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Hoberman Sphere, Liberty Science Center

“One of Chuck Hoberman’s best-known museum pieces, the original Hoberman Sphere was installed in 1992 as the central exhibit in the Liberty Science Center’s atrium. The sphere was re-installed in 2007 in the newly renovated museum’s entry hall. Suspended by cables, the 700-pound aluminum sphere expands and contracts smoothly and …

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Generations of Museums / Science Centers

Museum 1.0 First Generation Museum / Science Center Collection cases, static displays, object centered •    Mutter Museum Museum 2.0 Second Generation Museum / Science Center Collection cases with push buttons and cranks •    Museum of Science, Boston Museum 3.0 Third Generation Museum / Science Center Open ended, multi-layered and visitor …

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Types of Museums and Centers

Art museums Science centers Children’s museums Maritime museums Military and war museums Mobile museums Natural history museums Open air museums Specialized museums Virtual museums Zoos and Zoological Gardens In future posts we will list our “Top 10” of each type

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Now Boarding: Airport Museums and the Global Audience

By Marjorie Schwarzer Link to AAM Article This article was published in Museum News, May/June 2001. “Airports become more like downtowns every year …[and are thus] the central public space of our cities today.” – Robert Bruegmann1 “The modern airport is… a reality on which it is our obligation to …

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Mickey’s Ten Commandments

By Marty Sklar President, Walt Disney Imagineering I.    Know your audience. II.   Wear your guests’ shoes. III.  Organize the flow of people and ideas. IV.  Create a “weenie” (visual magnet). V.   Communicate with visual literacy. VI.  Avoid overload – create turn-ons. VII. Tell one story at a time. VIII. Avoid …

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“Extreme Mammals” at AMNH

Exhibition Review Come Meet Your Folks: Warm Blood Is Required By Edward Rothstein New York Times, May 14, 2009 Raymond McCrea Jones/The New York Times Link to Media “Michael Mesiter, Director of Exhibition Design at the American Museum of Natural History, discusses the Extreme Mammals” exhibition at the American Museum …

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Guggenheim Museum Turns 50

As it turns 50, the Guggenheim in New York City remains a radical model for an art museum. Nicolai Ouroussoff, The Times’s chief architecture critic, takes a retrospective look at the museum. To Watch Video

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Top 10 Science Centers

1.    Exploratorium 2.    Denver Museum of Nature and Science 3.    The Tech Museum of Innovation 4.    Center of Science and Industry (COSI) 5.    Museum of Science and Industry 6.    Science Museum of Minnesota 7.    Liberty Science Center 8.    Museum of Science Boston 9.    Exploration Place 10.  California Academy of Science …

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A Grand and Intimate Modern Art Trove

Michelle Litvin for The New York Times A work by Cy Twombly at the new Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago. More Photos > By Roberta Smith New York Times, May 13, 2009 CHICAGO — The Art Institute of Chicago is a great encyclopedic museum that is about …

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Renzo Piano Embraces Chicago

By Nicolai Ouroussof New York Times, May 13, 2009 Multimedia Slide Show CHICAGO — America has been suffering from Renzo Piano fatigue. For years Mr. Piano seemed to be snapping up all the best commissions: the renovation of the Morgan Library & Museum in Manhattan, a science center in San …

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Disney Expert Uses Science to Draw Boy Viewers

By Brooks Barnes New York Times, April 13, 2009 LOS ANGELES — Kelly Peña, or “the kid whisperer,” as some Hollywood producers call her, was digging through a 12-year-old boy’s dresser drawer here on a recent afternoon. Her undercover mission: to unearth what makes him tick and use the findings …

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Hey, Drill This! Park Avenue Armory Goes Sci-Fi

Librado Romero/The New York Times An installation by the Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto comes to life in the vast drill hall of the Park Avenue Armory. It opens on Thursday and runs through June 14. More Photos > Article by: Randy Kennedy New York Times, May 13, 2009 The Park …

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