Museums in the News

Museum news from around the web!

Updated May 24, 2019

Tech Museum In San Jose To Change Name In Rebranding California News Wire Service,, May 24, 2019


Why LA’s New Museum of Mexican Food Is Polarizing the Downtown Community By Karla Vasquez, Eater LA, May 23, 2019


Free museum admission for more than 200,000 SF residents this summer under new city program By Sam Whiting, The San Francisco Chronicle, May 22, 2019


The Mobile Museum Schooling the World on Trans History By Emily Crooked, AnOther Magazine, May 20, 2019


2 paintings looted by Nazis will remain at Pasadena museum, Supreme Court rules By Bob Egelko, The San Francisco Chronicle, May 20, 2019


MOCA receives a $10-million gift to make admission free By Deborah Vankin, The Los Angeles Times, May 19, 2019


Is This the Future of Aquariums? By William O’Connor, The Daily Beast, May 18, 2019


End of an Era: Milpitas Historical Society Asked to Move Exhibit out of Great Mall By Rhoda Shapiro, The Milpitas Beat, May 17, 2019


Valley Children’s Museum Introduces New Maker Space Livermore Independent, May 16, 2019


Historic Haight & Ashbury building set to become 'museum for counterculture' By Camden Avery, Hoodline, May 16, 2019


Closure of Oxnard performing arts center, Carnegie Museum proposed as city slashes budget By Wendy Leung, Ventura County Star, May 14, 2019


How to be safe while visiting a zoo or other wildlife facility By Jason Bittel, National Geographic, May 14, 2019


LA Zoo Discovers New Breeding Technique for California Condors City News Service, NBC Los Angeles, May 13, 2019


The Frozen Zoo: Noah’s Ark for an Era of Genomic Tools and Rampant Extinction By Heather Goldstone, WCAI, May 12, 2019


California museum head lauds Chinese workers' role in building 1st U.S. transcontinental railroad Xinhua, May 9, 2019


Endangered African penguins hatch at San Diego Zoo for 1st time KABC-7, May 9, 2019


California State Archives ‘First Complete Rail Map of the Sierras’ Available Digitally, On Public Display for the First Time Sierra Sun Times, May 8, 2019


Barona Cutural Center, New Children’s Museum Share Major National Award By Debbie L. Sklar, Times of San Diego, May 7, 2019


Association Of Art Museum Curators Announces 2019 Award Winners Artforum, May 6, 2019 Congratulations to the winners from California: Kristen Collins, Bryan C. Keene, Tom Joyce, Marla C. Berns, and Allen F. Roberts


Looted Art, Gay Rights Merge in Recovery of Polish Painting Associated Press, U.S. News & World Report, May 5, 2019


Monterey Bay Aquarium set to open educational wonderland By Dennis L. Taylor, The Mercury News, May 4, 2019


Escondido to lose its dinosaur museum; Roynon Museum’s last day is June 29 By David Ross, Valley Roadrunner, May 3, 2019


Holocaust Remembrance Day Recalls Horrors at Museum of Tolerance Event City News Service, NBC Los Angeles, May 2, 2019


ArtCenter to take over downtown L.A. space of the abruptly shut Main Museum By Carolina A. Miranda, The Los Angeles Times, May 2, 2019


Los Angeles County Moves to Protect Endangered Museum Collection Sentinel News Service, Los Angeles Sentinel, May 2, 2019


Nazi-looted painting won’t be returned to California family, judge rules By Colleen Shalby, The Los Angeles Times, May 1, 2019


Bipartisan lawmakers reintroduce bill to establish a national Latino museum By Patricia Guadalupe, NBC News, May 1, 2019


Ex-Silicon Valley Community Foundation employees want George Lucas to fire their former boss Silicon Valley Business Journal, May 1, 2019


Californians for the Arts rallies for increased arts funding By TC Newman, ABC10 News, April 29, 2019


‘It’s museum meets mini golf!’ | Old Sac attraction blends mini golf and state history By Becca Habegger, ABC10News, April 27, 2019


Hendrick Children's Hospital prescribes San Diego, Abilene zoos programming By Laura Gutschke, Abilene Reporter News, April 27, 2019


Fresno Chaffee Zoo becomes more accommodating for visitors with autism, April 26, 2019


Mayor proposes major $47 million transformation plan for Old Sacramento waterfront By Theresa Clift, The Sacramento Bee, April 25, 2019


State senators try to slash Minnesota Historical Society's budget over sign at Fort Snelling By Jennifer Brooks, Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 25, 2019


A Frail Survivor’s Idiosyncratic Collection Of Holocaust Artifacts Needs A Home By Sonia Weiser, Forward, April 24, 2019


Charlie, the oldest sea otter at any zoo or aquarium, has died. What a life he had By Eric Levenson, CNN, April 23, 2019


10 Major Museum Scandals Sparked by Trustees and Directors By Alina Cohen, Artsy, April 22, 2019


Changes coming to Topeka Zoo after tiger attack By Emily Rittman and Maggie Holmes, KCTV Kansas City, April 22, 2019


Hundreds of human remains, burial objects to be returned to tribes, San Nicolas Island By Cheri Carlson, Ventura County Star, April 20, 2019


This Open Source Software Could Make Museum Websites More Accessible By Claire Voon, Artsy, April 19, 2019


Kids 17 and Under Get Free Admission to Movie Museum City News Service, NBC Los Angeles, April 18, 2019


Keeping Pinball History Alive, One Flipper At A Time By Michael Calore, WIRED, April 18, 2019


Fearsome ancient carnivore discovered after fossil lingered for decades in museum drawer By Riley Black,, April 18, 2019


Preserving San Diego’s architectural treasures in Balboa Park By Sasha Fu, KUSI News, April 17, 2019


Notre Dame fire powerful warning that we must protect America's precious heritage By David S. Ferriero, Carla Hayden, and David J. Skorton [Opinion], USA Today, April 17, 2019


It Can Happen Again: Museums Are at Risk, Too By Laura Lott [Opinion], The New York Times, April 16, 2019


O’Keeffe Museum offers a unique perspective By Megan Bennett, Albuquerque Journal, April 16, 2019


Natomas residents push old Kings arena as zoo’s new home – but it’s not a simple play By Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks, The Sacramento Bee, April 16, 2019


It's science: Viewing zoo animals reduces your stress levels By Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, April 15, 2019


PHOTOS: Powerhouse Science Center moves closer to completion

By Ben van der Meer, Sacramento Business Journal, April 11, 2019


Animal Planet Going Behind the Scenes at San Diego Zoo in New Series (Exclusive)

By Kimberly Nordyke, The Hollywood Reporter, April 10, 2019


'Postcards from Mecca': Photos rescued from trash are valley treasures now on exhibit at La Quinta Museum

By Sherry Barkas, Palm Springs Desert Sun, April 9, 2019


Award-winning artist Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld donates 120 pieces to Cal State Long Beach

By Hayley Munguia, Long Beach Press-Telegram, April 9, 2019


LACMA’s $650-million new building wins approval from county supervisors

By Deborah Vankin, The Los Angeles Times, April 9, 2019


LACMA's New Building Design Has Some People Mad — But Not Brad Pitt Or Diane Keaton

By Gina Pollack, LAist, April 9, 2019


Sacramento Zoo Tries Again To Find A New Home

By Bob Moffitt, Capital Public Radio News, April 9, 2019


Youth hockey players to visit Museum of Tolerance after making anti-Semitic remarks

By Helene Elliott, The Los Angeles Times, April 8, 2019


Gaza zoo animals evacuated to Jordan by Four Paws group

BBC News, April 8, 2019


New National Children’s Museum will finally open Nov. 1 after a delay

By Peggy McGlone, The Washington Post, April 7, 2019


Perris railway museum rolls into future with new name, logo

By Diane A. Rhodes, The Press-Enterprise, April 7, 2019


How the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Held On in Palm Springs

By Roger Catlin,, April 5, 2019


Can Museums Heal History's Wounds?

By Chip Colwell (Opinion), The New York Times, April 4, 2019


Archivists race to digitize slavery records before the history is lost

By Rupa Shenoy, Public Radio International, April 3, 2019


Cheers! Museum of Beer planned to open in San Diego's East Village next year

By Mark Saunders, ABC 10 News San Diego, April 2, 2019


The Foundation at Hearst Castle launches new educational tour to benefit California youth

By Ashton McIntyre, KSBY San Luis Obispo News, April 2, 2019


Pasadena Museum of California Art sold, owner eyes a new type of use for building

By Chris Lindahl, The Pasadena Star-News, April 1, 2019


Will the United States Finally Get a National Women’s History Museum? Congress Just Introduced Two Bipartisan Bills to Build One

By Sarah Cascone, ArtNet News, April 1, 2019


Monterey Bay Aquarium's April Fools' Fish Story

By Alysia Gray Painter, NBC Southern California, April 1, 2019


Erdogan says museum and former cathedral Hagia Sophia will become a mosque again

By Ayla Jean Yackley, The Art Newspaper, March 29, 2019


Sac State students bring history to life at California State Railroad Museum

By Katerina Petsalis, The State Hornet, March 29, 2019


Riverside County Scientists Discover New Ice-Age Era Mastodon Species

By Sebastian Echeverry, NBC Los Angeles, March 28, 2019


The Southwest Museum - L.A.'s oldest - is searching for a new owner for 'revitalization and creative reuse'

By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times, March 26, 2019


Giant Pandas to Leave San Diego Zoo

By Danielle Radin and Melissa Adan, NBC San Diego, March 25, 2019


Aquarium of the Pacific CEO drives bold vision in climate change-focused expansion

By Alexa Díaz, Los Angeles Times, March 24, 2019


Black Artists Claim Their Rightful Place in History in the Broad’s Soul of a Nation

By Catherine Womack, Los Angeles Magazine, March 22, 2019


A Museum Hires a Full-time Therapist

By Hrag Vartanian, Hyperallergic, March 22, 2019


Museum of Natural History: When an Exhibit Offends

By Azi Paybarah, The New York Times, March 21, 2019


San Francisco Museum Exhibition Shines New Light on Dark Side of Progress

By John Ramos, CBS SF Bay Area, March 21, 2019


Morro Bay aquarium isn’t dead just yet — this is how it can stay open

By Nick Wilson, The San Luis Obispo Tribune, March 21, 2019


Indianapolis Children's Museum Removes Michael Jackson Items

NBC Los Angeles, March 18, 2019


Long Lost de Kooning Masterpiece To Be Restored By Getty Museum

California News Wire Services,, March 15, 2019


The path to colonial reckoning is through archives, not museums

By Patrick Gathara, Al Jazeera, March 14, 2019


Fire kills 18 birds and other animals at Oak Glen reptile museum

By Brian Rokos, The San Bernardino County Sun, March 14, 2019


Smithsonian museum visitors in DC who are visually impaired can benefit from this new tech

By Michelai Graham,, March 13, 2019


New National Zoo security fencing that reduces pedestrian access is approved

By Michael E. Ruane, The Washington Post, March 13, 2019


Clean House to Survive? Museums Confront Their Crowded Basements

By Robin Pogrebin, The New York Times, March 12, 2019


Mendocino County Historical Society holds archives sale as they move collections to new building

By Curtis Driscoll, The Ukiah Daily Journal, March 11, 2019


Barona Cultural Center & Museum is the First Native American Museum in California Ever Selected as a Finalist for Prestigious National Medal for Museum and Library Service Award

PR Newswire, March 11, 2019


Politicians Urge Victoria & Albert Museum to Return £500,000 Grant to Sackler Heiress

By Zachary Small, Hyperallergic, March 10, 2019


Art world inequities spark labour campaign by museum workers

By Jillian Steinhauer, The Art Newspaper, March 8, 2019


Outdoor art museum of murals proposed for Sacramento

By Carlos Herrera,, March 8, 2019


Peninsula Museum of Art looking for home

By Austin Walsh, San Mateo Daily Journal, March 8, 2019


SF Zoo Monkey Island: Depression jobs and fun for humans, mixed bag for animals

By Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, March 8, 2019


Everybody, a Backstreet Boys 'Experience' Is Headed for DTLA

By Alysia Gray Painter, NBC Los Angeles, March 7, 2019


Dutch Museum to return artefacts stolen from other countries

By Leonidas Kalai, ArtCritique, March 7, 2019


The fight for control over virtual fossils

By Dyani Lewis,, March 6, 2019


Here’s what’s going on behind the scenes at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum before it reopens

By Ryan Hagen, The Press-Enterprise, March 4, 2019


Traveling Black History Museum Evokes Conversations About Race And Politics

By Destiny Llamas, WVIK, March 1, 2019


A Former Guggenheim Director Thinks Museums Need to be More Like Theme Parks

By Christopher Marcisz, Hyperallergic, February 27, 2019


Are museums being clear enough with the public about what's real and what's fake?

By Menachem Wecker, The Washington Post, February 27, 2019


Southern California's newest art museum will be called the Benton

By Doborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times, February 26, 2019

Desert X 2019: This project shines light on lynchings of 149 Mexicans in California

By Greg Archer, The Desert Sun, February 22, 2019


High-tech equipment used to rebuild century-old Sacramento science center

By Max Resnik, KCRA 3 Sacramento, February 21, 2019


Sacramento foster care agency brings children's art to the Crocker Art Museum

By TC Newman, ABC 10 Sacramento, February 20, 2019


In a community still shaken from the Borderline mass shooting, a museum finds a new home

By Ethan Varian, Los Angeles Daily News, February 20, 2019


Armenian American Museum Announces $8.1 Million After Inaugural Telethon Azbarez Armenian News, February 19, 2019

Pasadena Museum of History Announces Donation of Artwork, Memorabilia from Family of Artist/Educator Nelbert Chouinard Pasadena Now, February 18, 2019

'KidSTREAM' Children's Museum Will be First in Ventura County By JD Carrere, Spectrum News 1, February 18, 2019

5 local women to be inducted into San Diego County Women's Hall Of Fame CBS 8 San Diego, February 17, 2019

Fresno Art Museum offering future art students portfolio prep workshops By Jessica Johnson,, February 13, 2019

America's Endangered Natural History Museums Hold The DNA Secrets of a Vanishing World

By Colin Dickey, Pacific Standard Magazine, February 11, 2019


At OMCA, ‘Black Power’ reminds community of Oakland’s history of activism, prejudice

By Areyon Jolivette, The Daily Californian, February 11, 2019


Guggenheim Targeted by Protesters for Accepting Money From Family With OxyContin Ties

By Colin Moynihan, The New York Times, February 9, 2019


Bean Sprouts Café Opens at Kidspace

By Alysia Gray Painter, NBC Los Angeles, February 8, 2019


The new National Law Enforcement Museum is straight-up copaganda

By Sadie Dingfelder, The Washington Post, February 7, 2019


What’s an okapi? Sacramento Zoo’s newest addition has giraffe ancestry and a zebra’s behind

By Michael McGough, The Sacramento Bee, February 7, 2019


L.A.’s Velvet Painting Museum Is Hanging on for Dear Life in Chinatown

By Liz Ohanesian, Los Angeles Magazine, February 6, 2019


Mandy Aftel’s perfume museum seduces with whale vomit and other curious scents

By Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, February 6, 2019


New York’s MOMA Will Close This Summer to Complete Expansion

ArtForum, February 5, 2019


The Love Story Behind L.A.’s Bunny Museum

By Lizzie Philip, Atlas Obscura, February 4, 2019


Oakland Zoo, Brewery Create New Beer ‘Bay Cat Ale’ To Help Mountain Lions

CBS SF Bay Area, February 2, 2019

‘We missed you guys’: Smithsonian museums, National Zoo welcome back visitors after government shutdown

By Marrisa J. Lang and Peggy McGlone, The Washington Post, January 29, 2019


Drone video shows new Powerhouse Science Center under construction

By Hector Amezcua, The Sacramento Bee, January 25, 2019


Shasta Historical Society working to collect Carr Fire documents

By Briona Haney, KRCR News, January 25, 2019


What problem in our community is our museum most uniquely equipped to solve?

By Johanna Jones, New Faces New Spaces, January 23, 2019


Visiting museums and galleries is a popular way to de-stress, according to a new study.

By Wallace Ludel, Artsy, January 23, 2019


Temporary Closure of Balboa Park's California Tower Starts Next Month

By Monica Garske, NBC 7 San Diego, January 23, 2019


Original McDonald’s Museum plaque found online — but it’s not one stolen in San Bernardino

By Richard K. De Atley, San Bernardino County Sun, January 22, 2019


Archivist and historian Alyssa Ballard brings new energy to Mendocino County Historical Society

By Carolyn Ponts Steckter, The Ukiah Daily Journal, January 21, 2019


During the L.A. teachers' strike, a child went to a museum. Here's what she missed at school

By Sonali Kohli, Los Angeles Times, January 20, 2019


Artists, Arts Professionals Call on New Museum to Allow Unionization

By Alex Greenberger, ARTNews, January 18, 2019


MOCA shutters architecture galleries amid arts losses around Los Angeles

By Antonio Pacheco, The Architect’s Newspaper, January 18, 2019


Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Department of Vertebrate Zoology launches massive preservation project

Santa Ynez Valley News, January 17, 2019


From Lady Liberty to Hollywood to the Middle East, These Are the Most Exciting Museums Opening in 2019

By Jane Recker,, January 17, 2019

Farm group, agricultural lenders sponsor Powerhouse Science Center water display

By Mark Anderson, Sacramento Business Journal, January 16, 2019

With New Museums Opening Rapidly, Old Institutions Must Turn Tactical to Compete for Funding

By Daniel Grant, Observer, January 16, 2019

$4 Million Grant Will Promote Board Diversity at Museums

By Nicole Wallace, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, January 15, 2019

Master plan for new Orange County Museum of Art location gets OK from Costa Mesa Planning Commission

By Luke Money, Los Angeles Times, January 15, 2019