Museums in Strange Places

31 EpisodesProduced by Hannah Hethmon

Welcome to Museums in Strange Places, a podcast for people who love museums, stories, culture, and exploring the world. In Season 1, the podcast focuses on museums in Iceland. Season 2 explores the museums of Maryland. I’m your host, Hannah Hethmon, and in each episode I visit a different museum t… read more

31 Episodes | 2017 - 2019

The Lost City: Historic St. Mary’s City, Maryland (S02/E05)

January 14th, 2019

58:34

In the early 17th century, 300 English settlers traveled to the new colony of Maryland in search of new opportunities and a place where they could …

BONUS: Baltimore's Ring of Fire

December 31st, 2018

8:22

BONUS CONTENT from Episode 4, “Museum Time Machine: The Peale Center.” The Peale Center’s Nancy Proctor shows me the museum’s Ring of Fire, explains the phenomenon of skeuomorphism, and tells me why gas lighting was …

Museum Time Machine: The Peale Center (S02/E04)

November 27th, 2018

31:40

There’s a time machine in downtown Baltimore on Holliday Street. A time machine that will take you back to the origin of public collections of art, …

Community Driven, Community-Led: The Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center (S02/E03)

November 14th, 2018

37:28

Prince George’s County, Maryland is one of the wealthiest African American communities in the US, a suburban enclave of Black excellence just outside Washington, D.C. But it wasn’t always that way. At the small (but …

A Public Housing Utopia: The Greenbelt Museum (S02/E02)

November 14th, 2018

46:49

Tucked among other Maryland suburbs outside Washington, D.C., the cute little town of Greenbelt has a surprisingly radical history. It was one of three “green towns” built under the New Deal Era Resettlement …

A Temple to Intuition and Art: The American Visionary Art Museum (S02/E01)

November 14th, 2018

53:10

The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland is monument to outsider art, the creative spirit, and the search for truth. Step inside this glittering temple to intuition and inspiration to experience the …

Season 2: Museums of Maryland (TRAILER)

November 6th, 2018

3:33

In each season of this podcast, I explore a different country, state, or region through its museums. In Season 1, I traveled around Iceland. For season two, I decided to explore my native state of Maryland. I visited 22 …

The Shark Farm at Bjarnarhöfn (S01/E22)

August 21st, 2018

29:07

Iceland has a lot of weird traditional foods, but nothing compares to fermented shark meat. The family at Bjarnarhöfn has been hunting and fermenting shark meat for nearly 400 years, although today they only process …

The Art of Volcanoes (S01/E21)

August 7th, 2018

25:22

Iceland in Wartime (S01/E20)

July 25th, 2018

26:45

Walk into the War and Peace Museum, a small building sitting on a fjord north of Reykjavík, Iceland, and you're instantly transported into another …

BONUS: The Making of Eldheimar's Audio Guide

July 11th, 2018

7:46

Bonus! I go behind-the-scenes with Locatify's Steinunn Anna Gunnlaugsdóttir to talk about the making of Eldheimar's location-aware audio guide app (E19: Memorial to an Eruption). We chat about how Locatify joined the …

Memorial to an Eruption (S01/E19)

July 3rd, 2018

29:43

On January 23, 1973, residents of the island town Vestmannaeyjar in Iceland were woken from sleep by the sounds of a huge fissure ripping open the …

We Always Come Back to Home Island (S01/E18)

June 19th, 2018

33:24

No matter what happens on the Westman Islands off Iceland's south coast–invading pirates, mass Mormon exoduses, months-long volcanic eruptions, …

The Penis Museum, Part II ft. John Bodinger de Uriarte (S01/E17)

June 5th, 2018

22:53

After visiting the Icelandic Phallological Museum in Episode 16, I still didn't get what all the hype was about. So, I sat down with anthropology …

The Penis Museum, Part I (S01/E16)

May 29th, 2018

28:12

I didn't really want to visit the Icelandic Phallological Museum, so to make it more fun, I invited along my Icelandic museum friend, Sig. Join us as …

Industry and Nostalgia in Akureyri, Iceland (S01/E15)

April 10th, 2018

22:40

For this episode, I'm back in Akureyri to visit The Industry Museum, a small museum formed from the enormous personal collection of one couple, who …

A Museum of Ordinary Things (S01/E14)

March 27th, 2018

28:11

Tucked away in a narrow valley just below the town of Akureyri in North Iceland, Sverrir Hermansson's Museum of Sundry Objects is one eccentric man's …

Finding Iceland's Hidden Women (S01/E13)

March 14th, 2018

43:38

In this special episode about women's history in Iceland, I visit the Women's History Archive at the National and University Library of Iceland to …

A Flyby of the Icelandic Aviation Museum (S01/E12)

February 27th, 2018

24:28

The Icelandic Aviation Museum in Akureyri is filled with great stories: locals crashing a Nazi glider into an open grave, the president's plane enlisted to beat the British in the Cod Wars, and a nineteen year search to …

How the Seals are Saving Hvammstangi (S01/E11)

February 13th, 2018

28:59

Beatle-Town, Iceland: A Visit to the Icelandic Museum of Rock 'n' Roll (S01/E10)

January 30th, 2018

38:51

Built with Fish: History Lessons at the Museum of Hafnarfjörður (S01/E09)

January 24th, 2018

23:15

How do you keep history fresh at a municipal history museum, even when many people in your audience have lived in that small town their entire lives? How do you best serve your local audience while still offering …

Community-Centered Contemporary Art in the Heart of Hafnarfjörður (S01/E08)

January 16th, 2018

32:05

How does a contemporary art institution–places that are notoriously elitist–provide a thriving cultural center in a town's that on the periphery of …

Celtic Connections on the Icelandic Coast: A Visit to the Akranes Folk Museum (S01/E07)

January 10th, 2018

23:52

Akranes is a coastal town in the southwest region of Iceland with a growing population of about 7,000. They have a unique heritage, as the area was …

A Family, a Mineral Collection, and a Museum in a Gas Station (S01/E06)

December 18th, 2017

24:08

Hafsteinn Thor has always been interested in geology, nature, biology, and philosophy...and acting and directing...and singing and learning new …

Keeping the Legacy of a Medieval Legend Alive at Snorrastofa (S01/E05)

December 4th, 2017

33:07

I visit the Snorrastofa, a research and cultural center at Reykholt, the farm in southwestern Iceland where the great medieval Icelandic historian …

The Future of History at the Reykjavík City Museum (S01/E04)

November 21st, 2017

20:15

I visit the Reykjavík City Museum to talk with Museum Director Guðbrandur Benediktsson about museum mergers, historians as presidents, the state of history in Iceland, and the future of history museums in Reykjavík.

The …

A Writer's Home: Gljúfrasteinn-Laxness Museum (S01/E03)

November 6th, 2017

31:48

In this episode, I drive thirty minutes outside of Reykjavík to visit Gljúfrasteinn, the museum–and former home–of Halldór Laxness, writer and Nobel laureate. His remarkable life spanned almost the entire 20th century, …

The Icelandic Punk Museum in Reykjavík, Iceland (S01/E02)

October 30th, 2017

15:51

Bonus Ep: What Makes an Open Air Museum Memorable?

October 22nd, 2017

7:55

I continue my conversation with Sigurlaugur Ingólfsson at the Árbær Open Air Museum in Reykjavík. We discuss what makes an open air museum visit memorable, whether admission prices motivate museums to stay fresh and …

Árbær Open Air Museum in Reykjavík, Iceland

October 16th, 2017

28:30

I visit the Árbær Open Air Museum in Reykjavík to interview the Árbær Museum Project Manager, Sigurlaugur Ingólfsson. In this episode you'll learn about: open air/living history museums in Iceland, museum mergers, …

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