At @travelto5 we are in love with art. Yes, that includes all sort of art, from the artists that you will find at art museums like Prado or Hermitage, to the most popular and underground pieces that you can find on street walls and unconventional theatres.
In our search for unique places and creative inspiration, we always find room for quirky museums from around the world, some of which have become our favorite spots. It’s time we share them with you.
5 small museums for art, design and communication lovers
Museum of Broken Relationships
The museum of Broken Relationships is a small collection of stories and objects that reflect the loss of love, friendship and family. It started as an artistic project and now welcomes objects from all around the world.
We love the fun stories and how they are condensed in quirky objects, from the love at first sight and the custom cassette music to the trash our exes left behind and the teddy bears. A great source for inspiration if you are looking for a new story to write or an artistic piece.
You’ll like it because of the weird, fun and sad stories every object comes with.
Where: Ćirilometodska ul. 2, 10000, Zagreb, Croacia
The museum of Design and Fashion of Lisboa is right in Rua Augusta, hidden at plain sight. Inside of one of those maritime banks that used to provide funds for expeditions and business entrepreneurs.
While the building is under renovation now, we love the way it houses the Francisco Capelo’s collection, with the rough walls and the industrial atmosphere. There are also great temporary exhibitions from portuguese designers and artists.
You’ll like it because of the beautiful pieces,including fashion, decor and art from Alexander Mc Queen, Balenciaga, Courrèges, Charlotte Perriand, Campana Brothers, Gio Ponti, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Joe Colombo, Le Corbusier, Marc Newson, Paco Rabanne, Viviene Westwood, and many others.
Where: 1100, R. Augusta 24, 1100 Lisboa, Portugal
La Cervantina, also known as the Cervantes Society of Madrid, is one of the centers of the literary activity in the city. They organize different conferences and cultural gatherings all year long, most of them around Cervantes and the Spanish Golden Age.
The location at Atocha 87 is not a coincidence: here is where Don Quixote was first published, the Juan de la Cuesta printing house.
We love their activities and their guided visits. Don’t forget to make a reservation to see the old press work and print your own Don Quixote page. And if you are lucky enough you might see Cervantes himself, on a micro-theatre play they are having there every once in a while, to celebrate the 400 years of Cervantes.
Where: Atocha 87, Madrid, Spain
The Dance museum of Stockholm is not just a museum of ballet, although you will find many classic dance pieces. This small museum was founded by Rolf de Maré, who travelled collecting artefacts and documenting dance from all over the world, from tribal dances to more refined artistic expressions.
We love the way the collection is shown in different cases and closets you have to open to discover the pieces or the music or even a video.
You will like it because it is a small museum where you can play like a kid (or bring your own) opening and discovering each of the different things that are hidden in the cabinets. It’s also a great place to connect with the more traditional and classical ways of visual arts.
Where: Drottninggatan 17, 111 51 Stockholm, Sweden.
Advertising Museum of Tokyo
Well, advertising might not be the most refined sort of art, but if you are into design and visual communications this is a place to go when you are visiting Tokyo.
The exhibition covers the history of advertising in Japan, from the Edo period to the 20th Century, with some temporary exhibitions that are also worth a look.
We love Japan, that’s not a secret, and visual communications there can get a bit crazy. The only issue is that you can get a little lost in translation (although the exhibits contain translations to English) .
You will like it because it’s an awesome place to find crazy inspiration from crazy people who did crazy stuff before youtube was there. And they have an advertising library too.
Where: Caretta Shiodome, Higashi-Shimbashi 1-8-2, Minato-ku, Tokyo.