National Treasures: Celebrity Sightings at the Museum

Personally, I’ve never been one for standing around and looking at old things.  On the other hand, I’ve always been a pop culture junkie, so I’m constantly on the look out for celebrities. After three or four hours at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, a bust of famed Scottish agriculturalist Allan Maconochie can start to look a lot like, say…movie celebrity Nicolas Cage?


Allan Maconochie is best known for his early twentieth century book, Directions For Preparing Manure from Peat and Instruction for Foresters.  I haven’t gotten around to reading that one just yet, but I have a feeling it’s no Gone In Sixty Seconds.

My A-list museum sightings didn’t stop in Canada, though.  A year later, I found myself at the world famous Louvre in Paris.  “Winged Victory” and “The Mona Lisa,” were fun to look at, but what really caught my attention was this rather somber looking Conan O’Brien in the museum’s modern art section.


Not the first place I’d expect to see Conan.  The French always seemed like Leno people to me.  It would go great next to this Nineteenth century Russian portrait, currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

jon stewart at the met

Anyone else see a young Jon Stewart creepily staring back at them?  Mind you, this was over one hundred years before anyone had ever heard of The Daily Show.  Whatever your politics, you can’t deny that he has aged well.