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Museums in the News – The Roundup is Sick of Winter

Posted by Amanda Gustin on January 30, 2011 in museums in the news |

Welcome to the coldest and snowiest Museum in the News roundup yet!

The biggest news of the week has been the partial looting and continued danger at the Egyptian National Museum in Cairo. We’ve talked about it already here and here. Today brings a video shot by the Associated Press of the army securing the museum and surveying the damage.  A rather brilliant D. Phil. candidate in Egyptology at Oxford named Margaret Maitland is also blogging about the images we’ve seen of the damage and matching the pieces up to artifacts we know are part of the museum’s collections. Her analysis seems to indicate that some of the objects destroyed are part of King Tut’s collection, which Egyptian authorities have been denying.

A Museum of Useless Inventions (The Nonseum, Herrnbaumgarten, Austria)

Information Centre at the Groninger Museum (Groninger Museum, Groninger, The Netherlands)

Computer Game Museum opens in Berlin (Computerspielemuseum, Berlin, Germany)

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is damaging its legacy (Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City, Missouri)

Worcester, Mass., museum head writes its history (Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts)

Museum archives program making strides (Bennington Museum, Bennington, Vermont)

$100 million private museum opens in Tasmania (Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania, Australia)

The Thorny Path to a National Black Museum (National Museum of African-American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.)

11 staffers of 9/11 memorial make more than $170,000 a year (National September 11 Memorial and Museum, New York, New York)

Jersey City Museum scrambles to pay mortgage (Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, New Jersey)

Egypt’s antiquities chief says government asking Berlin to return Nefertiti bust (Neues Museum, Berlin, Germany)

Cleveland Museum of Natural History to build energy-efficient SmartHome (Cleveland Museum of National History, Cleveland, Ohio)

Parisians demand more flexible museum hours, and the city listens (Various Museums, Paris, France)

Heath Ledger exhibition planned for Perth (Western Australia Museum, Perth, Australia)

Unclear origins: Swiss investigate museum collections for Nazi looted art (Various Museums)

Suit over Little House Museum in Kansas is settled (Little House Museum, Independence, Kansas)

Tours suspended after death at Wakefield mining museum (National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield, United Kingdom)

Legal battle over Armenian genocide museum ends in philanthropist’s favor (proposed Armenian Genocide Memorial and Museum)

“America I Am” exhibit opens at National Geographic Museum (National Geographic Museum, Washington, D.C.)

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