Category Archives: museums

Museums Seek Clarity, Face Challenges to Budgets and Relevance

Lately I’ve been taking advantage of the comp museum admission perk through my employment with New-York Historical Society.  I’ve saved a good deal of cash at New York’s premier cultural institutions with inflated admission prices ($25, MoMA; $20, Frick Collection; … Continue reading

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Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY

Yesterday I visited for the first time the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, NY.  Founded in 1897 but relocated from nearby South Hampton last year, the Parrish focuses on American art, with a particular emphasis on work from the … Continue reading

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A "New" Bridge Between Collectors and Museums

Exhibition labels are often overlooked and underused.  We ignore these small, strategically positioned placards for any number of reasons.  “It’s too long to bother reading”; “It doesn’t say anything I’m interested in”; “It’s written in a funny language” — we all … Continue reading

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What is a collection, and what is collecting?

As a child I had all sorts of collections: stamps, keychains, milk caps (“pogs”), coins, and ice hockey pucks.  As an adult I still have all sorts of collections: rocks and minerals, photographs, books, and museum maps.  And sure enough, … Continue reading

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For Your Consideration…

I’ve noticed every so often some bloggers will update their site with a “Footnotes” post where they include a few links to relevant material and provide minimal commentary.  I used to think this was a second-rate way of keeping readers … Continue reading

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A great visit to Long Pond Ironworks National Historic Landmark

I recently visited the Long Pond Ironworks National Historic Landmark, located in the community of Hewitt in West Milford, New Jersey (USA). If you’re in the area–or, like me, have a hidden goal of visiting as many U.S. National Historic … Continue reading

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Museum Collecting Guide as Cultural Heritage

Today I was given a copy of the 1977 Guide to Field Collecting of Ethnographic Specimens, an information leaflet written by the late William C. Sturtevant, Curator of North American Ethnology at the National Museum of Natural History. For a Smithsonian publication, … Continue reading

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