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The Blue Moon Diamond makes debut at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

4 hours agoArts : Artdaily

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County unveiled one of the rarest stones, a 12-carat Fancy Vivid Blue diamond, internally flawless. The ?Blue Moon Diamond? is being housed in a special, temporary exhibition in the Gem Vault. Show More Summary

Renovated Geneva Ethnography Museum to Open Next Month

The architects designed a new metal roof for the Helene Lancoux media library, which includes more than 40,000 works dedicated to cultural history. The roof's diamond-shaped windows allows pockets of light to penetrate the interior and illuminate the exhibition

Blue Moon Diamond at Natural History Museum: Look at the amazing rock

The Blue Moon Diamond, one of the world's biggest, most perfect blue diamonds, goes on display at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County on Saturday.

Should Oil Barons Like David Koch Be Funding Our Museums?

The Natural History Museum's mobile tour. The new project's opening is Saturday at the Queens Museum. What is the point of a science museum? If you’ve visited the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan recently, you might think...Show More Summary

Collecting Histories of Antiquities "are Illegal"

Canadian collector John Hooker pontificates about museums. You know those places archaeologists never, ever go for their research. That is, according to collector John Hooker why they are "people who have little to no knowledge of the difficulties museums face". Show More Summary

“This, officer, is not a truck. It is a housecar.” The incomplete history of the Brooks Stevens motorhomes

3 days agoVehicles / Cars :

Photos courtesy Milwaukee Art Museum, except where noted. One of them participated in one of the first live television broadcasts. Some of them appear to have pioneered a front-wheel-drive system decades before the GMC Motorhome. At least two of them still exist, one of which recently came up for sale. But nobody seems to know […]

The Hottest High Heels In History

4 days agoNews : The Daily Beast

Are they sexy, alluring, or just madly uncomfortable? The high heel is revolutionary, and evolutionary, as an engrossing Brooklyn Museum show reveals.

Scene: Inside the New Aga Khan Museum

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A sneak peek at the museum and its massive collection spanning 1,400 years of Islamic history. WHERE: Aga Khan Museum WHEN: Wednesday, September 10 WHAT: The new Aga Khan Museum in Don Mills. Designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Fumihiko Maki, the museum incorporates elements of historical Islamic architecture into its modern design. Show More Summary

Fashion Week: Killer Heels at the Brooklyn Museum and Vivienne Tam's Clothes That Kill

A fashion insider once told me, the clothes displayed on runways are entertainment. They don't exist. In the case of the Brooklyn Museum's spectacular history of high heels, Killer Heels, many will thank heaven: the footwear in videos and traditional museum cases looks that thrillingly treacherous. Show More Summary

Graffiti Exhibit Draws Criticism from NYPD — Design News

The Museum of the City of New York's latest exhibit “City as Canvas” explores the history of graffiti. At least one person isn't a fan: NYPD Commissioner William Bratton called the exhibit "outrageous," saying "impressionable" kids will get the wrong idea. READ MORE »

Two New, Classification-Defying Species Discovered in the Deep Sea

Marine biologists at the University of Copenhagen and Denmark's Natural History Museum have discovered an entirely new genus, Dendrogramma, of two new species. Dendrogramma is Latin for "baffling," because the species don't fit any existing classification. The little guys live in the deep sea and look like mushrooms. Read more...

National Gas Museum in Leicester, England

Housed in the gatehouse of a former Victorian gasworks, Britain's Natural Gas Museum collects the artifacts and machinery of the world's rich history of gas power. Open since 1977, the Natural Gas Museum was started by a national trust that has set out to make sure England's history of gas usage both in the home and in industry is preserved. Show More Summary

Dr. Jane G. Pisano, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County's President and Director, to retire

6 days agoArts : Artdaily

Sarah Meeker Jensen, President of the Board of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and Paul G. Haaga, Jr., Chairman, today announced that Dr. Jane G. Pisano has informed the Board of her intention to retire as President and Director of the institution she has led since 2001. Show More Summary

Where was Ka Nefer Nefer displayed in Geneva?

Mask excavated at Saqqara Last week I commented on issues about Sidney Goldstein's explicit statement that the Ka Nefer Nefer mask had been displayed in Geneva's Museum of Art and History. This was stated in a letter to the Cairo Museum apparently prior to acquisition. Show More Summary

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum appoints Tracey Enright as Director of Education and Interpretation

last weekArts : Artdaily

The Georgia O?Keeffe Museum announces that Tracey Enright has been appointed to the position of Director of Education and Interpretation. Enright comes to the Museum from the National Museum of African American History and Culture of the Smithsonian Institution. Show More Summary

Jane Pisano to retire from Natural History Museum of LA

As president, Pisano oversaw the transformation of NHMLA. She will stay on until a replacement is named.

Pisano to step down after 13 years leading L.A.'s Natural History Museum

Jane Pisano will step down as president of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles county after 13 years in which she led the museum to financial recovery in the early 2000s, then oversaw a nearly complete overhaul and updating of the galleries and exhibits at its building in Exposition Park.

Audio: Man who fights to relegate LGBT rights to a museum pissed that they're being recognized there

last weekLGBT / Gay : Good As You

Family Research Council president, key Republican operative, and Megyn Kelly's regular Fox News commentator, Tony Perkins, has branded the Smithsonian an "unnatural history" museum for featuring LGBT rights. And all without mentioning "the harmful side effects of homosexuality," bemoans Tony....

Tony Perkins Has The Smithsonian Sadz

last weekLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Now that the Smithsonian has launched an LGBT history collection, Perkins says they should be known as an "unnatural history" museum.

Drunk Museum Review: Why You Shouldn't Drink And Fly A Pterosaur

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Tonight we're introducing a new feature: Drunk Museum Reviews. We love museums. We love drinking. Why not combine the two for the best weekend plans there are? This week: alcohol laws, the American Museum of Natural History, and me drunk-flying a pterosaur to its doom. Read more...

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