Ladies and gentlemen, behold stuff and nonsense, together at last! The Creation Museum, in North Carolina, is also the Taxidermy Hall of Fame of North Carolina. Behold their logo: (HT Matt Shipman)
The Prerogative of Harlots blog dredges up an eccentric museum head from the dim past: Histories of vertebrate paleontology at Yale tends to dwell heavily on the feuding between Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope, but I actually find the later stages of this conflict, involving AMNH‘s megalomaniacal president Henry Fairfield Osborn, even more fascinating. AMNH […]
A provocative discovery: the first hyena dropping dredged up from the North Sea. See the announcement & photo (well, you can see the photo reproduced here) from Natuurhistorisch Museum Rotterdam. This humble, yet inspiring fossil is now on display at the museum. BONUS: Further detail and thoughts, from the Wall Street Journal, with a photo […]
Our colleague Deborah Henson-Conant and her Museum of Burnt Food are profiled in today’s Boston Globe: Its extensive, prestigious, decades-old collection honors cooking’s most spectacular catastrophes. In its gallery, singed, scalded and seared food is an art of accident; a curious memento to look at and tell stories about; a whimsical treatise on the inevitable […]
Luckily, Vilumas Malinauskus, winner of the 2001 Ig Nobel Peace Prize for creating the amusement park popularly known as “Stalin World,” in Lithuania was not murdered today. That fate met Vasily Bukhtiyenko, who set up the Stalin museum in 2005 in Volgograd, previously called Stalingrad. According to a Reuters report he was electrocuted and bludgeoned […]
The Boston Globe has done an appreciation of the Museum of Bad Art (MOBA). A characteristic painting from the museum is reproduced here, at right. BONUS: MOBA’s director will be among the celebrity scholars in this Saturday’s Ig Nobel event at the Cambridge Public Library, for the Cambridge Science Festival.
The rectum of the Bishop of Durham sits on display in London, awaiting your examination. No longer attached to the bishop, it rests alone inside a glass jar in the Hunterian Museum at The Royal College of Surgeons of England. The museum calls it by the formal name: Object RCSHC/P 192.Visitors can casually admire the […]
Our colleagues at the Museum of Bad Art are featured today (April 1) on Wikipedia. The image here is a tiny reproduction of one of the museum’s most prized paintings, “Sunday on the Pot with George.” We and MOBA collaborated, some years ago, on a scholarly detective project to determine the identity of the model […]