Museums on the Front Page: The Met (Obama!), Natural History(New Theory of Evolution!), Intrepid (Fleet Week, with its sails trimmed)
The front page of the New York Times today has two stories on museums â€“ Michelle Obama’s attendance at the re-opening of part of the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Then there’s the story on the over-the-top media hoopla being launched by the Museum of Natural History as it presents the discovery of a 47-million year old fossilthat researchers claim could change our understanding of evolution. A paragraph from the Times:
â€œAny pop band is doing the same thing,â€ said Jorn H. Hurum, a scientist at the University of Oslo who acquired the fossil and assembled the team of scientists that studied it. â€œAny athlete is doing the same thing. We have to start thinking the same way in science.â€
Tomorrow starts Fleet Week, with the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum â€“ basically a big old war ship docked permanently in New York Harbor â€“ back after two years of renovations, playing host to a parade of some 13 military vessels. According to WNYC, â€œthe lineup is sparse, compared to past Fleet Week celebrationsâ€¦ the smallest contingent in Fleet Week’s 22 years.â€ How many warships do you need in the middle of Manhattan?