What Happened in Museums this Week?

What Happened in Museums This Week? January 19 – 25


Justin Bieber Uses Spencer Train Museum as Photo Shoot Backdrop

The N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer can add Justin Bieber to the heartthrobs who have used it as a backdrop.

The Salisbury Post reported had a three-hour photo shoot Monday at the museum, which was closed to the public for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. To read more, click here.

Contemporary Collecting

Obama Mementos Sought for African American History Museum

As hundreds of thousands of sets of eyes fixed on Jumbotrons, platforms and parade routes to catch the inaugural pageantry Monday, two other sets of eyes watched the people watching Obama.

Curators from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture scoured the crowd looking for those standout images and symbols they might want for their Obama collection, which now has about 300 artifacts. They looked for the often handmade shows of connection and support, and the myriad ways the 44th president permeates the culture. To read more, click here.


War Memorial Center, Milwaukee Art Museum Management Talks Deadlock

Negotiations over a management agreement on operating the iconic War Memorial Center on the lakefront have hit a standstill, according to Milwaukee Art Museum officials.

In their view, negotiators for the Memorial Center have tried to add unacceptable terms on who controls a north parking lot, who pays for building security and how long the museum has to raise the $15 million it’s promised toward a sparkling $25 million renovation and addition. To read more, click here.

Free for All

Dallas Museum Of Art Begins Free Admission

After 11 years, the Dallas Museum of Art decided to make a change. The doors opened on Monday to much excitement — especially since the building is normally closed on Mondays. But this time, art lovers could get their fix for free. Museum officials celebrated the beginning of a new rewards program and free admission. To read more, click here.

Not really “nevermore”?

Poe Museum could reopen in fall

The one-time home of Edgar Allan Poe could reopen for visitors as soon as this autumn, according to one of the people in charge of running the tourist attraction.

“Though we’re still in the early stages, things are picking up steam,” said Mark Redfield, vice president of the board of directors for Poe Baltimore, the nonprofit organization created to run the Poe House and Museum. “At this point, we don’t have a specific date to reopen. But we’re hoping it will happen sometime this fall.” To read more, click here.

What headlines caught your eye this week?

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