What Happened in Museums this Week?

What Happened in Museums this Week? October 12 – 18

8-Year-Old Becomes Museum Director for the Day

The Lincoln Children’s Museum now has a new executive director, just on Monday, as part of the museum’s first-time contest.

Eight-year-old Haley Inness combs through her list of scheduled events on Monday as she’s the acting executive director of the Lincoln Children’s Museum. To read more, click here.

Berlin Museum Wants Ancient Gold Tablet Worth $10m Back From Family of Holocaust survivor

A Holocaust survivor’s family urged New York’s highest court on Tuesday to let them keep an ancient gold tablet worth $10 million that their late father somehow obtained in Germany after World War II.

Attorney Steven Schlesinger argued that the estate of Riven Flamenbaum has a legal claim, whether the native of Poland bought the relic from a Russian soldier or simply took it to compensate for losing his family at Auschwitz, the concentration camp where he spent several years. To read more, click here.

BIG Completes the Danish National Maritime Museum

BIG in collaboration with Kossmann Dejong, Rambøll, Freddy Madsen and KiBiSi have completed the Danish National Maritime Museum in Helsingør. Combining the existing historic elements with an innovative concept of galleries and way-finding, the scheme reflects Denmark’s historical and contemporary role as one of the world’s leading maritime nations. Located just 50 km north of Copenhagen the 6,000 m² (65,000 ft²) museum is situated next to one of Denmark’s most important buildings, Kronborg Castle, a UNESCO world heritage site – known from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. To read more, click here.

‘Bionic Man’ Makes Debut at Washington’s Air and Space Museum

The robot with a human face unveiled at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum was built by London’s Shadow Robot Co to showcase medical breakthroughs in bionic body parts and artificial organs. To read more, click here.

Blues Museum To Call St. Louis Home

While Chicago has tried and failed to launch similar blues shrines, St. Louis’ $14 million project won the backing of a local developer who wanted a museum to anchor a retail, residential and office complex next to the convention center downtown, just blocks from the Gateway Arch. To read more, click here.

Harper Lee Sues Hometown Museum, Alleges Trademark Infringement Over ‘Mockingbird’

The suit, filed last week in Mobile’s federal court, seeks an order prohibiting Monroe County Heritage Museum Inc. from using the name of Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” to promote its activities or sell merchandise. To read more, click here.

Memorials, Museums Reopen After Shutdown

After more than two weeks, parks and museums closed during the government shutdown reopened Thursday. To read more, click here.

Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum Fills Void for Those Who Left Country

A national gallery once existed in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. But years of war led to its destruction. The new Twin Cities museum aims to fill the void. To read more, click here.

The Quest to Build a National LGBT Museum

Someday, somewhere in Washington, D.C.—perhaps on the National Mall, kitty-corner across Maryland Avenue from the sinuous, sandy-colored Museum of the American Indian, or tucked behind the sprawling complex of the Natural History Museum—there may sit a National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Museum. That might sound surprising, considering that sodomy was illegal in the District until 1993, but Tim Gold, CEO of the Velvet Foundation, is convinced the time is right. To read more, click here.

The Sistine Chapel Has a Problem, and It’s You

Now, the head of the Vatican Museums, Antonio Paolucci, is warning that, if new air conditioning and air purifying systems that are being installed at the facility don’t significantly cut the pollution levels in the chapel, he will have no choice but to limit the number of tourists who visit the site. As it stands, more than five million people visit the Vatican every year, with more than 20,000 people a day stopping in the Sistine Chapel to view Michelangelo’s masterpiece. That number is up more than three-fold in the last 30 years. To read more, click here.

What headlines caught your eye this week?

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