What was that museum you walked around in with Albert while I took the kids to the Eiffel Tower?
—  white woman, in Boulder, trying to remember
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The Art of Technological Innovation with @maasmuseum

For more from MAAS’s vibrant collection in Sydney, follow @maasmuseum on Instagram.

From winged sneakers to robot dogs, Australia’s Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (@maasmuseum) houses a delightfully diverse range of pieces.

“Every object in the collection, regardless of its purpose, is a product of technology, and every object is an expression of our values and beliefs,” says the museum’s media production manager, Paula Bray. “Art and technology are intimately entwined, inside and outside the museum.”

The MAAS Instagram account shares highlights from their exhibits — which span history, science, design, music and space exploration, among other themes — as well as behind-the-scenes content from the installations. But ultimately the goal of their images is to bring to life the rich experience of visiting a local museum, wherever that may be for the viewer.

“The MAAS museum is home to stories of Australian culture,” says Paula. “Your museum can play a part in each stage of your life. Learn to love your local museum.”

Yes, we would like our wine poured from a stag’s chest.

Read about the design, history, and a bit on the cultures that influenced where it was made here.

Stag-Shaped Drinking Horn, about 50 B.C. - A.D. 50, Unknown, Parthian. J. Paul Getty Museum.

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Curatorial Cute: Pair of Children’s Shoes

Why yes these are a most adorable pair of leather children’s boots with five buttons! Why yes I would wear these if given the opportunity.  

The best part? We have two other similar pairs. To be shown at a later date!

Pair of Children’s Boots, Ca. 1870-1885, Leather, H: 3.5 in, L: 5 in. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, Gift of Agnes Halsey, N0306.1955ab. 

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 400,000 Images Online

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has released a vast archive of 400,000 (mostly) hi-resolution digital images online that you can download and use for non-commercial purposes. From a 12-megapixel scan of Rembrandt’s 1660 self-portrait to over 18,000 photos spanning almost two centuries. Here are a few quick gems from the Photography collection, see also: Arms & Armor, Modern and Contemporary Art, and other highlights.

I’ve collected a few of the images of European Medieval and Renaissance art available showing the Black Kings from Adoration scenes-you can get the full information for any of these artworks by searching “Adoration of the Magi” at Metmuseum.org.

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OBJECTS OF INTRIGUE: EVERY SKULL HAS A STORY

BY MELISSA MARSHALL 

The 129 skulls in Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum sit in neat rows, staring straight ahead and dimly illuminated. It’s not uncommon for a crowd to form in front of their case as people cluster around to get a good look. Each skull has a short accompanying text. As one visitor said, it seems disrespectful to exclude anyone in reading, even if you don’t see them in order.

Learn more about the Mutter Museum at Atlas Obscura