Birth of a Science Center

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Mobius Lab NorthTown Mall 4750 North Division Spokane, Washington  99207 Most Science Centers and Children’s Museums start with a preview facility, often in a mall.  The preview facility offers several advantages: A way to educate the public about Science Centers and Children’s Museums Serve as a training facility for staff Educate and build interest with stakeholders and donors Create a …

Hawaii Shuts Down Real Human Bodies Show

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In 2006, a set of plastinated bodies, designed by plastination inventor Gunther von Hagens, was featured in the James Bond film “Casino Royale”  The plasticized remains of three human beings were posed playing poker, all at the request of the film’s producers. (ABC News) Island State Becomes First in the Union to Ban Controversial Exhibitions of Real Human Bodies from …

Schizophrenic Smithsonian

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Link to Slide Show The Concorde and the Boeing Dash 80 are surrounded by smaller aircraft on the south end of the Boeing Aviation Hangar. Photo by, Carolyn Russo, NASM, Smithsonian Institute From the Wall Street Journal July 16, 2009 By Roy J. Harris, JR. Chantilly, Va. Link to Article “The nation’s most-visited exhibition space—the Smithsonian National Air & Space …

Leading Visitors Through a Historical Journey to a National Heartache

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Click on image for slide show “Lincoln’s presence may hover over Washington, but there is no museum dedicated to him. Right now, the working theater is a kind of living museum, its shrine overlooking the stage, no matter what play is performed.” Photo: Andrew Councill for The New York Times Article By Edward Rothstein New York Times July 14, 2009 …

Museum move in trouble

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Interior Rendering of new Chicago Children’s Museum By Micah Maidenberg Editor, Chicago Journal Published July 13, 2009 Link to Story “It’s a big story. Veteran Crain’s Business columnist Greg Hinz is reporting the Chicago Children’s Museum’s planned move to Grant Park is in trouble. The museum says it is moving forward. Here’s the nut of Hinz’s story: A moribund economy …

Children’s Museum negotiating extension on Navy Pier lease

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NAVY PIER | Slow fund-raising stalls move to Grant Park From the Chicago Sun-Times BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter July 13, 2009 Link to Article The Children’s Museum is negotiating an “open-ended” extension to its Navy Pier lease amid a fund-raising slowdown that threatens to stall its controversial move to Grant Park. Ted Tetzlaff, chairman of the Metropolitan Pier …

Walt Disney Family Museum

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“Walt Disney Family Museum to open Oct. 1 in San Francisco” Article by Diane Haithman Original Article Back in 2007, Diane Disney Miller, daughter of Walt, told The Times that a new Walt Disney Family Museum —  dedicated to telling the story of the man, not the entertainment conglomerate — was being planned for San Francisco’s Presidio, a former U.S. military facility that has been …

Museum of Chinese in America

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Photo: Librado Romero/The New York Times New Home For Chinese Experience In America New York Times, July 8, 2009 By Larry Rohter “The newly expanded, newly relocated Museum of Chinese in America has chosen to open the doors of its new home on the edge of Chinatown quietly and gradually as it settles in over the summer. But it aims …

Tutankhamun and Take Me There Egypt – exhibit review

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Tutankhamun shabti, © SANDRO VANNINI From: Nuvo,  “Indy’s Alternative Newspaper” Posted on July 8, 2009 by Julianna Thibodeaux Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs, one of the most high-profile blockbusters the city has seen recently, has just opened in unlikely quarters: the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. This local institution, touted as the world’s largest children’s museum, is actually …