A visit to the Globe Museum of the Austrian National Library

Recently I visited the Globe Museum of the Austrian National Library (Globenmuseum). It is located at the Palais Mollard, Vienna, a palace that host both the Globe Museum and the Esperanto Museum (and from April 2015 the Literature Museum too). It is worth the visit (it costs only 4 Euro) and the collection of globes is impressive. The museum explains the process of production of globes and its old tradition in Austria and the world. More interesting is to see the globes themselves. The collection includes globes from the Renaissance until the 20th century, both terrestial and celestials. The collection also includes Moon globes and even Mars globes, something weird. Unfortunately the globes are in showcases so the maps are hard to see in detail. I wish they were in the center of the rooms so people could see them from different points of view. I understand they are priceless antique pieces but the globes were designed to be seen closely (given the  detailed information) and even touch. Also frustating was that the globes were not digitally reproduced, that would have allowed to explore the globes.

Image: By ThomasW01 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 at (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/at/deed.en) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

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