What Happened in Museums this Week?

What Happened in Museums This Week? September 28 – October 4

Australian Museum To Display Replica Of MT Dino

Employees of the Two Medicine Dinosaur Center here have painstakingly built a replica of a 75-million-year-old Montana dinosaur so it can be shipped overseas for display in an upcoming exhibit at the Australian Museum, that country’s equivalent of the Smithsonian Institute. To read more, click here.

Detroit Manager: Museum Must Earn Money Off Art

Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr on Thursday offered some of the strongest hints yet that prized works at the Detroit Institute of Arts are on the table as a way to reduce the city’s debts, but he didn’t go into detail on what methods that might involve.

Orr told a Detroit Economic Club luncheon there are ways for the museum to make money from its assets that may not involve outright sales, including what amounts to long-term leases of art the museum owns. While no plans are set in stone, Orr made it clear he has no choice but to develop ways to leverage the museum’s assets. To read more, click here.

Design Museum Gets $5M From NYC

The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum has received $5 million from New York City toward the renovation of its Upper East Side mansion and grounds.

The money will go toward the restoration of woodwork, flooring, stone and windows at the museum’s Andrew Carnegie mansion. The Arthur Ross Terrace and garden also will be upgraded. To read more, click here.

Holocaust Museum To Return Auschwitz-Birkenau Barracks To Poland

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington has closed a portion of its permanent exhibition to remove one of its most moving and powerful artifacts: wooden barracks that housed prisoners at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.

The barracks are being returned to Poland after the end of a long-term loan from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. The Holocaust Museum has obtained similar barracks from the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp to replace the original ones, which have been a centerpiece of the exhibition since the museum’s opening in 1993. To read more, click here.

Poe Museum Seeks To Preserve Illustrations

The Edgar Allan Poe Museum is starting a fundraising effort to preserve illustrations of the American writer’s famous 1845 poem, “The Raven.”

Museum officials hope to raise $60,000 for the nearly 130-year-old illustrations by English street artist James Carling. The 43 works of watercolor and ink bring the haunting lines of the poem to life. To read more, click here.

Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto Unveils App For Interactive Look At Exhibits

The Royal Ontario Museum unveiled a new app Wednesday that allows visitors to get a more interactive look at some exhibits, including X-ray views of mummies and a close glimpse into a dinosaur’s mouth.

The ScopifyROM app was designed in partnership with Kensington Communications, which produces the documentary series “Museum Secrets” that airs on the History channel in Canada and in dozens of other countries. To read more, click here.

Shutdown Prompts Museum Invitation To Veterans

The head of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans is extending an invitation to veterans groups that might find themselves unable to hold planned events at federal memorial sites or parks due to the government shutdown. To read more, click here.

Spy Museum May Relocate To The Former Carnegie Library

The International Spy Museum, a popular private attraction in the District, would relocate to the former Carnegie Library in Mount Vernon Square under a plan by D.C. officials.

Events DC, which manages the District’s convention and sports business, announced Monday that it planned to renovate and expand the historical library building by moving the Spy Museum to the library’s underground space and building a “sculpted glass pavilion” on the north side of the building that would house a visitors center, café and the Spy Museum store. To read more, click here.

Tourists Find Memorials Barricaded, Trash Uncollected on National Mall; Some DC Museums Open

The museums that draw millions of visitors to the National Mall closed their doors Tuesday, memorials were barricaded and trash will go uncollected in the nation’s most-visited national park due to the first government shutdown in 17 years. To read more, click here.

What headlines caught your eye this week?

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