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A little levity for your Monday morning…

Courtesy of Buzzfeed: The Smartest, Funniest, Most Informative Museum Ads. Definitely good for the inspiration box… and good for a giggle.

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Happy Monday?


Museums in the News

Here’s our weekly round-up of our favorite things that were said about museums this week: the good, the bad, and the really quite strange!

But first, I was sad to hear of E.L. Konigsburg’s death this week. Her book, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler made a huge impression on me as a kid and is still inspiring kids today. (I know, I led a Mixed-Up Files tour at the MFA earlier this year!) Read the NYTimes blog post here: The Legacy of an Author Lingers at the Met

A bit of fun: Regina Spektor, “All the Rowboats”

Trust me, this really is about art museums, despite the visual imagery. Listen to the words – she’s actually making some interesting commentary on the way art is treated in museums.

The Museum Never Sleeps

This was going to go into our museums in the news roundup, but it’s too cool not to get its own post.

John Kannenberg, audio artist, has sampled the daily and ambient sounds Kelsey Museum of Archaeology in Ann Arbor, Michigan along with a number of other museums around the world.

Check it out. It’s a really neat exercise in sound and expectation and the presence of a museum.

Stuff Museum People Say

You may have heard of the “Stuff ___ Say” meme. They’re basically short videos of condensed humorous phrases that groups of people say. Here’s an example of my previous personal favorite of the genre: Stuff Riders Say.

I say “previous,” because the intrepid staff at the Atlanta History Center have produced an utterly hilarious version of their own called “Stuff Museum People Say.” Enjoy!

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