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  • Brazil's Biggest Meteorite Survives Museum-Destroying Fire

    09/04/2018 12:43:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    Space.com ^ | September 4, 2018 12:42pm ET | Hanneke Weitering,
    After a catastrophic fire blazed through the National Museum of Brazil on Sunday (Sept. 2), destroying many of the institution's 20 million artifacts, the museum's meteorites were some of the few relics left standing. Among the space rocks that survived the blaze is the Bendegó meteorite, which is the largest meteorite ever found on Brazilian soil. The iron-nickel meteorite is one of about a dozen meteorites housed at the museum. … Officials have not yet been able to tally the damages, as investigators have been instructed to hold off on their work until engineers declare the building safe to enter,...
  • Fire at Brazil’s National Museum Threatens Hundreds of Years of History

    09/03/2018 1:40:28 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 33 replies
    New York Times ^ | Sept. 2, 2018 | Ernesto Londońo and Shasta Darlington
    RIO DE JANEIRO — A fire engulfed the National Museum of Brazil on Sunday night, ravaging the stately, 200-year-old museum in Rio de Janeiro and threatening the years of history encapsulated inside.Aerial video posted by the television station Globo showed roaring flames and billowing smoke overtaking the large museum. Windows on multiple floors across the museum displayed a burning orange color, and the glow of the fire lit up the dark night sky.The destruction to the building was significant, and it is unclear whether any historical artifacts had been saved. The museum housed a collection of more than 20 million...
  • Massive fire tears through Rio's 200-year old National Museum

    09/02/2018 9:27:25 PM PDT · by NRx · 32 replies
    Reuters | 02-03-2018 | staff
    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A massive fire raced through Brazil’s 200-year-old National Museum in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, probably destroying its collection of more than 20 million items, ranging from archeological finds to historical memorabilia. The destruction of the building, once a palace for emperors that had fallen into disrepair, was an “incalculable loss for Brazil,” President Michel Temer said in a statement. “Two hundred years of work, research and knowledge were lost.” There was no word of the possible cause late on Sunday, nor if there were casualties or the exact extent of damage. Firefighters in Rio...
  • Deep stuff: Chicago will be site of US Pizza Museum

    08/07/2018 8:29:18 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 35 replies
    ABC Chicago ^ | 8/4/2018 | AP
    CHICAGO -- The city that boasts it gave the world deep-dish pizza will soon be home to a pizza museum. The U.S. Pizza Museum is expected to open its doors in Chicago's South Loop neighborhood on Friday. The Chicago Tribune reports the museum will be open through October, and possibly longer. The museum was created in 2015 but has mostly existed online and in pop-up exhibits. Museum founder Kendall Bruns says the new space will be 3,000 square feet and allow him to tell the full story of pizza and its U.S. makers.
  • Newseum apologizes for selling ‘fake news’ T-shirts

    08/04/2018 11:43:23 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/04/18 | John Bowden
    The directors of the Newseum in Washington, D.C., have apologized and taken down shirts bearing the slogan "You Are Very Fake News" after facing widespread public backlash for the merchandise on Friday. A Saturday statement on the Newseum's website noted that the shirt would be removed from the museum's gift shop and online store, and apologized for selling the shirt, which bears President Trump's popular derision aimed at members of the news media. "The Newseum has removed the 'You Are Very Fake News' T-shirts from the gift shop and online. We made a mistake and we apologize," the statement reads....
  • T. rex skeleton will star when Natural History Museum [DC] reopens Fossil Hall next June [ed]

    07/18/2018 9:12:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 17, 2018 | Peggy McGlone
    A teenage T. rex about to chomp on the triceratops pinned under its foot will be the focal point of the redesigned Fossil Hall when it reopens June 8, 2019, at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Museum director Kirk Johnson announced the opening date of the David H. Koch Hall of Fossils on Tuesday morning, unveiling a piece of the 66 million-year-old fossil to mark the occasion. Named the Nation’s T. rex, the dinosaur was discovered in Montana in 1988 and is on loan from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It is the first new dinosaur to...
  • Ronald Reagan Museum. Points of interest we must see?

    07/02/2018 9:40:19 PM PDT · by 1_Inch_Group · 15 replies
    Reagan Foundation ^ | Today | Me
    "Old" School Reagan Republican here. My 99 year old grandmother mentioned she'd like to go see the Genghis Khan exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Museum. I've never been, she's never been. We're going. So, if you've been there....what is Must See? Genghis Khan. Then what. Me and gramma talk politics quite a bit. We both leave the conversation laughing. Where should I push her to after Genghis Khan? 99. Thank You.
  • Golden casket containing heart of French queen consort Anne of Brittany rescued from thieves

    04/25/2018 10:08:05 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 8 replies
    ABC.net.au ^ | April 25, 2018
    A priceless 16th-century casket containing the embalmed heart of a French queen consort has been found after it was snatched by thieves earlier this month. The theft of the 500g solid golden box containing Anne of Brittany's heart had fuelled fears the relic would be melted just for its weight in gold. The casket was taken along with other relics after robbers reportedly broke in through a window of the Thomas-Dobree museum in the western French city of Nantes. French police arrested two men who then led them to the buried haul on Saturday. Anne of Brittany was born in...
  • Brooklyn Museum Sparks 'Outrage' After Hiring White Curator for African Art Exhibit

    04/02/2018 11:35:28 AM PDT · by ethom · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1 Apr 2018 | by Katherine Rodriguez
    The Brooklyn Museum in New York City has sparked outrage among members of the black community after it selected a white woman to curate its African art exhibit. The museum announced Monday that it tapped Kristen Windmuller-Luna, 31, to be in charge of the museum’s African art collection. Luna earned a Ph.D. from Princeton University in African art history, worked for the Metropolitan Museum of Art as an educator “responsible for adult and college gallery tours” of the museum’s African galleries, and lectures at Columbia University. But despite the woman’s impressive credentials, social media users have been criticizing the museum...
  • Benning’s 100th Anniversary a History Lesson for Visitors at National Infantry Museum

    02/25/2018 7:45:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Ledger-Enquirer ^ | February 24, 2018 | Ben Wright
    An Army band played patriotic music on the front lawn of the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center Saturday while crowds gathered inside at exhibits for the 100th anniversary of Fort Benning. Called Columbus Salutes the Centennial, the free event featured living history performances, rock climbing , military displays and other equipment to recognize the post that was established as Camp Benning in 1918 to train soldiers during World War I. An estimated 5,000 people were expected during the day for the celebration. Bob Willmschen, 72, was at the Vietnam Memorial Plaza looking for a soldier lost during the Vietnam...
  • Who's Afraid of the Museum of the Bible?

    01/11/2018 6:17:46 AM PST · by tbw2 · 12 replies
    Mosaic ^ | Jan. 2 2018 | Diana Muir Appelbaum
    Critics accuse it of threatening the separation of church and state; in truth, Washington’s new museum makes an invaluable contribution to American (and Jewish) cultural literacy.
  • John Lewis won't attend civil rights museum opening due to Trump presence

    12/07/2017 2:00:49 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 77 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 7,2017 | By Brett Samuels
    Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.) announced Thursday he won’t attend the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum on Saturday because President Trump will be there. “President Trump’s attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum," Lewis said in a joint statement with Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.). Lewis and Thompson cited Trump’s past comments about women, immigrants and NFL players who have protested during the national anthem before games, saying his remarks "disrespect the efforts" of civil rights leaders. Lewis had previously said he was reconsidering whether to attend after the White...
  • NAACP: Trump should not attend Mississippi Civil Rights Museum opening

    12/06/2017 6:23:32 AM PST · by Zakeet · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 5, 2017 | Brett Samuels
    The NAACP on Tuesday announced opposition to President Trump attending the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum this weekend, saying he has created a "racially hostile climate." [Snip] Amos Brown, an NAACP board member and Jackson native, called Trump’s planned appearance "an insult." Trump has repeatedly faced backlash for making inflammatory statements about minority groups and sparked controversy after the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., for saying that "both sides" were to blame. He has been harshly critical of NFL players who kneel during the national anthem to protest racial inequality, and feuded with the father of...
  • New Yorkers call for removal of Met painting that ‘sexualizes’ girl

    12/03/2017 4:54:14 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 71 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 3, 2017 | Natalie O'Neill
    New Yorkers have launched a petition demanding that the Metropolitan Museum of Art remove a 1938 painting of a young woman with her underwear exposed, “given the current climate around sexual assault.” The piece, titled “Thérčse Dreaming” by the French artist Balthus, “sexualizes” the girl, who is shown lounging in a skirt with her knee up on a chair, according to the petition, which was posted on the Web site Care 2. Modal Trigger “Thérčse Dreaming” by Balthus Mia Merrill, the New Yorker who started the petition, says the painting should be yanked from the venerable institution because Balthus...
  • What’s Inside DC’s New $800 Million, Theme-Park-Influenced Museum Of The Bible

    11/25/2017 11:30:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 11/24/2017 | Josh Shepherd
    Even skeptics are wowed by the high-tech museum. Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Kennicott called Museum of the Bible ‘stocked with historic treasures.’ By Josh ShepherdNovember 20, 2017 The professor of Jewish studies passes under an ornate archway, leading to another part of the sprawling History of the Bible floor. Keeping up with him isn’t easy, as we dodge workers who continue to install museum panels before opening day.“There’s nothing false anywhere,” Professor Lawrence Schiffman says over his shoulder, gesturing towards dozens of Torah scrolls carefully lit for preservation. “I’ve been walking around even today, reading more labels. We keep...
  • CBS, NBC Hype ‘Controversy’ and ‘Cloud of Suspicion’ Over Museum of the Bible

    11/17/2017 2:15:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | November 17, 2017 | Kyle Drennen
    Fearing that America was one step closer to becoming a theocracy with the opening of the privately-funded Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C., on Thursday and Friday, CBS This Morning and NBC’s Today hyped the supposed “controversy” swirling around the institution, even claiming that a “cloud of suspicion” hung over the building as it opened its doors. “Coming up on CBS This Morning, I’ll tell you why this museum is generating some controversy. It’s just a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol,” warned correspondent Chip Reid on Thursday. Introducing the segment minutes later, co-host Charlie Rose emphasized that the...
  • The Guggenheim just yanked three animal-related artworks after receiving threats

    09/27/2017 7:24:36 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 26 replies
    www.fastcompany.com ^ | 09-27-2017 | CZ
    New York’s Guggenheim Museum said it will not include three works in an upcoming exhibition after they sparked the ire of animal rights groups. The exhibition, “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World,” included three works that critics said promoted cruelty to animals–including one called “Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other,” which reportedly included footage of pit bulls on treadmills. The museum initially defended showing the works, saying it valued freedom of expression, but it said in a statement yesterday that threats of violence have forced it to reconsider out of concern for the safety of its visitors....
  • Holocaust Museum Pulls Study Absolving Obama Administration for Inaction in Face of Syrian Genocide

    09/06/2017 11:58:33 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 40 replies
    Tablet Magazine ^ | September 5, 2017 • 10:30 PM | Armin Rosen
    A major United States Holocaust Memorial Museum study of the Obama Administration’s Syria policy was put on hold last night after portions of the study given to Tablet were greeted with shock and harsh criticism by prominent Jewish communal leaders and thinkers. According to a publicity email sent by the Museum, the study was set to be launched at an event at the US Institute for Peace in Washington, D.C., on September 11 and was overseen by a former US intelligence and national security official under Obama, Cameron Hudson, now director of the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide....
  • Obama Library To Firms Vying To Build Library: Diversity Is Essential

    09/01/2017 3:04:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    DNAInfo ^ | August 31, 2017 | Sam Cholke
    WOODLAWN — The Obama Foundation is asking the four construction teams vying to build the presidential center to set high standards for local and minority hiring. The foundation announced four finalists Thursday morning and also the standards for hiring the foundation is setting for each. Each of the firms has to lay out how it would meet a commitment to awarding half of its subcontracts to “diverse suppliers,” which expands the normal definition of firms from women and minority-owned firms to also include veteran-, disabled- or LGBTQ-owned firms. As the definition of inclusive hiring is broadened, the foundation is specifying...
  • The Newseum may consider selling its building

    08/30/2017 3:03:27 AM PDT · by Enchante · 23 replies
    Poynter ^ | August 28, 2017 | Benjamin Mullin
    The Newseum's perennial financial woes once again spilled out into public Monday night after The Washington Post reported that the museum's president, Jeffrey Herbst, was stepping down as its board takes a long, hard look at the books. The audit could trigger a sale of the Newseum, a spectacular (and costly) mecca for news lovers on 555 Pennsylvania Ave in Washington, D.C., according to The Washington Post's Margaret Sullivan. Keeping the Newseum afloat has required more than $500 million from its creator, The Freedom Forum, and it hasn't become a self-sustaining enterprise: