Weight lifting for museum visitors: What is its effect?

This study adds to our knowledge of the effect of weight lifting on people who visit museums: “Weight lifting can facilitate appreciative comprehension for museum exhibits,” Yuki Yamada, Shinya Harada, Wonje Choi, Rika Fujino, Akinobu Tokunaga, YueYun Gao and Kayo Miura, Frontiers in Psychology, epub April 14, 2014. (Thanks to investigator Neil Martin for bringing […]

Mammals on Display

Kees Moeliker, curator of the Natural History Museum Rotterdam, is visiting Washington DC. He reports: I arrived in Washington at the end of the afternoon, and found out the National Museum of Natural History was open till 7:30 pm. So I had a full hour to wander around the exhibition halls. I especially liked the […]

How to be a pest in a museum

Emma-Louise Nicholls [pictured here] explains, on the University College London Museums and Exhibitions blog, how to be a pest. Her essay begins: How to: Be a Good Museum Pest There are two types of creepy crawlies that you get in museums; ones that don’t eat specimens (i.e. creepy crawlies that fair poorly at being museum pests) and […]

Feuding Paleontologists of Old to Be Played By Famed Actors

Investigator Sally Shelton alerts us to this art/science news, reported by Deadline: Steve Carell & James Gandolfini To Star In HBO Movie About Feuding Paleontologists After recently co-starring together in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Steve Carell and James Gandolfini are reuniting for another comedic movie, this time on TV. Carell and Gandolfini are set to […]

Acoustical fears force cancellation of heavy metal concert at museum

Fear that the sonic effects of live heavy metal music* would destroy exhibits and perhaps part of the building led the Victoria and Albert Museum, in London, to cancel a scheduled performance by the musical group Napalm Death. The concert was scheduled to happen this Friday night, but now is not. Details are in The […]

The breakfast-cereal bat comes to roost at the museum

The pipistrelle bat (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) that made headlines (and this blog) in Germany last November, after the Chemisches und Veterinäruntersuchungsambt (CVUA-Stuttgart) reported its find in a box of breakfast cereals, is in the news again. The mummified insectivore is now a registered specimen (NMR 9990- 03109) in the Natural History Museum of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. […]