What Happened in Museums this Week?

What Happened in Museums This Week? November 2 – 8

Dallas Museum of Art Gets $9 Million Gift

The Dallas Museum of Art has received a gift of $9 million that will help ensure the continuation of free general admission and will also allow the museum to publish its collection online. To read more, click here.

Funds Sought for Science Fiction Museum Lift-Off

Science fiction fans can join a crowd-funding mission that boldly goes where none has gone before: the creation of a museum devoted to the history of the genre, from Star Trek to video games such as Halo.

Now live on indiegogo.com is the campaign for the Museum of Science Fiction with a goal of raising $166,000 to help fund the creation of a preview museum in Washington, D.C. Organizers hope to open the preview location next year, with a full museum targeted for 2017. To read more, click here.

Ghisallo Museum to Close for at Least Five Months

The cycling museum at the Madonna del Ghisallo closed its doors on Sunday and will remain shut for at least the next five months due to a lack of funds. A provisional reopening date of March 31 is dependent on the museum securing additional funding. To read more, click here.

Grandmaster Melle-Mel and Grandmaster Caz Describe Plans to Build Hip Hop Museum

These old-school legends are still advocating for the grand art they helped shape.

Grandmasters Melle-Mel and Grandmaster Caz are working to develop a hip hop hall, an institution to celebrate the rapping culture and the borough that spawned it. To read more, click here.

Home Where Oswald Slept Night Before Kennedy Assassination Now Museum

The suburban Dallas home where Lee Harvey Oswald spent the night before he assassinated U.S. President John F. Kennedy opened as a museum on Wednesday ahead of the 50th anniversary of the shooting later in November.

Oswald stored the rifle he used to kill Kennedy in the garage at the modest tract house owned by Michael and Ruth Paine in a middle-class neighborhood of Irving, Texas. To read more, click here.

Magic Johnson Dedicates Space for World AIDS Museum in Wilton Manors

On the 21st anniversary of his announcement that he is HIV-positive, Earvin “Magic” Johnson helped dedicate the space for the World AIDS Museum and Educational Center at Wilton Station on Thursday.

About 100 people, some museum donors and some from HIV and AIDs organizations, gathered to hear the basketball star speak. To read more, click here.

Picasso, Matisse and Dix Among Works Found in Munich’s Nazi Art Stash

An art haul confiscated from a Munich flat includes previously unknown works by Marc Chagall and Otto Dix, and original pieces by Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, Bavarian authorities have revealed.

The art historian who has been studying the collection since its discovery gave a first glimpse of the treasure trove, which includes modernist works as well as older pieces dating back as far as the 16th century, at a press conference in Augsburg, southern Germany. To read more, click here.

What headlines caught your eye this week?

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