Lecture – Roman Legionnaires – The Soldiers of the Roman Empire by John Keahey Each item of armor, weaponry and equipment of the typical Roman legionary soldier from 1 to 300 A.D. will be explained by historian John Keahey, while in character. The Roman auxiliary soldier, who was recruited from non-Roman tribe and could earn […]
The image above shows a carved granite slab on display in our Hall of Ancient Egypt. It depicts Rameses II running a symbolic race during one of his Heb-Sed festivals. He carries a water jug over his shoulder possibly representing the burden of his rule. But what is all this for? Some readers of this […]
The exhibition, Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography, takes as its starting point, the response by Latino artists to the "urban crisis," a term that emerged in the 1960s to refer to the changes that were going on in many cities throughout the United States. Show More Summary
Sometimes when we highlight selections from HMNS collections, we like to bring your attention to something small and understated, something you may not have noticed on your trips to the museum. But if you’ve been to the museum since the opening of Mapping Texas: From Frontier to Lone Star State, chances are you didn’t […]
For thousands of years people have sought to distinguish their place in society through wearing or owning rare and exotic materials. Depending on where you were from, these materials may vary. 500 years ago in the Midwestern United States, the tribal societies of the Mississippian Culture constructed jewelry and elaborate ceremonial objects from marine shells. […]
We’re two weeks away from opening Abbott Square to the public here in Santa Cruz, CA. Over the past ten weeks, I’ve written about some of the most potent, confounding, and pivotal moments in making this $5,000,000 community plaza project real.Here are all the posts in the series. Show More Summary
1. Biggest Dinosaur Our biggest dinosaur is undoubtedly our Diplodocus, affectionately called “Dipsy”. Diplodcus was once regarded as the longest dinosaur to ever walk the Earth. The problem with that title though is that many other species of sauropod (i.e. “longnecks”) do not have skeletons complete enough to determine their actual size. Regardless of that […]
James Hampton's notebook, written in an invented script. An expanded presentation of the now iconic Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations' Millennium General Assembly (aka The Throne) by James Hampton is currently on view in the newly installed...
By Jim Richardson ‘Does your museum pay staff an amount that they can reasonably be expected to live on?’, that’s a question that I’ve been… Read More ? The post Fair pay in Museums? appeared first on MuseumNext.
Lecture – Rocks & Minerals of the Ancient World Fossils, minerals and rocks have been around since before human civilization, yet the sciences to study them have only been established for a couple of hundred years. Learn how the balance between natural resource abundancy and human ingenuity gave rise to the greatest monuments in […]
MuseumNext is a global conference series on the future of museums. Since 2009, it has brought together museum leaders from around the world to ask ‘what’s… Read More ? The post Announcing MuseumNext Australia 2018 appeared first on MuseumNext.
Some of you who have visited HMNS since the Opening of our epic new exhibit Gladiators: Heroes Of The Colosseum may have noticed a couple interesting characters roaming the exhibit halls. They are our gladiators! We got a behind the scenes look as Collin and Seth, who play our Retuarius and Secutor, prepared to terrorize […]
Gaze deeply into the depths of the newest object in our Hall of Gems & Minerals and your mind’s eye will feel like it’s traveling along the path of comets as they journey through space. But what you are really looking at are actually naturally occurring rutile inclusions in quartz. What are rutile inclusions? […]
If I were to ask you to pick an object or image that represents your culture, what would you pick? Despite the way it sounds, this is not an internet quiz, but an anthropological question: how do you describe a culture in an image? (from www.iemoji.com) Many cultures across time and geographic […]
As a visual for our film series Movies at SAAM, we've been using Xavier Barile's 42nd Street Nocturne. But did you know this painting hangs in the Luce Foundation Center? Situated in case 36B, Barile's small impressionistic painting shows New York City's 42nd Street Apollo Theatre aglow beneath a starry sky. Show More Summary
This is the tenth 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 working on the food side of the Abbott Square project, it raised some basic questions about community inclusion. Show More Summary
After-hours at HMNS on April 30, we hosted one of our exclusive Pixel Parties — where we open select exhibits just for photographers (both amateur and professional). This time around, we gave photographers access to our Hall of Ancient Egypt and special exhibitions Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum and Out of the Amazon: Life on the River. […]
Special Exhibition: Sweet – A Tasty Journey Ooens May 12th at HMNS Sugarland! GET TICKETS Opens May 12, 2017 Unwrap a world of flavorful fun in an interactive and magical setting! Explore the world of all that’s sweet as you learn about candy ingredients from a ‘farm to fork’ perspective. Get the stories behind the […]
Amy Dale is a Curator at the Migration Museum, located in Adelaide, Australia. She attended her first MuseumNext in Edinburgh in 2011, when she was… Read More ? The post Why I’m looking forward to MuseumNext Europe appeared first on MuseumNext.
By Jim Richardson I would hope that anyone working in museums believes in the positive effect that they have. They change lives, enrich communities and makes our cities… Read More ? The post Communicating the Social Impact of Museums appeared first on MuseumNext.