The Secret World of Museums: How Hidden Science Becomes Public Exhibit

“It’s impossible to know everything,” Hélène Alonso said. Alonso is the director of exhibit interactives and media for the American Museum of Natural History. It was a week and a half before the opening of the museum’s newest exhibition, The Secret World Inside You, and she was discussing the process by which the… »11/18/15 1:00pm11/18/15 1:00pm


How a museum restores a beautiful painting from hundreds of years ago

Charles Le Brun’s painting of Everhard Jabach and His Family was finished in 1660. Now that it’s 2015 and hanging in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, my favorite museum in New York, it was in need of a little bit of, um, reviving. The Met guides us through as it restores the giant piece of art and shows the steps the… »7/01/15 4:30am7/01/15 4:30am

​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 11:40am11/14/14 11:40am

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. »6/06/14 2:00am6/06/14 2:00am

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 2:45pm6/04/14 2:45pm