October 23, 2014 |
Maybe you noticed all those kids entering the museum while you were on your way out, or perhaps got firsthand experience schlepping and sleeping there with your own son's Boy Scout group. Indeed, pitching makeshift campsites beside a mythical Sphinx, a limp-armed T. rex , or a pulsating heart has been popular for the last 10 years, especially since the Night at the Museum film franchise widened appeal. (The third will be released in December.) But it's almost always been a thing just for kids - until now. In response to adults clamoring for a turn to pack their own toothbrushes, don eye masks, and catch some Z's, museum directors in local landmarks looking for more exposure are holding adult sleepovers, a trend that seems to be gaining ground.
October 15, 2014 |
No punches are pulled on the top floor of the African American Museum in Philadelphia. No blinking. No turning away. Greeting the visitor are 15 life-size cement figures shackled together. Bits of twine, fabric, and stick weave through their stony skin. Men, women, and children are bound together, chained to a wooden pallet - goods ready for shipment. Visitors can wander through the silence of sculptor Stephen Hayes' installation, Cash Crop , listening to the unspoken but very visible history of slavery filling the gallery.
October 14, 2014
J OSH GOLDBLUM, 37, of Center City, is founder and CEO of Bluecadet, a digital-design firm that works with museums, universities and nonprofits to create websites, mobile apps and interactive installations. Goldblum, who grew up in Abington, founded Bluecadet in 2007. Recently, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce named him its Small Business Person of the Year for 2015. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Bluecadet? A: I was a technical designer at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and later I collaborated with other museums and freelanced.
October 11, 2014 |
An array of politicians, benefactors, and nonprofit leaders gathered Thursday morning beneath a vast party tent beside a very deep hole along South Third Street to celebrate the symbolic groundbreaking of the Museum of the American Revolution. When the deep hole is filled and the $119 million building opens in two years, it will be, officials believe, the nation's first museum to tell the whole story of the American Revolution - from the disgruntled grumbling over British taxes in the 1760s through the desperate days of the Continental Army in the 1770s and on to eventual independence in the 1780s.
September 21, 2014 |
Low-income Pennsylvania residents will be able to gain low-cost admission to 17 of the region's biggest and most popular museums and cultural sites, thanks to a program to be announced Tuesday. The program, dubbed ACCESS Admission, will provide $2 admission for all holders of Pennsylvania ACCESS cards, electronic cards used for dispensing Medicaid benefits, food stamps, and other services. Each ACCESS card can be used by families of up to four, at $2 per family member; approximately 480,000 residents with ACCESS cards are eligible, according to officials.
September 20, 2014 |
Liberty is not free. It's fragile, and it occasionally needs to be updated. To that end, Old City's National Liberty Museum on Thursday unveiled a new welcome center that bridges the gap between its exhibits and the concepts it promotes. Since 2000, it has been tasked with conveying a lofty ideal - "liberty" - in a historical district flush with museums, national landmarks, and other attractions. Gwen Borowsky, the museum's CEO, said the Welcome to Liberty Gallery would help visitors understand the museum's mission.
September 14, 2014 |
Local aviation enthusiasts are setting their sights high with a proposed renovation of the Wings of Freedom museum in Horsham, hoping that it could someday rival the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum. The designs, unveiled Friday at a fund-raiser in Blue Bell, call for a $24 million, green-certified campus to replace the existing museum. The planes now displayed on the lawn would move inside an all-glass exhibit hall. A circuitous, multilevel viewing path would showcase the planes from above and below.
August 15, 2014 |
A program introduced last year to provide free access to Philadelphia museums for city high school students has proved such a success it is being expanded and extended. More than 11,000 students participated in last year's program, called STAMP (Students at Museums in Philly), administered by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance - more than 10 times the projected participation. Under the program, a dozen of the city's biggest and most popular museums offered free admission and other programs geared toward young people.
August 11, 2014 |
That an expansive exhibition of work by painter Charles Burchfield is about to open at a Philadelphia-area museum is not an everyday event. Burchfield, who died in 1967, may not be well known here - he lived in Ohio and upstate New York - but he is considered one of the finest watercolorists ever to ply the trade in North America. "Breathtaking," wrote critic Christopher Knight of a 2009 Burchfield exhibition in Los Angeles. For Philadelphia, the exhibition is certainly welcome because it is unusual.
August 9, 2014 |
Buried in the soil outside the Indian King Tavern museum in Haddonfield are remains from more than a century ago. Among things retrieved so far: broken pieces of glass goblets and pottery and an old coin drilled through the middle, all discarded there in the underbelly of a long-gone addition to the building. Those shards of history, inside buried brick walls, lay untouched until last month, when an excavation crew of high school students and other local volunteers as well as professional archaeologists began work on the site.