The MAS Caboose – “Reopening History”

For fifty-three years, the Museum of Arts and Sciences has been home to the SAL Class 5CC Caboose #5236. SAL stands for the Seaboard Air Line Railway, a major railroad system that operated throughout the southeast from 1900 up until 1967. The SAL Caboose #5236 was built in 1923 and...

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A Curator For A Day

Mounted buffalo head 34” H x 24” W x 37” D ED1995.6001.02 Gift of E. Raymond Smith     The Curator for a Day program, of which Lily was our first participant, was the outgrowth of our desire to have the From the Vault choices reflect a variety of perspectives....

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Notes on Nettie by Lisa Gant Fisher

Nettie, 1928 Artist: Leo Moss/Georgia Papier-mâché and fabric; clothing not original Museum purchase with funds donated by the Museum Guild, Inc. A1992.04.01* 20” tall with the signature “M” incised on the back of the neck. *Accession number which indicates first the year the item was acquired, then the number of...

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The Helpful Support of K-9 Units.

The canine, or K-9, Unit is an integral part of law-enforcement agencies across the globe. Utilizing dogs for law-enforcement purposes has been a practice seen at various points in history dating back to at least the middle ages. Bloodhounds were, and still are today, used as a means of tracking...

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Chinchilla? What’s a Chinchilla?

The chinchilla is a small, plush rodent, native to the Andes Mountains of South America, whose name is derived from the Chincha people of the same region. The species’ soft fur made them an ideal target for trapping, and eventually their passive behavior and delicate features allowed for easy domestication....

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From the Vault – A Look Behind the Museum’s Closed Doors

Have you ever wondered about the artifacts or artwork that a museum has that are not often on exhibit? Like many museums, the Museum of Arts and Sciences has many more objects in its vault (over 7,000) than on exhibit. Beginning with the first 2017 issue of the Membership newsletter,...

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Your Summer Assignment: Play Hard!

By Susan Welsh, Executive Director for the Museum of Arts and Sciences At the Museum of Arts and Sciences, we’re united in a common purpose to cultivate a new generation of wonder junkies. From exploring the mysteries of dark matter in the planetarium to creating vibrant abstract performance art in...

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What is an Education Curator?

By Susan Mays, Education Curator for the Museum of Arts and Sciences Education, and especially education in an informal environment, has been my passion since I was in high school. As I begin this, my first ever, blog I wanted to share a little about what an Education Curator does....

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