What Happened in Museums this Week?

What Happened in Museums This Week? November 30 – December 6

3,200-Year-Old Gold Artifact Transferred From L.I. Estate to German Museum

“After the Holocaust and what it had done to their family, killing their grandparents, aunts, uncles, everyone, they wanted to donate it to the Holocaust Museum in Washington. They preferred it to go anywhere but Germany,” said Steven Schlessinger, the attorney for Flamenbaum’s heirs.

As CBS 2′s Carolyn Gusoff reported, Flamenbaum’s daughters said the return of the tablet to Germany deepens the wounds of war. But museum officials called it a moment of healing. To read more, click here.

Air Force Band Surprises Museum Visitors, Spreads Holiday Cheer

Starting with a single cellist in the middle of the National Air and Space Museum’s “Milestones of Flight” gallery here and swelling to 120 musicians, The U.S. Air Force Band exhilarated museum visitors Dec. 3 with the first flash mob to be produced by one of the five military branches’ top bands. To read more, click here.

Christie’s Reveals Detroit Art Appraisal

The heart of the world-class collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts would raise somewhere between $452 million and $866 million if sold to help the City of Detroit dig its way out of bankruptcy, Christie’s said Wednesday, announcing the results of a highly anticipated appraisal. To read more, click here.

Couple to Turn Disney’s Chicago Home Into Museum

California has Disneyland and Florida has Disney World. But Chicago has Disney Home.

Now a California couple who bought the house where Walt Disney was born 112 years ago plans to turn it into a historical site and museum. According to a news release, they hope it will serve as a “community resource with a mission of enhancing and exploring childhood creativity.” To read more, click here.

Field Museum Science Show Host Airs Her Frustration About Sexist Comments

In a piece that’s made international headlines, Graslie rails against those viewers who care more about her looks than her science.

“Don’t get me wrong — the overwhelming majority of the comments I receive are positive and encouraging,” Graslie told viewers of a show that also attracts a large number of budding girl scientists. “But there [is] a lot of nastiness I have to deal with on a daily basis.” To read more, click here.

Millionaire to Give $5M Toward Protecting DIA Art and Detroit Pensions; Who’s Next?

A local philanthropist said Thursday he’ll donate $5 million toward protecting the Detroit Institute of Arts’ renowned collection and city retirees’ pensions — and he hopes to inspire others to give.

Millionaire A. Paul Schaap said he plans to meet today with U.S. Chief District Judge Gerald Rosen, who is serving as mediator in Detroit’s bankruptcy case. To read more, click here.

Missouri History Museum Acquiring Collection of Gay Artifacts

The Missouri History Museum is on the brink of the region’s first mainstream queer collection initiative. And museum officials are eyeing Brawley’s hoard as the effort’s first major acquisition.

“Sometimes things are happening right before our very eyes,” said museum curator Sharon Smith, who is spearheading the project. The museum, she said, is tasked with tracking those events — regardless of their politics — and preserving them for generations to come. To read more, click here.

Natural History Museum in the Red

The leaders of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh have a problem with their Museum of Natural History: It’s losing too much money.

Officials say the Museum of Natural History loses $1 million to $2 million a year, a figure they’re trying to reduce by offering voluntary buyouts to the museum’s seven senior curators — the first step in making the museum pay its own way. To read more, click here.

Rare WWII Fighter Lands at Museum

One of the stars of the Battle of the Midway now has a home at that USS Midway Museum.

A rare F4F Wildcat arrived at the downtown San Diego museum after several years spent in restoration at the hands of Midway volunteers. To read more, click here.

Unrest in Egypt Creates Turmoil for Cairo’s Fabled Egyptian Museum

The museum, a treasure trove of pharaonic antiquities, has long been one of the centerpieces of tourism to Egypt. But the constant instability since the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak has dried up tourism to the country, slashing a key source of revenue. Moreover, political backbiting and attempts to stop corruption have had a knock-on effect of bringing a de facto ban on sending antiquities on tours to museums abroad, cutting off what was once a major source of funding for the state. To read more, click here.

What headlines caught your eye this week?

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