All the museums
Musée des Confluences
The construction of the Musée des Confluences in Lyon is nearly complete and its public opening is scheduled for December 20, 2014. The architecture of the building is radical—hovering somewhere between crystalline and cloudlike—and it will be home to the museum’s holdings of more than two million objects representing fields as varied as paleontology, mineralogy, zoology, entomology, anthropology, Egyptology, and prehistory. The core of its current collection is that of the former Musée d’Histoire Naturelle augmented with donations of famous collector Émile Guimet, as well as with objects collected by missionaries and from the holdings of the Musée Colonial. It was further enriched over the years by the new institution’s active acquisitions policy. The permanent collection will present more than 3,000 works shown in four thematic sections: Origins: The Stories of the World; Species: The Fabric of Life; Societies: The Theater of Mankind; and Eternities: Visions of the Great Beyond. Two inaugural exhibitions will feature most of the Émile Guimet pieces in Les Trésors de Guimet (The Guimet Treasures) and objects derived from curiosity cabinets in Dans la Chambre des Merveilles (In the Chamber of Marvels), both on view from the museum’s opening until July 2015. An abundance of cultural events—lectures, concerts, and a variety of academic programs— are also planned.
Dallas Museum of Art
Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is among the 10 largest art museums in the country and is distinguished by its commitment to research, innovation, and public engagement. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 22,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Located in the heart of the nation’s largest arts district, the Museum welcomes some 600,000 visitors annually and acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary events, and dramatic and dance presentations. In January 2013, the DMA returned to a free general admission policy and launched DMA Friends, the first free museum membership program in the country, which currently has over 70,000 members.
The Musée Dapper is a private institution created in 1986 and dedicated to both contemporary and traditional African art. It has exhibition galleries as well as venues for performances, and a library. It also publishes important books on African art and literature. The Musée Dapper and the Dapper Foundation have greatly contributed to the exposure of African art through the presentation of some thirty exhibitions over the years, usually at the rate of one or two a year. The museum carries the name of Olfert Dapper, the seventeenth-century Dutch humanist and author of the famous Description de l'Afrique, an essential reference work whose interdisciplinary approach, unique at the time, linked geography, economics, politics, medicine, and the study of traditions.
de Young Museum
The de Young originated from the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition and was established as the Memorial Museum. Thirty years later, it was renamed in honor of Michael H. de Young, a longtime champion of the museum. The present copper-clad landmark building, designed by Herzog and de Meuron, opened in October 2005. It showcases the institution’s significant collections of American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries; art from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; costume and textile arts; and international contemporary art.
DLM Deutsches Ledermuseum/Schuhmuseum Offenbach
The DLM Ledermuseum Offenbach combines three museums under one roof: the largest Shoe Museum in Europe with international footwear from four millennia, the Museum for Applied Art and Industry (Focus Leather) and the Ethnological Museum. In 1917 this unique institute was opened in the leather city Offenbach by its founder, Prof. Hugo Eberhardt. Since then more than 30.000 objects have come together that document "the leather production and leather processing of all times and all peoples“ – as was said at the time. In 1938 the DLM moved into its new home in the reconstructed "Städtische Lagerhaus“, a city warehouse, a classicist building in the west of Offenbach’s city. What was originally laid out as a collection of historic examples for a flourishing leather goods industry quickly developed into a multi-section museum of global, anthropological standard. Among the gems in the DLM German Leather Museum are the shadow drama discs. Far more than a thousand characters, heads, props and scenery belong to the play set of the Emperor Qianlong (1711-1735-1796) that was used in a magnificent performance in honour of his 80th birthday. A little more recent are the over two thousand shadow drama discs of the Mandshu Prince Zai Ying (or Yin Beile). The downfall of the Qin dynasty in 1912 also deprived the aristocracy and the shadow play ensembles of their livelihood. Thus these sets came on the market and were offered to the Leather Museum at the beginning of the1930‘s-because they are made of dried donkey rawhide.
Dumbraton Oaks - Research Library and Collection
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is an institute in Washington, D.C., administered by the Trustees for Harvard University. It supports research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through fellowships and internships, meetings, and exhibitions. Located in residential Georgetown, Dumbarton Oaks welcomes researchers at all career stages who come to study its books, objects, images, and documents. It opens its doors to the public to visit its historic Gardens, designed by Beatrix Farrand; its Museum, with world-class collections of art; and its Music Room, for lectures and concerts. The institute disseminates knowledge through its own publications (such as Dumbarton Oaks Papers and symposium volumes) as well as through the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library (published by Harvard University Press). Dumbarton Oaks also makes accessible ever more of its resources freely online.
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art was founded by Indianapolis businessman and philanthropist Harrison Eiteljorg, whose mission were to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. The Eiteljorg collects and preserves high-quality Western art and Native American art and cultural objects. Its collection includes artists such as T.C. Cannon, N. C. Wyeth, Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keeffe, Allan Houser, Frederic Remington, Charles Russell and Kay WalkingStick. The institution’s contemporary Native art collection has been ranked among the world’s best. The Eiteljorg Museum is the only museum of its kind in the Midwest, and one of only two museums east of the Mississippi that explore both Native America and the American West.
Musée Ernest Cognacq
Made of a contemporary wing, French style gardens and a Renaissance style mansion, the museum Ernest Cognacq highlights the historical, artistic and military heritages of the île de Ré. You can discover of the history of the island from the Neolithic times to the tourism era. The old building presents annual temporary exhibitions; a room is dedicated to Vauban’s fortifications, inscribed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage list. A model explains the architecture of the fortified town of Saint-Martin-de-Ré, as Vauban designed it.