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Whitney membership is sure to be a hit for an art-inclined valentine.

Installation view of Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, September 26, 2013–January 5, 2014). © 2015 The Morgan Art Foundation, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photograph by Sheldan C. Collins

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  • expectation: killer fashion sense, owns 12 cats, gay, cries every time he watches the lion king, owns several museum memberships, has the kinks' entire discography on his phone
  • reality: loud italian machismo, guns rights activist, probably has unknowingly fathered several children, is a registered member of the libertarian party, hogs all the weights at the gym, sends women unsolicited photos on snapchat

It’s Fossil Friday and we’re celebrating with an amazing specimen that visitors can see in the new exhibition, Dinosaurs Among Us

This cast is of a remarkable fossil of an oviraptorid dinosaur, Citipati osmolskae, positioned over the center of its nest with forearms spread to protect its eggs. Today, many birds assume this same position when brooding their eggs. This fossil was discovered by Museum scientists in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert.

Dinosaurs Among Us is now open! Visitors who have purchased a Museum membership have exclusive access through March 20 as part of Member Preview Days. Learn more about the exhibit. 

A brief list of ways that visitors justify their entitlements.

Because:

1. Their tax dollars paid for this museum/exhibit/your salary/the sidewalk out front and therefore they are the boss of you. 

2. They dropped $5 in the donation box three years ago. 

3. They went to art school and know the difference between gauche and watercolor.

4. They went to Sunday School with the chief curator who retired before you were born. 

5. Their grandmother was a member and museum memberships are inherited like royal titles, right? 

6. It rained on the day they wanted to come to visit so they had to come today instead, and somehow that’s your fault and you should apologize for the weather. 

7. They know FAMOUS ARTIST and can talk them into donating something. Sure, they haven’t spoken to them in 20 years but as long as they’re still using that prodigy email address, they can totally get in touch.  

8. They saw a boob in one of the galleries and now they are traumatized. 

                                      **add yours in the notes** 

Liz Deschenes noticed that visitors have been taking selfies in her work Green Screen #7 (2001), currently on view in Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner. When the artist was at the Museum for a member breakfast with director Adam Weinberg, he encouraged her to pose for her own!

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Byronosaurus was a tiny animal belonging to the troodontids, a group of small, feathered, non-bird dinosaurs with large brains. It lived in the Late Cretaceous, about 80 million years ago. 

Meet Byronosaurus and many other non-bird dinosaurs in the new exhibition, Dinosaurs Among Us, open now to visitors who have purchased a Museum membership, and open March 21 to the public.

Illustration: Zhao Chuang; courtesy of Peking Natural Science Organization

Did you know? Dinosaurs never really vanished from Earth. Most did go extinct, but their evolutionary legacy lives on all around us, in birds. The Museum’s new exhibition Dinosaurs Among Us will highlight the unbroken line between the charismatic dinosaurs that dominated the planet for about 170 million years and modern birds, a link that is marked by shared features including feathers, wishbones, enlarged brains, and extremely efficient respiratory systems. Pictured is an Oviraptorosaur, a cousin to the T.rex but a closer cousin to modern birds. 

Purchase a Museum membership and enjoy an exclusive opportunity to see the new exhibition Dinosaurs Among Us on March 18-20, before it opens to the public.

Learn more about Member Preview Days.

The next time you dodge a pigeon on the sidewalk, watch a sparrow eat from a feeder in a backyard, or order chicken for dinner, know that you just had an encounter with a modern dinosaur. Dinosaurs never really vanished from Earth. Most did go extinct, but their evolutionary legacy lives on all around us, in birds. The Museum’s new exhibition Dinosaurs Among Us will highlight the unbroken line between the charismatic dinosaurs that dominated the planet for about 170 million years and modern birds, a link that is marked by shared features including feathers, wishbones, enlarged brains, and extremely efficient respiratory systems.

Purchase a Museum membership and enjoy an exclusive opportunity to see the new exhibition Dinosaurs Among Us on March 18-20, before it opens to the public. 

Learn more about Member Preview Days

Calling all artists! Join us on January 13 for an Artist Member open house after-hours. Enjoy a rare chance to explore the Museum with fellow creatives and without crowds, take time to sketch, grab a drink in the café, and be inspired by exhibitions like Picasso Sculpture. Sound fun? If you’re part of the creative community (i.e. photography, filmmaking, architecture, design), you can become an Artist Member for just $35

People don’t read, Pt. 48.

An Anonymous Person Who Works At A Science Museum Submitted: 

Every once in a while, a guest parks in our parking lot, where there are many science museum banners, because we are a science museum and those exact words are part of our name. That’s one of the first clues that you’re at the science museum: all the things that say ”Science Museum.” 

But some guests must miss those signs, because they will walk past the entrance sign (which also notes that this is, in fact, a science museum.) And then they walk into the lobby full of other science museum signage. After that, they’ll approaches us at the desk where we sit behind a display of science museum maps and membership brochures wearing science museum shirts. Often, they read the tv screen above us to see how much it costs to go to the science museum. And upon request, they will receive tickets and receipts bearing the science museum logo. 

And then they walk into the science museum. 

And they come right back out. 

And say, “I thought this was the Children’s Museum!”

It’s next door. Where the sign says Children’s Museum.