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The Polytechnical Museum in Moscow — a gem for technical museum aficionados

Posted Dec 26 2011 3:30am

I just love this series of images from the Russian Polytechnical Museum in Moscow . The photographer, Mae Ryan, was primarily fascinated with the female custodians. But more fascinating, in my mind, are the galleries themselves — the huge rooms, the postwar bleak pastel colours, the curtains (yes, the curtains!), the refusal to translate into English, the heavy didactical atmosphere — and the rich stuff which reminds us that Soviet engineers were among the best in the world.

I hope the museum will never afford to ‘modernise’ these galleries. They are absolute gems — can’t wait to put this place in my museum travel diary:

( from here ; hat tip to Sébastien Soubiran)

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