With International Museum Day approaching on May 18, let’s browse the blogs of some museums on WordPress.com — from premier art institutions to science and natural history organizations.
From Modern Art to Medicine: Exploring Museum Blogs
At Unframed, the blog of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), curators, program directors, and other staff discuss the museum’s collections and raise awareness around the art scene of Southern California. You’ll read details on new acquisitions and personal takes on exhibitions.
The head of the Chinese and Korean art department, for example, offers a curator’s perspective on the Chinese Paintings from Japanese Collections exhibit, running through July 6. We also enjoy the behind-the-scenes posts complementing the work at LACMA, like this Q&A with teens on a Glenn Ligon exhibit.
The National Media Museum in West Yorkshire in the United Kingdom focuses on the science, technology, and art of the still and moving image. On the blog, writers cover exhibitions and events and offer a glimpse into the museum’s massive archive of objects in its photography, cinematography, and television collections.
From commentary on early war photography in Crimea to the history of the Vest Pocket Kodak camera to a discussion of the decline of black-and-white television, the site examines and celebrates the history and impact of photography and media.
This companion to the US National Library of Medicine explores the historical collections of the world’s largest biomedical library. History, science, and medicine converge on this blog, where historical documents accompany timely tales and staff writers recount personal stories from the field. Circulating Now is worth a peek for those interested in public health, research, and medical history.
Located in Ottawa, Canada, the Canadian Museum of Nature is a premier place of research for the natural sciences and holds more than 10 million specimens, covering four billion years of earth’s history. On the blog, you’ll find posts on museum education efforts, supplementary discussions to exhibits and the NatureTalks series, and perspectives from museum staff on various topics, from thinking plants to flashlight fish.
Interested in (virtually) exploring other museums? More blogs to browse:
- Virtual Curation Museum: An extension of the Virtual Curation Laboratory at Virginia Commonwealth University, these 3D animations highlight the research of the lab’s director and undergraduates. (Hat-tip to Paul Mullins, who wrote about this curious display of digital artifacts last month.)
- Zygoma: Zygoma is the personal blog of Paolo Viscardi, the natural history curator at the Horniman Museum in London, England. Paolo deals with fossils and bones, and we love how he engages with readers with Friday mystery objects. His blog offers an insider’s look into life as a curator, in and out of the museum.
- The Buffalo History Museum: This blog for the Buffalo History Museum in Western New York celebrates the Niagara Frontier. From behind-the-scenes commentary on collections to posts on personal histories and artifacts, the site shares the rich history of this region.