Truthers Plan to Hand out Fake Brochures for 9/11 Museum On Opening Day

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The real brochure cover, left, and the other one, right.
The dedication of the new National September 11 Memorial Museum happened last week, with speeches from President Obama and Mayor de Blasio and flags flown at half-mast outside at the World Trade Center Memorial Plaza. The museum will open to the public on Wednesday, May 21, and the 9/11 truth squad is, predictably, planning a visit of their own.

The Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth have been very dedicated for a very long time to promulgating the theory that September 11 was an inside job, and that the Twin Towers were felled by a controlled demolition. Their latest effort in New York was a billboard in Times Square. But for the opening day of the 9/11 Museum, they've got something else planned: fake museum brochures, designed to look exactly like the real ones.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art: 144 Years Old, and Still Free... For Now

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The Great Hall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrated a birthday this week. Sunday, April 13, marked the 144th anniversary of the Met's incorporation by the New York state legislature, which makes this week as good a time as any to revisit the museum's mission as outlined in the legislation that created it.

The Met, according to its founding charter, would be responsible for "encouraging and developing the study of the fine arts, and the application of the arts to manufacture and practical life, of advancing general knowledge of kindred subjects, and, to that end, furnishing popular instruction and recreation." The New York state legislature envisioned it as a museum for the people -- not just for members of the middle and upper classes with, say, $25 to burn on a rainy day.

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Hit Hard by Sandy, Coney Island Museum Will Re-Open May 26

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After being closed for a year and a half due to Hurricane Sandy-related renovations, the world-famous, sideshow-hosting, awesome-stuff-having Coney Island Museum will re-open May 26, just in time for Memorial Day. We're so excited we may show up dressed as a topless mermaid.

Coney Island was hit especially hard by Sandy; in April of last year, the area's unofficial mayor, Dick Zigun, who runs the museum and heads Coney Island USA, the non-profit behind it, told the Daily News the museum had suffered "major damage" to the museum, its props and inventory.

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PHOTOS: The Met's "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" Attempts to be Legit

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is slightly loosening up its tie with their latest Costume Institute exhibition "PUNK: Chaos to Couture," which opens Thursday and is on view through August 14.

"Punk began as an impulse, as a feeling," curator Andrew Bolton said during a press preview this morning. And it was Television's Richard Hell that first had the spontaneous impulse, in the mid-'70s, to shred his T-shirt, holding it together with safety pins, spike his hair, ultimately influencing the Sex Pistols, and introducing punk wear to the world.

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New Yorkers Have to Wait to See Their New Spacecraft

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It looks like we're going to have to re-mark our calendars for the arrival of Enterprise in our own backyard. And not the one from Star Trek, the one from NASA.

Due to an overcast prediction for Monday's weather, the space agency is holding back on its transfer ("until further notice") of the Enterprise from the Smithsonian in D.C. to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. 

That's right - there's about to be a space shuttle on the Hudson and, yes, its travel can be affected by human realities like rain. The new flight plan will be announced at one point this coming week but, for now, New Yorkers should just be on the lookout.
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Met Director Thomas Campbell Talks The Museum's New Ad Campaign, Celebrities And Social Media

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Have you ever wondered what Alex Rodriguez's favorite works of art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art are? Would you have guessed they include a Manet, a Thomas Eakins, a 10th-11th century Sicán funerary mask and a Rauschenberg among others? Well, that's what the museum's newest ad campaign with the theme "My Met" shares, in addition to revealing the tastes of other celebrities like Claire Danes, Marc Jacobs, Carmelo and La La Anthony, Hugh Jackman, Zaha Hadid and Seth Meyers. The campaign, which debuted in the New York Times March 15, also features an interactive aspect in which people can highlight their own preferences in the collection answering the question "What's Your Met?" Runnin' Scared got a chance to speak with the Met's Director Thomas Campbell about the campaign, the choice of celebrities and social media.

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One Psycho at a Time in New Museum's 'Psycho Tank' After City Crackdown

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NOT Carsten Höller's 'Psycho Tank'
Psycho Tank, part of Carsten Höller's "Experience" exhibit at the New Museum, just got a little less psycho. The instillation calls for up to six visitors to disrobe, shower, and float in a highly saline bath in order to provide a unique sensory-deprivation experience. Sounds fun! Unfortunately, the Post reports the Department of Health has warned the museum that Psycho Tank doesn't have the prerequisite permits the city demands of bathhouses, and from now on only one person is allowed to enjoy the artwork at a time.

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New Museum Getting a Fun New Slide

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Holler's slide at the Tate Modern.
The New Museum is getting a slide! A Belgian artist named Carsten Höller, who has already installed slides in other cities around the world, is putting a big plastic slide in the Bowery museum. Like, really big, at least for indoors: the slide is 40 feet high and 102 feet long. Its installation begins next week and the slide will be open for "business" October 26th.

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You're More Likely to Fall Up in an Elevator Than Down: Findings from the Elevator Museum

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Esther Zuckerman
A series of metal plates covers one of the four interior walls of the Elevator Historical Society's newly opened museum in Long Island City. Placed in the center of the leftmost panel is founder and curator Patrick Carrajat's first acquisition, a small silver cover for an elevator interlock taken from a pile of material set to be discarded after he had helped out his father, an elevator mechanic, on a job in 1955.

"I took that home that day," he said pointing at the wall. "Sat there polishing it with Noxon until it got nicely cleaned up. And that was the beginning of a lifelong, some people call it, obsession. I don't, I don't think it's an obsession. I think it's just a great love and respect for the history of the industry that's made me a wonderful living for 50 years."

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Smithsonian National Museum of American History To Host September 11th Exhibit

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Shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Congress declared the Smithsonian the official repository for materials related to the tragedy, so that they could be permanently preserved. Now, from September 3 to September 11, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History will be displaying some of the items. The New York Post reports that the exhibit will include "airplane fragments, objects from Pentagon offices, and a door from a crushed New York fire truck." Objects will be displayed on tables instead of in traditional glass cases to make the exhibit more personal and intimate. The museum will also host a forum on July 26 addressing "The Public Memory of September 11," featuring presentations from the directors of the memorials in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. [NYP]

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