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 6:30pm5/22/14 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 11:00am5/14/14 11:00am

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 10:30pm5/15/12 10:30pm

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

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 11:20pm4/27/11 11:20pm