Architectural Digest: Inside the Leading Design-Forward Museums Opening This Year. “The top museums opening in 2020 vary in design, but they have one thing in common: Each has been built and reconstructed with the goal of having its spaces first serve the art and artifacts within. From the much-anticipated Diller Scofidio + Renfro–designed U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum and Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs to London’s beloved Museum of the Home (reopening this spring after a top-down, two-year overhaul), here are the design-forward museums debuting this year that are worth traveling for.” A little outside my wheelhouse, but some beautiful buildings here.
EurekAlert: DNA extracted in museum samples can reveal genetic secrets. “Researchers have used a vortex fluidic device (VFD) to speed up DNA extraction from an American lobster preserved in formaldehyde – with the results providing a roadmap for exploring DNA from millions of valuable and even extinct species in museums worldwide.”
Institute of Museum and Library Services: IMLS Invests in School Readiness, Building National Network of Museums and Libraries. “The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced a new initiative to better equip museum and library professionals to serve young children and families. Building a National Network of Museums and Libraries for School Readiness, a cooperative agreement with the Boston Children’s Museum funded through a National Leadership Grant for Museums, aims to addresses persistent gaps and opportunities in early childhood education by forming coalitions of museums and libraries. The goal of the initiative is to ensure every child, regardless of socio-economic or linguistic background, has the skills needed to enter school prepared for success.”
iNews UK: Beaulieu makes 1m historic motoring images available to the public with new website. “Visitors to the new MPL website can browse through more than 120,000 colour images and more than one million black and white pictures covering everything from motorsport and supercars to commercial vehicles and the social history of motoring, plus promotional materials such as posters and brochures.” This is the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.
New Indian Express: Natural history museum library to go online; rare collections to be digitised. “The library functions under the Department of Museums and Zoos. It has a collection of about 7,000 books, out of which 500 books fall under the rare collection category. Most of the flora and fauna inside the museum premises have been documented along with lesser-known assets. All the artefacts in the museum including ancient coins and original paintings by Raja Ravi Varma are being photographed to form an online database of the museum’s riches and heritage”
Museum Hue has created a map of what it describes as Culturally-specific museums created by people of color in the United States.. A clickable map on top and more detailed listings below. When you first look at the listings underneath you might think, “That’s not so many,” but it’s only a few of the over four dozen museums listed here, from the Somali Museum of Minnesota to the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Nice annotation.
Web Informant: How theme park technologies have helped museums: a case study of the new St. Louis Aquarium. “I am a big patron of museums. I go to many of them and try to fit in a visit whenever I am out of town. But what I have seen lately is how they have begun to use the same technologies that entertainment companies have been perfecting for movies and theme park rides, all in the interest of capturing more visitors and increasing visitor engagement. I think this a positive development, and this blog explains its evolution and why it is welcomed.”