Posts Tagged Museums

Rural Tennessee museum a success in first year

A bunch of Halloween pumpkins sits in front of the entrance to Discovery Park of America on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 in Union City, Tenn. The museum, which opened last November in rural West Tennessee, has attracted more than 270,000 visitors in its first year. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz).

UNION CITY, Tenn. (AP) — When Discovery Park of America opened on a cornfield in rural Tennessee, its founders expected the museum described as a “mini-Smithsonian” to draw about 150,000 visitors in its first year.

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The power of cute: Hello Kitty Con comes to LA

In this Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 photo, Salumeh Eslamieh, top left, and Marty Garrett walk up the stairs past statues of Sanrio characters Hello Kitty, bottom left, and Pochacco displayed at their home in San Francisco. The married couple turned the garage of their San Francisco home into a permanent showroom for their vast Hello Kitty collection. The couple met and bonded over the little white cat, and will be traveling to Los Angeles this week celebrate the character’s 40th birthday at Hello Kitty Con, opening Oct. 30, a four-day festival dedicated to all things Kitty. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marty Garrett and Salumeh Eslamieh gave up their garage for Hello Kitty.

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NYC museum plans Basquiat exhibition

NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Museum plans an exhibition on graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (zhahn mee-SHEHL’ BAH’-skee-aht) that includes eight rarely seen notebooks filled with his handwritten texts and sketches.

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Museum show tells story of father-son collection

This Oct. 22, 2014 shows curator Jo Briggs looking at a wall of paintings at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore that’s part of a new installation called “From Rye to Raphael.” The show, opening Sunday, tells the story of William Walters and his son Henry, who amassed a collection of everything from antiquities to fine art. The Walters’ fortune came from rye whiskey, railroads and banking. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

BALTIMORE (AP) — William Walters made a fortune in rye whiskey, railroads and banking in the 19th century, and along the way he also developed a passion for collecting art and antiquities. His son Henry was an avid collector, too, and built a memorial to his father in Baltimore to display their treasures.

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