In the three hours I drove from my one home to my other home today, I was thinking about songs about museums - sadly and surprisingly, I could think of very few. Here's what I have so far:
Donovan, Museum, 1966 [covered by Herman's Hermits in 1967]
"Meet me under the whale at the Natural History Museum..."
Bob Dylan, Visions of Johanna, 1966
"Inside the museums, infinity goes up on trial..."
Joni Mitchell, Big Yellow Taxi, 1970
"They took all the trees and put 'em in a tree museum..."
Eric Idle, The Getty, 1999-2000
"There's a new place in LA, I go there every day, it's the Getty..."
So far, we have two natural history museums (one is used for erotic encounters, the other overcharges for admission), and two art museums (one with ugly paintings of women, the other with rather sexier pictures of women...). Any other ideas? I was thinking Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition, too, but that was inspired by a temporary exhibition, and as such, I'm not sure it counts... Google brings up only people I've never heard of...
The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.