museum en The 9/11 Memorial Gift Shop Has Nothing On These Tacky Museum Trinkets <p>The gift shop at <a href="">The National September 11 Memorial Museum</a> has raised eyebrows and ire for selling items like "survivor tree" earrings and plush FDNY rescue dogs, but tone-deaf keepsakes are hardly unprecedented in America.</p><p>We scoured the on-line gift shops of museums and memorials dedicated to significant events in U.S. history and found plenty of examples of tacky tchotchkes. Click the photo above to see a slide show of some of the most cringe-worthy.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 18:05:09 +0000 Maureen McMurray 49297 at The 9/11 Memorial Gift Shop Has Nothing On These Tacky Museum Trinkets When Field Trips Get Cut, What Are Kids Losing? <p>Those of us who went to public school in New Hampshire will likely recall hopping on the school bus for a visit to the Museum of Science in Boston or Sturbridge Village. For decades, schools have embraced field trips as positive and popular learning experiences.&nbsp; Today, museums, cultural institutions and the American Association of School Administrators report a steep drop in the number of field trips, and more than half of American schools did away with learning excursions altogether in 2010.<a href="" target="_blank"> </a></p><p>But what are kids losing with the cutting of field trips?&nbsp;<strong>Jay Phillip Greene </strong>is endowed chair and head of the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.</p><p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:03:27 +0000 Virginia Prescott 35545 at When Field Trips Get Cut, What Are Kids Losing? The Smithsonian's Annual Museum Day Live <p>Everybody can benefit from taking a field trip. And here’s your chance… this Saturday is Smithsonian magazine’s annual Museum Day Live. Follow this link: <a href="" target="_blank">Smithsonian's Museum Day Live</a> to download a free ticket that will get you and a guest into any participating Smithsonian museum, including the McCauliffe-Shepard Discovery Museum in Concord, the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire in Manchester, and the <a href="" target="_blank">Strawberry Banke</a> museum…where you can learn – among other things – about Portsmouth’s long love affair with beer.&nbsp; And while brewing may not be the focus of 7<sup>th</sup> grade class trip, there is plenty more to learn at Strawberry Banke.</p><p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 15:50:01 +0000 Virginia Prescott 35548 at The Smithsonian's Annual Museum Day Live Word Of Mouth 05.04.2013 <p>In this special edition of Word of Mouth: are we catching up with technology? This week we'll explore the very human way we interact with technology; resistance is futile.</p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 15:47:19 +0000 Rebecca Lavoie 26795 at Word Of Mouth 05.04.2013 Dinosaur Day Unearths The Latest In Paleontology <p>Love dinosaurs?&nbsp; Want to learn more about the latest in paleontology?</p><p>This Saturday, the <a href="">Museum of Science, Boston</a> offers dinosaur enthusiasts the rare opportunity to hear first-hand from paleontologists from around the U.S. about their research and theories.&nbsp;<strong> <a href="">Dinosaur Day</a> </strong>begins at 10 am, with presentations and panel discussions throughout the afternoon. The not yet annual event, will focus on the <a href="" target="_blank">Ceratopsidae</a> family—frilled and horned dinosaurs—much like “Cliff”, the 65-million-year-old Triceratops fossil currently on-loan at the Museum.</p><p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 18:12:24 +0000 Jeanne Timmons 23888 at Dinosaur Day Unearths The Latest In Paleontology Tonight We're Gonna Party 'Til It's 1993? <P>Which year would you call the single most important in US cultural history? <A href="" target=_blank>Try 1993</A>—life before the internet and pop star designer fragrances.&nbsp; The year that marked the beginning of NAFTA, hope for peace in the Middle East, and a saxophone playing president.</P> <P><A href="" target=_blank>“NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash, and No Star”</A> is a new exhibition at the New Museum exploring the year they argue changed everything about art, culture, and politics.&nbsp; <STRONG>Margot Norton</STRONG> is Assistant Curator at the <A href="" target=_blank>New Museum</A> and joins us to talk about the art and historical context of the work featured in the show.</P> <P> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 15:58:47 +0000 Virginia Prescott 22365 at Tonight We're Gonna Party 'Til It's 1993? Tintype Photography: An Exhibition <P></P> <P>Photographer <A href=""><STRONG>Keliy</STRONG><STRONG> Anderson-Staley </STRONG></A>works with <A href="">tintype photography</A>, a medium that came out ten years after the daguerreotype. Just like the photographers of the 1850’s, she uses similar chemical recipes, period brass lenses, and wooden view cameras.&nbsp; Mon, 26 Nov 2012 16:12:15 +0000 Virginia Prescott 17432 at Tintype Photography: An Exhibition The Disappearing Daguerreotypes <P>In 2005, the International Center of Photography opened an exhibit called <A href="">“Young America”. </A>The exhibit largely featured a collection of ghostly<A href=""> daguerreotypes</A> - antique images made through the pioneer process that paved the way for modern photography.&nbsp;The exhibit opened to rave reviews - but within weeks many of the historic images began disappearing before the curators very eyes, aging decades in a matter of days. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 15:37:20 +0000 Virginia Prescott 17430 at The Disappearing Daguerreotypes Fake It 'til You Make It, "Faux Real" <p>An exhibition highlights the work of a prolific art forger.</p> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 16:26:11 +0000 Virginia Prescott 3204 at Fake It 'til You Make It, "Faux Real" Growing a Museum, Stalk by Stalk <p>A Kickstarter project aims to house art in a building made of wheat.</p> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 15:35:57 +0000 Virginia Prescott 2925 at Growing a Museum, Stalk by Stalk