What Happened in Museums this Week?

What Happened in Museums This Week? November 16 – 22

BIG Selected to Design Human Body Museum in France

BIG has been announced as the winner of an international design competition for the new Cité du Corps Humain (Museum of the Human Body) in Montpellier. Rooted in the city’s long medical history and world renowned medical school, which dates back to the 10th century, the 7,800 sqm museum will “explore the human body from an artistic, scientific and societal approach through cultural activities, interactive exhibitions, performances and workshops.” To read more, click here.

City Moves to Sever Kansas City Museum from Union Station

Union Station would relinquish more than $1 million in annual tax revenue for the Kansas City Museum under an agreement that would put the city in charge of the museum collection.

The proposal, spelled out in a proposed ordinance introduced Thursday at the City Council and referred to a committee, would sever ties between the Kansas City Museum and Union Station that reach back more than a dozen years. To read more, click here.

Cristiano Ronaldo is Getting a Museum Dedicated to Himself

Portuguese football player Cristiano Ronaldo is one step closer to immortality, or at least something like it. His family has told the press that in early 2014, a museum dedicated to him will open in in Funchal, Madeira, where he was born. Supposedly he has also funded the museum’s construction, which will be a place to showcase his accomplishments, medals, and awards from throughout the years. To read more, click here.

Dinosaur Discovered by Field Expedition Rivaled T. Rex

Field Museum scientists have discovered a new “top predator” dinosaur in North America, a significant precursor to Tyrannosaurus rex and an important part of an emerging fossil record for the continent, the museum announced early Friday.

The 4-ton, 30-foot animal was discovered in a region of 100-million-year-old rock in Utah during a museum expedition led by Peter Makovicky, curator of dinosaurs, and Lindsay Zanno, then a postdoctoral fellow at the Field. To read more, click here.

More Gifts Pour in as Pérez Art Museum Miami Prepares to Open

When Thom Collins came to South Florida in 2010 to lead the new Pérez Art Museum Miami, he knew it might be awhile before private donations poured in.

“That was six or seven months before we broke ground, and I was reassured that, in this city, donors needed to see things happening before they got wholeheartedly behind a project,” said Collins, the museum’s director. “I’m happy to say that has absolutely come true in this case. As the building has risen from the ground, giving has increased radically.” To read more, click here.

Museum Fossils Saved From Auction Block

One day ahead of a long-scheduled event to sell more than a dozen fossils and other artifacts to the highest bidder, the San Diego Natural History Museum on Monday withdrew its collection from a New York auction.

The decision was announced early in the afternoon, hours after U-T San Diego reported the pending sale at Bonham’s of New York. To read more, click here.

New Civil War Museum to Open in Virginia

Now the Museum of the Confederacy and the American Civil War Center are joining forces to build a $30 million museum in Richmond with the goal of creating the top Civil War museum in the nation 150 years after the deadliest conflict fought on U.S. soil from 1861-65 between the Northern states and the secessionist, pro-slavery Southern states. To read more, click here.

Nuremberg Transcript Donated to Holocaust Museum

A one-time U.S. Army reporter during World War II donated a never-before-published transcript of radio coverage of the Nuremberg war crimes trials of Nazi leaders to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Tuesday — 68 years to the day after he began reporting on the landmark military tribunal. To read more, click here.

USC Absorbs Pasadena’s Pacific Asia Museum in Friendly Takeover

USC is taking over the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, bringing more than 15,000 works of Asian art dating from ancient times to today under the university’s control, along with the nearly 90-year-old replica of a Chinese palace that houses the museum. To read more, click here.

What headlines caught your eye this week?

One thought on “What Happened in Museums This Week? November 16 – 22

  1. Can you recommend any online museum collections? I am trying to research 17thc. – 18thc. fur trade bar lead casting moulds & the bar lead itself.
    Regards, Keith.

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