This article was originally published on the defunct Ancient World Magazine website and is now re-published here.
Archaeological museums play an important role when it comes to experiencing the past. Most people will only be able to see original artefacts from the ancient world by visiting one of these institutions. There are almost as many approaches to exhibitions and displays as there are museums, and some are arguably more successful than other.
Special guest Dr Helena Meskanen joins the regular team of Matthew Lloyd, Joshua Hall, and Josho Brouwers to talk about museums, including some that are not strictly archaeological. We talk about our favourite museums, relate personal experiences when visiting them, and discuss what the role of archaeological museums should be. We also touch upon open air or “living history” museums.
We mention quite a few museums during the podcast:
- The Archaeological Museum of Iraklion
- The Archaeological Museum of Chania
- The Archaeological Museum of Nafplio
- The Archaeological Museum of Kalamata
- The Archaeological Museum of Delos
- The Archaeological Museum of Ios
- The National Archaeological Museum in Perugia
- The Vatican Museums
- The Capitoline Museums (Rome)
- The National Archaeological Museum in Naples
- The Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi (Syracuse)
- The Cardiff Castle Museum
- The Louvre (Paris)
- The British Museum (London)
- The Sir John Soane Museum (London)
- The Swedish History Museum (Stockholm)
- The Vienna Technical Museum
- The National Museum of Luxembourg
- The Allard Pierson (Amsterdam)
- The National Museum of Antiquities (Leiden)
- Museum Volkenkunde (Leiden)
- Archeon (archaeological park in Alphen aan den Rijn, near Leiden)
- The Museum of Anthropology at UBC (Vancouver)
- The Royal BC Museum and Archives (Victoria, British Columbia)
- The Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto)
- The Woodstock Art Gallery (Woodstock, Ontario)
- The Cape Breton Miners Museum (Nova Scotia)
This episode is also available on YouTube.