3 Farflung Museums of the World

My current home town of NYC has some pretty amazing museums.  The city is fortunate to have the world’s history and art come to them instead of traveling many time zones away to see it.

When I’m traveling I’m always up for checking out the ones that get a little less attention and are somewhat off the beaten path.  I’m in search of what will never reach any museum close to home because it’s just impossible to really appreciate something that is thousands of miles away from its origin.  It’s pretty hard to move an entire building as well.  Some have been somewhat successful.  For example,  the MET in NYC did do a great job of bringing the Islamic world back after being in storage for a decade.

I usually find places that are more known for both their architectural beauty and small collection of art inside. Here are a few of my favorites from my travels over the years.  Trips to Russia and Iran just require a pricey and lengthy visa approval process and Syria is considered very unsafe for foreigners and nationals alike.  Things will hopefully the violence will end and peace will resume in days ahead.   Here’s just a little look inside a few.

Moscow – The Gorky Museum

Gorky Museum
The stairway and beautiful lamp at its base inside the Gorky Museum in Moscow
Gorky Museum
The Art Deco designs on the outside of the Gorky Museum in Moscow


Kahn, Hamah – The Mosaic Museum of Syria

Mosaic museum
Syria’s Mosaic Museum displays amazing Byzantine works in the Town of Kahn just outside of Hamah
Mosaic museum
Highly detailed Byzantine Tile work on display at the Mosaic Museum in Syria



Yazd – Coin and Anthropology Museum

Yazd - Coin and Anthropology Museum
Yah..coins!!  The name sort of deters some but not me. Stunning sight for those who aren’t afraid to embrace their geekiness
Yazd Coin and Anthropology Museum
Don’t see many of these around
Yazd - Coin and Anthropology Museum
See…more than just coins and bills.  The empty rose filled courtyard of the Coin and Anthropology Museum in Yazd Iran.  It’s just you, the guard and his friend handing you the ticket.

Must-See Museum just an hour away from Shanghai

Last month I had the great fortune to have the opportunity to have an extended visit to Shanghai.  Suzhou is one of the most popular day trip attractions for those visiting Shanghai. It’s even possible to visit when transiting through Shanghai because the high-speed trains go almost directly to Suzhou depending on the time. There soon will be a subway line that goes from the Main Train Station to the area where the museum is located.  For now,  there’s just the bus which requires some pre-trip planning to figure out which one and where or just the more expensive taxi.  It’s helps that the museum is free for both nationals and visitors.

Trip to the Suzhou Museum

Suzhou Museum inner courtyard
The center courtyard and rock garden with Koi Pond inside the Suzhou Museum

It’s hard to figure out what is more attractive at the Suzhou Museum – the featured items on display in the cases or the building itself. Chinese American Architect I.M. Pei is the chief designer of the Suzhou Museum. The museum displays Suzhou’s ancient and modern history, but some may find that the overall design of the building is the main attraction here.

Suzhou Museum
Modern Art on display inside the Suzhou Museum
Rock garden inside the Suzhou Museum
Rock garden inside the Suzhou Museum
Wisteria Tea room inside the Suzhou Museum
Wisteria Tea room inside the Suzhou Museum
Inside the Suzhou Museum
Display of Snuff Bottles inside the Suzhou Museum
Inside the Suzhou Museum
Detail of a carved Ivory Elephant Tusk inside the Suzhou Museum

 

Inside the Suzhou Museum
Snuff Bottle displayed inside the Suzhou Museum
Rock garden inside the Suzhou Museum
Rock garden inside the Suzhou Museum