Posts Tagged: museums

Ancient Egyptian Statue Demands Bread, Beer and Beef

Via Gawker, news of a nearly 4000-year-old Egyptian statue at a Manchester museum that has recently taken up a new hobby: silently spinning in circles inside its glass case. This time-lapse video, which shows ancient Neb-Senu rotating all day and then standing still—waiting—all night, supports the theory that vibrations from daytime foot traffic are causing the statue to spin. However, alternate ideas remain intriguing:

“In Ancient Egypt they believed that if the mummy is destroyed then the statuette can act as an alternative vessel for the spirit. Maybe that is what is causing the movement.”

No need to panic. As we all know from The Mixed-up Files [...]


My Waterloo

There's gonna be an ABBA museummmm. Abbaseum. MusABBA. The Museum of Natural ABBA. The AbBA. If anyone needs us, we'll be in Stockholm. If you change your mind. We're the first in line.

For the ABBA museum.


When to Touch a Painting*


I went to college close to one of the greatest little-known art museums in America, which is the Clark Art Institute, in Williamstown, Massachusetts. My sophomore year, they announced a giant party in honor of the museum’s 50th anniversary, during which the galleries would be open for 50 straight hours.

My friend Alison and I were going to go, obviously. We were going to go, late at night, and even though I was bad at pot, we were going to get high first. (Yes, this is one of those stories.) And so, at around three in the morning in the middle of the museum's 50-hour open stretch, we [...]


Calm Down, Annabelle

Why don't you figure out what museum you're at.



Overflow Skull Storage, and More

Emily Graslie is rad. She works at The University of Montana's Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum and just launched a web series about life around the office. "I'd like to share some of the amazing things we have in the collection with the Internet. Let's talk about your favorite animal," says she. Let's! [via]


True Lies

There's a neat little thing in the Wall Street Journal detailing the shocking number of fake Renaissance jewels and decorative objects floating around private collections, many of which were palmed happily off on robber barons in the 19th century (paging Monica!):

The history of how the makers and purveyors of fake Renaissance jewels and objects operated is lucidly presented in "Jewelry and Precious Objects," a chapter in the recently published book "Decorative Arts," the 15th and final volume of the complete catalog of the Robert Lehman Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But the English independent scholar Charles Truman, author of that chapter, is not only [...]


Another Doll Museum Folds

"It is unfortunate so many doll museums have closed their doors in the last few years. We were hoping not to be one of them." —And yet Seattle's Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art, a remarkable museum with a remarkable website, will unfortunately be closing its doors in March of 2012. Go while you still can.


"Like a gemmy Washington Monument."

The biggest, sparkliest aquamarine — named Dom Pedro — will go on display this week at the Smithsonian. Today, The Washington Post tells its story, which began in Brazil:

When found, the Dom Pedro crystal stretched more than three feet long and weighed something close to 100 pounds. Sometime in the late 1980s a garimpero, or prospector, spied it. He and two buddies pried it loose and lugged it out of a mine in the state of Minas Gerais, famous for its gemstones.

And then, guess what? THEY DROPPED IT. But it turned out to be a blessing, or something, and a bunch of white people were still rich, including [...]


What Not to Wear to Madame Tussauds

Have you ever been to a wax museum? It is kind of terrifying! Here's what happens at the one in Hollywood: There are three floors of exhibitions. They tell you it's okay to touch the wax people (!!!) but please, not their hair or faces. Take as many photos as you want. The only wax person in the lobby is Joan Rivers and that's fine; you hardly have to look at her because she's behind you as you wait for the elevator. She doesn't shut up, though, which makes you feel bad for the attendant who stands next to her all day taking tickets. Anyway, then you ride up however [...]


Jack From New Jersey Saw a Painting of Soup

MoMA's "I Went to MoMA…" project is now online (remember Annabelle?). Head over there to see hundreds of little goons and showoffs describing their trips.