What Happened in Museums this Week?

What Happened in Museums This Week? June 8 – 14

Attendance Numbers

From Parades to Concerts: How St. Louis’ Museums Count Attendance

One summer day several years ago, the St. Louis Science Center sent a dozen staffers to ride the museum’s two-wheeled Segways in the city’s Fourth of July parade downtown. They waved at the crowd. They handed out fliers. Later, back at the museum, officials estimated 20,000 people saw them in the parade.

Then they added the figure to their attendance. To read more, click here.

Einstein Museum Design

Foster + Partners’ Design for Einstein Museum Revealed

A joint venture between the President of Israel, the Office of the Prime Minister and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Foster + Partners has designed an open and airy concept for the Einstein Museum in Jerusalem (part of the University’s Mount Scopus Campus), which is set to provide a motivational learning center that celebrates the scientific and cultural impact that the German-born scientist has had on the world. To read more, click here.

Fossilized Feces

Saskatchewan Museum Sending Replica of Rare 65-million-year-old Fossilized Dinosaur Feces to Smithsonian

The Smithsonian will be getting a “special something” from a long-dead Saskatchewan Tyrannosaurus rex.

The Royal Saskatchewan Museum is sending a replica of fossilized dinosaur feces, or coprolite, to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. This replica coprolite will be part of a new exhibit called “Putting Dinosaurs in their Place.” To read more, click here.

Managing Collections

Museum’s Disposal of Nishga Girl Boat A “Tremendous Insult,” Japanese Canadians Say

The Canadian Museum of Civilization’s decision to dispose of a wooden gill net boat donated to the museum 15 years ago is “a tremendous insult,” says the president of the National Association of Japanese Canadians.

And Ken Noma wants Heritage Minister James Moore to halt the planned shipment of the Nishga Girl to a historic site near Prince Rupert, B.C. until consultations are held with his organization and Nishga First Nations. To read more, click here.

Museums & National Memory

Museum Cuts Could Leave Britain ‘Senile’ With No National Memory, Archbishop of York Says

The Archbishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu, said the country would be culturally impoverished if vital resources such as museums had to close because of the need to make cuts.

He also argued that there is now a “growing economic divide” in England with the north now “bearing the brunt” of the economic downturn. To read more, click here.

New Beatle Exhibit

Ringo Starr Opens Grammy Museum Exhibit

Ringo Starr had a reunion with his past yesterday when he got his first look at “Ringo: Peace & Love,” an exhibition of vivid artifacts from his life and career, opening today at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.

Gathered along the walls and within glass cases is Starr’s personal collection of memorabilia, from childhood snapshots to his pink satin suit from Sgt. Pepper, and complete drum kits dating from The Ed Sullivan Show to his current All-Starr Band. There are letters from his pre-Beatles days playing with Rory Storm and a small painting by George Harrison celebrating Starr’s birthday in 1974. To read more, click here.

NMAAHC Receives Largest Donation

Oprah Winfrey Donates $12 Million to Smithsonian’s African American Museum

Philanthropist and media mogul Oprah Winfrey is donating $12 million to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, officials announced Tuesday. Combined with the $1 million she gave in 2007, it is the museum’s largest donation, and Winfrey’s name will go on a 350-seat theater in recognition. The chairwoman and chief executive of the Oprah Winfrey Network has been a member of the museum’s advisory council since 2004. To read more, click here.

Statues Back in Cambodia

Statues Long Held by the Metropolitan Museum Return to Cambodia

Two Cambodian statues that stood for a millennium in a remote Khmer Empire temple before spending two decades at the Metropolitan Museum of Art arrived back in their homeland Tuesday to the plaudits of Cambodian officials, who plan to display them in Phnom Phen starting Saturday. To read more, click here.

Suicide Bombers Exhibit

Paris Museum Exhibit: Palestinian Suicide Bombers are ‘Martyrs’

A museum in Paris funded by tax dollars is under fire for displaying an exhibit that refers to Palestinian suicide bombers as “martyrs.”

The exhibit is a composite of photographs by Palestinian Ahlam Shibli. It’s at the Jeu de Paume museum and includes dozens of pictures with captions that speak in glowing terms of suicide-bombing Palestinians, The Associated Press reported. To read more, click here.

What headlines caught your eye this week?

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