​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

Fantastic Last-Minute Gifts That You Can Buy Or Make Right Now

Did you wait too long to buy holiday gifts? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Skip the heinous store lines and "sold out" signs. There's plenty of stuff that you can make yourself, or has immediately delivery. Here's our list of last minute gifts that will make your loved ones think you planned ahead. » 12/23/13 1:00pm 12/23/13 1:00pm

One of the most fascinating museums on Earth is in a fetid LA warehouse

Inside an unassuming L.A. warehouse, a bearded man in rubber gloves and a bloodstained t-shirt is pulling bodies apart. The stench is powerful, but conveniently masked by the fleshy funk of a nearby meatpacking plant. He removes a glistening lump of muscle and plops it on a table. "There's the heart" he says cooly.… » 11/05/13 11:40am 11/05/13 11:40am

The Ultimate Guide to this Summer's Geekiest Art and Science Exhibits

Summer is the season for conventions and blockbuster movies, a time to look forward to great new TV and innovative comics. It's also a great time to pop your head into a gallery or museum and see the latest and greatest in art, history, design—and how science relates to them all. Here are some of the geeky exhibits… » 4/28/13 7:00am 4/28/13 7:00am

When they're off duty, these natural history museum exhibits find…

Photographer Klaus Pichler gained access behind the scenes of the Museum of Natural History in Vienna and captured the exhibits while they aren't on display. What he found were striking and often amusing views of sharks out of water, unexpected collections of cobras, and prehistoric humans stored alongside classical… » 2/03/13 7:30am 2/03/13 7:30am