Oceania

Cinquantenaire Museum Belgium Oceania exhibit
Oceania exhibit at the Cinquantenaire Museum, Belgium, January 21 (Hilde Heyveart)

Exhibitions at the Cinquantenaire Museum have a lot of live up to. While it is one of the least known museums in Belgium, and often gives the impression of being grossly underfunded (most general admission halls don’t even have heating in winter, be warned), it generally puts up exhibitions that can easily rival with those in big museums of international renown, such as the British Museum.

This time they teamed up with the Museum for Middle Africa, which means they had access to more pieces than just their own collection.

So was Oceania on that same level? Stick with this review and find out! Continue reading “Oceania”

Once Upon a Time

Cinquantenaire Museum Belgium Once Upon a Time exhibit
Once Upon a Time exhibit at the Cinquantenaire Museum, Belgium, August 13 (Hilde Heyveart)

Once Upon a Time at the Cinquantenaire Museum was probably the clockpunk exhibit extraordinaire.

For those not familiar with the term, it coins all manners steampunk style before the start of the late Regency, which is the starting era for steampunk.

That geekery aside, it was amazing. This exhibit was almost entirely about pocket watches from 1650-1850. Not just any type of pocket watch mind, no, enameled pocket watches. Continue reading “Once Upon a Time”

Nantes Castle France

Nantes Castle and Musée d’Histoire de Nantes

Le Château des Ducs de Bretagne, or Nantes Castle for short, is not just the medieval home of the famous Anne de Bretagne (yes, the one from the Musketeer novels), but also a veritable source of history.

The castle has has been completely renovated and turned into a museum depicting the history of Nantes: the Musée d’histoire de Nantes. Continue reading “Nantes Castle and Musée d’Histoire de Nantes”

Les Machines de l'île

Les Machines de l’île

Pretty much everyone who loves steampunk has heard of the almost legendary Les Machines de l’île, an area on the Island of Nantes (yes, that area of Nantes is really called l’île — the Island) where company La Machine builds their amazing wood and metal creations, including a fantastical fire-breathing dragon horse and enormous spiders that have climbed buildings and walked streets in many countries and continents.

Les Machines de l’île is the culimination of the combined masterpiece of these builders: where their ideas come to life and where you can admire them nearly year round (they close for about a month each year). Continue reading “Les Machines de l’île”

Dippy the Diplodocus

Dippy the Diplodocus Makes Way for Whale

It’s finally happened. Today is a sad, sad day indeed, for Dippy the Diplodocus, who has been the face of London’s Natural History Museum and a great love of the public since his unveiling in 1905, is no longer gracing the Hintze Hall. He’s starred in movies and series (quite recently in season 3 of Penny Dreadful) and now he must make way for the skeleton of a great whale. Continue reading “Dippy the Diplodocus Makes Way for Whale”

Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds

British Museum Sunken Cities Egypts Lost Worlds exhibit
Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds exhibit at the British Museum in London, England (British Museum)

We are known to have a keen interest in archaeology and history, not just that of the ‘punk eras and archaeological techniques of those times. A fine example of the latest scientific progress in the domain of recovering ancient cultures is Sunken Cities, currently running at that established home of history: the British Museum. Continue reading “Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds”

Harry Potter: The Exhibition

Harry Potter The Exhibition Brussels Belgium
Harry Potter: The Exhibition in Brussels, Belgium, June 29 (Hilde Heyvaert)

There are two grand Harry Potter exhibits: the one in London, that stays in the same spot, and this one, which travels the world. Now the second one has come to Belgium, traveling here from its previous run in Shanghai, where it is taking up residence over the summer in Palace 2 of the Brussels Expo. Continue reading “Harry Potter: The Exhibition”