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Great Museums: A Documentary Series Celebrating the World of Museums

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Celebrate the world of museums with this award-winning series that opens the doors of the museum world to millions of viewers and discover why fact is even more fascinating than fiction!

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2012
  • Run Time: 1350 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008JEJQF4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,816 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Steve Ramm TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 1, 2013
I must respectfully disagree with the previous reviewer (W. Lynn Johnson) about this set. While I have not watched the full 7 DVDS yet - the total running time is 22 ½ hours! - I gave watched 10 of the 36 programs so far - spread over three of the "genres" and have a pretty good idea of what to expect from the rest. Each of the programs - produced between 2002 and 2011 - was made by the same company and the quality is consistent. Most of the shows are 26 minutes in length with a few (New Orleans, for example) running nearly an hour. By the way, that NOLa episode - which appears to be the most recent (2010) is not about a "museum" as we know it. It about the whole French Quarter of the Crescent City , which is really a "living museum". And the program on the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Mississippi goes beyond the physical museum's walls to cover the wider Blues trail.

You can probably tell I like music museums and that is what brought me to this DVD collection but I enjoy Art and pop culture too. I might not get to Cooperstown to see the Baseball Hall of Fame but the program on it gave me a feel for what I'd see. I live in Philadelphia, where the Franklin Institute is located and, honestly I haven't been there for 20 years. But the 26 minute program showed me that some of my favorite exhibits are still there (and still relevant) while they show the newer, more technical exhibits. I doubt that many who watch this collection will get to Vermillion, South Dakota, where the National Music Museum is located. I, for one, had never heard of it but it houses one of the largest musical instrument collections in the world, with over 15,000 instruments, growing from a private collector.
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The title seems promising, especially by covering smaller and lesser know museums, but it is way too talky, with people from each place mostly promoting their museum and saying how wonderful it is. I hoped to see some of the important
things the key museums have, especially at the Gardener Museum, not listen to promotions. In addition my interest is in art and there are too many pseudo-museums here on areas such as baseball, jazz, musical instruments, New Oleans. Maybe that appeals to the uneducated who generally don't like museums. The choice isn't really Great Museums; it is Lower Tier Places that think they are museums.
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