All the museums
Muséum d'histoire naturelle du Havre
Le Havre Natural History Museum schedules temporary exhibtion all over the year. These exhibitions take place in all the Museum spaces. They explore fields of life, mineral, vegetable and animal worlds. A wide part of historical collections disappeared during the World War II but African collections (Archinard) and Oceanian collections (Le Mescam and Delessert) are preserved. Note that a part of these collections will be displayed during year 2015. Moreover, Oceanian collections will be displayed as well in 2016 with the exhibition titled "Pacific(s)". A part of ethnograhic collections is accessible on the museum's website.
Musée d'Histoire Naturelle de Nîmes
Opened in 1895, Nîmes Museum, the first in Languedoc, is ranked 6th in the country thanks to the richness of its collections. Based around a cloister and a listed 17th century chapel, it covers all the different fields of natural science, as well as a few areas of human sciences. While it is awaiting a comprehensive overhaul, only three themes are presented to the public: pre-history, ethnography and zoology. The ethnography features, among others, some Tahitian fabrics, a necklace belonging to King Makoko of the Congo, a collection of Gabonese statues and a series of African musical instruments.
Honolulu Museum of Art
One of the world’s premier art museums, the Honolulu Museum of Art presents international caliber special exhibitions and features a collection that includes Hokusai, van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Picasso and Warhol, as well as traditional Asian and Hawaiian art. Located in two of Honolulu’s most beautiful buildings, visitors enjoy two cafés, gardens, and films and concerts at the theater.
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College
The Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College is among the oldest and most prestigious campus-based museums in the United States. The origins of the permanent collection can be traced back to 1772, when a few natural science specimens first entered the “young museum at Dartmouth.” Collections grew steadily throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, largely due to the generosity of alumni and friends of the Ivy League institution. These donors were inspired by a talented faculty, who mounted ethnographic displays in the academic corridors of the Old Dartmouth Museum and, after 1929, at the top of Carpenter Hall, home to the Art History Department. In 1962, Wallace K. Harrison’s Hopkins Center opened, and an ambitious sequence of temporary ethnographic exhibitions took place in that modern art center, aided by the hiring of a professional curatorial staff. This multifaceted, but fundamentally scattered approach sufficed until 1981, when Charles W. Moore and Chad Floyd were commissioned to create a freestanding, state-of-the-art facility to house the entire breadth of the college’s collections. An unusual site, sandwiched between the existing Hopkins Center and the campus power plant, was given to the architects, who embraced the eccentricities of the relatively small footprint by producing a narrow, finely detailed structure with dramatic interior spaces and tremendous flexibility. The building, enabled through a gift from long-time college trustee Harvey P. Hood, opened to the public in the fall of 1985. Today the Hood’s ethnographic collection is substantial, with some 1,800 African objects, 2,300 Oceanic works (including material from every major geographic region of New Guinea), 11,000 Native American pieces, and approximately 3,900 archaeological items from the above-mentioned areas. The collection has developed through gifts and museum purchases made possible by endowed funds. Some of the major donors to these collections include: Mr. and Mrs. George H. Browne (Native American and Archaeology), Frank C. and Clara G. Churchill (Native American); Mr. and Mrs. Victor M. Cutter, class of 1903 (pre-Columbian); Glover Street Hastings III (Native American); Emily Howe Hitchcock (Egyptian and pre-Columbian); Evelyn A. and William B. Jaffe, class of 1964 (African); the Harry A. Franklin Family Collection (Oceanic and African); Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Landmann (pre-Columbian); William Patten (Oceanic); Guido R. Rahr, Sr. (Native American); Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (Native American); and Arnold and Joanne Syrop (African). Due to revolving exhibitions of the permanent collection in this department, only fifteen or twenty ethnographic objects are on public display throughout the museum galleries at any given time. A rotation of these objects occurs every four or five months. While a study storage area provides limited accessibility to storage for students and academics, online (text only) searches of the permanent collection are available to the public via the Hood Museum’s Web site.
Musée de l’Impression sur Etoffes
The Museum's vocation is to understand and make known to as many people as possible the history and technique of printed textiles. Decorative Art Museum, Industrial Museum, Local History or Museum of Fashion, the Museum of Printed Textiles is situated somewhere between memory and creation. To accomplish this mission the Museum's first priority is to preserve the history and practice of printed textiles. Secondly, to share this with as many people as possible. Focusing on every aspect of the art and craft of textile design, the Museum's rich history in qualitative as well as quantitative terms is its strength. The many, varied and innovative services to the public include : Temporary exhibitions, publications, demonstrations of hand and machine printing techniques, creative workshops for children and adults. Guided tours are available in English, French German and Italian. The Museum Shop and tea room are open to the public free of charge.
Indianapolis Museum of Art
The Indianapolis Museum of Art serves the creative interests of its communities by fostering exploration of art, design and the natural environment. Encompassing 152 acres of gardens and grounds, the IMA is among the 10 oldest and 10 largest encyclopedic art museums in the United States and features significant collections of African, American, Asian, European, contemporary art and design arts that spans 5,000 years of history. Additionally, art, design and nature are featured at The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, Oldfields–Lilly House & Gardens, a historic Country Place Era estate and National Historic Landmark on the IMA grounds, and the Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Indiana, one of the country’s most highly regarded examples of mid-century Modernist residences.
The Israël Museum
The Israel Museum is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and is ranked among the world’s leading art and archaeology museums. Founded in 1965, the Museum houses encyclopedic collections, including works dating from prehistory to the present day, in its Archaeology, Fine Arts, and Jewish Art and Life Wings, and features the most extensive holdings of biblical and Holy Land archaeology in the world. In just forty-five years, thanks to a legacy of gifts and generous support from its circle of patrons worldwide, the Museum has built a far-ranging collection of nearly 500,000 objects, representing the full scope of world material culture.
Iwalewahouse (Africa center of the University of Bayreuth)
Iwalewahouse was founded in 1981 to research, document and teach contemporary African culture with special emphasis on everyday life, art, the media and music. In exhibitions, concerts, lectures and performances these are also presented to the general public. In addition, Iwalewahouse collects important works representing contemporary African art and music. The term "Iwalewa" has its roots in the language of the Yoruba, a people that is located in south-west Nigeria. The verbatim translation of "Iwalewa" is "character of beauty". This term also stands for the program of the house.
Joslyn Art Museum
Joslyn Art Museum is a premier center for the visual arts, offering something for every interest and every age with free general admission for all. Landscaping and sculptures abound in the outdoor gardens, anchored by a granite reflecting pool with column fountains. Inside, nearly twenty galleries feature artwork from ancient times to the present. Joslyn’s internationally recognized collections of art include highly regarded Greek pottery; Renaissance and Baroque masterworks by Rembrandt, Titian, El Greco, and Veronese; noteworthy 19th-century French paintings by Breton, Bouguereau, and Gérôme; and Impressionist masterpieces by Pissarro, Renoir, and Monet. The collection of 18th- and 19th-century American art includes works by Mary Cassatt, Thomas Eakins, Albert Bierstadt, and Thomas Moran. The 20th century is well represented with major paintings by Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, Jackson Pollock, and Helen Frankenthaler, and contemporary works by artists including Donald Judd, George Segal, and Martin Puryear. The Museum is noted for its collection of artists and explorers of the American West, including major holdings by Alfred Jacob Miller and nearly 400 watercolors and drawings by Swiss artist Karl Bodmer. Documenting his 1832–34 journey to the Missouri River frontier with German Prince Maximilian of Wied, Joslyn’s Bodmer collection is one of the most remarkable documents of the landscape and peoples of the Upper Missouri in the 19th century.