Thanks For the Memories - Virtual Museums
Images from todays time travelling gallery trip
I have just discovered Virtual Museums
- online collections of stupendous things and memorabilia and things to obsess on. These are wonderful, fabulous places to visit for images that will inspire you and for ideas to write on. I know I will be going back many times when I reach that writer’s block zone. I can barely contain my excitement and pleasure to discover all of this.
There is a Virtual Library museums pages site which lists museums all over the world, organized by country and it is fun to explore there.
Or just visit The Smithsonian site, possibly the most famous USA museum holding incredible collections in 19 different museums - from American Art and American Indians to the Air and Space collection. You could probably spend several lifetimes just looking at everything the Smithsonian has preserved and documented with the attention to detail of 999 obsessive compulsive collectors.
It would be fun to research all these and then a great way to spend a vacation! a few hours each day to keep the blues away!
One could visit museums and galleries in a specific city or area. Fly there, stay at some nice hotel, eat out at great restaurants - - - but if you’re like me and can’t physically travel very far, you may enjoy using your computer to take you to some spectacular collections. Travel with me online and we can share our finds!
time out: BTW, I would never have found these treasure troves if not for Rochelle Frank, one of my favorite hubbers, who wrote her funny Sox Legislation hub: http://hubpages.com/hub/Same-Sox-Legislation-Needed- a funny read - and then, when I wrote about Sock Puppets, she let me in on the secret - the Virtual Shoe Museum where they are currently featuring a sock show. That’s what got me started, so I have her to blame! or thank! Thank you Rochelle!
The Shows: A good place to start your online exploration of museums collections would be
the MoOM - the Museum of Online Museums site where they list links to hundreds of online collections. I started today with . . .
The National Theatre Poster Archive is where you will find over 650 posters You can buy prints for $12.98 (art prints are more $39 or so, and framed prints are about $110)
Would make fabulous gifts for people who have the wall space and special interests -- there are all kinds and from the 1960’s on.
Right under the Theatre Poster Archive is listed the Science Tattoo Emporium - all about tattoos on the science theme. Beautiful and thought provoking tattoo images sent my head spinning and even though I am too scaredy-cat to get my own I am impressed by scientist’s theme tattoos.
Here’s more I checked in on:
Museum of Tobacco Industry - lovely examples of all that false advertising that kills!
Gallery of Vintage Poison Labels - which are just the opposite - truth telling that provides us with some great graphic art
Gallery of Pulp Fiction Paperback Covers - classy trash images that take me back to my pre-teen late night reading choices
Gallery of Sexy Pez Advertising - a real eye-opener! Sex sells Pez! I had no idea!
Blue Note Vintage Cover Archives - album covers from back in the day of records, with classic beautiful 50's and 60's jazz graphics. You might never see these anymore unless your grandpa is still hoarding his jazz collection of vinyl!
I guess that's enough for us today. A good beginning for many days and weeks of ecstatic looking. I know I won’t be able to pull myself away probably for months. And this is all going to bring out some creative hubbing, not only from me, but from all of you who are interested in nostalgia and history!
Share the wealth, my darlings! Please remember me if you got the idea for your own virtual collection hopping here, and link this hub all you want! I will reciprocate and we can carry on like jet setters from the comfort of our homes. There is more than enough to keep us all busy and hopping around in the collections.