Monthly Archives: October 2011

Halloween and Dia de los Muertos at the Museum

Happy fall holidays! Halloween Several area museums are hosting Halloween-themed events, including parties and trick-or-treating, and I won’t list them all here. Instead, I want to highlight a few special programs that both celebrate Halloween and reinforce the museum’s mission. … Continue reading

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Week 9: Baltimore Museum of Art

Museum Mission: The Baltimore Museum of Art seeks innovation and excellence in an artistic program that focuses on art of the modern era, from the 19th century to the present. The Museum is committed to creating an environment that inspires … Continue reading

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Newseum, National Gallery of Art, and Rock Creek Park Win in Express Poll

Express, the free DC newspaper published by the Washington Post, two days ago posted the results of the Best of 2011 readers’ poll. In the museum-related categories: Best Museum (Free) National Gallery of Art National Museum of American History Hirshhorn … Continue reading

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DC Museums I’ve Visited

Recently while riding in the car with my father, he asked me to list all the museums I’ve been to in DC (and regretted asking once it was more than a dozen). Then he said I should post the list … Continue reading

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Week 8: African American Civil War Memorial and Museum

From the museum’s website: Using photographs and documents, the museum helps visitors understand the African American’s heroic and largely unknown role in maintianing the Union and securing the blessing of liberty for all Americans. The African American Civil War Museum … Continue reading

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The Moving Newseum

How is the Newseum moving? Let us count the ways: The Newseum moved from its Arlington, VA location to its current location on Pennsylvania Avenue in DC. It’s a big museum, so a visit means moving around a lot! To … Continue reading

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Neighbors to the President

A museum consortium known as Neighbors to the President will hold their Family Day this Saturday, October 15. Some of the 12 museums and historic sites will have special art projects, tours, and scavenger hunts (note that not all will … Continue reading

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Week 7: Laogai Museum

Museum Mission: to document and expose the Laogai, China’s vast and brutal system of forced labor prison camps. At the Laogai Museum in DC’s Dupont neighborhood, I learned that lao means labor, and gai means reform. When I put the … Continue reading

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A Visit to the Museum… Restroom?

Museums have exhibit space, and they have restrooms. But why not use restrooms as exhibit space, even if just for an image or two on the wall? The Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park doesn’t have any animals living in the restroom, … Continue reading

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A Brief Stop at the Textile Museum

The first time I visited the Textile Museum, my primary reason was that I had not been there before (it was Weekly Museum Visit Part I, Week 6). When I visited for a second time, it was to see a … Continue reading

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