Latest Museums News

Museum of Idaho receives $500,000 donation for new exhibit

Dec. 7, 2019 11:45 AM EST

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The Museum of Idaho has received a $500,000 donation that will be used to create a permanent exhibit telling the history of eastern Idaho. The Post Register reports that Westmark Credit Union made the donation Friday at the museum in Idaho Falls. The new exhibit, called Way Out...

Joe Gibbs honored with NASCAR's award of excellence

Dec. 5, 2019 8:01 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Joe Gibbs was honored with the Bill France Award of Excellence, capping a year in which he was elected to NASCAR's Hall of Fame, won his fifth Cup championship as a car owner and thoroughly dominated the competition. Gibbs was surprised with the honor, given at the start of...

CEO of Alabama Space & Rocket Center to resign

Dec. 5, 2019 4:21 PM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The chief executive of one of Alabama's top tourist attractions, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, is resigning after nine years. The Alabama Space Science Exhibit Commission, which oversees the space museum, announced Thursday that Deborah Barnhart will step down effective Dec....

Rangers honor retired jerseys with dimensions at new stadium

Dec. 4, 2019 8:35 PM EST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The dimensions at the new Texas Rangers' ballpark will be similar to their old stadium, with slightly altered distances designed to honor the team's retired jersey numbers. The left field pole will be 329 feet from home plate, the 29 a reference to former third baseman Adrian...

No Lincoln artifacts auction, foundation extends $9M debt

Dec. 4, 2019 5:16 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Hundreds of artifacts belonging to Abraham Lincoln and his family will remain in Illinois' hands with the refinancing of a loan used to buy them. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Foundation announced Wednesday that it had refinanced the 2007 loan it used to...

The 2020 Boxing Hall of Fame class

Dec. 4, 2019 3:07 PM EST

CANASTOTA, N.Y. (AP) — A look at the 13 people to be inducted June 14, 2020 into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum: MODERN (last bout no earlier than 1989) MEN BERNARD HOPKINS: Nicknamed “The Executioner” and “The Alien.” ... born Jan. 15, 1965 in Philadelphia....

Cicely Tyson, Seth MacFarlane joining TV Hall of Fame

Dec. 3, 2019 4:24 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cicely Tyson, Seth MacFarlane and Walt Disney Co. chief executive Bob Iger will be joining the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame. Geraldine Laybourne, who helped create the Nickelodeon channel and co-founded Oxygen Media, and veteran TV director Jay Sandrich also were announced...

Research team to take fresh look at delicate artifacts

Dec. 2, 2019 6:11 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sandals and baskets that have withstood the ravages of time will be among the perishable artifacts analyzed by a team of scientists looking to learn more about a corner of the southwestern United States that was first excavated decades ago. Depending on what they uncover, officials...

Michigan automobile museum to add $5M exhibit on muscle cars

Dec. 1, 2019 3:18 PM EST

HICKORY CORNERS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan museum that boasts the largest vintage automobile collection in North America plans to open a new building to display muscle cars. The Battle Creek Enquirer reports the $5 million project at the Gilmore Car Museum would add more than 25,000 square feet of exhibit...

North Star: Alabama planetarium upgrades include a new dome

Dec. 1, 2019 2:16 PM EST

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — A major project to repair the University of North Alabama Planetarium and Observatory should be complete by Jan. 1, officials said. The landmark dome that covers the facility has been removed so crews can repair the concrete structure that supports its weight, The TimesDaily reported....