I readily admit that I am not a museum person. However, it hasn’t stopped me from visiting the world’s greatest museums, as I have ventured around the planet. In the process I have also run across some of the world’s best small museums, hidden gems, often found in locations that are completely unexpected.
In this series, I will create a list of these wonderful venues and I highly encourage readers to check them out.
Three (3) in Europe:
1. Bullfighting Museum, Ronda, Spain — This small museum is located within the Ronda Bullring, one of Spain’s oldest and most beautiful arenas. The museum highlights, in particular, the career of Pedro Romero who killed over 5,000 bulls in his career without ever being injured.
2. Viking Museum, Aarhus, Denmark — This tiny museum is actually located in the basement of a bank on the Main Square of the Old Town. Remains of an ancient Viking settlement were found during the excavation of the bank; they were preserved and displayed attractively for visitors. More surprisingly, the museum is free.
3. The Acropolis Museum, in Athens, displays materials unearthed during the excavation of the site, which are kept indoors for safekeeping. Significant artifacts such as the real karyatids from the Erechthyon are maintained here to prevent them from further deteriorating in the polluted air of the city.