oldest museum

Margaret Taylor-Burroughs (1915-2010) was a visual artist and author who had a great influence on the cultural and artistic world of the United States, especially around the Chicago area, with a focus on African-American experience. She co-founded important avenues for artistic expression such as the Ebony Museum of Chicago and the Lake Meadows Art Fair.

The Ebony Museum, today called the DuSable Museum of African American History, started out in her living room in 1961, and today is the oldest museum dedicated to black culture in the entire country. Both her art and her writing celebrate African-American experience and cultural identity.

Happy birthday to Franz Boas, often called the father of American anthropology. Boas, who was born on July 9, 1858, worked at the American Museum of Natural History from 1896-1905, during which he organized and led the Jesup North Pacific Expedition (1897-1902). This undertaking set our to investigate the links between the people and the cultures of the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America and the Eastern Coast of Siberia. Ostensibly the goal of the expedition was to prove the Bering Strait Migration theory which postulated that the North American continent was populated by the migration of Asian peoples across the Bering Strait. However, Boas was more concerned with documenting the cultures on both sides of the Northern Pacific that he and many other anthropologists feared were soon to be lost to colonialism and acculturation.

The fruits of his labors are on view in a number of locations throughout the Museum, including the Hall of Northwest Coast Indians. The hall, which is the Museum’s oldest, opened in 1900 to showcase the collections and research of the expedition. Take a look at the hall. 

much like a human life - 

bleeding slowly –

it still works – 

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British Museum 

One of the largest collection of human history and culture, the oldest museum in the world.

Founded in 1753, the British Museum opened as a Montague House.

The Great Court it is at the centre of the British Museum has turned an opened courtyard into a glaze covered space.

The double glazed panes are slightly different in size and shapes because of the roof’s complex form.

The construction of this building took part during different periods,  yet still is expanding it’s size.

©Jhanavi Velazquez