Latest Museums News

Brooks & Dunn, Ray Stevens join Country Music Hall of Fame

Oct. 21, 2019 1:23 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The bestselling country duo of all time, Brooks & Dunn, joined the Country Music Hall of Fame alongside comedian and singer Ray Stevens and record executive Jerry Bradley on Sunday evening, in a star-filled ceremony full of tributes to their lasting legacies. Reba McEntire, Luke...

Revamped UA gem and mineral museum to occupy downtown Tucson

Oct. 20, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The University of Arizona Gem and Mineral Museum will sparkle a bit brighter next year with a new name and big new space. From turquoise mined by indigenous people to rocks found on asteroids, the museum's treasure trove of artifacts will move to downtown Tucson by fall 2020, the...

Lincoln library receives book collection of famed biographer

Oct. 20, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A treasure trove of about 130 books once owned by a renowned Abraham Lincoln biographer has been donated to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield. The books that once belonged to Benjamin Thomas could be a gold mine for Lincoln scholars as many of them...

Museum celebrates 5 years of teaching West Virginia children

Oct. 20, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Just off East Martin Street in downtown Martinsburg and interwoven with Caperton train station, there are small, multicolored stickers littering the floors that encourage the Mountain State's youth to follow these pathways and portals to different eras in the Eastern Panhandle's...

Maine children's museum sells building in prep for big move

Oct. 20, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine children's museum has sold its downtown Portland building to help clear the way for a move into a new space. The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine sold the building to the Portland Museum of Art for $2.1 million. The sale means the museum can move into a more modern...

JFK library marking its 40th anniversary with a look back

Oct. 20, 2019 9:00 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is celebrating its 40th anniversary this weekend. The complex opened on Oct. 20, 1979, and then-President Jimmy Carter was among the luminaries who spoke. Library director Alan Price calls the milestone an opportunity for the institution to...

Scottsboro Boys to get museum in Decatur

Oct. 19, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — Nearly 100 years since being wrongly accused of rape, the nine African Americans known as the "Scottsboro Boys" will be honored in a new museum in Alabama. The Celebrating Early Old Town with Art board will formally unveil the museum's plans at its annual gala in Decatur next month....

Milwaukee museum exhibit explores Houdini's Wisconsin roots

Oct. 19, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Maybe this will be the year Harry Houdini finally reveals himself. The escape artist died on Halloween in 1926 and since that time, family, friends and fans have been trying to make contact with Houdini, who had made a pact with his wife, Bess, that whoever died first would extend contact...

Guaranteed: Joe Namath voted NFL's greatest character

Oct. 18, 2019 11:44 PM EDT

White shoes. Fur coat. Pantyhose. Fu Manchu mustache. And an arm that would make Superman proud. Yep, Joe Namath is the NFL's greatest character. Guaranteed. The Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback who guaranteed his three-touchdown underdog New York Jets would beat the mighty Baltimore Colts in the third Super...

Dave Matthews reacts to getting Rock Hall nomination

Oct. 17, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dave Matthews is having a hard time imagining his band being included on the same Rock & Roll Hall of Fame list as other musical icons such as Whitney Houston. The Dave Matthews Band frontman said their recent nomination for the Hall's 2020 class was unexpected and a "little bit...