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Blue Star Museums Blog (Archive)
Five Questions with . . .
A Q&A with the McKenna Museum of African-American Art
August 13, 2012
When Dr. Dwight McKenna bought the old mansion at 2003 Carondelet Street in New Orleans, the building hardly seemed like a suitable showcase for his art collection. Built in 1859...
Feeling At Home with Edward Gorey
August 6, 2012
“A is for Amy who fell down the stairs / B is for Basil assaulted by bears.” So begins Edward Gorey’s famous alphabet book The Gnashlycrumb Tinies , which denotes...
Meet the Muscarelle
July 25, 2012
Welcome to the Muscarelle. Photo courtesy of the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary in Virginia Williamsburg, Virginia, has long been a tourist attraction due...
Writing Gone With the Wind
July 23, 2012
The Margaret Mitchell House, where the author wrote Gone With the Wind. Photo courtesy of the Atlanta History Center On July 4, 1925, Margaret Mitchell and her new husband John...
The Soulful Sounds of Memphis
July 18, 2012
The Stax Museum of American Soul Music lights up McLemore Avenue in Memphis. Photo courtesy of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Memphis, Tennessee In 1957, Tennessee banker Jim...
Browsing the New Barnes
July 2, 2012
July 2, 2012 Room 18, east wall. The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia. © 2012 The Barnes Foundation In May, the Barnes Foundation transferred its famed art collection from suburban Merion, Pennsylvania,...
Questioning Science at Every Turn
June 27, 2012
A hair-raising experience. Photo courtesy of ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum At the ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum in Ashland, Oregon, science isn't just an academic subject that you learn about in school: it's...
Telling Stories at the Chinese American Museum
June 14, 2012
The Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of flickr user channone The story of L.A.’s Chinese-American community is not a simple one to tell. To start from the...
Learning Through Play
June 5, 2012
Children and parents explore the water table in the River Adventures exhibit at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia. Photo courtesy of the Please Touch Museum Most people think of...
Blue Star Heads to Charleston
May 23, 2012
Colonel Barnard Elliott, Jr. (1740 – 1778) , ca. 1766. By Jeremiah Theus (American, 1716 – 1774). Oil on canvas. Bequest of Mrs. Alexina I. C. Holmes Yesterday, NEA Chairman...