What Happened in Museums this Week?

What Happened in Museums This Week? February 9 – February 15

Comeback in Detroit

Detroit Historical Museum Comes Back in a Big Way

The Detroit Historical Museum, open just 11 weeks since its extreme makeover, is bricks-and-mortar proof that there can be life after city control and brutal economic change.

The museum “was certainly” on the road to closure in 2006, says Bob Bury, CEO of the Detroit Historical Society. That’s when then-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick agreed to hand the keys to the museum and its board even as he cut a $3.5 million annual subsidy likely to have disappeared amid Detroit’s increasingly bleak financial predicament. To read more, click here.

Cultural Heritage Struggle

Museum Exhibit Becomes Front in Israeli-Palestinian Struggle

A major exhibit at Israel’s national museum that is devoted to Herod the Great, the Roman-era king of Judea, has become the latest front in a struggle between Israelis and Palestinians over cultural heritage.

The show is billed as the most ambitious and expensive archaeological exhibition put on by the Israel Museum outside of its permanent collections, and its centerpiece is a partial reconstruction of what is believed to be the king’s tomb at Herodium, a hilltop palace-fortress south of Jerusalem in the West Bank. To read more, click here.

Cute Knut on Display

Museum Will Unveil Model of Knut the Polar Bear with His Real Fur

Knut’s lifelike sculpture at the Natural History Museum in Germany’s capital has raised some hackles with its use of the celebrity’s actual pelt. To read more, click here.

UPDATEThe Natural History Museum on Friday unveiled the statue prepared by taxidermists featuring the famous Berlin Zoo bear’s fur and claws, with the synthetic body and glass eyes. To read more, click here.

History of Code

Computer History Museum Shares Original Photoshop Code

To millions of people around the world, the name Photoshop inspires images of sharks leaping out at helicopters, phony disaster photos, and retouched celebrity shots. Now, the original computer code that started it all is available for inspection.

The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California recently made the source code of Adobe Photoshop 1.0.1 available as a download for noncommercial use. To read more, click here.

Remembering Hurricane Sandy

NYC Museum Wants Your Hurricane Sandy Photos

The Museum of the City of New York is seeking Sandy photographs for a juried show to open in April on the sixth-month anniversary of the storm. To read more, click here.

Teens Step Up

Teens Start Petition for Air Museum

The Pearson Air Museum in Southwest Washington shut down as conflicts came to a head between the National Park Service, which owns the land and building, and the Fort Vancouver National Trust, which has operated the museum. Two teens are preparing a petition to try to get the museum reopened. To read more, click here.

And just for fun…

The Museum of Natural History in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada joined the Harlem Shake craze (along with an African Rock Python)!

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