Tank Museum: A Salute to Model Making

Tank Museum: A Salute to Model Making. “Between 26 February – 15 March, the Museum will be releasing a series of videos and content on social media relating to the hobby, which will include a beginner’s guide, appearances from well-known modellers and an exploration of the models found in the Museum’s collection.”

Toronto Star: Anne fans worldwide give Bala’s Museum record sales with COVID-19 online push

Toronto Star: Anne fans worldwide give Bala’s Museum record sales with COVID-19 online push. “Bala’s Museum — with memories of Lucy Maud Montgomery is tucked away on Maple Avenue, but for a slew of new and returning customers this summer, its location is on Facebook. Adapting to a digital-friendly operation during the COVID-19 lockdown has turned a stressful year into a record-breaking one thanks to worldwide sales from a converted home office.”

Plano Magazine: Girl Scout Gives New Life to Plano African American Museum

Plano Magazine: Girl Scout Gives New Life to Plano African American Museum. “Zara Jones, a senior at Plano West Senior High, has been a Girl Scout since she was a Daisy Scout in Kindergarten. She is now working toward earning her Gold Award with a project that spotlights the history and contributions of African Americans in Plano and around the United States. The Gold Award is Girl Scouts’ highest honor, earned by less than six percent of Girl Scouts. On Feb. 20 Zara launched the digital Plano African American Museum.”

NYS Music: The National Jazz Museum In Harlem Announces Online Museum Access Through Google Arts And Culture

NYS Music: The National Jazz Museum In Harlem Announces Online Museum Access Through Google Arts And Culture. “Beginning on February 18, 2021, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem is available for anybody in the world to visit virtually on the Google Arts and Culture platform. The free, virtual tour allows viewers to experience videos and high-resolution pictures of jazz artifacts from the Museum’s collections as a part of the Google Arts & Culture Black History Month project.”

WJLA: Smithsonian hints at reopening of Arts and Industries Building after 15-year closure

WJLA: Smithsonian hints at reopening of Arts and Industries Building after 15-year closure. “It seems as if new life is finally being breathed into the Smithsonian’s second-oldest building, which has been closed since 2006. On the National Mall, the Arts and Industries Building is nestled between the Smithsonian Castle and the Hirshhorn Museum. A new Twitter account was launched Monday morning.”

Vietnam+: Over 60,000 documents of Cambodia’s Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum go digital

Vietnam+: Over 60,000 documents of Cambodia’s Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum go digital. “Cambodia’s Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, which has been registered as a UNESCO Memory of the World since 2009, has launched a digital database to access the largest archive of the Khmer Rouge regime’s prison system records. The general public will be able to access the digital database and website for additional information about the victims’ family members and researchers.” When I went to visit this site Sunday, I got a browser warning because its security certificate had expired. Hopefully it’ll be fixed soon — it just expired on Friday.

Longview News-Journal: East Texas Oil Museum announces launch of digital photograph archives

Longview News-Journal: East Texas Oil Museum announces launch of digital photograph archives. “The East Texas Oil Museum in Kilgore has been preserving city, local and regional history for more than 40 years. And now, the museum has announced a new, more modern step in its mission to collect and share items, photographs and more from the East Texas Oil Boom. In addition to viewing historical photos inside the museum, visitors can now view digital copies — carefully cataloged and researched — online.”

The Art Newspaper: A year after fire, Museum of Chinese in America launches digital platform with Google to celebrate its historical treasures

The Art Newspaper: A year after fire, Museum of Chinese in America launches digital platform with Google to celebrate its historical treasures. “A year after a fire broke out in its New York archive, prompting a herculean effort to salvage its historical artefacts, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) today launched a digital platform with Google Arts & Culture to make hundreds of digitised images of its treasures available online. The chief attraction is a new virtual exhibition titled Trial by Fire: The Race to Save 200 Years of Chinese American History, which traces the recovery effort after the fire nearly destroyed the museum’s collection of more than 85,000 items on 23 January 2020.”

Miami New Times: Having Survived a Brutal Year, Miami’s Cultural Institutions Still Face Uncertainty

Miami New Times: Having Survived a Brutal Year, Miami’s Cultural Institutions Still Face Uncertainty. “Cultural institutions are also taking a hard look back and trying to learn from the challenges they endured in 2020 that saw museums, performing art centers, and galleries closed until late fall. And even after they reopened, they’re still faced with the reality of the pandemic that has severely limited crowd sizes, forcing them to think of new ways to reach out to the community.”

Golden Transcript: Golden Museum gets a sweet treat

Golden Transcript: Golden Museum gets a sweet treat. “Local couple Dorothy and Bill Harmsen opened their first Jolly Rancher Ice Cream store on Washington Avenue in 1949 and began selling early versions of their now-iconic confection out of it soon after. The store closed in 1951, but the brand’s local ties continued as production of the candies was moved to a factory in Wheat Ridge where it continued until new owner The Hershey Company moved production to Mexico in 2002. But even as Jolly Rancher is regarded as a sweet piece of Golden’s past, the company’s history has been neither widely known nor easy to learn much about. Until now.”

CBC: From fossils to statues to shoes, P.E.I. Museum going online

CBC: From fossils to statues to shoes, P.E.I. Museum going online. “The Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation will launch a new e-museum this month, with thousands of artifacts ready for display. ‘We won’t, of course, have our entire collection online immediately. We’re still in the process of photographing everything,’ said executive director Matthew McRae. Staff have been working on the project for two years, and have 2,000 objects ready to go, but that’s just a tiny portion of the museum’s 100,000-object collection.”

Gabrielie Finaldi: ‘What is the National Gallery if you can’t visit and you can’t see the pictures?’ (The Art Newspaper)

The Art Newspaper: Gabrielie Finaldi: ‘What is the National Gallery if you can’t visit and you can’t see the pictures?’. “I pondered the question, what is the National Gallery if you can’t visit and you can’t see the pictures? Even during the Second World War, when the paintings were hidden for safekeeping in the bowels of the earth in Wales, the doors opened for weekday lunchtime concerts organised by the pianist Myra Hess at the behest of the director, Kenneth Clark, and not a day was missed. The gallery was perceived as a beacon for the common cultural values of society, and Clark recalled of the first concert that as the first notes of Beethoven’s Appassionata struck up: ‘It was an assurance that all our sufferings were not in vain.’”

Pittsburgh Business Times: Plight Of The Museums

Pittsburgh Business Times: Plight Of The Museums. “Like all other tourism and entertainment attractions, the coronavirus pandemic has upended the nation’s museums. Many have shuttered or drastically cut back on programs and exhibits to offset declines in visitor traffic. Others, like the National Museum of African American Music, have stalled openings and renovations until they can rebalance financially. In many cases, that will be long after any Covid-19 related restrictions are lifted. What’s clear is the pandemic has eviscerated traditional revenue streams — ticket sales, membership dues and funding for education programs — linked to the day-to-day operations of most museums.”