What Happened in Museums this Week?

What Happened in Museums This Week? March 22 – 28

9/11 Museum Waiving Opening Day Fee After Condé Nast Donation

The 9/11 museum is waiving the $24 admission fee on opening day — but reservations are required.

Officials announced Wednesday that Condé Nast, which is moving to the World Trade Center site, has made a donation to allow all visitors to go for free on the first day the museum is open to the public, May 21. To read more, click here.

Can Hong Kong Save Its Neon Signs? One Museum Hopes So

Hong Kong’s narrow streets were once a dazzling gallery of neon, where banks and even bordellos plied their trade under sizzling tubular signs.

But while the city’s nights remain bright, its fluorescent facades are fast disappearing as science and safety concerns make them obsolete.

The lights are unlikely to go out completely, however, thanks to a new museum that hopes to preserve Hong Kong’s colorful past so that it can illuminate generations to come. To read more, click here.

Computer History Museum Makes Historic MS-DOS and Word for Windows Source Code Available to the Public

The Computer History Museum (CHM) announced today that it has, with permission from Microsoft Corporation, made available original source code for two historic programs: MS-DOS, the 1982 “Disk Operating System” for IBM-compatible personal computers, and Word for Windows, the 1990 Windows-based version of their word processor. To read more, click here.

Delaware Art Museum to Auction Off Treasures

In a rare move, the Delaware Art Museum will sell as many as four works of art, valued at $30 million, to repay debt from a facilities expansion and replenish its endowment, museum leaders announced Wednesday.

Museum CEO Mike Miller said the “last resort” board action was necessary to avoid closing the museum. To read more, click here.

Dutch Museum Faces Tough Decision on Crimean Artifacts

“Russia is attempting to appropriate valuable exhibits from Crimean museums that are currently on loan abroad,” Ukraine’s vice prime minister for social affairs, Oleksandr Sych, said during a news briefing on March 24 according to the Official Public Relations Secretariat for the Headquarters of the National Resistance in Kiev.

“Some of the exhibits from Crimean museums are being shown abroad, and Russian authorities are trying to have them sent directly to the Hermitage (Museum in St. Petersburg) rather than return them to Crimea,” he added. To read more, click here.

‘Flea market’ Renoir Returns to the Baltimore Museum of Art Six Decades After Its Theft

The tiny Renoir that was supposedly purchased for $7 at a flea market and captivated art mystery lovers around the world went back on display Thursday at the Baltimore Museum of Art, more than 62 years after it was stolen from the building.

BMA officials unveiled “On the Shore of the Seine,” a 51 / 2-by-9-inch oil painting, as part of its newest exhibit, “The Renoir Returns.” To read more, click here.

Green Bay Museum Rejects Million-Dollar Offer for WWII Locomotive

Railroad buffs across the Atlantic are so enamored with a rare World War II locomotive on loan from Green Bay that one of them has offered a hefty sum to keep the historic piece in England.

A personal check for $1 million from a British businessman arrived mysteriously on Christmas Eve at the home of a Green Bay museum’s former board president. To read more, click here.

Museum Receives Photographs from Arthur Ashe’s Widow Along with $1 Million

Bank of America has donated 61 black and white photographs by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, widow of tennis champion Arthur Ashe, along with $1 million to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the museum announced Monday.

The images come from Daufuskie Island — one of South Carolina’s historic “Gullah” islands — which retained strong linguistic and cultural ties to its West African roots. To read more, click here.

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