Museums in Strange Places

Museums in Strange Places

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A Podcast About Icelandic Museums
The Art of Volcanoes (S01/E21)
Aug 7 • 25 min
What would it look like if Indiana Jones was into volcanoes and created a museum in a small Icelandic village? The Volcano Museum in Stykkishólmur displays the art and geological specimens collected by volcanologist Haralður Sigurðsson from around the…
Iceland in Wartime (S01/E20)
Jul 25 • 26 min
Walk into the War and Peace Museum, a small building sitting on a fjord north of Reykjavík, Iceland, and you’re instantly transported into another era. Covering every wall are carefully arranged artifacts, photographs, and documents from the WWII years in…
BONUS: The Making of Eldheimar’s Audio Guide
Jul 11 • 7 min
Bonus! I go behind-the-scenes with Locatify’s Steinunn Anna Gunnlaugsdóttir to talk about the making of Eldheimar’s location-aware audio guide app (E19: Memorial to an Eruption). We chat about how Locatify joined the Eldheimar project, the beacon…
Memorial to an Eruption (S01/E19)
Jul 3 • 29 min
On January 23, 1973, residents of the island town of Vestmannaeyjar in Iceland were woken from sleep by the sounds of a huge fissure ripping open the earth. The Eldfell volcanic eruption that followed forced everyone to evacuate the island for six months,…
We Always Come Back to Home Island (S01/E18)
Jun 19 • 33 min
No matter what happens on the Westman Islands off Iceland’s south coast–invading pirates, mass Mormon exoduses, months-long volcanic eruptions, mysterious diseases, perilous fishing waters–the island people, Eyjamenn, always come back to rebuild and…
The Penis Museum, Part II ft. John Bodinger de Uriarte (S01/E17)
Jun 5 • 22 min
After visiting the Icelandic Phallological Museum in Episode 16, I still didn’t get what all the hype was about. So, I sat down with anthropology professor (and fellow Fulbright grantee) John Bodinger de Uriarte to talk about how the museum plays with our…
The Penis Museum, Part I (S01/E16)
May 29 • 28 min
I didn’t really want to visit the Icelandic Phallological Museum, so to make it more fun, I invited along my Icelandic museum friend, Sig. Join us as we marvel at massive whale phalluses, question the motivation of human donors to the museum, and try to…
Industry and Nostalgia in Akureyri, Iceland (S01/E15)
Apr 10 • 22 min
For this episode, I’m back in Akureyri to visit The Industry Museum, a small museum formed from the enormous personal collection of one couple, who wanted to document the history of the many successful industries based in the “Capital of North Iceland” in…
A Museum of Ordinary Things (S01/E14)
Mar 27 • 28 min
Tucked away in a narrow valley just below the town of Akureyri in North Iceland, Sverrir Hermansson’s Museum of Sundry Objects is one eccentric man’s spectacular collection of ordinary things. In this episode, I visit this beautiful little museum, get to…
Finding Iceland’s Hidden Women (S01/E13)
Mar 14 • 43 min
In this special episode about women’s history in Iceland, I visit the Women’s History Archive at the National and University Library of Iceland to speak to Rakel Adolphsdóttir about collecting women’s history in Iceland and hunting for the women hidden in…
A Flyby of the Icelandic Aviation Museum (S01/E12)
Feb 27 • 24 min
The Icelandic Aviation Museum in Akureyri is filled with great stories: locals crashing a Nazi glider into an open grave, the president’s plane enlisted to beat the British in the Cod Wars, and a nineteen year search to find a missing WWII plane that…
How the Seals are Saving Hvammstangi (S01/E11)
Feb 13 • 28 min
Just off the Ring Road in the north of Iceland, a small town once known for hunting seals has breathed new life into their community with a much more sustainable industry: seal watching. At the Seal Center in Hvammstangi, scientists and museum…
Beatle-Town, Iceland: A Visit to the Icelandic Museum of Rock ‘n’ Roll (S01/E10)
Jan 30 • 38 min
The Icelandic music scene has produced a remarkable number of international stars like Sigur Rós, Björk, Kaleo, the Sugar Cubes, and Of Monsters and Men. You can learn more about them and discover new music at the Icelandic Museum of Rock ‘n’ Roll. In…
Built with Fish: History Lessons at the Museum of Hafnarfjörður (S01/E09)
Jan 24 • 23 min
How do you keep history fresh at a municipal history museum? How do you best serve your local audience while still offering something interesting for tourists? These are the challenges the Hafnarfjörður Museum is trying to solve. The museum is housed in…
Community-Centered Contemporary Art in the Heart of Hafnarfjörður (S01/E08)
Jan 16 • 32 min
How does a contemporary art institution–places that are notoriously elitist–provide a thriving cultural center in a town’s that on the periphery of Iceland and the world? The Hafnarborg Centre of Culture and Fine Art is a contemporary art gallery and…
Celtic Connections on the Icelandic Coast: A Visit to the Akranes Folk Museum (S01/E07)
Jan 10 • 23 min
Akranes is a coastal town in the southwest region of Iceland with a growing population of about 7,000. They have a unique heritage, as the area was settled in large part by Celts, not Norsemen. The charming Akranes Folk Museum has been around for almost…
A Family, a Mineral Collection, and a Museum in a Gas Station (S01/E06)
Dec 18, 2017 • 24 min
Hafsteinn Thor has always been interested in geology, nature, biology, and philosophy. When he met his wife’s family, he was draw into their decades-old passion for stone and mineral collecting. Last year, he and his father-in-law finally set up a museum…
Keeping the Legacy of a Medieval Legend Alive at Snorrastofa (S01/E05)
Dec 4, 2017 • 33 min
I visit the Snorrastofa, a research and cultural center at Reykholt, the farm in southwestern Iceland where the great medieval Icelandic historian and writer Snorri Sturluson built his home, a church, and later a small fortress. Sigrun Guttomsdóttir…
The Future of History at the Reykjavík City Museum (S01/E04)
Nov 21, 2017 • 20 min
I visit the Reykjavík City Museum to talk with Museum Director Guðbrandur Benediktsson about museum mergers, historians as presidents, the state of history in Iceland, and the future of history museums in Reykjavík. The music in this episode is “Humble…
A Writer’s Home: Gljúfrasteinn-Laxness Museum (S01/E03)
Nov 6, 2017 • 31 min
I visit Gljúfrasteinn, the museum–and former home–of Halldór Laxness, writer and Nobel laureate. He published his first novel at 17 and would go on to publish more than 60 books in his lifetime, mostly novels, but also volumes of poetry and short stories.…
The Icelandic Punk Museum in Reykjavík, Iceland (S01/E02)
Oct 30, 2017 • 15 min
I descend into the historic city public toilets of downtown Reykjavík to check out one of the newer museums in town, the Icelandic Punk Museum. You know it’s legit because Johnny Rotten himself presided over the opening in 2016. Music in this episode is…
Bonus Ep: What Makes an Open Air Museum Memorable?
Oct 22, 2017 • 7 min
I continue my conversation with Sigurlaugur Ingólfsson at the Árbær Open Air Museum in Reykjavík. We discuss what makes an open air museum visit memorable, whether admission prices motivate museums to stay fresh and engaging, and why we have to think…
Árbær Open Air Museum in Reykjavík, Iceland
Oct 16, 2017 • 28 min
I visit the Árbær Open Air Museum in Reykjavík to interview the Árbær Museum Project Manager, Sigurlaugur Ingólfsson. In this episode you’ll learn about: open air/living history museums in Iceland, museum mergers, tourists vs. locals, Vikings, and why…