Myself, I’m not really the typical collector. Books I suppose, but not very systematically. Since this is a My Town Shoot Out challenge – I decided to think instead of what the Town might be said to collect. (Borås, Sweden – you will find a map if you click on the About Me tab at the top.)
Most of these pictures are from my Archives; but what else can you expect when the theme is Collections!
The Open Air Museum, or Museum Park – collecting Old Buildings!
The old buildings in this park have all been moved there from other places, instead of being torn down. In the main museum they also have permanent and temporary exhibitions of ‘this and that’ connected to local history and culture. In the winter the main building is only kept open on weekend afternoons, but in the summer tourist season it is open all week, there is also a café in one of the buildings. (The park is always open, to look at the buildings from outside.)
The Art Museum – collecting Art!
The Art Museum normally shares a building with the Town Theatre, and the Town Library. (Photos from an art exhibition last winter by Swedish water colour artist Lars Lerin. That book-case is a painting!)
The Town’s collection of Art also includes a lot of sculptures around town. Quite a few additions have been made over the past few years.
At present, the Library and the Theatre are temporarily housed in another building (an old textile industry building by the river, see below), while the usual premises are being repaired.
The Town Library – collecting Books!
Actually we even have a Library Museum; perhaps because we also have the main Librarian education in the country. That museum is rather small though and I think not open to the public except on special occasions. I have visited a couple of times. It focuses on the history of the first public libraries; including old card catalogues etc.
Textile Museum – collecting Fashion, Fabrics and Machinery.
This town used to be and is still a centre of textile and fashion industry and several mail order companies. We also have a Textile Museum. The photo was taken at a temporary exhibition in other premises last summer, combined with a fashion outlet with modern clothes for sale, but with things borrowed from the museum as background.
Hospital Museum –
collecting things to make us thankful for progress made…
Old syringes and pill bottles.
Once upon a time a highly fashionable equipment for dental care.
And finally, The Zoo – collecting Rare Animals
It all started back in the mid 1950’s with one abandoned lion cub brought home from Africa by Swedish engineer Sigvard Berggren. The zoo was founded in 1962. One of the main attractions is still the “African savannah” with several African species together (not the lions, though… they’re kept separate…) Note the apartment buildings in the background in the first picture!
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Have A Nice Weekend!
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PS. You’ll find an afterthought at my other blog:
Beyond the Lone Islands, A Nice Pot Of Tea – Or Two