After a prolonged battle with San Francisco’s NIMBY empire, George Lucas announced two years ago that he would take his giant filmmaking museum project to the friendlier shores of Chicago. Now, after yet another vicious battle with Chicago’s NIMBYs, he’s abandoning his plans there, too. You’d think he was trying to…
Iki-ningyō are life-sized dolls that were primarily used in festivals and exhibitions in Japan. This one, which belongs to the Victoria and Albert Museum, is estimated to have been made around 1880, shortly after the samurai class was outlawed.
When I got invited to Custom Melodies by Eternal Lips, I was skeptical. It sounded like another painfully self-aware ode to irony, the kind of art that can't see straight for its own winking. Perhaps it is. But it was also one of the most genuinely sweet experiences I've had in NYC.
China is currently undergoing a huge boom in museums—299 new ones have opened in the last year alone. And just like the US's own 20th century museum boom, which inspired cascades of forgeries, China's is bringing out the fakes: The government has shuttered one museum where a third of the 8,000 artifacts were fake.
The National September 11 Memorial Museum opens to the public tomorrow here in New York City after more than a decade of complications, and amidst not always civil disagreements over what the museum should be in the first place—what its narrative intentions might be and whether or not it could ever be possible to…
The Kirkaldy Testing Museum in London was once where materials were sent to die: to be tested to their breaking points, often pulverized, shattered, broken in two from sheer strain, punched clean through, or stretched—ripped and shredded—by hydraulics.
The Smithsonian's been a fan of 3D scanning and printing for some time, but now it's decided to use lasers to preserve its entire collection for future generations.
Toy Place is a lovely short documentary by Ben Churchill that tours the amazing Vermont Toy Museum that houses a collection of almost 100,000 toys. I want to go there now. We should all go there now.
At the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, there's a strange exhibit on show: a single iPad stands on a white pedestal. It's not for visitors to play with; instead, it's a piece of art by Li Liao.
Today, The Big Internet Museum is opening its figurative doors to, well, the Internet. Just like any museum, "wings" are divided into sections like Audio-Visual, Social Media, and Gaming, and temporary exhibits will be springing up from time to time. Entries range from logical (the invention of HTML) to the absurd…
Google's Cultural Institute has had a shot in the arm, and is now host to a massive set of 42 online collections, which cover all manner of 20th and 21st century history.
Yesterday, atop the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, artist and architect Tomas Saraceno debuted his most recent work: Cloud City. A spectacular sculptural constellation, Cloud City is a mirrored fun house of geodesic pods, open to the public, with a number of prime vantage points for taking in the…
Europeans have all the fun: lower drinking ages, funner beaches, easier lifestyles and... dinosaur skeletons having sex in their museums. This exhibit, which clearly shows two T-Rexes "mating", is located in the Jurassic Museum of Asturias in Spain.
It may have taken a decade, but New York finally has a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives in 9/11.
Google Goggles is getting all museum-y on us. Google has partnered with the Getty Museum to let visitors photograph artwork with Goggles and receive a guided virtual tour in exchange.
Ever wonder what a museum in your honor would look like if it used your Facebook profile as the basis for all the exhibits?
Ok, so I may've made that trick up, and the Cité de l'Océan et du Surf Museum in France might not be a skate park. Just they try and stop the local kids from skating in that half-pipe, though!
A museum exhibit at the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia is pretty strange even by wacko museum standards. It documents the things that people have swallowed—the number is in the thousands by the way—as collected by Chevalier Jackson, a pioneering laryngologist of the late 19th and early 20th…
As if the anyone needs additional incentive to be interested in a dinosaur exhibit beyond, like, dinosaurs, the American Museum of Natural History is opening The World's Largest Dinosaurs, centered around a massive half-skin, half-dissected, life-sized Mamenchisaurus.
From Spacewar! to the iconic Apple II computer, from long-forgotten punch card systems to massive tape drives—the recently renovated Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California has it all. It protects all the amazing artifacts from computing's history.