What Happened in Museums this Week?

What Happened in Museums This Week? December 7 – 13

Civilization Museum Now the Canadian Museum of History

The Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Que., has officially become the Canadian Museum of History Thursday.

The legislation rebranding the museum passed third reading in the Senate Wednesday. On Thursday, it received royal assent, Heritage Minister Shelly Glover announced on Twitter. To read more, click here.

Ford Set to Digitize Material from its Archives for an Online Museum

In recognition of the public’s desire to peruse Ford history, the company and the Henry Ford museum are working together to digitize documents and pictures for all to see.

“People have a great emotional connection to the company’s heritage,” Weber said. “We’re digitizing our heritage to get more online and reach new audiences.” To read more, click here.

Maritime Museum Returns WWII-Era Ship Model to Japan

The Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc is returning an iconic ship model to its home in Japan. After 32 years on display, the “Hikawa Maru” is going back to Yokohama. To read more, click here.

Museum Inherits ‘Extraordinary Collection’ of Chinese Art

The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has acquired one of the greatest private collections of modern Chinese art in the world.

Over decades Professor Michael Sullivan and his wife, Khoan, collected more than 400 works by the principal artists of the last century in China, which have now been bequeathed to the museum. To read more, click here.

Museum of ‘Morbid Anatomy’ to Open in Gowanus

The creator of the Morbid Anatomy Library — a private collection of books and curios that explores the “interstices of art and medicine, death and culture” — will soon turn her collection into the Morbid Anatomy Museum, a 4,200-square-foot space that will host classes on taxidermy and have a café where visitors can snack on funeral-themed foods like “mourning cookies.” To read more, click here.

Salina Turda Salt Mines Turned Subterranean History Museum

What was once an enormous salt mine in Turda, Romania, has now been carefully renovated by the Regional Cluj County Council into the world’s largest salt mining history museum. To read more, click here.

Slow Progress on Support for Women’s Museum

A House committee hearing on Wednesday to consider a bill that could ultimately lead to the construction of a women’s history museum here showed little sign that the initiative was gathering the momentum it needs to end a 10-year struggle for congressional approval. To read more, click here.

St. Louis Art Museum to Buy $825,000 Frank Lloyd Wright Chandelier

The St. Louis Art Museum is buying a Frank Lloyd Wright chandelier to go with its Frank Lloyd Wright chair, aiming to bolster its collection of the renowned Midwestern architect.

The 1903 chandelier is in brass, bronze and iridescent leaded glass. It stretches about 30 inches from the ceiling. Its flat, square glass shade hangs over a smaller glass cube. To read more, click here.

U.S. Archives to Showcase Magna Carta in New Gallery

The only original copy of the Magna Carta in the United States is the centerpiece of a new museum gallery at the National Archives, tracing the evolution of rights and freedoms through present day.

On Wednesday, the archives will open its new “Records of Rights” permanent exhibit in an expanded museum space on the National Mall. Philanthropist David Rubenstein donated $13.5 million to fund the project, along with funds from Congress. Rubenstein also is loaning the 1297 copy of Magna Carta to the archives. To read more, click here.

What headlines caught your eye this week?

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