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What are the best cities in the world for walking, arting, and eating?

My husband and I have realized that our ideal form of travel is to get an apartment in another city for a week or two and spend the entire time walking around the city, eating, and visiting museums. What are the best cities in the world we can do this in where we can also get around speaking English, Spanish, or German? [more inside]
posted by EmilyFlew on Aug 19, 2014 - 68 answers

Looking for meticulously curated archives to browse through

I'm looking for archives of... things to look at and meander through. Things like those that I have seen of medieval manuscripts, engravings of pictures of businesses featured on receipts from the 1800s (? not sure of dates), and I guess other things of that ilk. [more inside]
posted by marble on Jun 20, 2014 - 13 answers

Museum jobs in Los Angeles: tips, suggestions, advice?

Pretty basic: my partner and I are relocating from the East Coast to Los Angeles in July; I am hoping to find a job (or jobs) in one of LA's many fascinating cultural institutions. Primarily looking for positions in research, outreach, or education. I am looking for any suggestions as to listserves, forums, job posting boards, or other places where I can start looking for posted positions, as well as any local groups like the EMPs that I might be able to join once there. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 11, 2014 - 6 answers

Like the Mixed-Up Files, But True

My friend is graduating next month with a degree in Museum Studies. I'd like to get her a book as a graduation present. Can you recommend any good memoirs or biographies or popular nonfiction books set in the museum world? I would rather it not be mainly about heists or looting or art crime.
posted by bluefly on Apr 30, 2014 - 13 answers

Library and Museum Digital Projects

I am on a team at a public library and we are looking at what we can do to expand our digital presence. I have looked at websites like the Smithsonian and Library of Congress and I am looking for suggestions of other institutions that are trying new things online.
posted by zzazazz on Dec 10, 2013 - 6 answers

Salvage These Bones

A long-planned long weekend visit to DC to check out Harper's Ferry and Antietam in a few days has been infuriatingly stymied by the shutdown. The plan had been to go see a lot of stuff related to John Brown's Raid, Civil War battlefields, and African American art housed at the National Gallery. The trip was in part to do research for a creative writing project about Mr Brown, and part for some general shenanigans. Now what? [more inside]
posted by sestaaak on Oct 7, 2013 - 18 answers

What should I do next week in NYC?

In an effort to distract myself from my life, I've decided to spend next week in NYC. I've never been, and am getting a little overwhelmed trying to decide what to do there. Oh yeah, and I'd like to not have to sell my firstborn to pay for everything. [more inside]
posted by jenlovesponies on Aug 22, 2013 - 44 answers

What are the best American historic sites east of the Mississippi

My husband and I want to carefully plan a series of American History field trips for our family, to take place over the next 3-6 years. We live in Northern New England and are, ourselves, pretty conversant in US History. Can you help us plan what we should see and -- most importantly -- what order we should see it in? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Aug 16, 2013 - 36 answers

Visiting Amsterdam in November

Visiting Amsterdam (hopefully) over the 11/9 weekend - what to do? [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Apr 22, 2013 - 11 answers

Term time activities for 11-15 year olds near Slough?

We're about to have yet another spell of very cold weather in the south east so time to find more activies for school age children (11-15) that are either indoors or in sheltered areas outdoors. Can you recommend any? [more inside]
posted by humph on Mar 10, 2013 - 0 answers

Joymany

My friends went to Germany on a whim and now they are cold and miserable until their flight back in early February. I don't want them to give up hope. What are some truly awesome things that they can do in Berlin and the surrounding areas in the coming weeks? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on Jan 18, 2013 - 38 answers

A Cultural weekend in New York

I'll be in New York City the 21st through the 23rd and would like to take in a much art/cultural stuff as I reasonably can, but it's New York and outside of the big four (MOMA, the Met, AMNH and the Guggenhiem), I'm not really sure where to start. [more inside]
posted by Meeks Ormand on Sep 5, 2012 - 23 answers

Standout cultural memberships in NYC

Which museums, venues & institutions in New York City have the most rewarding membership programs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 22, 2012 - 9 answers

How to avoid the crowds at Versailles?

Which days should I avoid Versailles on my trip to Paris? [more inside]
posted by Heliochrome85 on Apr 24, 2012 - 28 answers

Best laid plan gets wrinkled

Headhunter has interrupted my career-change plans, how do I know whether this is an opportunity or a blind alley? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 26, 2012 - 9 answers

Bored in Ann Arbor: *How* does one find new things to do?

Bored in Ann Arbor: *How* does one find new things to do? [more inside]
posted by 254blocks on Feb 20, 2012 - 16 answers

Taking my funny face to Paris

So I'll be in Paris for six days in the beginning of February. I have my cheap not-quite-a-room all set up (thanks, airbnb!) and some mild conversational skills all primed and...basically no other plans, other than vast quantities of pastries. So what do you, o wonderful Mefites, suggest? In search of: museums, especially odd ones and/or Romans, fancy paper... [more inside]
posted by jetlagaddict on Jan 20, 2012 - 23 answers

Pastels in London and Paris Museums

Thinking of visiting London and Paris next year...also been getting into pastels so would like to hit up art museums with a good number of quality pastel paintings by Degas, Renoir, etc. (prefer impressionist style). Which museums provide this abundance? I'm thinking the Musée d'Orsay, maybe the Louvre...anywhere else?
posted by lirael2008 on Dec 15, 2011 - 8 answers

Current displays of captured enemy weapons?

What are some examples of countries displaying "captured weapons" or war planes, etc, of any enemy country and then turning them into a tourist attraction? [more inside]
posted by Cwell on Dec 9, 2011 - 26 answers

Gay Girl in Amsterdam for 2 Days: Where to stay and what to do???

Where should I stay in Amsterdam and what should I check out? I'm going to Amsterdam for two days and two nights the first week of January. I am a 26 year old single lesbian who is very interested in checking out the local hotspots for gay women and also visiting some art galleries. I would like to see some unusual art installations and/or performance art while I am there. Thank you! : ) [more inside]
posted by thatgirl1985 on Oct 24, 2011 - 6 answers

Then we take Berlin

Berlin. Will be there celebrating my son's birthday, between 25th and 28th of september. He runs a cool restaurant in Stockholm, loves beer, football and music and will be 47. I am 70 love museums, art shows, wine -and still like whooping it up. Will be staying in Kreuzberg. What shouldn't we miss?
posted by jan murray on Sep 20, 2011 - 7 answers

Favorite museum websites

What are some of your favorite museum websites (urls please)? Specifically looking for interesting and engaging historic house museum websites.
posted by printchick on Sep 17, 2011 - 6 answers

"I've got a gun let's go to a Broadway show"

What should I see/eat/do in New York City this week? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Jul 25, 2011 - 39 answers

Help us have fun on a NYC day trip

What to see in NYC in only one day? [more inside]
posted by maxg94 on Jun 28, 2011 - 23 answers

Things To Do In Belgium When You're Ten

My daughter and I will be in Brussels for seven hours on Friday. What shouldn't we miss? [more inside]
posted by tigrefacile on May 31, 2011 - 11 answers

When art installations get bored

Looking for an article about artists living in a New York museum as installation. [more inside]
posted by Su on May 27, 2011 - 5 answers

Reflections on Collections

Hou Hanru: On the Mid-Ground is a collection of curatorial statements and catalogue essays by a curator/critic. What other collections of curatorial statements might you recommend? [more inside]
posted by Jagz-Mario on Apr 20, 2011 - 2 answers

Helps up plan our first real vacation!

Hooray, we're taking our first "big kid" vacation to New York City for a week! ...um, what now? (March 13-19 edition) [more inside]
posted by joshuaconner on Feb 10, 2011 - 20 answers

Interesting War Museums or Memorials?

A friend's 16 year old son has picked up an interest in history, particularly war memorials. She'd like to take him on a trip over spring break to encourage him but is lacking choices other than Civil War sites in VA/MD and the Pearl Harbor Memorial, both of which they've visited before. Places in the United States are preferable but she'd consider other English-speaking countries (she doesn't want to hire a tour guide). Where can they go to get a real sense of history and blow this teenager's mind?
posted by nuala on Feb 7, 2011 - 51 answers

Something happens and I'm head over heels

MorbidCuriosityFilter: I just saw this on my friend's blog, which is an odd coincidence, because only the other day I was wondering: How many people have jumped or fallen off of the spiral walkway at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC? [more inside]
posted by Artifice_Eternity on Feb 4, 2011 - 4 answers

Should my art museum put some of our collection on Flickr?

I'm working on a proposal that the art museum where I work should put images of some of our collection onto our Flickr account. Are there downsides to this that I'm missing? [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Feb 3, 2011 - 13 answers

Sunday fun in NYC

What's something fun and cheap and indoorsy we can do this Sunday afternoon in nyc? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Jan 25, 2011 - 12 answers

9 Year-Old Girl Takes Manhattan

My niece is turning 9 this week and will be visiting Manhattan with her parents over Thanksgiving. I'd like to get her a gift like a coloring book, bingo game, or map where she can track where she's been while she's there. Something that requires a little research on her part beforehand would be great; YA historical stuff or mysteries is sort of what I'm looking for. (She's reading at a 5th grade level). I'd like to steer clear of electronic stuff if possible; paper and crayons/pencils type of thing.
posted by dolface on Oct 16, 2010 - 11 answers

Museum or not

Should I go for a museum studies masters or would a public history masters be a better choice instead? [more inside]
posted by miss sarah thane on Aug 22, 2010 - 5 answers

What to do around a War Museum visit in Ottawa?

Things to do in Ottawa/Gatineau for two guys in their late 20s? A visit to the War Museum is already in the cards. [more inside]
posted by Monday, stony Monday on Jul 30, 2010 - 11 answers

Dime Museums, Disaster Spectacles, and Old Coney Island

Hi All. I am doing research on old Coney Island, Dime Museums, and the history of disaster spectacles. Do any of you know of any books or sources where I could find out more information or, better yet, images relating to these topics? Thank you!
posted by astropop on Jun 26, 2010 - 9 answers

How do you get to the Rothko Chapel from the airport?

How do you get from the Houston Airport to the Rothko Chapel? [more inside]
posted by mortaddams on Jun 24, 2010 - 12 answers

English Sights for a Young Girl

Where would you go and what would you do if you're a young museum- and nature-loving teen on her first trip to England? [more inside]
posted by Hardcore Poser on Jun 13, 2010 - 25 answers

She love museum mile

Museum mavens! How do I get back into museum work - specifically interpretation - after a two-year hiatus? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 11, 2010 - 5 answers

Trip planned... now what?

We're going to spend a week in Washington! What are some good sights to see in the Bellingham area? We'll also drive to Seattle at least once during the vacation. We don't know anything about the area! [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on May 10, 2010 - 15 answers

Proper respect for Native American recordings

In recent years museums and archives have become more sensitive to audio and visual recordings of Native Americans, especially when ceremonies, prayers and chants are involved. Are there any "best practices" out there? [more inside]
posted by nestor_makhno on Apr 15, 2010 - 8 answers

What interesting things in Brooklyn can you be a member of?

My best friend just moved to Brooklyn. Her birthday is coming up, and I'd like to give her a membership to some local institution that she could frequent. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by zadermatermorts on Apr 12, 2010 - 7 answers

What Seattle-area museums should I visit?

What Seattle-area museums should I visit? [more inside]
posted by Blue Jello Elf on Mar 24, 2010 - 16 answers

A week alone in Chicago.

What's a girl to do alone all day in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on Mar 15, 2010 - 43 answers

BostonFilter: Where is the coolest place to take a 5-year-old in Boston, Massachusetts?

BostonFilter: Where is the coolest place to take a 5-year-old in Boston, Massachusetts? [more inside]
posted by raddevon on Mar 12, 2010 - 23 answers

Help us have the best week in San Diego.

Heading to San Diego the first week in April with my sister and need help with suggestions to must drink, eat and see places. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte on Mar 3, 2010 - 16 answers

Bizarre museums in Madrid, Barcelona, Cordoba, and/or Seville

I'm leaving for Spain tomorrow and going to Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, and Cordoba. Can anyone recommend any truly bizarre museums in any of these cities? I'm a big fan of things like deformed fetuses in jars and old medical instruments. Other types of off-beat, funny museum suggestions would be great too. Thanks!
posted by parakeetdog on Jan 29, 2010 - 7 answers

Advice for quickie vacation in San Francisco?

Taking a three-day visit to San Francisco in mid-February. I’ve already bookmarked some of the excellent previous AskMe answers, but I’ve got some specific questions… [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Jan 4, 2010 - 31 answers

Music of the Spheres

I absolutely loved the Brussels Musical Instruments Museum. What albums should I be buying? [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Jan 2, 2010 - 3 answers

Articles on law serving specific factions of society? Example of art.

Hi all, I am looking for articles or books on how the law serves specific factions of society at the expense of others. I am specifically interested in the issue of art fraud and forgery, but I would be happy to learn about more general overviews on this issue as well. Is there a "classic" book on how law is socially constructed to serve specific factions of society at the expense of others? Or maybe an overview on the sociology or anthropology of law that you highly recommend? Or some key terms I should be aware of? My intuitive understanding of the art forgery example is that laws to prevent fraud serve the interests of people involved in the art market (dealers, galleries, museums, auction houses) but hinder artists that work in historical traditions because the border between a "copy" and a "pastiche" and a "forgery" and a "fraud" is blurry. Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
posted by tnygard on Nov 25, 2009 - 13 answers

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