the air) - the 2 story, paneled entrance lobby is not full of books at all. In fact there is not a book to be seen. Just circulation desks, computer terminals around the wall, a cafe and art in display cases.
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