What Happened in Museums this Week?

What Happened in Museums This Week? April 27 – May 3

20th Anniversary of USHMM

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Marks 20 Years

At an event centered on one of the darkest times in human history, more than 1,000 Holocaust survivors, World War II veterans and other dignitaries crowded into a tent to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and filled it with the joyous sounds of laughter, some tears and Yiddish. Lots of Yiddish.

It was an emotional ceremony, but also celebratory for all that the museum has accomplished over the past two decades. To read more, click here.

Budget Cuts

Smithsonian Closes Galleries in 3 Museums Due to Federal Budget Cuts, Part of $42M Reduction

The Smithsonian Institution will begin closing some galleries Wednesday due to budget cuts from Congress but none of the major exhibitions will be affected.

Smithsonian officials plan to close sections of three buildings between from May 1 until the end of the fiscal year Sept. 30. The museum complex must reduce its budget by $42 million as part of Congress’ across-the-board budget cuts. To read more, click here.

Collection Saved

Fire Destroys Danish Museum, Collection Saved

A fire blazed through The Museum of Danish Resistance in Copenhagen on Sunday, destroying large parts of the building but most of the collection was saved, museum officials said.

No one was injured in the fire and firefighters and staff who rushed to the scene in central Copenhagen managed to save the majority of display items, museum spokesman Henrik Schilling said. To read more, click here.

Design Selected

Davis: Design Chosen for Shrem Art Museum

Even as high-profile museums in San Francisco and Berkeley begin taking shape, another architecturally ambitious cultural facility is planned for just outside the Bay Area.

The location is UC Davis, where university officials on Wednesday selected the design team and concept for a museum to be built along Interstate 80 on the south edge of the 33,000-student campus. To read more, click here.


Bloomberg Gives Sept. 11 Museum a $15 Million Loan

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has personally lent the Sept. 11 museum $15 million to help cover expenses until the institution opens at ground zero a year from now.

Mr. Bloomberg, who serves as chairman of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the former World Trade Center site, is charging the lowest possible interest rate — less than 0.3 percent — so that the transaction would qualify under federal rules as a loan rather than a gift. To read more, click here.

Museums Open After Renovations

In Amsterdam, the Golden Age of Museum Renovation

As Queen Beatrix handed the title of monarch of the Netherlands to her son, Willem-Alexander, on Tuesday, art lovers in Amsterdam had another reason to celebrate. For the first time in a decade, the city’s great museums are all open.

The longest wait was for that great treasure house of the Dutch Golden Age, the Rijksmuseum, which reopened on April 13 after a 10-year renovation. To read more, click here.

Rock in Class

Steve Van Zandt, Grammy Museum Team to Put Rock in the Classroom

The Grammy Museum is partnering with E Street Band member Steve Van Zandt’s Rock and Roll Forever Foundation to promote the use of pop music in junior high and high school classrooms across the country starting this fall.

Rock and Roll: An American Story” is a Web-based interdisciplinary curriculum that will be offered to schools at no cost. It is designed to explore the influence of rock ‘n’ roll on society and social movements, politics, American culture and history over the last seven decades. To read more, click here.

Viking Ship

British Museum to Display Largest Viking Ship Ever Discovered Following £135m Building Revamp

Senior figures at the British Museum will next year realise a dream when they display the largest Viking ship ever discovered as part of a major new blockbuster exhibition.

This will be made possible by one of the most significant building projects in the institution’s history, which is on budget and on track to open next March. To read more, click here.

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