How to Get a Job in the Design World – Like Me

12 Nov

When I first graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, it was difficult. I started out in the 1990s and it was not easy during that time. It was a slow crawl just to be able to do anything, which was frustrating at times. After six months of applying to jobs and getting nothing, I was running out of ideas. I started thinking about my goals as a designer and realized that I need to pack up and head back to my home town in Canada.

Even though looking for a job in another state was tough, I was way up in the Yukon of Canada and it made it worse. I’m still glad that I had made the decision to goto the university. I packed my bags and hopped on a bus heading south west back in to the states. [...]

Preserving the Googie and Art Deco Design in Los Angeles Architecture

21 Oct

On the sixth floor of Los Angeles City Hall is the Office of Historic Resources (OHR) which coordinates the city’s historic preservation activities, including the first comprehensive program to identify significant historic resources throughout the city.

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SurveyLA is a municipal historic preservation project in Los Angeles funded by a $2.5 million grant from the J. Paul Getty Trust. Managed by the Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources, the preservation program is the first of its kind seeking to have historians and architectural historians identify significant historic resources dating from 1865 to 1980 in Los Angeles. The project will begin in the spring of 2014 and is scheduled to be completed sometime in 2017. [...]

Assignment: Shedding Light on the Homeless of Los Angeles

4 Sep

Embarking on my adventure to Los Angeles I was expecting to see all the wonderful things you read and hear about this amazing city. Although it is well known for the many rich and famous that call this city home, there are also a large amount of the downtrodden outcasts who live in the shadows. The reason I was so attracted to the outcasts of this city is because they are such a contrast to what you would expect when you visit this part of the world. The city is absolutely beautiful and is everything your read about in the newspapers and magazines, but the homeless in Los Angeles like magnets living on the fringes of society just drew me in to a place I could never have imagined existed. I decided I was going to spend a few days living among the homeless people and really gain insight to what it must be like to live this way.

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The very first thing I noticed when I stumbled upon my first group of homeless men was that they seemed to be in a world of their own. I introduced myself and surprisingly was greeted with wild enthusiasm from the group. Contrary to what you may think or have heard, they did not immediately begin asking me for money or food, or attack me for m clothing. They introduced themselves and acted almost as if i was already a part of their little click. I did not have a camera crew with me or a recording team to scare them away, I simply tried to talk to them like another human being would talk to them. Within minutes I was already a part of some unique conversations.

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As you can imagine food and water are a huge priority if you are going to survive on the streets. I forced myself not to eat and drink today so by the heat of the afternoon I was pretty thirsty. I did not carry any money with me and immediately began to wonder how can I at least keep hydrated. These guys are extremely resourceful to say the least. They know exactly where the nearest fountains and sources for free clean water are. You see to forget that public bathrooms have sinks with clean running water in them. This source of water keeps many of the homeless hydrated throughout their days. A simple luxury we all take for granted.

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Sleeping on the streets was an altogether different experience. As night falls the group told me of many places they call home at night. I expected park benches and card board boxes, instead I was shown warm dry underpasses stocked with blankets and fresh fruit. These guys are definitely survivalists to say the least. Listening to their stories was heartbreaking to say the least. Some are mentally ill, some lost their jobs and some are serious addicts. They all see to band together in their own small groups and survive like I imagine ancient man survived when he had no luxuries. They seem almost oblivious to the world around them. It was very interesting listening to stories, but I must admit I was saddened and humbled.

I spend days living with this group and just watching how they only take what they need to survive each day with no concern about yesterday or tomorrow. It was so hard for me to understand how this country could let the mentally ill and sick among them simply waste away on the street. I was never approached during my time by anyone from social services or the local authorities. I spent my days listening to stories about where the best places to get food is and where the warmest places to sleep at night. This group is very territorial and i was warned to stay within the areas they frequented. The consequences for going into other homeless areas are often met with violence. I still often think about how terrible it must feel inside to have the country you love simply toss you aside like you have zero worth. These guys do have value, and I believe if they were given the opportunity and the help, they could find there way to a better life.

Consciousness Restructuring and The Art Of Drumming

23 Apr

Drumming is considered to be a very powerful tool that can significantly alter the consciousness of an individuals or large groups of people. For instance, think about the profound impact of the 50s, 60s, and 70s rock beats on our culture. Drumming has marched and roused soldiers into battles, and yet has the ability to sooth an angry, fuming mob. Shamans are known for their utilization of drum beats to alter consciousness, induce evolutionary visions and healing for a very long time. In fact, they consider drumming a canoe or horse that can take them on a trail of consciousness into other dimensions and realm of reality.

Drumming is the oldest sort of music discovered by our ancient ancestors, presumably when someone noticed the pleasing and hypnotic effect of rhythmically banging a hollow log with the help of a stick. Humans have been incredibly enriched by the vibrations and rhythms started in the past. Not only our species, but new born animals are also believed to be soothed by repetitive rhythms of the heart of their mother. Moreover, it is commonly suggested to put a ticking clock near new puppies in order to help them adjust to the environment. This sound might arguably be the very first understanding of sense of hearing for a child – the one that he/she hears in the womb as he/she entrains himself/herself to the beating of mother’s heart.  

The fine rhythm of a beating drum can take you back those initial beginning of your sentience, back to your mother’s womb like amazing consciousness patterns that lie beneath out sense of self, world and being. In fact, in my opinion, reality itself can be regarded as the cosmic rhythm of waves of energy coming up from the plenum – a complexity of waves rhythmically interacting with each other to create different interference patterns that basically trigger our impression of reality.

The fact that drumming effects conscious change can be answer to so many questions about what patterns and beats can induce what sort of states of human consciousness, how to drum, and what sort of influence should be considered. If you want to experience the real art of drumming, check out Lawrence Jaeger.

 

Returning to Montreal for FIMA and Dental Work

22 Apr

Although I now live and work in the United States there are still times that I return to my native Canada. One such reason is for major health or dental issues that I need to have corrected. I love living in the US, but the health system is not exactly known for being world class! I recently had some major dental work that I could no longer put off so I decided to have it fixed while I was in Montreal for the FIMA (Festival International Montréal en Arts). This is one event in my native land that I never miss and it was a good opportunity to take care of my dental problem as well.

FIMA (Festival International Montréal en Arts)
The Festival International Montréal en Arts is basically a large open air art gallery that brings artists and art lovers from all over the world. One of the best things about the festival is that it includes world famous artists alongside emerging and amateur artists. The ability to purchase direct from the artists is also a great benefit. There are a number of works on display and it is something that I recommend for anyone looking for something a little bit different. The festival has a family atmosphere and there is something for everyone. The event has been running for more than a decade and it has become a premiere art festival in the region.

Dental Work
While in Montreal I contacted my regular dentist to find that he was unavailable (note to self: book ahead of time). I had to quickly search for an available dentist in Montreal and found drbautista.ca/. I’m certainly glad that I found him because he was able to complete my work in time for the festival and his bedside manner was first class. I was also impressed with his surgery, which was clean and in pristine condition.

I wasn’t really looking forward to scheduling a dental visit before attending my favorite art exhibition in Montreal, but things worked out well in the end. I can certainly recommend a trip to FIMA and I can also highly recommend Dr. Bautista as well!

Safely Storing Art

21 Apr

If you have valuable art, you know how important it is to store it safely. Most people store valuable art inside of their home, but this is not always the safest place. Here is why you should store your art in a secure storage facility.

Your Home is Not Safe

Like I said, most people would store their art in their home. This is okay for moderate to low valuable art, but for high end art, the home may not be safe enough. You can check your artworks value here. If you are into collecting valuable art, more than likely friends and family know about it. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t trust your loved ones but it is a statistic that many home robberies are connected somewhat to friends and families. For example a friend that knows about your valuable artwork may brag about it in a classroom, at a work conference or just to a new friend. Not everyone is trustworthy and home robberies are much easier to commit than a secure storage facility robbery. It is now easier than ever for criminals to commit a home robbery with the use of the internet. They can look up your address, search it on Google maps to see your home layout and possibly even get your floor plan online. All they would have to do after that is figure out your family’s schedule and pick a time when you’re not home to commit the robbery.

Choosing a Storage Facility

If you are renting a storage facility to hold valuable art, security should be your number one concern. Here are some security features you should want from a storage facility. A gated and monitored entrance, high and barbed fencing along the entire perimeter, secure and heavily bolted storage doors, security camera monitors on and around your storage container and 24/7 security guard personnel. Now you may not need all this but it would be ideal if you can find a place that has all these security features.
This should come without saying but make sure not to tell anyone where you are storing your art and try to avoid anyone seeing you store your art while you are loading it into your storage container. It is best to go on a weekday in the morning or at night. If there is someone nearby, it might be best to come back another time. I personally found my two storage containers, one at San Jose Self Storage, using the San Jose Storage Directory and the other while looking for storage units in Anaheim, using the Anaheim Storage Directory. These sites give you all the phone numbers to local storage facilities so you can call each one to find rates and ask about their security features.

Protecting Your Artwork

Here are some tips to storing your artwork at your new secure storage facility. Make sure to wrap each piece of artwork in a thick material to prevent any damages. It is a good idea to place your most valuable artwork near the back of the container. If possible store the artwork in a lockable case. And disguise your artwork to make it look as if it has no value.

Refitting my Dodge Ram for Transporting Larger Works of Art

21 Apr

As an art director I am expected to organize the transport of a number of different types of artwork. This includes smaller painting and sculptures through to large bronze statues and stone sculptures. in most cases I use a shipping company to move to larger items, but in some cases I am unable to organize shipping in time. When this happens I need to use my own truck to transport these large works of art. Of course, this can be a problem because a stone or bronze statue can weigh many tons. This is why I decided to refit my Dodge Ram so that I would be able to transport these larger items at short notice.

The Refit

I’m not going to pretend that I am an expert in automobile refitting, so I left the work to the experts. I told them what I needed and they advised a series of changes including better suspension, transmission, tray and forks. Most of the parts for my the lift spindles (Dodge Ram made they had to be), were aftermarket accessories. For more information about the Dodge Ram suspension, I found this site: www.ramtrucks.com, to be an excellent reference! They also recommended a pickup truck crane and loading ramps to make the job of moving heavier pieces much easier. The refit was complete in just a week and it cost about $2,000. Although this might seem quite costly it has made loading my vehicle with heavy artwork much easier. My favorite improvement is the pickup truck crane, which I can highly recommend if you are loading heavy items.

Getting the Truck Rated

If you are considering increasing the load capacity of your truck then you also need to have it rated for the new capacity. In some states this is a legal requirement, but it is still a good idea to have this done so that you know what your truck is capable of handling. There is nothing worse than overloading your vehicle and having it struggle or even damaged with the heavy load.

I’m really glad that I had this work done to my truck. I am much more comfortable loading statues and sculptures into my truck and transporting them to galleries across the country. Being an art director is my dream job, but I didn’t realize there was so much logistics involved! At least I am now prepared for those occasions when I don’t have time to wait for the shipping company or when the shipping company lets me down.

Artists & Alcohol Addiction

20 Apr

If you have ever spent an extended period of time with a real artist you may have noticed that they are a different type of person. Artists are creative and hard working, often spending countless hours creating something that may never have another set of eyes laid upon it. This hard working persona is driven by a deeper addictive personality that enables an artist to follow their vision with an unrelenting enthusiasm.

While this addictive personality is what inspires and enables an artist to chase their vision and create reality from an image in their mind, it is also a double edged sword. There is a darker side to having an addictive personality which can often lead to drug and alcohol dependency. Comments made by a staff member at the alcohol addiction treatment Orange County Center at www.simple-recovery.com, recently confirmed that is not uncommon for artists to fall into the trap of alcohol addiction and often, also drug addiction.

Many of the artists that are administered to the center for treatment say that they feel if they were to stop taking drugs altogether they would lose their creative side. In the same way that body builders rely on supplements, artists rely on external stimulants to enhance their creative powers.

History is littered with famous creative personalities having well documented public battles with alcohol addiction. Beethoven was at the very least a problem drinker, but more likely he was a full blown alcoholic with some documents reporting that he drank as often as he composed music.

In more recent times there are countless stories of modern actors such as Robert Downy Junior and Michelle Rodriguez publicly battling issues with alcohol abuse.

In my own personal opinion, it comes down to the freedom of mind experienced by an individual. Often when we are free to do whatever we like, we can easily sink down to a low level of existence and fall victim to the most basic of human vices. While artists may not have the financial freedom that rich and famous actors do, they certainly do experience the very same freedom of mind that allows them to follow their passions and feed their wants and needs, however dark they may be.

How to Find a Reliable Locksmith While Travelling

19 Apr

When you are on the road, you need to be prepared to handle all sorts of unexpected problems like car lockouts. Even if you take every necessary step to prevent lockouts from happening, there are still zero guarantees that it cannot happen to you in the middle of a trip. You might inadvertently leave your car keys inside the vehicle and lock yourself out. The only way to plan for such circumstances is to use a professional car unlocking/locksmithing service, like the one offered by Bournemouth Locksmith, in order to get out of superfluous predicaments, such as a broken car door or auto lockout.

Why Should You Use Professional Locksmith Services to Unlock Your Car?

Locksmithing or car-unlocking services can sometimes prove to be incredibly handy, especially during emergency situations. While being unable to unlock your car door is an emergency by default, if you do not have a spare car key with you, the fact that this might happen anywhere is a serious cause for concern since it can compromise your security. If you have doubts about looking for a reliable locksmith prior to lockouts happen, consider all the downsides of trying to find an auto locksmith when you could not get into your vehicle and you are stuck in the middle of nowhere without any hope for help. It is in your best interest to prepare for all sorts of problems ahead of time, especially when you are travelling.

What Should You Look For in a Car Unlocking/Locksmithing Service?

1. Credentials

Always try to be thorough! Give yourself adequate time to search for a local auto locksmith that can help you immediately after calling during lockout emergencies. Your research should be comprehensive, and do not forget to verify the information the locksmithing company offer.  

2. Appropriate tools

More modern vehicle security modules might not be overriding employing simple tools. Make certain that you are hiring an expert that has up to date equipment or tools and ability to handle modern systems.

3. 24/7 emergency services

Vehicle lockouts are always unpredictable. Therefore, you need to anticipate handling this common issue. Opt for the locksmith companies that offer 24/7 car unlocking services.

 

Considering Art And Design In Your Home Remodel

18 Apr

As you know art is my life. I live, breathe, eat and study art in my daily life. So, when friends have asked me to take a look at home designs for them I jump at the change. You see, an architect is a person who does a good job at laying the blueprint for what a home remodel will look like. When I look at a remodel, I look at it from an artistic and design standpoint. Make no mistake, the two are intertwined but at the same time, very different.

Let me give you a real world example. My friends Dave and Jan were planning a remodel of their home. They are quite wealthy (and have a killer art collection) so naturally they wanted to create a special place in their home for all of their art. The plans that they paid to have drawn up were fairly nice and made sense. However, the words “nice” and “makes sense” are usually your first warnings of a boring and very UN-artistic design. We worked on this project for some time and what we ended up with was a very nice new room in their home that would be an art showcase. I designed special cutouts in the walls of this room that would house their very nice paintings. Now, it was time to make this design a reality.

Now design and art are my life but construction definitely isn’t. We found another friend of ours who was a construction contractor and approached him to get the work going. First, they had to demolish half of the home which was quite scary to Dave and Jan.  Although we had the plans in place for a very nice remodel, the sight of their home being torn down was not very comforting. We also had some mishaps with the construction crew in that they were not following safety considerations and one of them got injured quite severely. This drew a visit from OSHA and although everything checked out, having a government entity visit your construction site is not a good thing. So, since I now have some experience in this area I can offer a few suggestions.  First, make sure that all construction workers have their safety training up to date, make sure all forklift operators have their needed certifications, and, make sure that the contractor you use holds mandatory safety meetings. A construction site is a dangerous place and you don’t want injuries on your property! But I digress – back to what I know and love.  Once the demolition was complete we were finally able to create the home of my friends dreams. Complete with a special room for art, it was quite gorgeous!

What does all this mean? To put it bluntly you should always look to incorporate art and tasteful design into any home remodel you start. Having your home remodeled is a time consuming and costly proposition. Finding friends, relatives, or other people to get involved is always a good thing. When you bring together the right combination of architects, artists, construction workers, and other specialty workers, you will end up having a home you can be proud of.

Exploring the Nottingham Castle and Art Gallery in England

15 Apr

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you probably know by now that I have two great passions that I like to combine— art and travel. This time, I've gone to explore the famous Nottingham Castle and Art Gallery in England to directly experience what I only used to read about and view in books and websites.

A Spectacular View

If you want to enjoy a spectacular view of the city that will take your breath away, you should definitely visit this palace founded by William the Conqueror way back in the 17th century. It will enable you to feel the power of English royalty and imagine how they lived in the olden days.

Historical Museum

Tourists who love learning about the history of a certain place will have a great time here, as it is one of the best in the area. Trace back the reigns of the different English kings and find out what had transpired throughout those years up to the time of the English Civil War.

Because there were plenty of important artifacts and historical pieces here, I heard from a local guard how strict their security protocols are. When I had dropped by, a small area was closed off to the public because they had called on some great locksmiths in Nottingham from a top locksmith company to ensure the security of valuable museum pieces.

The Cave Experience

When you visit this place, you ought to go on the cave tour to further have a glimpse of the legendary dungeon of King David and the famous wine cellar of the Duke of Newcastle among others. As you weave through the secret passageways, some of which were carved during the medieval era, you'll definitely learn a lot and never forget the experience. I did, and will certainly recommend the tour to everyone who comes to this wonderful historical place.

Savoring the Art

Nottingham Castle comes with a long art gallery that I truly loved! Being the art enthusiast I was, this came to be one of my favorite places in Nottingham. With an amazing collection of British and European art that dates back to the 11th century and moves forward to present times, I was definitely lost in the different expressions of history, culture, and passion in various art works. I'm pretty sure that even the art gallery is well-secured and guarded at all times. Indeed it deserves to be.

Going to Nottingham Castle is undoubtedly worth the time, effort, and money. Whether you're an art enthusiast, a history buff, or simply just a passionate traveler, do drop by this beautiful site when you can.

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

12 Apr

St. Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration held in honor of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Being an official Christian feast day, it is not only celebrated in Ireland and by Christian churches, but also in countries where the Irish have migrated. Thus, St. Patrick’s Day is also observed in Britain, the United States, Canada and Australia. Aside from celebrating the arrival Christianity in Ireland, the feast day is also a time to honor Irish culture and tradition. Nowadays, St. Patrick’s Day is commemorated in various ways; and if you want to express your affiliation with the Irish, you can do so too.

One of most visible ways of celebrating the feast day is by going green. This is not related to being environment-friendly; but, literally being green. Green is a color that is closely associated with Ireland; so, on St. Patrick’s Day, you can wear a green shirt or put on green accessories. If you are more daring, you can paint your face or dye your hair with a green color. You can also wear clothes or accessories with a shamrock design. The shamrock, a flower which St. Patrick used to illustrate the Holy Trinity in spreading Christianity in Ireland, is also symbolic of the Irish.

A festival can never be complete without food, so make traditional Irish food part of your meals on St. Patrick’s Day. Feast on corned beef, a vegetable casserole called colcannon, potatoes, boiled ham and cabbage, and pair it with soda bread. You can wash it down with Irish beer. You can also go to a pub and have some Irish whiskey with your friends.

For a more authentic experience, you can go and take a trip to Ireland. Dublin, the country’s capital, is known to hold the grandest St. Patrick’s Day parade as part of the city’s festivities that last for five whole days. The festival itself is a tourist attraction and thousands of visitors flock to the city at this time of the year.

If you prefer a quieter place to celebrate, you can go to Ireland’s countryside, where small towns celebrate the holiday in their own way. You can visit several towns on a single trip if you join a cruise on the River Shannon. It may not be like the more popular European river cruises, but embarking on this one will show you why Ireland is called the “Emerald Isle.” Moreover, you will get acquainted with the Irish people’s famed hospitality.

St. Patrick’s Day is a day of fun and merriment. In celebrating, enjoy the food and the company of your friends and family. Most of all, remember that it is not only a time to be grateful for the Irish people and their culture, but for Christianity as well.

What to Expect at an Art Auction

10 Apr

More people these days are considering art as a good investment. Art objects, like antiques, can increase in value over time and many are finding ways to have their money’s worth, and more, by buying art.

Auctions are the ideal venues to get hold of good, if not valuable, pieces of art. In addition, they can be very entertaining events and provide the opportunity to meet other art enthusiasts. Contrary to the belief of many, you do not need to be a millionaire in order to purchase items at an art auction. Several auctions cater to different budget ranges, even for those willing to part with just a few hundred dollars. For such an amount of money, you can be the proud owner of a painting, a piece of furniture or a unique collectible.

If you have just recently started your art collection, auctions can be doubly fun. To witness an event where people bid for ownership of an article is, in itself, already exciting. However, what you will find most unforgettable are the one-of-a-kind pieces that are up for bidding. For many, auctions are an easy way to acquire objects for their personal art collections. Moreover, granting that the event is held at a reputable auction house, you can be sure that the price you pay is in accordance with the real value of the object in the market. This means that you are really getting your money’s worth for every purchase.

Before attending an auction, it would be best to do your own research, most especially if you haven’t attended one before. In this way, you can become acquainted with the process as well as be aware of what types of items will be available. Most auction houses have websites where you can find catalogues containing relevant information. Details can include item description, measurements, name of artist and estimated value. Knowing the value of the items you plan on acquiring will greatly help you in planning where you will be storing your valuable pieces. For instance, if you got a high-valued painting from an auction in Sotheby’s, you would never bring it home without thinking about security first. You need to hire the services of a professional locksmith London-based, like this one, to help you assess how secure your home is.

Art objects are items of beauty and if you are a serious art-lover, owning them will give you extreme personal satisfaction. So, why not go and attend an art auction? You might just find that particular art piece you have been dreaming of for many years.

What to Expect at an Art Auction

8 Apr

More people these days are considering art as a good investment. Art objects, like antiques, can increase in value over time and many are finding ways to have their money’s worth, and more, by buying art.

Auctions are the ideal venues to get hold of good, if not valuable, pieces of art. In addition, they can be very entertaining events and provide the opportunity to meet other art enthusiasts. Contrary to the belief of many, you do not need to be a millionaire in order to purchase items at an art auction. Several auctions cater to different budget ranges, even for those willing to part with just a few hundred dollars. For such an amount of money, you can be the proud owner of a painting, a piece of furniture or a unique collectible.

If you have just recently started your art collection, auctions can be doubly fun. To witness an event where people bid for ownership of an article is, in itself, already exciting. However, what you will find most unforgettable are the one-of-a-kind pieces that are up for bidding. For many, auctions are an easy way to acquire objects for their personal art collections. Moreover, granting that the event is held at a reputable auction house, you can be sure that the price you pay is in accordance with the real value of the object in the market. This means that you are really getting your money’s worth for every purchase.

Before attending an auction, it would be best to do your own research, most especially if you haven’t attended one before. In this way, you can become acquainted with the process as well as be aware of what types of items will be available. Most auction houses have websites where you can find catalogues containing relevant information. Details can include item description, measurements, name of artist and estimated value. Knowing the value of the items you plan on acquiring will greatly help you in planning where you will be storing your valuable pieces. For instance, if you got a high-valued painting from an auction in Sotheby’s, you would never bring it home without thinking about security first. You need to hire the services of a professional locksmith London-based to help you assess how secure your home is. One can be found online on http://www.toplocklocksmiths.co.uk/london.

Art objects are items of beauty and if you are a serious art-lover, owning them will give you extreme personal satisfaction. So, why not go and attend an art auction? You might just find that particular art piece you have been dreaming of for many years.

English Museums You Shouldn’t Miss

6 Apr

England is a country that has preserved its cultural and historical heritage well. Its hundred or more art galleries and museums are venues where visitor flock every year. Museums in the United Kingdom are particularly popular. According to statistics, among the top ten tourist attractions in the UK, eight are museums.

The British Museum in London, for one, boasts as the number one tourist attraction in the whole United Kingdom.  It is a place deeply steeped in history. Having opened its doors to the first visitors several centuries ago, in January of 1759, it houses collections from all over the world that showcase the history and culture of humanity. Aside from the British Museum, there are other English museums and galleries that are certainly worth the trip.

Tate Modern, also located in London, is a world-renowned museum and gallery for modern art; containing British art that dates back to 1900 as well as contemporary works of artists from other countries. It is considered as Great Britain’s national gallery for modern artwork. With an annual visitor tally of almost five million, it is regarded as the world’s most visited art gallery.

Although not as prestigious as the British Museum, the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, Hampshire is distinctive for having the world’s largest collection of James Bond vehicles, all of them original. Within the museum, visitors can view other automobile collections that narrate the history and evolution of motor vehicles, including those that were used in Formula One racing. According to the museum curator, fans of James Bond can sometimes get overly enthusiastic over the vehicles on display and they had to employ extra measures to keep the automobiles secure. For this, they had to call on nearby Southampton locksmiths to do the job. Luckily, these professionals were easy to contact through their website http://www.low-costlocksmith.co.uk/southampton. When it comes to protecting the valuable museum items, no effort was spared.

Liverpool is not only famous for being the city where the Beatles came from; it is also home to the award-winning World Museum. Visitors go to the museum to see its varied exhibits displaying collections on astronomy, Egyptology, archeology and natural history. Added attractions are the Planetarium and the Natural History Center. For most visitors though, the best attraction of all is the free entrance to the museum.

Learning about other cultures is one of the most rewarding activities you can do while traveling. Thus, the next time you are in England, get acquainted culture and history by visiting a museum. I promise you, it will be worthwhile.