Museum Studies at Tufts University

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Month: October 2011 (page 1 of 5)

Museums in the News

Welcome to our weekly roundup of museums in the news – sorry this is going up a little bit later than usual!

Ground Broken For New Benj. Franklin Museum In Old City Philadelphia

Ceredigion Museum gives away vintage clothes collection

Buttermilk makes debut at Heritage Farmstead Museum

The return of the Rose Art Museum

Wal-Mart gives $5 million to help build Smithsonian black history museum on National Mall

Antique cars rolling into new Tacoma museum

Worcester Art Museum names new director

Watch the Construction of the Museum of Conan Art Exhibit

Visitors ride 3-story slide at NYC museum

Model T museum plans move to new E. Indiana site

Scientologists settle in at old science museum


At the Metropolitan Museum, a New Wing, a New Vista

Concord Museum Crowdsources Upcoming Exhibition

Abu Dhabi museum island hit by more delays

New York City Health Officials Warn Museum About Skinny-Dip Exhibit

Museum director search starts over

Museums in the Movies: The Thomas Crown Affair

We’re going to try an occasional series here of posting fun clips of museums in the movies.

Today’s is from my personal favorite museum movie of all time: the 1999 remake of The Thomas Crown Affair. For those of you who haven’t seen the movie, you really need to. It’s about an art heist at the Met, and the people behind the heist. It has Renee Russo and Pierce Brosnan at their most suave and elegant and sexy.

If you haven’t seen the movie, do not watch this clip. It spoils the ending. But if you have seen the movie, or you don’t mind being spoiled, enjoy!

Tales and Ales from Historic New England

Certificate students Sarah Margerum brings us this review of a recent museum event. If you’d like to review museum events for the Tufts blog, drop us a line in the comments!

This past Saturday, October 8, Historic New England hosted Tales and Ales, a fun-filled evening of food, ale, and learning about the sordid side of Newbury’s fascinating past. The evening was led by Bethany Groff, North Shore Regional Director for Historic New England, whose enthusiasm for the event was positively contagious. The Swett-Ilsley House, part of which dates back to the 1670s, was originally built as Swett’s Tavern. The evening began in the original tavern space, crammed with guests, snacks, ale, and period-appropriate live music. After a warm welcome, everyone was ushered into a larger space with rough tables and benches and served a hearty meal of chicken, ham and root vegetables – eaten with our hands, of course. Guests were picked at random to rise and make a toast, resulting in much more merriment than any modern bar scene. Thoroughly satiated, we then returned to the original tavern where guests were given parts to play in the reading of actual transcripts from the Essex County Quarterly Court. Better than any fictional drama, Newbury’s 17th century residents were brought to life through the colorful quarrels and sometimes shocking events of their time. Powerless to resist Bethany’s enthusiasm, participants played their parts proudly and with bravado. The night ended with everyone in attendance joyfully singing traditional tavern songs. Look for the next Tales and Ales event next spring and buy tickets immediately. This event sells out quickly and it’s too wonderful to miss!

Museums in the News

Welcome to our roundup of museums in the news!

Occupy Wall Street Movement Declares War on NYC Museums as “Temples of Cultural Elitism”

Army Museum’s Morbid Oddities Resettled in Maryland

Museum unconvinced by new Van Gogh death theory

History museum must leave Everett’s Carnegie Building, but has few options

Museum to tell tales of forgotten war horses

Museum opens window to the fields of sorrow

Children’s museum in Appleton wants to teach kids to save the world

Magical museums recall favorite holiday movies

Jack Kevorkian’s Estate, Mass. Museum Feud Over Artwork

Modernizing the Academy

Buffalo museum builds long-lost Frank Lloyd Wright gas station

What colour should gallery walls be?

Innovative Indianapolis Museum Chief Moves to Dallas

Authorities arrest man for having sex in SC museum

Weekly Jobs Listing

Welcome to our weekly roundup of new job postings. As always, jobs go up right away on their own page.

  • Project Manager [Jean Efron Art Consultants, LLC]Project Manager Combine your passion for contemporary art with your business acumen. Jean Efron Art Consultants LLC, a corporate art advisory firm, is seeking a Project Manager for the roles of assisting in the  development and management of pro…
  • Graduate Intern [American Textile History Museum]The American Textile History Museum is seeking a graduate intern to assist the curator with preliminary research and object selection for a wedding dress exhibit in the spring of 2013. Specific duties include researching period magazines, drafting obje…
  • Associate Educator, Teacher Programs [Skirball Cultural Center]ASSOCIATE EDUCATOR, TEACHER PROGRAMS The Skirball Cultural Center seeks an Associate Educator for its teacher programs.  The Associate Educator is a member of the Skirball¹s Education department and reports to the Head of School and Teacher Progr…
  • Education Coordinator [Highfield Hall]Education Coordinator Highfield Hall, an historic site and cultural center on Cape Cod, is looking for a creative and enthusiastic educator to serve as the next member of our growing staff. This is a two-year, IMLS funded position, 20 hours per wee…
  • Director of Education and Academic Affairs [Blanton Museum of Art]Dear museum educators, I am pleased to forward the following job opening for the newly announced position of Director of Education and Academic Affairs at the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin. Those interested in applyin…
  • Children’s Fine Art Program Coordinator [Palo Alto Art Center]Palo Alto Art Center, Children¹s Fine Art Program Coordinator (Theater/Arts Professional I) About the Palo Alto Art Center The Palo Alto Art Center provides an accessible and welcoming place where the community engages with art. The Center¹s mi…
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