What Happened in Museums this Week?

What Happened in Museums This Week? August 10 – 16

Air Museum Gets Extension on Buying Part of Bomber Plant

The Yankee Air Museum received very good news Wednesday — an extension on the purchase of the former Willow Run Bomber Plant.

The museum will have an extra two months to raise the money it needs to buy 175,000 square feet of the bomber plant, where 8,600 B-24 Liberator Bombers were built during World War II. To read more, click here.

Children’s Museum Added to Lawsuit

The Children’s Museum is the newest defendant named in  a lawsuit over the 19th Century Club. “We bent over backwards to avoid bringing the Children’s Museum into this case,” Attorney Steve Mulroy said.

 Mulroy says he had no choice after the museum refused to submit a letter saying they would freeze their account. More than $435,0000 dollars was donated to the museum after the sale of the 19th Century Club. To read more, click here.

Detroit Museum Seeks Meeting with Auction House

Detroit Institute of Arts officials have asked to meet with international auction house Christie’s, which was hired to appraise pieces in the museum’s collection as the city seeks bankruptcy protection.

Museum Executive Vice President Annmarie Erickson told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the museum is “in the process of scheduling a meeting with Christie’s to determine how they want to handle this.” To read more, click here.

Disabled Man Files Lawsuit Against National Air and Space Museum

A disabled college student and his brother have filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the National Air and Space Museum, alleging that they were denied access to flight simulators and publicly embarrassed during a museum visit last year. To read more, click here.

Getty Museum’s Open Content Project Makes 4,600 Pieces of Art Freely Available to Download

Much of the world’s great artwork is tightly controlled, but the Getty Museum just announced a significant initiative to open things up — its new Open Content Program has made some 4,600 pieces of art from the museum’s collection free to use. Users can visit the Getty Search Gateway to browse through the entire collection of high-resolution images, and they can all be used for commercial and non-commercial purposes so long as they’re properly attributed to the museum. To read more, click here.

Mobile Maritime Museum Evicted From Ikea Parking Lot

The Environmedia Mobile, a much ballyhooed 48-foot trailer created with a $100,000 state grant in 2008, has been evicted from its home next to the Red Hook Ikea — and now its operators need $2,000 just to get it back before it’s auctioned off by a towing company. To read more, click here.

Museum Construction Will Start Soon

The Guam & Chamorro Educational Facility, also known as the Guam Museum, will soon start construction.

The Guam Museum contractor, Inland Builders, can now order materials after Gov. Eddie Calvo signed the notice to proceed on the project yesterday. To read more, click here.

Museum Hopes to Buy Jane Austen’s Ring From Singer

A Jane Austen museum said Monday it has received 100,000 pounds ($155,000) from an anonymous benefactor to help it buy the writer’s ring back from singer Kelly Clarkson.

Earlier this month, the British government placed a temporary export ban on the gold-and-turquoise ring in the hope that money could be found to keep it in Britain. To read more, click here.

NY Firm to Design PEM Expansion

Eager to get its 175,000-square-foot expansion back on track, the Peabody Essex Museum has selected Ennead Architects to design the project. The New York firm comes fresh off its acclaimed expansion and renovation of the Yale University Art Gallery. To read more, click here.

Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf Closes Doors

As far as San Francisco institutions go, the Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf is not the flashiest. It doesn’t stand as tall as Sutro or Coit towers, and it isn’t captured by camera lenses like the Golden Gate Bridge.

But the family-owned museum has its place in San Francisco history, attracting thousands to the northern waterfront since it opened in 1963. So it will be with a tinge of sadness that Rodney Fong, president of the museum, closes the doors for the final time Thursday. To read more, click here.

What headlines caught your eye this week?

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