Fangirling At the Museum // Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, & Star Wars






Hi, friends! I’ve expressed my love for my town’s museum in a previous post thanks to the Teen Art Council, a bi-monthly group who discusses the history and creation of different art forms, from acrylic to plaster making. Until several weeks ago, I never got to explore the three upper floors. What I found wakened the inner fangirl in me and became one of my favorite exhibits ever! Fans of Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, comic books, and manga— this one is for you!

There are five components to the exhibit. The moment people walk in, there is a sign whose title possesses a backdrop of over one hundred Funko characters, in alternating rows so each figure had its own window. The first component is a section dedicated to manga and anime. There’s a screen showcasing a time lapse animation of Japan’s busy streets. In front of the screen is a section open to manga reading and big plushy cats. This little nook is lined with covers of some recognizable characters from various series. I might have squealed as I saw Pokémon Adventures, The Legend of Zelda, and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, which are the three main staples of my ten-year-old’s ventures in Japanese media. I think I might have started to hum the Pokémon theme song and “Hyperdrive.” Towards the right of the book nook are lined with these adorable figure statues!





After turning past the football bar, there’s an entire section dedicated to the band-dom. Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, and more bands whose names I can’t recall at the moment were honored. I’m not a huge band fangirl myself, but I do appreciate the spirit because watching it the craze happen is an entirely different experience altogether. There’s an entire wall dedicated to shirts with different names, with two big television panels accompanied with headphones to list to music videos. I spent a lot of time gawking over the shirts and just reading about the phenomenon of following bands, some whose origins trace back to even the eighties! Journey, anyone? There’s also a band kit lurking around and a mirror lined with a ton of stickers and vinyls, but I decided not to touch it and instead, headed over to the Literary section.









The literary section, out of all sections, has to be my favorite one because it solidifies on three main worlds: Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and Lord of the Rings. The moment you step outside of Band Nation, you step into Middle-Earth. Literally. There’s a carpet detailing where the Shire and Mordor is, if one knows where to look. Draped in the ceiling above my head are tapestries hailing the different houses from Game of Thrones, from what my little understand of it is, with an enormous wolf statue hovering above my head. Step around the George R.R. Martin’s Wall, and behold, a Hogwarts common room with an fireplace (electronic) on the other side of the wall, and shelves filled with many books lining the sides. There’s a couch, and the best part? A person can go and read the books, whether it’s an illustrated edition of The Chamber of Secrets or a blue hardcover version of Pride and Prejudice.






The Star Wars section, though small and next to Star Trek, is one of the most remarkable sections of any of the five. The day I visited, the council learned about paper cut outs and the importance of layering, and just seeing these Star Wars pieces reminded me heavily of that. There are chunks correlated in different positions which, when a light reflects on them, displays a character, such as Chewwie. This leads into the final section, which is the comic book area! It’s a commons area with old issues of Wonder Woman and Deadpool laid out (that’s right, Marvel and DC sitting side by side on the same desk), with trace paper and lit backboards in case anyone wanted to draw their own comics. So many people ran around, scrambling to take photos of themselves candidly, and I sympathized with them. How can you not take photos? The place is picturesque enough as is!!!




What are some of the fandoms you recognize that you'd love to see an exhibit for? Would you spend all day just reading manga and books?

13 comments:

  1. Wow!! Looks like an awesome museum! I really like Hayao Miyazaki films, so that is cool to see those books on it!

    I love STAR WARS, and those cut outs are absolutely awesome!!!!!

    Thanks for sharing, Abby! Do you have a favorite section or t-shirt there?

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    1. YES TO HAYAO MIYAZAKI!!! *high fives* Hardly anyone I know in real life know what Studio Ghibli films are, and even a smaller portion of them share the same amount of love for them like I do.

      Aren't the Star Wars cut outs awesome?

      Hands down, the Harry Potter section. I mean, couches + fire place + bookshelves with actual books FOR READING = EPICNESS.

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  2. That looks like so much fun! And very unique. Whenever I think of museums, I always think of the classic, stuffy kind, but I need to remember there are ones like this out in the world.

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    1. Same! I always thrive and love those funky museums, the ones that defy convention, especially when it comes to its subjects and how it's set up. xD If only there were a whole greater multitude of them...

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  3. Oh my goodness this looks incredible! *hearteyes* This is one museum I would love to visit :) This is such a well done post Abby! xxx

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    1. I'm so heartbroken because it's only going to remain up here until late March or early April, and then the exhibit is going to be remodeled for a new one to pop up. :( I'm still trying to relish it as much as I can!

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  4. Now that looks neat! I love how they did the Star Wars exhibit.

    Being a (former) grad school student in the museum field, I always am looking around for new and unique ways that people create exhibits. I like what I see in this one!

    Awesome post, Abby!!

    Catherine
    catherinesrebellingmuse.blogspot.com

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    1. The Star Wars exhibit is one of my favorite things, honestly. xD

      I think it's so important to be able to structure museums in unique ways, especially those that defy the typical dusty painting gallery (although I love frolocking in those, honestly-- it's fun to run around and see the techniques used to portray what the artists wanted to portray) because having some variety would just draw all kinds of audiences into museums (which I feel are highly underrated, sadly to say).

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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    1. Isn't it, Anna? xD It's the neatest thing ever!

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  6. WOW. THAT LOOKS SO AWESOME. It's such a smart idea to have a Museum for a fandom.

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    1. I KNOW RIGHT??? Honestly, one of the greatest things about having an exhibit dedicated to the art of fandom: bumping into people with the same amount of enthusiasm and just being able to chat with them while exploring!!!

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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