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The Octobass – What does this huge instrument sound like?

Want a low-end rumble in your orchestra? You need an octobass, a bowed-string instrument that's so massive, it requires a platform and a series levers to play. Only three were originally made by their inventor Jean-Ba...

Blue morpho butterflies emerge from their chrysalises

From the Natural History Museum in London, watch as these blue morpho butterflies emerge from their chrysalises in the Sensational Butterflies exhibition's beautifully organized chrysalis hatchery. From Time Out: ...

Shylights: Blooming silk light sculptures at the Rijksmuseum

Made with silk, aluminum, polished stainless steel, LED's, and iPhone/iPad-controlled robotics, Shylights by Studio Drift mimic the natural world with their graceful metamorphosis. Watch as they fall 30 feet (9 meters...

Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle Restoration at MSI Chicago

This huge fairy castle, a doll house made from 200 exacting components that can be packaged into shipping crates for touring, has been at the Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry since 1949. In 2014, the structure...

Cookie Monster’s food-related “showerthoughts” at the museum

What was the best thing before sliced bread? Cookie Monster considers some food-related "showerthoughts" -- those random, seemingly-profound thoughts, ideas, or questions that you might have while taking a shower, day...

AMNH: Shelf Life – Skull of the Olinguito

How was a ninety year old specimen "hiding in plain sight" before it was rescued from storage at The Field Museum and celebrated in 2013 as a newly-identified species? This episode of The American Museum of Natural Hi...

TateShots: Yayoi Kusama’s Obliteration Room

Yayoi Kusama's Obliteration Room is one of the more visually memorable collaborative museum projects in recent memory. Within it, children are invited to cover the white surfaces with dot stickers -- from the walls, t...

AMNH: Shelf Life – Six Ways To Prepare a Coelacanth

The Coelacanth, pronounced see-luh-kanth, is a prehistoric-looking fish that scientists thought had gone extinct 66 to 80 million years ago, until one was discovered in a fisherman's haul near the Chalumna River by So...

AMNH: Shelf Life – Turtles and Taxonomy

The science of classification, specifically the biological taxonomy of organisms, organizes how humans see and study the life that surrounds us. For museum-goers, observing a turtle skull, seaweed leaves, or a cabinet...

AMNH Origami: Fold a Jumping Frog in 13 Easy Steps

In celebration of the American Museum of Natural History's annual Origami Holiday Tree, a 40 year tradition, the museum has released a series of short origami-making videos. Above, how to fold a jumping frog from an i...

AMNH: Shelf Life – 33 Million Things

What if you could open up a drawer full of hundreds of pinned insect specimens to study them under a microscope, or unscrew the jar cap to scan a curious creature that swam in the deep sea decades ago? For collectors ...

Tape Paris: Crawl through suspended tunnels of translucent tape

Translucent, cocoon-like tunnels made from 140,000 feet of packing tape are stretched and suspended 20 feet up above the great entrance hall of Paris' Palais de Tokyo. Just a few at a time, visitors can step, slide, c...

Combat demonstrations in fifteenth century suits of armor

From Le Figaro, Le combat en armure au XVe siècle, in which two people demonstrate what it was like to battle in 15th century suits of armor. The combat was staged with reproductions for Le Musée National du Moyen-Âge...

How Do You Dismantle a Dino? (Very Carefully)

We've learned a lot about dinosaur anatomy since displays of their bones were set up at The National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., "anywhere from the early 1900s through 1940s, 50s, and 60s." As a par...

Bernard Pras’ anamorphic portrait of Ferdinand Cheval

At the at Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval, in Hauterives, France, there's a piece by French painter, photographer and sculptor Bernard Pras that transforms seemingly broken objects into a portrait of French postman and...

Museum of Obsolete Objects: Morse Code

From the 2011 video series, Museum of Obsolete Objects by Germany-based agency Jung von Matt, this is Morse Code. Consider Morse code a sort of texting invented over 130 years earlier than th...

The Elephant Bird Egg

Watch young David Attenborough try to piece together a massive broken egg shell (given to him by locals) in this 1961 clip from Zoo Quest to Madagascar: The Elephant Bird Egg. The Elephant B...

Mathematica: A World of Numbers… and Beyond

In 1961, an interactive exhibition called Mathematica: A World of Numbers… and Beyond inaugurated the new science wing at Los Angeles’ California Museum of Science and Industry. Spo...

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