A Man in a Tiny Booth Wrote a Song About My Whole Life in 30 Minutes

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. » 6/20/14 4:00pm 6/20/14 4:00pm

China Shuts Down Museum Showing Thousands of Fake Artifacts

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. » 5/22/14 6:30pm 5/22/14 6:30pm

The Algorithms at the Heart of the New September 11 Memorial Museum

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… » 5/14/14 11:00am 5/14/14 11:00am

A London Museum Where Machines Push Everything To The Limit

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. » 1/13/14 4:20pm 1/13/14 4:20pm

How the Smithsonian is 3D-Scanning Its Entire Collection

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. » 5/14/13 4:17am 5/14/13 4:17am

We All Need to Take a Trip to This Wonderful Toy Museum in Vermont

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. » 4/02/13 8:00pm 4/02/13 8:00pm

Is an iPad on a Pedestal Art?

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. » 1/22/13 3:35am 1/22/13 3:35am

What Do You Think Belongs in an Internet Museum?

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… » 12/12/12 11:40am 12/12/12 11:40am

Google's Cultural Institute Is Now a Massive Online Museum

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. » 10/10/12 7:27am 10/10/12 7:27am

Cloud City: A Spectacular Sculptural Constellation of Mirrors and Steel

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… » 5/15/12 10:30pm 5/15/12 10:30pm

This Boning Dinosaur Skeleton Exhibit Is Proof that American Museums…

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. » 10/16/11 12:00pm 10/16/11 12:00pm

How Reflecting Absence Became America's Most Expensive Public Memorial

It may have taken a decade, but New York finally has a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives in 9/11. » 9/11/11 2:00pm 9/11/11 2:00pm

Google's Goggles App Brings The Getty Museum To Life

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. » 6/27/11 7:17pm 6/27/11 7:17pm

Who Wouldn't Want to Try a 360 Hardflip No-Hands Superman On This Skate…

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! » 5/26/11 10:40am 5/26/11 10:40am

People Swallow the Darndest Things: Cigarette Butts, Burnt Matches and…

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… » 4/27/11 11:20pm 4/27/11 11:20pm

How to Build The World's Largest Dinosaur

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. » 4/15/11 7:40pm 4/15/11 7:40pm

Tracing the Birth and Life of the Computer

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. » 1/14/11 1:08am 1/14/11 1:08am

This Battery Has Been Working for 60 Years

Ah, batteries. They always die sooner than you think, right? Not this one! Called Karpen's Pile, this battery has been working uninterrupted since the 1950's. That's 60 years of charge! » 1/04/11 8:00pm 1/04/11 8:00pm

How Much Fancier Can This Palindromic, Kinetic Museum Sign Get?

Yeh, your local museum may think they're pretty fancy with their glowing Helvetica sign, but does it have revolving parts that turn into a mirrored palindrome? London's V&A museum is scoffing in the face of yours. » 7/30/10 6:00pm 7/30/10 6:00pm