For those of you curious about the newly opened $27 million dollar Creation Museum, but unable or unwilling to travel to Kentucky for a visit, Zachary Lynn has posted a photo essay of his visit
(sadly missing is the opening diorama or human babies playing with dinosaurs).
posted by jonson
on May 29, 2007 -
provides tools for you to catalog, mark and visit interesting and useful locations around the world. It's a fun site, packed with photographs, information and maps; a useful resource
and tool for GeoCaching
and other interests
. Among the various categories
included is Oddball Museums
: The Glore Psychiatric Museum
, Musee Mechanique
, The National Plastics Museum
with lots of great pics and links to other
sites, Museum of Burlesque
[nsfw], The Leavenworth Nutcracker
Museum, Orange Show
, wbur Museums of Dirt
, Antiquated Technology
, Lizzie Borden
and more oddities
posted by nickyskye
on May 26, 2007 -
The Smithsonian's Sackler gallery opened a unique and wide-ranging new exhibit
yesterday featuring fragments of Bibles from before the year 1000.
"Most of the manuscripts
have never been seen outside the countries where they are stored. [Some Smithsonian-owned documents in the exhibition] have never been exhibited and two have not been shown since 1978." Fragments of the Codex Sinaiticus
are included in the exhibit.
Along with the archaeological
interest, these fragments can pose theological and historical challenges for Christians. Some, like UNC's Bart Ehrman, have lost their faith
as a result of studying early Bibles; some, like Luke Timothy Johnson of Emory, believing that Christianity is about a common cultural and spiritual experience
, are unmoved by the "corruptions
" and differences
in the New Testament over time; other Christians try to refute (MeFi link)
claims that the text has changed.
posted by ibmcginty
on Oct 22, 2006 -
DADA Hits the MOMA. DaDaism
was an art movement that arose prior to the rubble of WW1 where the artists
led a creative revolution that shaped the course of modern art by combining different mediums to create a message of protest and hope. The MOMA exhibit
tells one story (scroll to data and select full program - req flash 7)
and the New Yorker reaffirms
the influence on art today. However, the real story is with Richard Huelsenbeck
, the ring leader and founder of the DaDa movement An interview with him from December 1960 (45 mins mp3)
explains the start - as one of the few German artists in protest to the war. My favourite part is where he tells of picking out the name DaDa from an encyclopedia at a cabaret.
posted by Funmonkey1
on Jul 19, 2006 -
Sir John Soane
(1753-1837) was responsible for the design of quite a few of London’s public buildings
(and to some extent, its phonebooths
). His home, now a museum
, is filled to the brim with architectural relics, sculptures, paintings, drawings, stained glass, and assorted curiosities. Almost unchanged since his death, it also contains the gravesite
of his wife’s beloved dog Fanny, a mummified rat, an Egyptian sarcophagus
, and an imaginary monk named Padre Giovanni. Best of all, on the first Tuesday of every month the museum has a candlelight tour which enhances the spooky splendor
of the rooms.
posted by annaramma
on Dec 15, 2005 -
Critical observers have long noted that museum collections from Africa are composed largely of the spoils of colonial pillage. Thus the Africa we normally encounter in museums—the Africa of masks and ritual objects displayed on walls and in glass cases—is a fetishized Africa of colonial nostalgia. The objective of this exhibit is to offer images of Other Africas
, perspectives that lead us away from the desolate and romanticized Africa of the Western imagination toward those places where African modernities are emerging.
posted by tpoh.org
on Jun 4, 2005 -
"A Collection of Rarities"
The John Tradescants (Elder and Younger
) lived in London
in the 16th and 17th centuries. Adventurous travellers, diplomats
, horticultural pioneers
, polymaths, they were also collectors, acquiring (and asking their friends to acquire) specimens of the wonders of the world. Their growing collection
was housed in a large house -- "The Ark" -- in Lambeth, London. The Ark was the
prototypical Cabinet of Curiosity or Wunderkammer, a collection of rare and strange objects. The Tradescant's collection
was eventually transferred to -- and some say it was swindled out of them by -- Elias Ashmole
, who used it to start The Ashmolean Museum
in Oxford. The Tradescants are buried in St. Mary's Churchyard, Lambeth
, now home to the Museum of Garden History
posted by carter
on Mar 14, 2005 -
The Art of Cats:
, the Cat Museum) of Amsterdam: a collection of objects d'art wholly centered around the theme of the cat,
among which you will find a wonderful gallery
. Controversial social taboos
are not avoided. Malaysia's Cat City of Kuching
has a Cat Museum
; more info on the Museum of Meows here
(Ancient Egyptians shaved their eyebrows in mourning when the family cat died. Malays attached superstitions to cats believing they possessed supernatural powers...)
The scullery of Kathleen Mann's Antiques in London's High Street has a "Purrfect Museum
" too, with 250 exhibits from all over the world going back to the 1770s, founded by Kathleen and her mother ... Kitty
. Not to be outdone, Lithuania
have cat museums as well.
posted by Shane
on Sep 23, 2004 -
Check out the giant cancer fighting colon... of science!
"It's part of a national tour to educate people about various types of common and preventable cancers. The 'Check Your Insides Out -- Top to Bottom' tour is full of interactive educational exhibits on colon, lung, oral, breast, prostate and skin cancers."
posted by ilsa
on Jun 24, 2004 -
"Time passes, or rather doesn't pass.
It is just there, solid as a coffee mug
on the diner's counter
. Time hangs
like the reek of old tobacco in the hotel furniture
". We all think we know Edward Hopper
's images, even if we've never seen his paintings
. Somehow the solidity of the world
-- even the sky is like a wall
-- is at odds with the transience
of the people
in it, however long they sit
. Hopper's people, like Manet
, often appear consumed by the irreducible business of being
, too, would descend into his own silences
, would delay himself in self-doubt... (more inside)
posted by matteo
on May 25, 2004 -
As the Wiki
Insecula: L'encyclopédie des arts et de l'architecture is a French language art website containing images and descriptions of thousands of works of art from major museums and collections in France and elsewhere, including the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay, the Palace of Versailles, the Centre Pompidou, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the MOMA.
But it's not just museums and art. It's got Mayan ruins
, and of course lots of Paris streets
. I can't believe plep hasn't posted this already...
posted by languagehat
on Apr 10, 2004 -
De Hermitage Amsterdam.
In the early 1990s Professor Mikhail Piotrovsky, director of The State Hermitage Museum
in St Petersburg was considering the possibility of having satellites of the museum in the West. The Nieuwe Kerk
and the Hermitage had already established a strong relationship through the organisation of major exhibitions, and Ernst Veen, director of the Nieuwe Kerk, suggested that Amsterdam would be the ideal location
for a branch of the Russian museum, given the historical links
between the two cities over the past 300 years.
posted by the fire you left me
on Mar 16, 2004 -
A result of three years of cooperation between I.B.M. and Egypt's government and major museums, the country's considerable museum collections were digitized and loaded onto www.eternalegypt.org
- Thousands more artifacts are to be added over time. I.B.M. expects the concept and the scanning and database technologies developed for the project to be applied at other museums and cultural collections worldwide.
posted by stbalbach
on Mar 3, 2004 -
Pull up! Pull up!
Several detailed Quicktime VR tours of aircraft and spacecraft cockpits, from the National Air & Space Museum. [QTVR plugin required, natch.]
posted by stonerose
on Feb 6, 2004 -