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From Mine to Ours - Sharing Ownership of Our Expansion: Introducing Abbott Square, Part 8

8 hours agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

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? New Data From The Butterfly Center Gives Us Some Answers

20 hours agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

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 […]

Luce Unplugged Community Showcase: Five Questions with Coup Sauvage & the Snips

23 hours agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

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.

HMNS Weekly Happenings

  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 […]

Should museums be activists?

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.

Giving art a voice with an artificial intelligence audio guide

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.

April Educator How-To: Make a Roman Mosaic

4 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

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 […]

What’s The Splatter? The Science Behind Bug Guts on your Windshield.

5 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  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, […]

Roach Headress: The Original Faux-hawk

6 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

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 […]

Where Is Everybody? Behind-the-Scenes in the Lunder Conservation Center

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

One of the questions we hear most often from visitors to the Lunder Conservation Center is "where are the conservators?"

Creating the Fabergé Brand & Beauty

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 […]

Introducing Abbott Square Part 7: How Getting Sued Ruined My Vacation and Taught Me about Stress

last weekArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

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

Pushing back on alternative facts, one tweet at time.

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.

HMNS Weekly Happenings

  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 […]

Looking For Mother’s Day Gift Ideas? Check Out The Sale In Our Museum Store!

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 […]

How can museums contribute to dialogue about social justice when we are exemplars of segregation?

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.

The Founding Father And The Ficticious Feline: The Story Of Thomas Jefferson And His Mis-Identified Sloth

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 […]

At SAAM, Deaf Guides Take the Lead With Art Signs

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

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

In Conversation with Jake Barton

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...

Egyptian Duck Hunting: A Real Fling

  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 […]

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