Museums in Strange Places
By Hannah Hethmon
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Museums in Strange Places is a podcast about Icelandic museums and museum culture. Subscribe to Museums in Strange Places and you can expect fascinating conversations with Icelandic museum professionals, world class exhibitions, private museums in gas stations, an introduction to Icelanders (and their knack for storytelling), and a unique window into the inner workings of museums on this strange but wonderful little island. Get bonus material from each episode (photos, further reading, links) at hhethmon.com. Use the hashtag #MuseumsinStrangePlaces on social media. The podcast is hosted by Hannah Hethmon, an American Fulbright Fellow living in Reykjavík. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @hannah_rfh or on the web at hhethmon.com. Hannah has a BA in English Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park and an MA from the University of Iceland in Medieval Icelandic Studies. After completing her MA, she spent two years as the Marketing Coordinator for the American Association for State and Local History, a Nashville-based national nonprofit dedicated to serving history museums, historical societies, and other public history institutions.
||CleanWe Always Come Back to Home Island (S01/E18)||No matter what happens on the Westman Islands off Iceland's south coast–invading pirates, mass Mormon exoduses, months-long volcanic eruptions, mysterious diseases, perilous fishing waters–the island people, Eyjamenn, always come back to rebuild...||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Penis Museum, Part II ft. John Bodinger de Uriarte (S01/E17)||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 professor (and fellow Fulbright grantee) John Bodinger de Uriarte to talk about how the museum plays...||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Penis Museum, Part I (S01/E16)||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 we marvel at massive whale phalluses, question the motivation of human donors to the museum, and try...||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIndustry and Nostalgia in Akureyri, Iceland (S01/E15)||A Visit to the Industry Museum in Akureyri, Iceland||4/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Museum of Ordinary Things (S01/E14)||A Visit to the Sverrir Hermansson's Museum of Sundry Objects in North Iceland||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFinding Iceland's Hidden Women (S01/E13)||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 speak to Rakel Adolphsdóttir about collecting women's history in Iceland and hunting for the women...||3/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Flyby of the Icelandic Aviation Museum (S01/E12)||A Visit to the Icelandic Aviation Museum in Akureyri, Iceland||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow the Seals are Saving Hvammstangi (S01/E11)||A Visit to the Seal Center in North Iceland||2/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBeatle-Town, Iceland: A Visit to the Icelandic Museum of Rock 'n' Roll (S01/E10)||The Icelandic music scene has produced a remarkable number of international stars like Sigur Rós, Björk, Kaleo, the Sugar Cubes, and Of Monsters and Men. You can learn more about them and discover new music at the Icelandic Museum of Rock 'n'...||1/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBuilt with Fish: History Lessons at the Museum of Hafnarfjörður (S01/E09)||A Visit to the Hanfjarfjörður Museum in Southwest Iceland||1/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCommunity-Centered Contemporary Art in the Heart of Hafnarfjörður (S01/E08)||A Visit to the Hafnarborg Center of Culture and Fine Art in Southwest Iceland||1/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCeltic Connections on the Icelandic Coast: A Visit to the Akranes Folk Museum (S01/E07)||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 settled in large part by Celts, not Norsemen. The charming Akranes Folk Museum has been around for...||1/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Family, a Mineral Collection, and a Museum in a Gas Station (S01/E06)||Hafsteinn Thor has always been interested in geology, nature, biology, and philosophy...and acting and directing...and singing and learning new instruments. But when he met his wife's family, he was draw into their decades-old passion for stone and...||12/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKeeping the Legacy of a Medieval Legend Alive at Snorrastofa (S01/E05)||I visit the Snorrastofa, a research and cultural center at Reykholt, the farm in southwestern Iceland where the great medieval Icelandic historian and writer Snorri Sturluson built his home, a church, and later a small fortress. Snorrastofa Project...||12/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Future of History at the Reykjavík City Museum (S01/E04)||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 music in this episode is...||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Writer's Home: Gljúfrasteinn-Laxness Museum (S01/E03)||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, from 1902 to 1998....||11/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Icelandic Punk Museum in Reykjavík, Iceland (S01/E02)||I descend into the historic city public toilets of downtown Reykjavík to check out one of the newer museums in town, the Icelandic Punk Museum. You know it's legit because Johnny Rotten himself presided over the opening in 2016. In a town with it's...||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus Ep: What Makes an Open Air Museum Memorable?||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 engaging, and why we have to...||10/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanÁrbær Open Air Museum in Reykjavík, Iceland||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, tourists vs. locals, Vikings,...||10/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
I believe that this podcast is incredibly well researched and has great production value. I am excited to see (hear) what the rest of this season will contain!
Museums in strange places ep 1 and bonus
What a lovely surprise. I thought this might be directed only at museum professionals but it wasn’t. I heard it as a museum “attender”. This pc made me think more about the institution I’m visiting and appreciate the work that goes into making it possible. I always include museums in my travel plans but I’ll seek out smaller more obscure options from now on. Keep up the great work. Looking forward to ep2
A very good podcast. Hannah does a great job with the questions. I love how specific it is. It focuses on Iceland against the backdrop of a huge influx of tourists, but of course it comments on the wider museum world.