Museum of Fine Arts

Posted on January 13, 2010


As I mentioned before, this past weekend (and Monday) was my fraternity’s national convention.  I had a lot of fun with my brothers and sisters!  We went to the Museum of Science and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  Interestingly enough, it is the Museum of Fine Arts I want to talk about.

We had time to go to two of the exhibits there.  One of them was a beautiful exhibit on musical instruments.  If you love musical instruments, GO TO THIS EXHIBIT.  And also get the audio tour.  My favorite was the glass armonica.  I want one.  I might even want to build one, but I’ve got quite a to-build list going already.  We’ll see.  Getting it tuned correctly must be a painstaking process.

The other exhibit was “The Secrets of Tomb 10A: Egypt 2000 BC”.  It was breathtaking.  And also, it was a moment of grokking.  It may not have been about the paleolithic era, but all the same it helped to bring the paleolithic to life for me.  The moment that happened was when I saw a bundle of ancient arrows tied together with twisted rope.  And the twisted rope looked exactly like the twisted rope I learned how to make.  I didn’t just see the artifact.  I remembered what it must have felt like in the craftsman’s fingers while making it.  Andy Dolph was kind enough to snap a photo of it with his cell phone camera:

The entire exhibit is full of incredibly well preserved and well restored artifacts that bring ancient Egypt to life.  Staring at the carpentry, sculpture, painting, etc… you get an undeniable feeling of connection with the people who made these things.  If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend taking a look.  It’s a temporary exhibition, so don’t miss out.

Thank you for reading!

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