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A Hell of a Museum

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Airport terminals, shopping malls, hospital waiting rooms, parking garages, air raid shelters. Those are just a few examples of places I've been to that looked better in shape than the department of antiquities at the Musée du Cinquantenaire.
Walking through the collections makes one feel pitty for these timeless pieces of history, now kept in a near-asbestos free environment (vintage up to the fire extinguishers) with crumbling ceilings and holes in the walls.
Visit this place on a sunday and you'll find the halls as empty as an egyptian tomb, which we found in a deserted room somewhere in the back next to unused oversized posters. But the rooms still have a fascinating charm, something of a work-in-progress, with lots of separation tape and empty display cases. Enjoy!

Don't start counting the holes in the walls, you'll never stop.
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One of the early museum visitors.
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On the way to the toilets.
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Something tells me we're not in the Egyptian department anymore.
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old and new in semi-perfect harmony
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Winter sale is always a big hit here.
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What airport in Novosibirsk did they steal the benches from?
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All that's left of a once sprawling lecture hall chair collection
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Modern day hieroglyphs mark your way
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The Greco-Roman sculpture rooms.
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Who would she even call without any arms?
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Your typical basement walls with your non-typical Hellenic sculptures
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Operating the elevators here requires much work and sometimes even a Bell-Boy
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I love hospital corridors
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oops, wrong door.
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what a marvellous display
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Basement level...
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This makes your museum experience really enjoyable.
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Tempted to pick up that phone and ask where the exhibitions went?
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In case you were wondering this is the early Roman department.
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Men and women are allowed to operate fire extinguishers here
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the dark hole in the ground displays a model of Rome
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Even though the display and esthetic value of the exhibition rooms is highly doubtable to attract lots of visitors to these smelly rooms, this has been one of the best vintage museum experiences I've had so far.
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  1. # Blogger Books and an espresso cup...

    Bonjour! Cedric,
    Wow...The title of this post just about sums up all I need to know about this museum. (I must admit a lot of lol moments!)
    Merci de partager...I Think?!?
    DeeDee ;-D  

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