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Different take on today: What's the coolest event or program you've been to at an art/science museum?

@alstev Early days of the Members’ Talks at the British Museum, when they just got random curators to enthuse at length about whatever they were working on

@ghost_bird Yesss I love curator panels! What made these ones so memorable for you? Topic? Enthusiasm? Nerdery? Unique combinations of people? Newness?

@alstev Enthusiasm and nerdery mostly, I think - it’s nice to get a sense of curators as people and of the work of the museum in a less managed and impersonal way

@alstev Which also makes me think of the Grant Museum of Zoology (a very small museum attached to University College London) whose staff blog used to feature an “underwhelming fossil fish of the month”, featuring a succession of badly-preserved specimens of common species

@alstev Remembrance Day in Whycocomagh, NS in 1993. I was in scouts and we were there early to setup in the wet snow (it was hovering right at 0C) and then stood at the cenotaph for the entire ceremony.

We were chilled to the bone and enjoyed lots of warm hot chocolate and church tea treats when it was over.

@Jeff Haha clever interpretation of cool 🥶 what as the best, most memorable, and/or your favorite event or program you’ve been to at an art/science museum?

@alstev OMFG! My reply must have been pre-coffee, it was 100% un-intentional! 😊 .

It is a tough one, but I think it is the Science Museum in London.

And seeing the history of computing. It was even better than the Computer History Museum in San Francisco.

There are a few more pictures from the trip here. -> jeffmackinnon.com/2014-Spring-

@alstev Went to the Royal BC Museum in 2018 for their Egypt exhibit (pictured) but ended up enjoying their exhibits on the indigenous people of the Salish Sea more. There was a large recreation of a dug out house, samples of the various languages, etc. I was so enthralled I didn't remember to take any photos 😬

@artilectzed What made it stand out to you? Immersive? Massive? Creative? Weird? Interactive? Physical context and placemaking?

@alstev Massive and immersive. I don't recall anything being "weird", it was all pretty down to Earth in presentation. 2018 feels like a lifetime ago at this point, however.

I visited MoPOP in 2011 or 2012 I think, that place's more modern art and exhibitions felt "weird" to me, just because I had the idea in my head that "museum" = "Roman style building with big pillars in front", but it was really neat. The massive guitar sculpture was amazing to see in person.

alamy.com/museum-of-pop-cultur

@alstev A rose dipped into liquid nitrogen and shattered on the table right before my eyes.

@razna I love stuff like this!! I used to do that for visiting HS physics classes when I was a MSc student and they were flabbergasted.

@alstev Absolutely! First hand demonstrations like these leave lasting impressions (the demo has been around 40 years ago).

@alstev

Impressionist art exhibit. Seeing all the weird little things that Van Gough, Monet, & others did. Van Gough would just clump the paint on thick, until it was almost 3D in some spots. There were little subtle marks and measurements that revealed to me what they were thinkin about the geometry and such. I'd walk up on what looked like gobblegoop, & then a dog would appear, and then a child, and then a whole story would open up. & then I realized this gobbledy goop was a masterpiece.

@Sklingklorp It’s so fun to examine masterpieces up close! Do you remember any events or programs related to the exhibition that were awesome?

@alstev

No I don't. They didn't really have a lot as I remember. I took my Mom. And she kept making me laugh because she hated it. She was pretty distracting actually. I kept sneaking away so I could look at some of the pictures and think about them a little bit.

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