Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Secrets of the Silk Road

The time is upon us again. Museum season is in full swing bringing with it the fascination and wonder that keeps us coming back for more.

The Penn Museum (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) in Philadelphia is now running an exhibit called Secrets of the Silk Road. Likely the name takes you back to your high school history days when you learned about this area in Western China situated at the crossroads of the East and West.

But if that's all you think this is about, then you would be sadly mistaken. See for yourself by paying a visit. Open your Museums In Philly Android app. Select List Science and scroll down to University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. From here you can get one-touch navigation by touching the address. You can even call or email them by touching the respective link. Admission cost and hours are easy to see too.

If there are events you would like featured here in the other supported cities (Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York & Washington D.C.), send an email with the museum name and exhibit to and we'll make sure to get it posted.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

When Art and Jewels Merge...

The saying goes that "diamonds are a girls best friend". If that's true, any girl who like diamonds or precious stones in general needs to be at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA (near Boston) as they present Atelier Janiyé and the Legacy of Master Jeweler Miyé Matsukata.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The President's House In Philadelphia Pennsylvania

If you're thinking, "President's House? As in President of the United States?" You'd be right.

What many American's don't realize is that the first capitol of the United States was not Washington, D.C. but was in fact in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. That's right. In addition to the Phillies, Eagles and Flyers Philadelphia was home of the first capitol of the United States and therefore home of the first White House.

But there's more than a simple history lesson here.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

History Woven Thru Thread

When most think of history, visons of mind-dulling lectures replete with books so big and boring they make reading the dictionary seem like a day at the water park.

Fortunately, the Concord Museum in Concord, MA outside Boston can give you that history lesson without the sleeping pills. If the opportunity to indulge in history and view rare works of art sounds like the type of thing that you want the kids or even yourself to experience, the Concord Museum is where you want to be anytime between now and March 27th, 2011.

But what exactly will you enjoy when you get tot he Concord Museum?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

"Museums In Washington D.C." Now Available!

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I apologize for the delayed post. Some pretty exciting things are coming and I've been reaching out to bring you the best of them beginning with Boston. But for now, I've got some really great news for you....

Museums In Washington D.C. is available in the Android Market! And of course, it's FREE. Aside from a new city, there is a major difference between Museums In Washington D.C. and the other cities.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Technology, Tombs, and Texts: Uncovering the Ancient Maya Past

Subjects like this make me sorry I won't be able to get to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology on Thursday, December 9. In an illustrated lecture you'll learn how  LiDAR (Light Detecting and Ranging technology) images were used to map the area as well as see how 3D versions of the images allowed greater detail than previously possible.

If you're in the Boston area on December 9th, I highly recommend you make this presentation. Open your Museums In Boston app, select List Science, then Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology. If you'd like more information, touch the email address to automatically send them an email. Or, if you'd prefer to call, touch the phone number and it will automatically open the dialer with the number pre-populated.

Don't have Museums In Boston? Just go to the Android Market and search for "Museums In Boston". The app is FREE so there's no cost to you.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Grand Opening - National Jewish History Museum

One of the biggest events in museum news in Philadelphia during the month of November is the grand opening of the National Jewish History Museum. So big was the grand opening it was attended by the likes of Jerry Seinfeld and Bette Midler. But what can you expect to find on a visit to the National Jewish History Museum?

Monday, November 15, 2010

Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta - Keeping the Beat

Today's music scene isn't what it once was. There was a time when kids played instruments (real ones, not just keyboards) to stay off the street and out of trouble. Wouldn't it be nice if children could kindle a love of music before getting corrupted by what's passed off as music today?

Monday, October 18, 2010

Wine Country - A Perfect Complement to Museums In...

"I explored with my heart by cheering my flesh even with wine" - Ecclesiastes 2:3

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Indeed, who doesn't like wine? The problem is finding one that elicits that type of response in ourselves.

"But this is a museum blog", you say. "What's it got to do with wine?"

As many of you know, some museums have wine tasting events or wine is served at special unveilings of exhibits. But where do you go if you want a good wine? Wouldn't you like to go straight to the source to satisfy your palate? That's where Wine Country comes in.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Museums In NYC - Finally Here!

As promised, the Museums In... series is continuing. And the latest out of the gate is Museums In NYC or for those who don't know what the initials are, Museums In New York City.

This app doesn't cover only Manhattan or Brooklyn. No, but it has museums and historic mansions from all 5 boroughs. That means you'll have access to over 80 different museums and mansions in the New York area. As with all Museums In... apps, you can list all entries, all free, all art, history and science museums.

But it doesn't stop there. You can also search by what's open on any day of the week. Getting married? Having an anniversary party? Company throwing an unveiling parting for a product? Open Museums In NYC (New York City), select Menu, Search for Rentals. You'll be presented with a list of all the museums in the database that allow rental of their facilities.

Android's Future goal isn't just to show you where museums are located. The first time you use it you'll see that everything you need is no more than 3 touches away. That's by design. If the museum has a phone number listed, just touch it. There's no need for you to remember the number. Have you decided on a particular place? Seeing it on a map is nice. Having it automatically open Google Navigation to route you from your present location is even better. And this is exactly what every Museums In... app does after touching the address.

If you are a serious museum goer, there's more information you need than simply address, hours and admission. You want to know what collections that museum is known for, any special events, membership and special parking instructions. Once again, as with every Museums In... app, after you select an item and scroll to the bottom of that screen, you'll see a line that says "Touch *HERE* for Collections, Events, Membership and Parking". This will take you directly to that museum's corresponding page. And because it's in a tab layout, navigating between the four of the tabs is easy.

Finally, don't forget to use the City Pass link off the Menu. It will take you to the City Pass website where you can purchase coupon books for museums in New York or any of the currently supported Museums In... apps. And of course, Museum Community will be here to help you discover museums you may never have known about. And it too is easily accessible off the Menu button within the app!

Museums In NYC is easy to obtain. For starters, it's FREE!!! Simply go to the Android Market, search for "Museums In" and you'll be directed to Museums In NYC as well as all the Museums In... apps by Android's Future.