Comeback in Detroit
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
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
UPDATE: The 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
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.
Remembering Hurricane Sandy
Teens Step Up
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.
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