Sunday, March 27, 2005

Carnegie makes museum renovation transparent

Transparency in the physical world, as reported by USA Today: the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh is about to do a major renovation of their Dinosaur Hall (housing the world's third largest collection of original bones), eventually tripling the size of exhibition space, allowing the fossils to be rehung in the more dynamic positions archeologists in the 1970s discovered dinosaurs actually had (with their tails in the air, for example, instead of dragging the ground). But, instead of closing off the wing while they dismantle the current structures, the museum is making it a public exhibition, and inviting people in for a close-up look at the packing and eventual unpacking of the actual bones. Said Bill DeWalt, director of the museum: "We are combining the two things kids of any age love: construction and dinosaurs." Amen!