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Published on : Monday, May 16, 2016
Every year since 1977 International Museum Day is organised worldwide around May 18. This day is used to raise awareness on how important museums are in the development of society and also maintain the heritage. These recent years, International Museum Day has been experiencing its highest involution with almost 30,000 museums that organised activities in more than 120 countries.
So here’s some of the museums which you would not like to miss on International Museum Day!
The Chocolate Museum
Discover the world of chocolate, from its origins to finished product. Step into the history of the Aztecs and Mayas, who used to grow cocoa thousands of years ago. You will also discover how cocoa finally ended up in Europe.
The chocolate museum dips its visitors in the history of cocoa and chocolate. A chocolate hunt gives children the chance to discover the museum. Chocolates are made by hand and sampled on the premises.
The Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate in the heart of Brussels is a must for fans of Belgian chocolate. It offers visitors a unique opportunity to discover the world of chocolate, from its origins to finished product. Step into the history of the Aztecs and Mayas, who used to grow cocoa thousands of years ago. You will also discover how cocoa finally ended up in Europe. The various video presentations and display panels are designed to show how cocoa is grown and processed into chocolate.
The highlight of the visit is a demonstration by a master chocolate maker showing how pralines are made in the traditional way. The visit is rounded off with a tasting.
The museum contains the world’s largest collection of lamps and lights. More than 6.000 antiques tell the complete story of interior lighting, from the torch and paraffin lamp to the light bulb and LED. The small detour into the world of luminous animals and plants is particularly interesting. In this way you can discover, for example, the light mysteries of the glow-worm, the lantern fish and the small Chinese lantern.
The Bruges Beer Museum
The Bruges Beer Museum has been opened on the upper floors of the historic post office on the Market Square. It tells you the story of beer in a fun and innovative way. With an iPad Mini as your guide, you will discover all the most fascinating features of beer (and that includes tasting!). Immerse yourself in the beer history of Belgium and of Bruges. Discover the many different types of beer and unravel the mysteries of the brewery process. The kids’ tour tells the story of ‘The bear of Bruges
The Railway Museum
A Japanese leading railway museum satisfies visitors from children to railway geeks!
The Railway Museum is a Japan’s leading historical museum of railways which is run by East Japan Railway Culture Foundation, a Public Interest Incorporated Foundation. The museum exhibits, researches and studies the materials relating to railways in Japan and abroad. Visitors can learn the history and the structure of railways through interactive exhibits. Visitors can also experience operating a train. The museum has 6 zones. An IC card such as Suica is used for admission. The first thing that welcomes visitors is “Entrance Zone.” One of the largest model railway dioramas in Japan catches the visitors’ eye. The “History Zone” occupies about half of the entire space and is one of the main exhibits of this museum. The carriages which were actually used are exhibited as well as valuable materials. Visitors can see the transition in the railway technology epoch in Japan. In the “Collection Zone,” the collection and the library relating to railways are exhibited. A special exhibit is held sometimes.
On the 1st floor of the “Learning Zone,” there are the carriage factory laboratory where visitors can experience assembling and disassembling a carriage and the station laboratory where visitors can experience the works of station staff and the like. On the 2nd and 3rd floor, visitors can learn the principles and the structure of railways using interactive devices for which real parts and model carriages are heavily used.
In addition, there are the “Park Zone” where visitors can operate a miniature train and the “North Wing” where small children can enjoy safely.This museum is where visitors of all ages, from children who love trains to adults who are railway fans, can enjoy.
Toyota Kaikan Museum
The museums of automobile manufacturers introduce the history of the automobile and the manufacturing process, and are enjoyable for people of all ages. The next generation of safer, more environment-friendly automobiles are also on show, giving clues as to the society of the future.
The Paper Museum was opened in 1950 in Oji, Kita-ku, Tokyo, where the first western-style paper manufacturer, the Oji Paper Manufacturing Company, was established. Based on the Companys original collection, the museum preserves and exhibits a wide range of paper and paper-related items and also conducts educational activities. In its three exhibit rooms, visitors can learn about the paper manufacturing industry and the history of paper around the world, and can participate in workshops in paper making. Its library has approximately 8,000 books and other documents on paper, and these are open for public use.
Instant Ramen Museum
A bout 100 billion bowls of instant ramen are eaten every year around the world. This started from Chicken Ramen invented by Momofuku Ando in 1958. In order to communicate the value of his invention and discovery, Instant Ramen Museum, an experience-based food-education museum, opened in Ikeda, Osaka, the birthplace of Chicken Ramen.
One of the popular sections is My Cup Noodle Factory in which you can enjoy learning the production process of cup needles. Freely design the cup, choose the flavor from among four choices and four ingredients from among 12. Completed one-of-a-kind cup noodle is shrink-wrapped. In Chicken Ramen Factory, visitors can experience the process from kneading and stretching flours, steaming, flavoring up to drying with flash frying method. Other fun sections include “Drama Theater” introducing anecdotes about developing cup noodles and a tunnel where products over the years are displayed soaring up above your head.