Right now it’s good to be a museum or institution of learning, as long as you love science and have a REALLY big storeroom. Today the Air and Space Magazine of the Smithsonian announced that the National Air and Space Museum is de-accessioning quite a few items from their collection, with the caveat that the items are “permanently transferred to organizations who will maintain them in the public domain.” Items range from small buttons, belts, and pairs of gloves to flight suits, engine parts, whole engines, and plane wings. Such an amazing array of ephemera from our National space adventures, ripe for the picking!

Museum curators, educators, and space enthusiasts, drool away! Here are just a few of the over 300 items listed!

All photos courtesy of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s de-accession/transfer list. To be considered for permanent object transfer, please visit their site for form requirements and where to send them.

Where oh where…

Gah! So sorry I’ve been absent from this lovely place. Yes, the daily images have been rotating, but alas, Twitter has won over the long form of information sharing. In order for my fingers to get back into the swing of things, let’s simply recap with a few life highlights and some select Twitter findings that are rife for the clicking. Enjoy!

  • Started Interning at the Explorer’s Club, checking quality of previously processed collections and soon will begin some original processing of my own!
  • Gearing up for a fun trip to Austin to visit some friends. The bf and I see pinball, honky-tonk, bbq, line dancing, and the lovely Harry Ransom Center in our future!
  • Visited a great new Science Fiction bookstore in Brooklyn called Singularity & Co., which is filled with whimsy, dedication, and floor to ceiling copies of the most colorful novels I have ever seen. A MUST see.

Alrighty. Here come the Tweets:

Enjoy! Click away! I’ll return soon, I promise.



The International Spy Museum

Located in Washington, D.C., the ISM “is the only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage and the only one in the world to provide a global perspective on an all-but-invisible profession that has shaped history and continues to have a significant impact on world events.” In all seriousness…this is amazingly cool.

The International Spy Museum includes exhibits that puts the patron in the shoes of covert operatives from the earliest historical times to the present, exhibiting tech, practices, and how spies survived both in war and peacetimes. Adults can participate in the more focused interactive spying activities and include the younger sneaks in guided GPS spy-tours of the city!

Check out their spyblog, or tiptoe around their website for more info!

Mahna Mahna!

Photo by John E. Barrett. Mahna Mahna and back-up singers © The Muppets Studio, LLC.

If ever there was an exhibit that could bring Cheshire smiles and soggy tear-stained cheeks to each and EVERY viewer, it would be this amazing walk-through at the Museum of the Moving Image. Take a free tour, walk through yourself, or do both. Let the ambition, creativity, and love from Jim Henson sink in and leave inspired and ready to re-watch your favorite Henson films and episodes when you get home.

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