December 5, 2010
After generations tucked into a small room on the first floor of Gilman Hall, The Johns Hopkins University's archaeological collection has emerged from seclusion. Ancient sculptures, pottery, jewelry, weapons and tools from the Americas to the Middle East will now get their moment in a mix of sun and cool museum light that illuminates an expanded new display space after an $85 million renovation. The collection marked its opening day Sunday with lectures, lunch and a cocktail reception, and with a new, more dignified name: The Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum.
January 31, 2010
Maryland has museums devoted to African Americans, artists, war veterans and sports legends. Starting this spring, it will have a center devoted to more than half the state's adult population: women. When the Maryland Women's Heritage Center and Museum opens in downtown Baltimore, planners say, it will be the first of its kind in the nation - a community forum that will recognize stories of achievement by Maryland women - from Harriet Tubman to Rachel Carson to Marin Alsop.
November 20, 2009
B altimore, long a center of African-American culture on the East Coast, is a natural home for the region's first Negro League baseball museum, and from a historical perspective, the Pennsylvania Avenue corridor is the perfect place to put it. The area was the center of a lively black arts and entertainment scene in Baltimore for decades, and a $4.1 million plan moving forward with the city's blessing calls for the museum to be built next to a...
August 30, 2009
History is often a word that people associate with textbooks and professors speaking in monotones. But with the Naval Academy Museum's complete renovation and redesign, the history of the U.S. Navy has become something real and vibrant to academy visitors and midshipmen. The museum reopened two weeks ago after undergoing an $11.6 million head-to-toe makeover. "We completely gutted this building," said Scott Harmon, the museum director. The only things left standing at one point, he said, were "the outside walls and the concrete floors."
May 22, 2009
N ight at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian takes a great idea - what if the inhabitants of a museum came to life at night? - and milks it for every drop of fun it's worth. Happily, it's worth plenty. Rodin's The Thinker stops thinking and starts talking. A Roy Lichtenstein pop-art woman cries. A balloon dog scampers about. Albert Einstein bobbleheads simplify complex equations - even though, with all that nodding, it's tough to figure whether they're signaling yes or no. This sequel to 2006's Night at the Museum, in which an ancient Egyptian tablet brought to life the figures inside New York's American Museum of Natural History, ups both the energy and the laugh quotient.
May 10, 2009
Watching the brilliant yellow-to-scarlet-to-purple sundowns or the Cape May-Lewes Ferry peacefully plying the Delaware Bay from Cape May's Sunset Beach, it's hard to imagine the turbulent times when this beautiful location was heavily fortified and played a vital role in the nation's homeland defense system. But the grand opening Saturday of the newly restored World War II Lookout Tower (Fire Control Tower No. 23) Museum and Memorial brings a very different time into focus. "The fire tower, constructed in 1942, is our centerpiece in recent efforts to emphasize Cape May's largely underappreciated and under-publicized role during World War II," says Robert Heinly, museum coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts in Cape May, which has spent the last seven years restoring the stark concrete tower.