From Megalodon to P-Funk: A Pre-Eclipse Trip to the South Carolina State Museum

Woooooo!!!! #GreatAmericanEclipse2017!!!!!!!! Yeah!!!!!! Last weekend, my family joined countless other families stuffed onto I-77 and trekked down to Columbia, SC to view the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, in all it’s total splendor! Columbia, a nice little city with surprisingly good coffee and a really great zoo, was smack-dab in the middle of the path of totality. We had a good two minutes or … Continue reading From Megalodon to P-Funk: A Pre-Eclipse Trip to the South Carolina State Museum

On the Peking One Last Time: A Trip to the Seaport Museum

Yesterday I toured the barque Peking, berthed at Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport Museum, for the very last time. Unlike the dozens upon dozens of tours I’ve done long ago, I’m not leading this one. I’m here to say goodbye to the old girl before she leaves the Seaport for good and departs for her home port of Hamburg, Germany. I can’t just go up … Continue reading On the Peking One Last Time: A Trip to the Seaport Museum

On the Hudson Valley Ruins at the New York State Museum

An exhibition based on Robert Yasinsac and Thomas Rinaldi’s  Hudson Valley Ruins: Forgotten Landmarks of an American Landscape opened at the New York State Museum on August 20. It’s a photographic exhibition on the decaying — but still interestingly beautiful — industrial, commercial, residential and medical buildings (among others) that have been abandoned and left to time and the elements in the Hudson Valley region. The … Continue reading On the Hudson Valley Ruins at the New York State Museum

On Books on Display: Queens Museum Edition

As a good library school graduate, I try to look for books everywhere I go: stores, other people’s homes, museums. Especially museums. There’s no better place for books to be available for browsing and display than at a museum. My recent trip to the Queens Museum for their exhibition on the Ramones was no exception. (Seriously, if you’re in Queens go and see it. And … Continue reading On Books on Display: Queens Museum Edition

On Mounting the World: Museum Mount Makers

Just a quickie today. I’ve mentioned before that I appreciate a nicely mounted display. Heck, I’ll often spend more time looking at how an artifact is mounted in a vitrine than the artifact itself. I also love it when workers behind the scenes — the folks who get to open those glass cases and touch stuff — get their moment in the spotlight. An article I … Continue reading On Mounting the World: Museum Mount Makers

On the Queens Museum’s Ramones Exhibition

I hated the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It was too cluttered. There were speakers everywhere blasting disjoint sounds that prohibited me from fully enjoying and engaging with whatever I was standing in front of at the time. Plus, the space seemed too confined. I visited a few months ago (in the days before the Hall’s class of 2016 was to be inducted, actually) and … Continue reading On the Queens Museum’s Ramones Exhibition

On the Trail of Wonder at the U-M Museum of Natural History

I was in Ann Arbor visiting relatives last week and took the kids for a quick spin around the University of Michigan’s Museum of Natural History. It’s your typical natural history museum. There are displays that look just slightly outdated but well maintained… … as well as dioramas-a-plenty on life and landscapes from long ago. Aside from the massive skeletons streaming through the air, it looked … Continue reading On the Trail of Wonder at the U-M Museum of Natural History

On Pugilist Parodies, or Boxing in Political Cartoons

In my online wanderings, I like to look through the OPACs (Online Public Access Catalogs) of libraries, museums, and archives far and wide to see what they have on the squared circle. Boxing has been a major part of the fabric of cultural life for so long that most repositories have a little something featuring the sweet science. My favorite boxing finds aren’t of actual fights or fighters. … Continue reading On Pugilist Parodies, or Boxing in Political Cartoons

On Reading in Museums, or Books on Display

Books in museums are usually like this: On display, in a case, glare obscuring certain parts, unable to be explored further than the page the curator chose. Sometimes, though, there are displays that encourage visitors to get a feel for the book. Maybe even add a few lines for other guests to enjoy. Museums that do double duty as research institutions sometimes have conservation labs on exhibit that provide reading materials for … Continue reading On Reading in Museums, or Books on Display

On a Bridge to Ur, or Archives + Museums = WIN

Continuing to stretch the mileage I’ve gotten out of my 23 hours in Philadelphia last month, I’m extending the geek-out over the Penn Museum‘s “Iraq’s Ancient Past” gallery. I previously mentioned fangirling in the Penn Museum’s “Iraq’s Ancient Past” gallery. My time wasn’t just spent fawning over Agatha Christie — I was completely smitted by the curators’ decision to utilize the Museum’s archives in developing the exhibition. Most … Continue reading On a Bridge to Ur, or Archives + Museums = WIN