In Praise of the World’s Lesser Known Museums

Here are a few of the smaller (or lesser know museums) that I have enjoyed recently:

  • National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, California;

steinbeck

  • Rodin Museum in Paris,
  • Vasa Museum in Stockholm, Sweden;
Ill-fated Swedish Naval Vessel, Stockholm

Ill-fated Swedish Naval Vessel, Stockholm

  • Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem, The Netherlands;
  • National Museum in Addis Ababa (particularly the human evolution floor), Ethiopia;
  • Gilgal Gardens (outdoor sculpture park) in Salt Lake City;
Joseph Smith Sphinx in Gilgal Garden Park, Salt Lake City

Joseph Smith Sphinx in Gilgal Garden Park, Salt Lake City

During my LDS Franco-Belgian Mission during the 1960s, I enjoyed visiting;

  • Musee de l’Oeuvre Notre Dame located next to the Strasbourg Cathedral, France, and
Head of Christ, Early Sainted Glass Image, Strasbourg

Head of Christ, Ancient Sainted Glass Image, Strasbourg, France

  • Unterlinden Museum in Colmar, France.
Issenheim Altarpiece in the Colmar, France, Museum

Issenheim Altarpiece in the Colmar, France

On my bucket list are:

Displays in the Nukus Museum (copyright Exequiel Scagnetti)

Displays in the Nukus Museum (copyright Exequiel Scagnetti)

  • Nation Museum of Sudan, Khartoum, and the National Museum (Faras Gallery), Warsaw, Poland, for their displays of early medieval Christian Nubian art.

There is not an underlying theme to these museums and gardens.  Just interesting subject matter and well laid out displays.

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