10 most difficult museums riddlesCulture quiz
Gidan Makama Museum in Kano, Nigeria is set in the 15th-century historical building. What was its original function?
a city market
a temporary palace
a place of worship
It was originally built the for Muhammad Rumfa who had just been appointed Makama Kano, a traditional title. Rumfa later became King and moved to a new palace but subsequent Makamas lived in the building. The museum has a significant collections of arts, crafts and items of historic interest related to the Kano area.
Vasa, a beautiful Swedish galleon, is exposed in one of Stockholm museums. What was her fate?
She sunk just after launching
Polish vessel Aquarius destroyed it
Marked in museum after 70 years of service
She was never launched
Vasa was built between 1626-1628 to fight against Poland and Lithuania. She was designed to become the greatest vessel of Swedish fleet. Richly decorated and well equipped with cannons was to pay high price for Gustav Adolph ambition. The ship was unstable, and she foundered on her maiden voyage after mere 1,200 yards. The loss was so big, that Swedes believed, it had been caused by Polish sabotage.
The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao is one of the well known landmarks of Spain. Who was Guggenheim?
famous businessman and art collector
famous art teacher and critic
Solomon R. Guggenheim was born into a wealthy mining family. He founded the Yukon Gold Company in Alaska among his other businesses. He retired in 1919 to devote more time to art collecting and in 1937 established a foundation to foster the appreciation of modern art.
Who was driving the famed zebra carriage in London?
Andrew Lloyd Webber
The 2nd Baron of Rothschild was a keen zoologist. He owned the largest zoological collection ever amassed by a private individual: 2,250,000 butterflies, 300,000 bird skins, 30,000 beetles, as well as thousands of specimens of other animals. He sponsored many explorers and scientists, hence many animal species are today named after him. In his will, he donated the collection to the British Museum. It was the greatest accession which that institution has ever received.
Where was this photo taken?
One of the most admired works of contemporary architecture, The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao was opened in 1997. Computer simulations of the building's structure made it feasible to build shapes that architects of earlier eras would have found nearly impossible to construct
In which Nordic country was this photo taken?
The Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo houses vessels and maps from the 1964 Kon-Tiki expedition, during which Norwegian etnographer Thor Heyerdahl sailed 8,000 km (5,000 mi) across the Pacific Ocean in a self-built raft from South America to the Tuamotu Islands.
This impressive quadrangle is the part of...
Louvre in France
British Museum in London
Uffizi Gallery in Florence
Prado Museum in Madrid
The British Museum was opened to the public on 15 January 1759. The covered central quadrangle is called the Queen Elizabeth II Great Court. It has a tessellated glass roof designed by Buro Happold, covering the entire court and surrounds the original circular British Museum Reading Room in the centre. It is the largest covered square in Europe.
Who sculpted the Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss?
Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini
Jan Maria Padovano
Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss is regarded as a masterpiece of Neoclassical sculpture, but shows the mythological lovers at a moment of great emotion, characteristic of the emerging movement of Romanticism. It represents the god Cupid in the height of love and tenderness, immediately after awakening the lifeless Psyche with a kiss.
Where is this well known spiral gallery located in?
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the cylindrical building of the Guggenheim Museum is one of the 20th century's most important architectural landmarks. Its unique ramp gallery extends from just under the skylight in the ceiling in a long, continuous spiral until it reaches the ground level.