At times I like to visit exhibitions and museums. It is a great way to expand your knowledge about all kind of subjects like history, art or biology. And some exhibitions are just great fun. One of the places I always loved to go for exhibitions was the Amsterdam EXPO (Amsterdam South, at the so-called “Zuid-As”). It was a museum for traveling exhibitions.
Just today I thought it would be nice to visit a museum or exhibition in one of the coming weeks. So I looked up which exhibition there was currently at the Amsterdam EXPO. It was an unpleasant surprised to read that Amsterdam EXPO was closed. Not temporary, but permanent and this already for some time. The organisation went bankrupt because there were not enough visitors to the exhibitions.
I think this is a big lose, because the exhibitions that were displayed here were understandable for everyone and not for just a small audience.
Below the exhibitions that I visited at the Amsterdam EXPO (the 3 pictures where made by me).
It is an pitty indeed!
Tutankhamun – His Tomb and His Treasures (Ran from 29.11.2012 – 05.05.2013)
“Tutankhamun, His Tomb and His Treasures recreated the treasures from the time of the young Pharaoh Tutankhamun. Three of the chambers found in the Boy King’s burial tomb were identically reconstructed based on sketches and notes made by Howard Carter and images taken by Harry Burton, the expedition’s photographer. These chambers displayed reproductions of the most sumptuous objects including jewels, amulets, cases, chairs, weapons, a sensational golden chariot, enormous gilded shrines and, of course, King Tut’s famous death mask.
The replicas were produced by the best Egyptian craftsmen and approved by internationally renowned scientists and Egyptologists. Multimedia presentations allowed visitors to delve into the religious and cultural traditions of ancient Egypt. Ninety years after its discovery, Tutankhamun’s tomb was revealed once again, allowing visitors to relive the moment at Amsterdam EXPO.”
The Art of the Brick (Ran from 29.05.2014 – 26.10.2014)
“Hailed by CNN as one of the world’s 10 must-see exhibitions, The Art of the Brick featured over seventy-five sculptures created from more than a million LEGO® bricks. A fun-filled exhibition for visitors of all ages, The Art of the Brick welcomed everyone from LEGO fans to art lovers.
Created by US artist Nathan Sawaya, the LEGO® brick sculptures on display were all original, life-sized pieces ranging from a six-meter long T-Rex skeleton constructed from 80,020 bricks to some of the world’s most famous art works by Da Vinci, Vermeer and Rembrandt transformed into 2D and 3D LEGO sculptures. The exhibition even boasted a Play Zone where visitors of all ages had a chance to explore their creativity using the iconic bricks”
Giants of the Ice Age (Ran from 27.11.2014 – 01.03.2014)
The mammoth, saber-toothed tiger, woolly rhinoceros, cave bear and cave lion – see ‘the Big Five’ of the ice age right here in the Netherlands. For 30,000 years, these giants roamed the country’s prehistoric wilderness. Now they’re returning to Amsterdam. The adventure is almost here!
The exhibition features the original skeleton of a woolly mammoth exhibited for the first time in Europe and a variety of remains and fossils dating back tens of thousands of years. It also reveals the sad story of baby mammoth Lyuba, who was trapped in a muddy river bank and left behind by her herd. As the best preserved mammoth ever found, she has provided scientists with a treasure trove of information. An exact replica of Lyuba is on display as part of the exhibition.
(Credit photo’s: Rob)
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