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American Museum of Natural History Photo 2019-05-02 00:13

The recent rise in global temperature has been observed in long-term measurements of the atmosphere and oceans. Current climate change—and its unusually rapid rate—is not apparent in one day or year. But over decades, an unmistakable warming trend becomes clear. Take a look at what’s happening in ...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2019-05-01 12:59

Feeling fuzzy today? The white ermine moth (Spilosoma lubricipeda) is! Named for its resemblance to an ermine’s coat, this moth can be found in parts of England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. It can be spotted in gardens, grasslands, or woodlands, where it likes to feed on herb...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2019-04-30 13:07

Welcome to Trilobite Tuesday! While trilobites can be found within sedimentary outcrops from New York to California, no state can match Utah in terms of sheer volume of trilobite material. Trilobite collecting in Utah stretches back centuries, to early discoveries of strange “animals of stone...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2019-04-29 20:59

It’s time for Megafauna Monday! Meet the marsupial “tapir” (Palorchestes azael). Its common name is a nod to its tapir-like trunk, which likely wasn’t functional. Some scientists think that this pony-sized animal had an extensible tongue, elongated forearms, and paws with large, compre...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2019-04-28 19:06

Coming in at around 0.9 inches (24 millimeters) is Denise’s pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus denise), one of the world’s smallest seahorses! This critter inhabits Indo-Pacific waters and tends to live on gorgonian sea fans—it may even stick to the same one for its whole life. It camouflages i...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2019-04-28 13:13

Stretching out your legs and soaking up the sunshine like the Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) this weekend? This bird is named for its association with grazing animals, since it tracks large mammals to find its own prey, like insects or frogs, which are disturbed by the foraging. Depending ...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2019-04-01 00:23

That feeling when the Sunday scaries sink in... There are around 10 species of owl monkeys, also known as night monkeys, in the genus Aotus. They live in forest habitats throughout Central and South America including Brazil, Argentina, and Ecuador. The owl monkey is one of the few primates w...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2019-03-31 13:08

What makes the swift fox (Vulpes velox) so swift? It’s able to reach speeds of more than 30 miles per hour, which comes in handy when hunting—or being hunted. The fox’s agility helps it snatch up a prairie dog for a meal, or evade the jaws of a hungry coyote. It’s native to North Americas...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2019-03-30 13:17

It’s an ocelot... it’s a margay? Nope—meet the oncilla (Leopardus tigrinus)! Also known as the little tiger cat or tigrillo, it has a wide range across South America and parts of Central America, ranging from northern Costa Rica to northern Argentina. The wild feline is adaptable and liv...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2019-03-29 23:52

As the weekend approaches, are you feeling golden—like the golden lion tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia)? The critter’s name comes from the lustrous color of its coat, along with its signature lion-like mane. Tamarins are small, squirrel-sized monkeys. Native to the Atlantic Forest that r...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2019-03-29 19:08

What’s that critter? It’s the spined micrathena (Micrathena gracilis)! This arachnid can be found throughout much of the eastern half of the United States and Canada, where it lives in dense forests. It’s a member of the orb weavers, a group of spiders that build their webs in a circular...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2019-03-29 00:10

Teamwork makes the dream work for the banded mongoose (Mungos mungo). This social species lives in groups of around 20 individuals in a range of open African habitats including grasslands, woodlands, and brush lands. Its diet mainly consists of insects, but a group may coordinate efforts t...
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National Gallery Photo 2018-06-08 13:15

In Turner's beautifully epic portrayal of Homer's Odyssey, we see Ulysses standing aloft on his ship deriding the Cyclops, whom he and his companions have just left blinded, and invoking the vengeance of Neptune. One of the flags is painted with the scene of the Trojan Horse. The horses of the Sun are rising above the horizon ('Odyssey', Book 9). Opening on Monday, visit 'Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire' and see Turner's influence on this American artist: http://bit.ly/2JsMlxa

Tate Photo 2018-06-07 18:20

This Volunteers' Week we are celebrating the extraordinary contribution of over 500 volunteers at Tate who give their time, passion & expertise to visitors from all over the globe, across our four galleries. 'I didn’t know anything about contemporary art until I started volunteering at Tate in 2016. I’ve learnt a lot! I love passing on this knowledge to visitors. It keeps my brain active! My favourite room in Tate Britain is the 1840s room and my favourite painting is The Lady of Shalott. I like all the Pre-Raphaelites in Tate Britain. This is my favourite room and my favourite place to be.’ - Steve Daszko, volunteer visitor host with John William Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott 1888 https://goo.gl/RvZ97V

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Photo 2018-06-07 15:58

On view tomorrow, June 8—"Giacometti” fills the ramps of our rotunda, featuring nearly 200 sculptures, paintings, and drawings by the preeminent artist Alberto Giacometti, whose intensive focus on the human condition continues to provoke and inspire new generations. A collaboration with the Fondation Giacometti in Paris (Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti), this comprehensive exhibition examines anew the artist’s practice and his unmistakable vocabulary. Learn more: https://gu.gg/2xPE44R … Photo: David Heald

Gun of the Day - NRA Museums 2018-06-07 13:01

GUN OF THE DAY - A Ranger 1911A1? The Robert E. Petersen Gallery holds many unusual handguns and this Colt 1911A1 is right in there swinging. While some might be captivated by the fine set of stag grips on this GOTD, the oddly truncated trigger guard sets this pistol apart. There are a number of similar handguns in existence that were modified by Texas Ranger Captain Manuel T. Gonzaullas, who spent considerable time in later life in Hollywood, not far from where Robert E. Petersen lived. Is this one of that Ranger's handguns? We just don't know. Caliber: .45 ACP Production Date: 1943 #NRAmuseums #GunOfTheDay #guns #history

National Gallery Photo 2018-06-07 12:43

Gauguin was born #OnThisDay in 1848. 'Bowl of Fruit and Tankard before a Window' by Gauguin is a tribute to a Cézanne painting Gauguin had acquired around 10 years earlier, 'Still Life with Compotier, Glass and Apples'. It repeats many of the elements of this painting, such as the fruit, pottery, rumpled tablecloth and the knife at the lower right. On a wider level it is also indicative of Gauguin moving away from Impressionism to a more structurally rigorous art exemplified by Cézanne's work. View this homage to still life in Room 43: http://bit.ly/2GQArzJ