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

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

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

2 weeks agoArts / 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

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  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 […]

5 Of The Rarest Objects On Display At HMNS

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

HMNS is home to 11 permanent exhibit halls that house many wonderful and rare things. Even if you’ve visited our museum several times, we can guarantee you’ll always find something new to see! Next time you stop by HMNS, see if you can spot these five extremely rare items that are on display.   Moon Rock Just […]

Introducing Abbott Square Part 6: Two Prioritization Exercises We Used to Negotiate a Great Lease

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

This is the sixth 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.Imagine this situation: you’re about to negotiate a long-term partnership for a massive expansion project. Show More Summary

Creative Disruption: June Schwarcz and Peter Voulkos at the Renwick

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

At first glance, the objects on display at SAAM's Renwick Gallery by June Schwarcz and Peter Voulkos couldn't be more different. Schwarcz's enamel work is precise and almost ethereal, while Voulkos's pots and sculptures are weighty and improvisational. Show More Summary

HMNS Weekly Happenings

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  It’s the Final Weeks Of Our Blockbuster Special Exhibit: Mummies of the World!         Described as “fascinating, intriguing, and inspiring,” by NBC, “absolutely extraordinary,” by NPR and “a must see,” by FOX TV, Mummies of the World will instill a sense of curiosity and wonder in each and every visitor. Come […]

Fabergé: Royal Gifts featuring the Trellis Egg Surprise

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Members Preview April 7-9, Public Opening: April 10 The Artie and Dorothy McFerrin Collection will be presented in a new state-of-the-art gallery in the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals. This new gallery is made possible by the generous underwriting of the Artie and Dorothy McFerrin Foundation. The first installation in the gallery is the […]

Minerals That Kill!

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

By Alexander Ruff, HMNS Concierge and Discovery Guide What are minerals? Supplements that you take every morning? In some cases sure. When we think of minerals it usually coincides with vitamins, but for geologists and your everyday rock hounds, minerals have a whole different meaning. As the chain of geology goes, atoms make up molecules, […]

District of Play: DC’s Vibrant Video Game Scene

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Time's running out to submit your game to the Smithsonian American Art Museum's SAAM Arcade. The deadline for submission is April 15, 2017. Below, Dorothy Ann Phoenix of the International Game Developers Association's DC Chapter discusses the great opportunities available to gamers and game developers in DC.

A Flavian Contribution: How Rome Got The Colosseum

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

By Frankie Alexander, HMNS Collections Intern                 ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’, while this phrase commonly serves as an idiom in which to encourage patience and perseverance to the receiver, the phrase remains a historical fact as well, and one that can clearly be seen in but a brief account of Ancient Rome’s development […]

Curators vs. Managers: Succession Planning in Museums

Tonya Nelson, Head of UCL Museums and Collections The New York Times opinion page featured a piece called Why the Met Should Appoint a Female Director… Read More ? The post Curators vs. Managers: Succession Planning in Museums appeared first on MuseumNext.

Remembering James Rosenquist

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Pop artist James Rosenquist, who died last week at the age of 83, created large canvases that were influenced by his early years as a sign painter in Minnesota and New York City. (A contemporaneous article referred to him as "the billboard Michelangelo who spills paint on tourists below").

Sky Happenings in April, 2017

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Source: http://www.eso.org/public/images/potw1431a/     This star map shows the Houston sky at 10 pm CDT on April 1, 9 pm CDT on April 15, and dusk on April 30.  To use the map, put the direction you are facing at the bottom.   Jupiter, near Spica in Virgo, is up virtually […]

Introducing Abbott Square Part 5: What a Board is For

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

This is the fifth 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.I’m embarrassed to admit it, but for my first couple years as nonprofit executive director, I was mystified about the board of trustees. Show More Summary

In Conversation with Tony Butler

Tony Butler is the Executive Director of Derby Museums Trust and the founder of the Happy Museum Project. MuseumNext’s Jim Richardson caught up with him to… Read More ? The post In Conversation with Tony Butler appeared first on MuseumNext.

In Conversation with Nina Simon

It’s been six years since Nina Simon, the Executive Director of Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH) released The Participatory Museum. That book went… Read More ? The post In Conversation with Nina Simon appeared first on MuseumNext.

Virtual Reality Meets Pop Superstardom

In the depths of London’s Somerset House two trends, one from museums and one from technology have collided with interesting results. Björk is the latest… Read More ? The post Virtual Reality Meets Pop Superstardom appeared first on MuseumNext.

A People’s Journey, My Personal Reflection

On September 14th I previewed the National Museum of African American History and Culture as part of the museum’s identified Social Influencer group. My preview… Read More ? The post A People’s Journey, My Personal Reflection appeared first on MuseumNext.

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