Category Archives: Museums of the world

This category showcases some of the well-known museums of the world.

Museums Worldwide | Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York City is famous for its museums and art galleries apart from so many other sights and sounds.   Did you know that the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art museum in USA?  The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art is also one of the most visited museums in the world. Museums Worldwide | Metropolitan Museum of Art The Metropolitan Museum of Art is located in Central Park, Fifth Avenue, with its main building along the Museum Mile of Manhattan.  It is popularly known as the Met.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) was founded more than 100 years ago in 1870.  Artists, thinkers and financers came together with the aim of creating a “national institution and gallery of art” in order to bring art and art education to the American people.  The museum has art dating from classical … Continue reading

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Museums Worldwide – The Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museums provide insights into art, culture, science and the amazing human experience from time immemorial.   Museums can help students learn and experience life with greater depth and sensitivity.  Museums keep students sense of wonder alive.  Museums encourage students to ask questions and discuss topics with empathy, bravery and imagination.   Have you heard of The Smithsonian American Art Museum?  Perhaps, you may even visit the museum if you ever visit the capital of USA, Washington DC.  You can also check out the museum’s online research databases.  The Smithsonian American Art Museum also conducts traveling exhibitions. Museums Worldwide – The Smithsonian American Art Museum The Smithsonian American Art Museum consists of a wonderful confluence of American art.  The collection dates back from the early colonial years up to the present day information and digital era.  The Smithsonian American Art collection consists of … Continue reading

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Learning about Folk and Tribal Art – Madhubani

It is heartening to hear that more and more importance is given to art and music in schools and colleges.  Art and music can breathe life into the educational sphere.  In fact, art and music can be soulful and thoughtful and help children express the awesome scenes of this world with a sense of wonder, sensitivity and humanity.  More and more children are learning about folk and tribal art of India like Madhubani and Worli art.  In fact, Rangoli, Kolam, mehendi and any other artistic design, though it has become traditionalized, is also sometimes a part of the folk and tribal ethos.  Art in many cases expresses the joys, sorrows, victories and struggles of human beings and our very blood, soul and spirit. In a wonderful initiative that can help children learn beyond textbooks, Google has started a kind of … Continue reading

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Importance of Visiting Museums | Planning a Museum Visit

Visiting museums help students have a good understanding of various topics they have only read about.  Moreover, many museums have historical artifacts or paintings which help students appreciate how art, culture and history helped in shaping societies across ages.  Science museums are another important destination which students can visit again and again to help them reinforce understanding of topics.  The number of exhibits in a museum can be overwhelming.  For a more fulfilling experience, enough background research and knowledge about the exhibits, etc., should be made, so that visiting the museums does not become rushed and frenzied.  Also, when students go on a field visit to museums, it is important to concentrate on several specific exhibits as well as get an overview of all the exhibits.  As it may sometimes take more than a day to visit a museum in … Continue reading

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Shankar’s International Dolls Museum

Shankar’s International Dolls Museum is an enchanting museum housed in the Children’s Book Trust, Nehru House Building in New Delhi.  A visit to the Children’s Book Trust Building will only be complete with a visit to the dolls museum.  It is a great place to catch a glimpse of the costumes, heritage and culture of places all around the world in one place represented in the form of delightful dolls. Shankar’s International Dolls Museum was founded by the Padma Visbushan awardee Shankar Pillai (1902 to 1989), a famous cartoonist who also founded the Children’s Book Trust of India.  Shankar was inspired to start the museum after he got a Hungarian doll wearing a traditional embroidered dress as a gift from a Hungarian diplomat.  He soon began to collect dolls from different countries and started exhibiting them free of cost for … Continue reading

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Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, Bangalore

The Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum in Bangalore is a must-see science museum.  It has an amazing display of interactive and other interesting science and technology exhibits which can be visited many times over again by children and adults alike.  New exhibits are added and existing exhibits updated from time to time for actively engaging visitors.  The main aim of the museum is to enliven the interest in science and technology among children and adults.  The museum is visited by nearly 1 million visitors per year.  It is managed by the National Council of Science Museums. The Visvesvaraya museum is named after Sir M. Visvesvaraya.   Sir M. Visvesvaraya was a Bharat Ratna awardee who is regarded as the architect of modern Karnataka for the engineering projects he undertook.  He was a highly respected engineer, scholar and statesman. The Visvesvaraya museum … Continue reading

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