I did not have any expectations of this museum. I was making my sarubobo doll at the Omoi de Taikenkan ( a place where people can experience making glass pendants, sarubobo dolls, pressed glass work and crisp ricecrakers) and the instructors recommended a visit to this museum. So off we went.
I immediately liked the architecture of the museum. A lot of big glass windows inviting natural light to go into the atrium. Very tranquil. The most impressive piece was the Rene Lalique crystal fountain. This 1926 piece was originally installed at the Champs-Elysee shopping arcade in Paris. It is now housed in this museum. It is turned on and off, sychronized with the lighting in the room. In the other exhibition rooms, there are numerous works by Lalique, Tiffany, Daum, Emile Galle, Maurice Marinot.
I only had enough time to see the glass collection and I have not visited the Vienna Secession Room.
Then I proceeded to the museum cafe, The Mackintosh Tearoom. We were in extreme hurry and needed to grab a bite quick. We ordered a sandwich set and a pasta lunch set. The sandwich set came with 2 sandwiches, a salmon salad, a piece of cake and a tea. The pasta set has a mushroom pasta, green salad and tea. The entire process took 20 minutes. A very efficient cafe. The food was decent too. Then we hurried back to the station to catch our bus back to Nagoya.
This museum has a free red London double decker running between the station and the museum. It runs every 30 minutes between April and October. We took a taxi back to the station. The ride was only about 10 minutes.
It was a great experience. Although I was extremely time pressed, I was still able to enjoy a relaxing moment at the museum.
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