​The True Story Behind Those "Antique" Vampire Hunting Kits

You've seen them turn up on auction sites from time to time: "authentic vampire-killing kits," attributed to a master craftsman, Professor Ernst Blomberg of Germany. (One sold for $12,000 at Sotheby's.) A British museum curator explains how he proved them to be fakes — and why they're nonetheless still very valuable. » 11/14/14 8:40am 11/14/14 8:40am

Help A Zoology Museum Solve The Mystery Of The Battery-Powered Opossum

During his ten years working at the Grant Museum of Zoology in London, Jack Ashby has stumbled upon some odd mysteries. Why does the museum's collection include a plum in a jar? Who ate their Galapagos tortoise? And now, his latest, greatest conundrum: Why would someone stick a battery in a dead animal? » 8/04/14 4:40pm 8/04/14 4:40pm

The Parliament-Funkadelic Mothership Is Landing at the Smithsonian

A replica of the 1970s Mothership will be displayed at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. It'll be located at museum's Musical Crossroads gallery and displayed with music and concert footage of the Mothership on stage. As if we needed more of a reason to go to D.C.'s museums. » 6/05/14 11:00pm 6/05/14 11:00pm

The Best Museum Perks You've Probably Been Missing Out On

When most of us think of museums, we hearken back to field trips where we quietly walk through halls of elaborate, sometimes tedious exhibits. However, museums have so much more to offer that the general public may not be aware of. Here are just a few of the amazing services you can find at your local museum. » 6/04/14 2:45pm 6/04/14 2:45pm