Below are my ten museum examples and some explanation as to why I selected them.
H.R. Giger Bar and Museum (Gruyères, Chur, Tokyo, New York)
A bar/museum which immerses the guest into the artwork of H. R. Giger. I chose this because I really like Giger’s artwork and this is an opportunity to visit the worlds he has created. Where else are you going to get to sit right next to the Space Jockey?
Titanic, The Artifact Exhibition
Designed much like the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. each visitor gets a boarding pass and works their way through the exhibit in that person’s role. I chose this one, not only because I really enjoyed seeing these items that have been recovered, but it also made me incredibly angry when I left. In the gift shop, RMS Titanc, Inc. the only company which has ownership rights was selling coal they had brought up to the surface that was on the ship. When I saw they were selling artifacts, I immediately equated the exhibition to grave robbing.
Conner Prairie (Indianapolis)
A living museum where visitors become part of the environment. Actors see you as living in their time period.
Hotel 21c (Louisville, Bentonville, Cincinnati)
A hotel, bar, and art museum. Shows how contemporary art can fit into every day lives.
Shot by Warhol (IU Art Museum Exhibition)
Exhibition which primarily focused on Andy Warhol’s Photography and had a few other items, such as the Brillo Boxes and a Silkscreen. When I saw the Elizabeth Taylor silkscreen, I was really disappointed. When I see paintings in a book, they do not look as detailed and when I see something in real life, it comes alive. It looked just like the book when I saw it in real life.
Corvette Museum (Bowling Green, KY)
Exhibition showing the history of the Chevrolet Corvette. I like this one cause I have seen this collection many times and it has been in the news lately due to a sink hole swallowing several of the cars. The organization has announced before they send the damaged cars off for restoration, they are going to display them, as they are to show what all these cars have gone through and how they will return to their former glory.
The Children’s Museum (Indianapolis)
Hear me out on this one. I like it because it allows all visitors, not just children, the opportunity to see into the lives of past Hoosiers. In particular they have on display Ryan White’s boyhood bedroom and Mustang that was gifted to him by Michael Jackson. The Ryan White story was before my time, but it gives the opportunity for children to see into the life of someone who was just like them and thrown in to the limelight when people found out he was suffering from AIDS. It gives everyone the outlook that he was just a normal person, just wanting to be a kid, when the people in Kokomo, IN wanted to make sure that did not happen.
An American Legacy: Norll, Blass, Halston and Sprouse (Indianapolis Museum of Art)
The Indianapolis Museum of Art had an exhibit, which featured the fashion designs of Hoosier fashion designers. This exhibit showed that one does not have to be from New York or some exotic land in order to be a successful designer. I (sadly) was not able to go to this exhibit, but later found out that Stephen Sprouse grew up about 30 miles north of where I grew up. It is still my goal to own a Sprouse item in my lifetime.
The Vacuum Museum (St. James, MO)
If you are saying WTF, then my goal has been accomplished. Much like what Warhol did, the operators of the Vacuum Museum are going after the same idea. Take a mundane object and make it a piece of art. According to the website, they pride themselves with the fact every vacuum is still operational.
Henry Ford Museum (Deerborn, MI)
The Henry Ford Museum is just random. A really cool place to visit, but it is just one of those places that seems to have no flow and has everything you could think of. The chair President Lincoln was sitting in when assassinated is on display, same as the car President Kennedy was in when he met the same fate. These items are on display with items such as the first pre-fabricated house and a neon McDonald’s sign.