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In an age of worsening fires and floods, museums are reinventing themselves — and their mechanical rooms

The California Indian Museum is one of 79 institutions across the country that have received grants from the new Frankenthaler Climate Initiative — named for the abstract expressionist …

Plantations aren’t paying reparations, but have started programs to give back to descendants

Plantations that now serve as museums have worked in recent years to better acknowledge the experiences of enslaved people, rather than focusing on those of enslavers. Although none has …

Meet Patrice, the Spy Museum robot who is opening a secret world to hospitalized kids

Patrice is a small, sleek robot that is opening up the International Spy Museum to hospitalized children and young adults who can’t physically get to the building. This has proved to be …

In Baltimore, the Walters Art Museum confronts the Confederate history of its founders

In the wake of the national reckoning around social and racial justice, the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore has broadened its founders’ biographies to include their support for the …

Once the ‘World’s Only Klan Museum,’ it is becoming a center for history and healing

The Echo Project is dedicated to creating a community center and racial reconciliation museum in an historic segregated movie theater that was, for a time, the site of the “World’s Only …

Black history is vital to understanding racial injustice. But the museums holding that history are under threat.

Many African American history museums remain chronically underfunded. And today, those museums — like their communities — are uniquely vulnerable to the effects of the coronavirus. But …

Women are increasingly getting the top museum jobs. Will more of them finally get equal pay?

July 2 It began with a flurry of landmark appointments. Last year, the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum welcomed Ellen Stofan as its first female director, and then Anthea Hartig …

Lonnie Bunch isn’t afraid to address white supremacy. What else will that change for the Smithsonian?

Last year, Lonnie G. Bunch III explained why the Smithsonian was holding a day-long symposium called "Mascots, Myths, Monuments and Memory." Monuments to Confederate leaders, he said, began …

A critically acclaimed National Gallery show must come down, so workers are moving the art without pay

January 14 The Rachel Whiteread sculpture show at the National Gallery of Art ended its four-month run this weekend, but because of the partial government shutdown, no one had been able to …

Is it a museum or not? The question is worth asking.

The word "museum" has become a bit like the word "art," used broadly to cover a range of institutions that may or may not be museums at all but aspire to the status of bein…

This new museum doesn’t want Instagram or crowds. Does that make it elitist?

There are contemporary museums harder to get to and more isolated than Glenstone, including one on a lonely island in Japan and another in a remote town in Texas. Some museums are …

European museums may loan back some works stolen from former colonies

August 17 Nearly every Western European capital has a massive, monolithic museum designed to project an image of national might and instill ordinary citizens with patriotic pride through …
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Telling overlooked stories at New-York Historical Society

Category: Education & Interpretation

The New-York Historical Society Museum and Library has announced a $140m expansion of its building on Central Park West. This will add more than 70,000 square feet of space to the …

Getty launches YouTube series for ‘art curious’ audiences

Category: Surveys & Reports

The Getty has launched a YouTube series called 'Becoming Artsy', available to stream weekly and hosted by the museum's senior creative producer Jessie Hendricks. 'Becoming Artsy' was …

BayEcotarium urges Gov. Newsom to allocate 1% of Climate Action funds toward Museum driven STEAM Education in California

Category: Environmental Sustainability

On Indigenous Peoples Day, Bay Ecotarium President & CEO, George Jacob called upon California Governor Gavin Newsom to allocate 1% of the $15 billion announced towards Climate Action …

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