Today Twitter’s Museum Week kicks off around the world so we bring you three of our favourite museums from the new Spring 2015 city guides. From animals in Paris to the much anticipated reopening of the Whitney in New York, we have got it covered.
LONDON – Geffrye Museum (pictured)
Set in 18th-century almshouses that lend themselves superbly to its purpose, the Geffrye Museum presents a series of rooms demonstrating how the urban middle classes have lived since 1600. On 1 April the period gardens open to the public, until 31 October. It’s spellbinding, especially on a quieter day. From 24 March to 12 July a new exhibition will explore the problem of homelessness in Victorian England. www.geffrye-museum.org.uk.
PARIS – Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature
The eccentric museum of hunting and nature can’t quite decide whether it’s interested in catching animals or glorifying them, but it means an intriguingly wide-ranging collection going from oil paintings of Louis XIV’s hunting dogs and boar-shaped porcelain tureens to stuffed bears and ornate weapons, combined with contemporary art. As is often the case in the Marais, there’s the bonus of a beautiful mansion as the setting. www.chassenature.org.
NEW YORK – Whitney Museum of Art
The biggest cultural happening of the year is the opening of the new Renzo Piano-designed Whitney on 1May. Walk the High Line from West 34th Street down to the Meatpacking District to the inaugural exhibition: a retrospective of Frank Stella. The buzz here isn’t just about art – Michael Anthony of The Gramercy Tavern is moving into the restaurant, called – as at the old Whitney – Untitled. www.whitney.org.