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Museums in the News – The Roundup is Really, Really Sick of Winter

Posted by Amanda Gustin on February 6, 2011 in museums in the news |

Welcome to our weekly museums in the news roundup!

The Egyptian National Museum and other museums in Egypt continue to be very much in the news this week as officials assess damage from looting. One of the most interesting stories developing right now is the possibility that the looting of the Egyptian National Museum was actually instigated by Egyptian secret police. Human Rights Watch is making the allegations, which are troubling to say the least. The Washington Post covers the story here, and The Raw Story has a good roundup of other allegations here.

Wright Museum sets sights on women’s fitness (Charles Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, Michigan)

Nelson embraces technology to connect with visitors (Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri)

Norton Simon: The Best Museum You Haven’t Visited (The Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California)

National Museum of Hip Hop Creates Donate-A-Dollah’ Campaign (upcoming National Museum of Hip Hop, New York, New York)

“Clough Must Go”: Protesters Mass in D.C. as Smithsonian Regents Meet (National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.)

Museum deal saddles up for rough ride (museums of New Mexico)

Farrah Fawcett’s red swimsuit now a museum piece (National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.)

Getty Museum’s purchase of $44.9-million J.M.W. Turner masterpiece (Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California)

The Philadelphia Museum of Art can now accommodate a much greater range of social functions (Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Grammy museum opens first hip hop exhibit (Grammy Museum, Los Angeles, California)

Chinese government pulls mummy from Philadelphia exhibit (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

The Reagan Presidential Museum and Library gets a $15m overhaul (Reagan Presidential Museum and Library, Simi Valley, California)

Kansas museum finds Martha Washington letter (Cloud County Historical Society Museum, Concordia, Kansas)

How to get to Sesame Street? In a new museum near D.C. (proposed National Children’s Museum, Maryland)

Marshals Museum critical to tourism (proposed US Marshals Museum, Fort Smith, Arkansas)

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