Museum Review: World of Manga

Hello everybody!

First of all: Sorry for writing in such a low pace. Life can be busy sometimes! But I’m planning to write about lots of stuff (Tsunacon, cosplay, an anime review, and more!) in the near future so I’ll make it up to you!

World of Manga was an exhibition in the Word Art Museum (Wereldmuseum) in Rotterdam from June 28th 2013 to January 12th 2014. I visited in July, before I’ve even heard of Hot Cute Girly Geek, hence the (very) late review. But if you missed it and want to know what you missed: this is your chance! But since it’s about half a year ago since I visited, I don’t remember the exact details of the exhibition 100%. So I’m just going to give you the highlights of what I remember.

Also, for credits of the artwork and photo’s, please keep your cursor on the image for a bit 😉

Let’s first watch this trailer:

Sounds cool doesn’t it? I thought so too! I remember we first entered a room with a lot of ancient Japanese relics and statues, of course each with it’s own story. Later in the room, they showed parallels with ancient Japanese folklore stories and characters from the video game Street Fighter. Very amusing to read. I always like in-depth analyzation of games!

Next was a room which focused on mecha. There were a lot of mecha artworks, either from the the games series Armored Core or just from the fantasy of the artist. The drawing below is especially made for the exhibition. You can see the Erasmus Bridge on the background!

A few other rooms I remember, in random order: a room dedicated to Japanese tattoo art, a room with drawings of a specific artist which told a story about an emperor and his lover, and a room with photographs of people as manga-like characters. The room I enjoyed the most displayed (digital) art of various artists. The colors and details were amazing! The drawings are not related to any official manga or anime. Here are a few examples:

Last was a room dedicated to the recent movie Wolf Children. They showed concept art, stills from the movie and a few short fragments.

What did I think of the exhibition? I liked it a lot! But there is one, but very BIG ‘but’. The whole exhibition didn’t have anything to do with manga. I haven’t seen a single manga page. I expected that they would give information about manga, like my manga 101 blog or my genre 101 blog. Some information about the history of manga or famous artists like Tezuka or famous anime creators like Hayao Miyzaki. But there was none of that. Yes, they did give some in depth information, but that was about (only 2!) games. And the last room was just one big promotion of Wolf Children. Even in the museum shop, I could only find three manga booklets. There was other cool stuff though, like kimono’s and informative books. But no manga.

Conclusion: World of Manga was in interesting exhibition! But if you visited the exhibition with the intention of learning something about manga,  you would’ve been disappointed. ‘World of Japanese Visual Culture’ would’ve been a better name.

More photographs, artworks, and information about the artworks (in Dutch) can be found here:

http://www.wereldmuseum.nl/nl/nieuws/pers/the-world-of-manga-28-juni-2013-tot-12-januari-2014.html

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Hot Cute Girly Geek Museum Tour: Da Vinci the Genius.

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. I went to the Da Vinci exhibit yesterday. And for some reason the over 25 pictures I made got lost on my phone. Thank god for the internet!

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So I went with a writing buddy from NaNo and he got me a ticket as a belated birthday present and it was amazing!

  • Name: Da Vinci the Genius
  • Place: Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • Website: http://www.davincithegenius.nl/?lang=en
  • Date of visit: 31-12-2013
  • Collection: temporarily collection about the Works of Leonardo Da Vinci.
  • Available: till the 6th of January 2014
  • Price: €14,-

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This is one of those travelling exhibits, going past multiple cities around the world. And this one is staying in the Netherlands until the 6th of January. If you still want to visit, be prepared to stand in line for about 30/45 minutes until you can get in. If you buy a ticket online, you still have to wait in the queue and the exhibit self will be busy.

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So what can you see? Well, a bit is explained about Leonardo Da Vinci and the huge amount of things he invented and created. Some of the flying machines he drew on paper are realized in real life. He made weapons, but also parts of machinery and if you’re walking through the exhibit you can say the man indeed was a genius.

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Working from Leonardo’s codices, Italian Artisans have faithfully crafted interactive and life-size machine inventions. These works include the first concepts of a car, bicycle, helicopter, glider, parachute, SCUBA, submarine, military tank and ideal city to name a few.

The exhibit also moves far beyond machine inventions alone, featuring facsimiles of Leonardoís most famous codices, anatomical studies, Anghiari battle drawings and Renaissance art.

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In most movies you see where Da Vinci plays a role, he’s depicted as somewhat a crazy, eccentric man with absurd ideas, but actually I think he was well ahead of his time and a lot of things we encounter daily are here thanks to some invention made by him.

The exhibit itself is a mixture of information, bigger than life-size inventions you can’t and can touch bits of movies and a lot of painting reproductions.

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It tells about Da Vinci’s military time and the weapons he invented, but also the painting he made and didn’t make.

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And of course there is a huge part about the Mona Lisa in a sort of separate exhibit ‘the secrets of the Mona Lisa’ where you  can see how the Mona Lisa was painted, what presumable the original painting looked like, trivia about the painting you  probably didn’t knew, one word awesome.

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All in all I think the exhibit is worth the somewhat long wait at the front door. So if you do get the time to visit this week, please do so. Oh and it’s suitable for kids as well so bring them!

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Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy

PS: Disclaimer: I do not own the pictures used in this blog. No copyright infringement intended. Everything belongs to their respective owners. All the opinions stated in this blog are my own.

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Hot Cute Girly Geek museum tour: van Gogh museum.

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. Theta and I did spend a lot of time going to museums in Amsterdam so there’s bound to be some blog posts to be written about it. First blog about this amazing museum tour we did is the van Gogh museum.

Because I grew up in the Netherlands and basically van Gogh is one of the most famous Dutch painters and we learn a lot about him in school, I never had really any interest in him. Not even when I took art history classes in high school.

But me becoming a whovian and watching the episode Vincent and the Doctor did give me a new appreciation for him as an artist and I was really excited to go to the museum. Unfortunately we wouldn’t be able to see the paining recently discovered; because the display would be a couple of days later then we were visiting. But enough said now, here’s my experience of the van Gogh museum.

  • Name: van Gogh museum
  • Place: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Website: http://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/vgm/index.jsp
  • Date of visit: Saturday the 21st of September 2013
  • Permanent collection: paintings by van Gogh
  • Price: €15,-

I didn’t knew upfront which paintings by van Gogh were on display, seeing as he is a famous artist a lot of paintings are on loan to other museums, but I knew at least his famous sunflowers painting would be there. And guess what, a lot of other paintings featured in the Doctor Who episode as well.

I recommend if you are able to either buy tickets online, or get an I love Amsterdam card. Or if you’re a Dutchie, a museum card. This because the queue is awful and you can skip it with these options.

The museum itself is located at ‘museumplein’ where you can also find the ‘rijksmuseum’ so it’s wise to do both museums in one day if you like to watch stuffy old paintings like I do.

I took some pictures inside the museum, seeing as you are allowed to do so (without flash) and I will give you the screenshots from the Doctor Who episode as well. Together with the description about the artwork I copied from the museums website.

First up his famous sunflowers (1889) painting: (and isn’t it a shame we couldn’t detect ‘for Amy’ written on it.) ‘I am working with the enthusiasm of a man from Marseilles eating bouillabaisse, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to you because I am busy painting huge sunflowers.’ It was August, the sunflowers were blooming, and Van Gogh desperately wanted to capture them in a series of 12 pictures. Because the flowers wilted so quickly, he worked on his canvases every day.
He painted the series to decorate the room where Paul Gauguin would stay when he arrived in Arles. He chose this subject because his friend had previously admired his paintings of sunflowers run to seed.
In the end, Vincent executed four sunflower still lifes; however, he felt only two were good enough to hang in Gauguin’s bedroom. He was later to paint three copies of them, one of which is the version in the Van Gogh Museum.

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Wheatfield with crows (1890) as seen in the opening credits of the episode: Wheatfield with Crows is one of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings and probably the one most subject to speculation. It was executed in July 1890, in the last weeks of Van Gogh’s life. Many have claimed it was his last work, seeing the dramatic, cloudy sky filled with crows and the cut-off path as obvious portents of his coming end. However, since no letters are known from the period immediately preceding his death, we can only guess what his final work might really have been.

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Irises (1890) and although this isn’t the painting used in the show, that one has a pink background, it’s close enough for me: In 1889 and 1890 Van Gogh stayed in a psychiatric hospital in the southern French village of Saint-Rémy. He worked hard there, seeking the majority of his subjects in nature. After a period of illness that ended in April 1890, he threw himself into the production of a number of flower still lifes. He painted roses and two canvases with large bunches of purple irises. One of these was painted against a pink background, ‘the other purple bouquet (which extends to pure carmine and Prussian blue), is set against a bright lemon-yellow background with other yellow tints in the vase & the base it stands on. Its effect is one of enormously divergent complementary colors that are exalted by their oppositions,’ he wrote in a letter to his brother Theo.

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Self-portrait as a painter ( 1888): Although he painted many self-portraits, this is one of the few in which Van Gogh depicted himself as an artist, with all the necessary equipment: palette, brushes, and a canvas on a wooden easel.
Contrasting colors, such as the blue of the smock and the orange-red of the beard, are set right next to each other in order to strengthen their effect. The red and green strokes of the face are placed so close together that they appear as a grey shadow when seen from a distance.
While most of Van Gogh’s other self-portraits are rather sketchy, this one has been finished down to the last detail. The short, dry strokes have been applied with care. Van Gogh probably worked on the painting for some time, and he was apparently quite satisfied with it: in contrast to most of his works in this genre, he has signed it prominently.

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The bedroom (1888): Here, Van Gogh has depicted his bedroom in the Yellow House, furnished with simple pine furniture and his own paintings. Over the bed hang his portraits of the poet Eugène Boch and the soldier Paul-Eugène Milliet.
The most striking aspects of this work are the bright patches of contrasting color, the thickly applied paint and the odd perspective. The rear wall appears strangely angled. This is not a mistake: this corner of the Yellow House was, in fact, slightly skewed.
Elsewhere, however, the objects seem to tilt upward because the artist has not applied the laws of perspective accurately. Van Gogh worked this way on purpose. In a letter to Theo he stated that he had “flattened” the interior and left out the shadows so that his picture would more closely resemble a Japanese print. But the artist was interested in more than just making a Japanese image. The simple interior and bright colors were meant to convey notions of “rest” and “sleep,” both literally and figuratively.

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These are just some of the paintings in both the museum and the Doctor Who episode. I suggest you go see it for yourself. And it was only too bad we didn’t get to see Starry Night and the Church at Auvers for ourselves, that would have been even more brilliant.

Oh and the last painting I wanted to show you guys is another self portrait, now isn’t the resemblance just creepy?

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But if you are a fan of beautiful art, a whovian, or just a museum geek, and you happen to find yourself in Amsterdam, go visit the van Gogh museum.

Lots of love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

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PS: Disclaimer: I do not own the pictures used in this blog, besides the photos I took myself. No copyright infringement intended. Everything belongs to their respective owners. All the opinions stated in this blog are my own.

PPS: the van Gogh museum noticed my blogpost, how amazing is that:

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Hot Cute Girly Geek museum tour: the London Film Museum

Hi my hot cute girly and boy geeks of course, as you could have read in my last post, I’m still busy. I’m hoping that March will bring some peace and quiet in my life, but until then. If I have the time, I’ll write a couple of posts and let them be posted on my blog spread out throughout the week. I’m still catching up with older posts and as promised I would do a post about the film museum I went to last year.

  • Name: London Film Museum
  • Place: London, UK.
  • Location: South Bank.
  • Website: http://www.londonfilmmuseum.com/south-bank/
  • Date of visit: 26th of September, 2012
  • Permanent collection: everything to do with movies
  • Current exhibition: Charlie Chaplin
  • Price: £13.50

So I went to the London film museum because when I was in London last year I decided to do a Doctor Who related tour of my own. I read online they had Daleks and a TARDIS on display and that was the main reason for me to go. I didn’t expect much of the museum itself and I was really shocked about the entrance fee they asked. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The whole museum is one big geekfest!  I snapped a lot of photos and had to contain my inner geeky squees a lot!

This location of the London film museum is located on the first floor of the Country Hall, next to the London eye. There is also a location at Covent Gardens. But the main one is on South Bank.

Upon entering they had the original Flash Gordon script and a lot of set photographs at display. Cue inner geeky squeak. I love that movie as well as the brilliant music by Queen.

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The film museum has different rooms with themes on display. Like the horror movie room, where you can see stuff from Hellraiser, some creepy heads, a monkey used in 28 days later (I also love zombie movies!)28 Days Later 01

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Or what to think of a Harry Potter room, with lots of goodies used in the original movies. Seeing I can’t post all the photos I took, here are the most awesome three: The Tri-Wizard cup, golden egg and Ron’s broken wand with letter from his mum. Or what to think of the brooms and books they used for studying. And what about clothes they used in the movie.HP outfits 02

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Seeing as my latest fascination, or rather addiction to Sherlock, they also have a Sherlock room. Unfortunately not based on the new BBC series, but still.

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And how about some Star Wars goodies: Ewok fur, lightsaber, Han Solo.Star Wars 10

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They also had some pretty amazing outfits from different movies: The mummy returns. Or what to think of the Chronicles of Riddick, freaking awesome!!! And not to forget, Batman begins.Batman Begins 01

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Oh and they had one of the aliens from Alien, as well as the facehuggers.

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And look! Even some drawings of Sarah Michelle Gellar in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I swear, whenever you turn the corner in this museum, you are surprised with some more geeky goodies!

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Or the shirt Keanu Reeves was wearing in Constantine.

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And what to think of the shirt Simon Pegg, uber geek (I bow down to your geekyness sir) he used in Shaun of the Dead.

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And a knife Hugo Weaving used in the Matrix.

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Oh and look, a Terminators head and shirt from Terminator 2.

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How about some Total Recall money (used in the original movie, not that terrible remake!)

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And a childhood geeky thing: the sub from thunderbirds! I really need to stop looking at my own pictures, this is getting ridiculous, I’m actually squeeing on the couch again!

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I also hope you liked Highlander, here’s a costume used in the movie.

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Are there any Superman fans out there? Costume used in Superman Returns.

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Or what to think of the armor from a Knights Tale?

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And let me end with the main reason I went to the museum in the first place. Daleks and a TARDIS!

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Sorry about the picture spamming, but I really loved this museum. It’s worth every penny and you should visit it, if you have the chance!

Until next time. Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

Hot Cute Girly Geek museum Tour: the British Museum.

Hi my hot cute girly and boy geeks of course. Another day, another museum post. This time, the British Museum. When I was in London in September 2012. I had a couple of things on my list of what I wanted to see. And the British museum was one of them. The reason was of course the Rosetta stone. This because of my fascination with the Egyptian culture. The fact that I was alone on this particular holiday also helped a lot. Since most people whom I do go on holiday with don’t like museums I had a perfect excuse to go myself.

General info:

  • Ÿ Name:                                         The British Museum
  • Ÿ Place:                                           London, UK.
  • Ÿ Website:                                      http://www.britishmuseum.org/
  • Ÿ Date of Visit:                             27th of September 2012
  • Ÿ Permanent collection:             Egypt, Money, A history of the world in 100 objects and many more
  • Ÿ Price:                                           Free

Like I said before in my other museum post. I love the Egyptian culture and the British museum has a nice collection, so that was one of my main reasons to visit. And can I just say I love the building the British museum is housed in?

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So the first thing I went to visit in the museum was the Rosetta stone. I mean, it’s only the biggest discovery in Egyptian history ever. Without this stone, we wouldn’t be able to translate the hieroglyphics. And like with all big historic museum pieces, you can’t help but feeling, I thought it was bigger. (I mean, have you ever seen the Mona Lisa in the Louvre? Puny little painting.) But still, it was so amazing to see it and take pictures.

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Talking about pictures, I was really surprised you were allowed to use flash photography in most exhibits. What I didn’t like about the British museum is how they displayed the exhibits. The rooms where all the art objects and artefacts are on display, are really big. So instead of putting everything alongside the wall and a few pieces in the centre, it felt like they put everything at random. This made it more difficult to actually see everything you like. In particular if you travelled from one room to another and there would be an exhibit you didn’t particular fancied. It doesn’t compel you to look at everything, which is a shame, really.Part of the Sphinx beard

Scarab BeetleOk, back to the Egyptian department. It is spread over multiple floors and has some real beautiful pieces in its collection. Like this one. Even if it isn’t recognisable as such, this is actually a piece of the beard of the Sphinx, that is really amazing.

Or what to think of this huge statue of a Scarab. It doesn’t look that big, but believe me. And it is beautiful.

Like every Egyptian museum, or museum that has a good Egyptian collection, we find the normal display of the signature statues. (Unfortunately, I didn’t photograph the displayed text, so this will be an assortment of Egyptian statues.)    DSC_0232.JPG

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And of course the arrange of mummy’s with caskets.Are you my Mummy 07

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Another interesting piece is this sheet of papyrus, inscribed with Chapter 100 of the book of the dead. How amazing is that!

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But the museum doesn’t only harbour Egyptian stuff, what about the King’s Library! If you are as crazy about books as I am, it is amazing to just take a quick peek. Just the smell alone makes you think you’re in book heaven.

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But wait, there is more! Fancy a peek at a statue from Easter Island? Or what about this human skull, that forms the base of the mask of Tezcatlipoca, one of the four powerful creator gods in the Aztec pantheon.

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The museum naturally has the ancient Greek and Roman Culture, as well as an exhibition about different religious systems on display.

And I’ll leave you guys with this. Just trust it to me to find the only geeky thing in the whole museum. I was really surprised to find this beauty in an exhibition about money. You guessed it, Doctor Who Money!

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I hope you enjoyed my post and if you’re in London, try to visit the museum, it’s free of course! But I do recommend buying a small map of sorts.

Love, your hot cute girly geek, Mendy

Hot Cute Girly Geek Museum Tour: Dutch National Museum of Antiquities

Hi my hot cute girly and boy geeks of course, this is it, the first hot cute girly geek museum tour, starting with the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities. I hope you enjoy it!

General info

Name:                                  Dutch National Museum of Antiquities

Place:                                   Leiden, the Netherlands

Website:                              http://www.rmo.nl/english

Date of visit:                       25th of January 2013

Permanent collection:      Egyptian department

Temporary exhibition:     Hollywood’s Egypt

Price:                                    €9.50 (+ additional €2 for the temporary exhibition)

I always had a love for the Egyptian culture and history. I love mummies and I find it highly fascinating that a civilization that far back in history was so developed, and of course that fact that a lot of that history is preserved and we get to learn about it.

This isn’t the first time I visited this museum, but it has been a while. The reason I visited the museum was because of the permanent Egyptian collection. And not so much for the temporary exhibition of Hollywood’s Egypt. Which I didn’t think much of before going. I expected a lot of stuff from the old Cleopatra movies and such. Oh boy was I wrong. But I’ll come to that later.

The exhibition about Egypt isn’t really that big, but they do have some neat stuff. When you enter the museum, the first thing you see is the temple of Taffeh, and it has been there as long as I remember.

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Some other cool stuff are these Abydos stelae, and if you have seen Stargate, you remember the name Abydos.

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This basalt casket is the sarcophagus of Wahibreëmakhet (translated Wahibre is in the horizon) and although it’s an Egyptian sarcophagus, the “owner” was a rich man, born as a Greek, but turned Egyptian.DSC_0013

And now for the mummy’s: In this picture we see displayed the mummy of Keku and shroud, canopic jars of Horpenmenti, Shabti boxes of Setywy and Bakenrenef, plus some shabtis of Pamel. Shabtis are little stone figurines that depict slaves who will work for you in the afterlife. Usually there are 400 shabtis for every deceased. One Shabti a day, plus an overseer per ten shabtis. In the other picture we see a display of mummy’s and sarcophaguses.

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I don’t only have a fascination of mummy’s, but also for canopic jars. These are the jars where the embalmed entrails of the mummy are preserved in. In this photo we see the canopic chest of Amenhotep-Huy.DSC_0015

Last mummy pics, animals. And I can tell you, it’s a stretch to get a whole mummified crocodile in one picture. Cats are a lot easier.

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And the last picture of the permanent exhibition is a photo of the bust of Nefertiti; this is unfortunately a fake one, since the real one is displaced in Berlin. Speaking of fake. This museum also has a plaster cast of the Rosetta stone. And no I didn’t take a picture of it, since I saw the real one in the British museum last year, for pics, you’ll need to wait till that post is up.DSC_0032

Moving on to the temporary exhibition, Hollywood’s Egypt. Like I said before, I hadn’t thought much about this exhibit, but since we paid for it, we took a look. What I didn’t know, was that this exhibition was spread over two floors. So when we reached the first floor and the exhibit I was loudly complaining about the fact that they showed a lot of old Hollywood stuff about Egyptian themed movies and how on earth didn’t they insert something about the mummy. It’s only one of the biggest Egyptian based movies in the present days! So when we reached the second floor my geeky heart almost exploded with geeky awesomeness. I am a huge fan of the movie the mummy (see also previous posts here: https://hotcutegirlygeek.wordpress.com/category/the-mummy/ ) The museum really did get some awesome stuff:

Here we see the original costume worn by Brendan Fraser in his role as Rick O’Connell in the mummy returns. The museum also has the original costume of Arnold Vosloo in his role as Imhotep in the mummy returns. (Well costume, more like a few pieces of fabric, but you don’t hear me complaining.)

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Also, the original book of the dead and the book of Amun-Ra used in the movies, that is so freaking awesome!!!

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And remember these two? The puzzle box that contained the map to Hamunaptra and the key to open the books. The puzzle box is a reproduction, but the key is really used in the movies. Also, here’s a copy of the map to Hamunaptra, but I urge you not to use it, it’s a fake, lol!

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What about the canopies used in the movie the mummy, these are also reproductions and as you can see there are five of them. They are the canopies of Anck-Su-Namun. The problem with it, is that there are supposed to be just for canopies, there is nowhere in the Egyptian history a mention of using five of these and especially non with the head of a lion.DSC_0055

Last two mummy pictures, the dagger of Anck-Su-Namun, used in the movie and an emblem of the Scorpion king.

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And I leave you with this awesome costume. The costume and mask of Ra used in the movie Stargate, yep I squeed when I saw this.

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So this is the first official hot cute girly geek museum tour post. I hope you liked it and let me know what you thought of it!

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy!

PS, the reason the photos are a bit dark is that it isn’t allowed to use a flash when taking pictures in the museum.

Introducing a new subject for posts

Hi my hot cute girly and boy geeks, first of all, sorry about no YouTube Sunday, I don’t have enough vids, so you’ll just have to wait till next week. But I do have a new subject for geeky posts. The Hot Cute Girly Geek museum tour.

I love museums, always have. Where the love comes from, I really don’t know, because my parents aren’t that crazy about museums, nor did they stimulate it for me to go. I guess it has something to do with my love for knowledge and history. All knowledge is worth having, to quote one of my favorite authors.

And I do love it when my love for geeky things is combined with museums. And this happened a lot last year and this year.

So what can you expect for posts? Well, I’m still behind on my posts for last year and I will do two posts about museums I went to last year.

  • The British Museum, London, UK.
  • London Film Museum Experience, London, UK.
  • Body Works, Amsterdam, NL.

For this year:

  • Dutch National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden, NL.

Expected museum visits this year:

  • Sherlock museum, London, UK.
  • The London Tower, London, UK.
  • Tutankhamun: the Exhibition! Amsterdam, NL.
  • The Doctor Who experience, Cardiff, UK.
  • Anne Frank house, Amsterdam, NL.
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, NL.

It is possible that my expected list will chance during the year, depending on time, money and travelling. For now, my first post will be about the Dutch Nation Museum of Antiquities, because I went there just last Friday. And if not explained otherwise, all the pictures that will be included in the posts are my own.

Love, your hot cute girly geek, Mendy