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Small Personal Museums – Asia

After reading Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence, we were inspired to find out more about some of the small personal museums he describes in the final chapters. Little spaces all over the world, filled with curiosities and objects of wonder – they’re often off the beaten track and a little eccentric. But, in our opinion, those are often the most inspiring museums of all. For the ninth article in our series, we visit Asia. To read the rest of our series, click here.

Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Hangzhou, China

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The only state-level professional Chinese medicine museum in the country is housed in a restored traditional pharmacy. It features exhibits on the development of Chinese medicine, as well as the opportunity to try it out.

Tagore’s House, Kolkata, India

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The striking building where Nobel laureate writer and poet Rabindranath Tagore was born and died, houses the Rabindra Bharati University but also serves as a storehouse of his memories, including original paintings, photographs and other valuable documents.

Fort St George Museum, Chennai, India

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This museum inside an 18th-century fort began with a small collection of objects of the British Raj donated by local authorities, disbanded army units, and others. There are now 3,661 registered antiquities in the collection, including arms, uniforms, medals, tableware, paintings and coins.

Nabokov Museum, St Petersburg, Russia

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47 Bolshaya Morskaya Street is well known to readers of writer Vladimir Nabokov’s works, as the house he was born in and the one he called “the only house in the world”. Some of the original rooms, and a collection of his possessions and books are on display.

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