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Cat videos: a museum topic?

I have been told on reliable authority that cute cat videos are some of the most popular content on YouTube. In a complete change of pace, this post is an experiment to see if cat videos have their place in a blog about museums. Here is a carefully curated selection of videos.

Category one: cats in museums

Cats in the Hermitage Museum.

Category two: museums about cats

A museum in Ohio about cats.

Category three: art gallery film festival about cat videos

A cat video program a the Walker Art Gallery.

Category four: serious museological analysis of cat videos

A blog posting by the Center for the Future of Museums about the Walker Art Gallery cat video awards ceremony. This post originates from the American Alliance of Museums, the pre-eminent professional association internationally. And so, I think it is quite OK for a museum blog to include cat videos as content!


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Watch for the Light on Remembrance Day

If you wish to take a few quiet moments to remember past and present wars and to honour veterans, you may wish to watch for the light to arrive at the Canadian War Museum. On Remembrance Day, at exactly 11 a.m EST, sunlight shines through a single window in Memorial Hall to frame the headstone representing Canada’s Unknown Soldier. Visit the Museum’s website for a live webcast.

Simon Alexandre-Clement Denis Flemish, 1786 - 1801  Oil on paper  Getty Center, Los Angeles

Simon Alexandre-Clement Denis
Flemish, 1786 – 1801
Oil on paper
Getty Center, Los Angeles