MAH staffer Sandino Gomez extolls the virtues of Abbott Square. This is the eighth in a series of posts on the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH)'s development of Abbott Square, a new creative community plaza in downtown Santa Cruz.When we started the Abbott Square expansion project, I knew it would change our facility. Show More Summary
How long do butterflies live? It is one of the questions we get most frequently in the Cockrell Butterfly Center, and our replies vary. We may say an average of two weeks, which was the accepted standard based off of a few small scale experiments in the Butterfly Center over the years. We may say […]
As the warm weather rolls into DC, so does our Spring Luce Unplugged Community Showcase. This Friday, April 28, get ready to dance with performances by Coup Sauvage & the Snips and Janel Leppin.
Lecture – Sex in the Fossil Record by James Washington One of the driving forces of Darwinian evolution is reproduction in all its forms. In this presentation, paleontologist James Washington will focus on the myriad of methods used to continue species by passing on genetic material from one generation to the next. You will […]
Amid a year of political strife almost without precedent, divisive issues are forcing their way to the front as museums embrace challenging issues like immigration, inequality and sustainability. A… Read More ? The post Should museums be activists? appeared first on MuseumNext.
It is 64 years since the first museum audio guide was introduced by the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Since then they have evolved to become an… Read More ? The post Giving art a voice with an artificial intelligence audio guide appeared first on MuseumNext.
Mosaics were common features, in both public spaces and private homes, in ancient Rome. Mosaics are beautiful, but also historically important. Mosaics provide a visual record, detailing everyday life, by depicting items such as food, dress, pets, and people. This common art form provides a looking glass into the past. The mosaic below depicts several […]
Road trips…they’re fun, but rough on your car’s paint job! Why? Bug splatter! We are all familiar with the mess all over the front of our cars from driving, especially long distances. But, what you may not know is all of the science that can be found in all of those little dead bug bodies, […]
When most people think of Native Americans, they imagine them either wearing a feather war bonnet or a headband with a small number of feathers in it, and that’s not a completely ridiculous assumption because this type of head wear was indeed worn by members of many Native American cultures as were the lesser-known bison […]
One of the questions we hear most often from visitors to the Lunder Conservation Center is "where are the conservators?"
By Jill R. Moffitt HMNS Master Docent, Master Faceter Our Dorothy and Artie McFerrin Fabergé Gallery is back with a revamped exhibit space and over a hundred new Fabergé objects on display. In honor of opening of the “new” exhibit, we are featuring a whole series of interviews and blogs from curators and volunteer […]
This is the seventh in a series of posts on the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH)'s development of Abbott Square, a new creative community plaza in downtown Santa Cruz. My husband and I had just come back from a glorious four-day trek through the Pasayten wilderness in the fall of 2015. Show More Summary
Mara Kurlandsky On February 17, 2017, over 350 cultural organizations?—?museums, libraries, archives, science centers, and educational groups?—?asserted their role as champions of knowledge and facts… Read More ? The post Pushing back on alternative facts, one tweet at time. appeared first on MuseumNext.
Lecture – Evolution’s Bite: A Story of Teeth, Diet, and Human Origins by Peter Ungar Like living fossils teeth that can be studied and compared to those of our ancestors to teach us how we became human. Cutting-edge advances in understanding human evolution and climate change are leading to new approaches to uncovering […]
By Jessi Green, Online Media Manager at HMNS (http://museumstore.hmns.org/) Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and HMNS wants to help you show the moms and mother figures in your life the appreciation they deserve. That’s why right now, the more you spend, the more you save! There’s no promo code necessary. Just go to […]
Rebecca Herz At the PlayHouse last weekend we celebrated Eid-al-Fitr — the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan — as part of our Celebrate… Read More ? The post How can museums contribute to dialogue about social justice when we are exemplars of segregation? appeared first on MuseumNext.
Eremotherium, the species of giant ground sloth (that we have on display in our Hall of Paleontology) roamed North America 20,000 years ago. Thomas Jefferson, the great statesman who celebrates his 274th birthday today, roamed North America 200 years ago. It may seem like a stretch to connect the two, but in fact it was […]
As Emily Blachly leads a group of adults in discussing a 19th-century landscape in SAAM’s galleries, several visitors passing through the second floor hallway pause with interest. Two people stop to join the conversation. This is not...Show More Summary
Local Projects are one of the world’s leading experience design firms, and renowned in the museum sector for creating some of the most exciting work… Read More ? The post In Conversation with Jake Barton appeared first on MuseumNext...
This limestone architectural element from the Egyptian New Kingdom (16th-11th centuries BCE) depicts two Egyptian men, Kar and Idu, hunting ducks with boomerangs. Most people think of Australia when they think of boomerangs, but “throwing sticks” have been used all over the world throughout human history, mainly by hunter gatherers. What ancient Egyptians like […]