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10 Museums Worldwide Women will Enjoy

Evelyn Hannon

Museums - Some JourneyWomen love 'em and some won't go near them when they travel. We've compiled a list of 10 museums that might be fun to check out. They are all female-centered and will, in some cases, amuse and in others teach you a bit more about the culture you are visiting. Take a chance!

 

Textile Museum - Toronto, Canada
Are you interested in the history of fabrics? Do you love to decorate with more than modern design? Imagine a small space filled to the brim with 12,000 objects from more than 200 countries and regions. This charming collection housed in Toronto's Textile Museum celebrates cultural diversity via traditional fabrics, garments, carpets, beadwork and basketry. Their tiny museum shop offers unique gifts and books, as well as one-of-a-kind fashion accessories and home decorations by Canadian and international artisans. Website: http://www.textilemuseum.ca/

The International Women’s Air & Space Museum - Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
This museum calls to all JourneyWomen! It is located in the terminal of Burke Lakefront Airport (Cleveland), only seconds from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Currently the museum has on display the achievements of a number of women who have made an impact in air and space including Amelia Earhart and Katherine Wright, sister to the Flying Wright brothers. Free public tours are offered every Saturday at 1:00PM. Website: http://iwasm.org/wp-blog/

Museum of Bags and Purses - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Awesome!This museum describes itself as the 'world's foremost bag collection.' Housed in an historic canal house in the center of Amsterdam, it offers 500 years of history of the Western ladies bag. The museum began as the private collection of Hendrikje Ivo, who collected bags for over 35 years. Today, some of the 'goodies' displayed include a Versace evening bag (1997), a French goat's leather bag (16 C.) plus a silk bridal purse (circa 1725. Whether you're a historian or a fashionista, this museum would be a fun stop. P.S. You can also enjoy an afternoon cream tea in the museum's cafe but you must remember to reserve your spot ahead of time. Website: http://www.tassenmuseum.nl/en

Museum of Chocolate - Barcelona, Spain
Is there a woman in the world who doesn't love chocolate? This Barcelona chocolate museum is located in a former Sant Agusti monastery and it takes visitors on a journey through the origins of chocolate, its arrival in Europe, its medicinal properties and its nutritional value (but thankfully, talks little about calories). You can expect to see intricate chocolate sculptures, an assortment of antique chocolate-making equipment, a shop (yum) and on-site chocolate workshops for you, your girlfriends and any kiddies you have with you. Sounds like great fun to Journeywoman! Website: http://www.museuxocolata.cat/?lang=en.

National Museum of Women in the Arts - Washington, DC, USA
Founded in 1987 by Wilhelmina Holladay (Billie), this museum is the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to the work of female artists. The permanent collection is comprised of more than 3,000 works and provides a comprehensive survey of art by women from the 16th century to the present with new acquisitions added regularly. They also have live performances, plus literary, music and film series. P.S. The Museum Shop is a wonderful place to browse for that special treasure to take home with you. P.P.S. We suggest you make time for afternoon tea surrounded by the fine art in their lovely Mezzanine Cafe. Website: http://www.nmwa.org/

 

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