What Happened in Museums this Week?

What Happened in Museums This Week? April 20 – 26

ABBA Museum

World’s First ABBA Museum Ready to Open

Fans of the legendary Swedish disco group ABBA can hardly wait: in just a few weeks, Stockholm will open the doors to the world’s first museum dedicated to the iconic foursome.

After ABBA The Movie in 1977, the Mamma Mia musical and movie, and a 2010 travelling museum exhibit, the world’s first permanent ABBA museum will open in central Stockholm on May 7. To read more, click here.

Dahalokely tokana Discovered

Denver Museum Paleontologist Discovers New Dinosaur

While a whole new generation is discovering dinosaurs in the re-release of Jurassic Park, a Denver scientist has uncovered a whole new dinosaur species.

Joseph Sertich, curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, discovered the Dahalokely tokana (“dah-HAH-loo-KAY-lee too-KAH-nah”) on a Madagascar cliff. To read more, click here.

Freedom Park Museum Opens

Motlanthe Opens Freedom Museum

A horn, symbolising an indigenous South African tool used to make a clarion call, was on Monday lit to mark the opening of Freedom Park’s interactive //hapo Museum by deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe.

Freedom Park’s chief executive Fana Jiyane said the clarion call was to heed former president Nelson Mandela’s dream of a day when people were given a shrine where they could honour those who endured pain to allow others the joy of freedom. To read more, click here.

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Rewinding History, Bush Museum Lets You Decide

More than four years after leaving office, former President George W. Bush has a question for America: So what would you have done?

In a new brick-and-limestone museum, visitors to an interactive theater will be presented with the stark choices that confronted the nation’s 43rd president: invade Iraq or leave Saddam Hussein in power? Deploy federal troops after Hurricane Katrina or rely on local forces? Bail out Wall Street or let the banks fail? To read more, click here.

“Hear My Voice”

Inventor Bell’s Voice ID’d on Early Wax Recording

Researchers have identified the voice of Alexander Graham Bell for the first time in some of the earliest audio recordings held at the Smithsonian Institution.

The National Museum of American History announced Wednesday that Bell’s voice was identified with help from technicians at the Library of Congress and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. The museum holds some of the earliest audio recordings ever made. To read more, click here.

Megacity Exhibition

Uruk, Possibly World’s First Metropolis, Is On View At Pergamon Museum In Berlin

Berlin’s Pergamon Museum is offering visitors a glimpse of perhaps the world’s first real metropolis in a new exhibition that traces the long history of Uruk, in present-day Iraq.

Artifacts, including clay masks of demons, figurines of rulers, limestone ducks used as weights, a prism listing Sumerian kings and clay vessels used as water pipes, grace the exhibition “Uruk – 5,000 Years of the Megacity.” They date back as far as the 4th millennium B.C. To read more, click here.

Sub Saved

Quebec Museum Saves Cold-War Submarine From the Scrap Heap

The Canadian Navy retired Onondaga in 2000 and planned to cut the sub into a half dozen pieces in Halifax, truck it up to Ottawa’s Canadian War Museum and stitch it back together again. The navy’s bean counters said that was too expensive and instead the submarine was to be sold for $60,000 as scrap metal.

But the people who operate a maritime museum in Rimouski decided one of the few Canadian vessels remaining from the Cold War should not end up as razor blades or subway rails. To read more, click here.

What headlines caught your eye this week?

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