Category Archives: Museums
John Hollar about the Computer History Museum (Video)
National Gallery Opens
Today in 1824, The National Gallery opened to the public. It houses the UK’s national collection of Western European painting from the 13th to the 19th centuries. A complete list of the 2300 paintings is available online.
America’s First Public Museum
Today in 1773, America’s first public museum, The Charleston Museum, was established in South Carolina. Today, there are approximately 850 million visits each year to American museums, more than the attendance for all major league sporting events and theme parks combined … Continue reading
Big Data in Egypt Around 3100 B.C.E.
King Narmer’s Macehead at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, records the capture of 120,000 prisoners, 400,000 captive oxen, and 1,422,000 goats. I. Bernard Cohen in The Triumph of Numbers: “Perhaps the numbers are exaggerated, but we can, even so, learn from this … Continue reading
First University Museum
Today in 1683, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, the world’s first university museum, opened in Oxford, England. The present Ashmolean was created in 1908 by combining two ancient Oxford institutions: the University Art Collection and the original Ashmolean Museum.
This Day in Information: America’s first public museum
Today in 1773, America’s first public museum, The Charleston Museum, was established in South Carolina. Today, it is estimated that there are more than 17,000 museum in the United States. The Official Museum Directory, the most comprehensive directory of museums … Continue reading