A New Interactive StoryWalk Opens at MSU Museum

A new interactive StoryWalk is available on the second floor at the MSU Museum. It features the book, “Because of an Acorn” by Lola Schaefer. The StoryWalk is a collaboration between East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) and the Museum. “StoryWalks are a wonderful way of putting a fun, interactive twist

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The 1920 Christmas Number for The Graphic, featuring a drawing by R. Higgins

Masks for the Holidays: Mystery and the Regeneration of Life

In his December 2018 letter, MSU Museum Director Mark Auslander reflects on the Museum’s collections as he considers the curious symbolism of masks used during the holiday season, from Halloween masks, to the masked figure of Santa Claus, to New Year’s masquerades. Speculatively, Auslander proposes an anthropological interpretation of the

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Give Green Day

Give Green Day

On Tuesday, November 27, Spartans near and far will come together to make a better tomorrow. Give Green Day is a chance to give back and make a difference to impact current and future Spartans. Support the MSU Museum by donating to the mini-museum classroom on Give Green Day. MSU

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CALIPSO, a joint mission between NASA and the French space agency, CNES, provides new insight into the role that clouds and atmospheric aerosols (airborne particles) play in regulating Earth’s weather, climate, and air quality. (image courtesy NASA's Golbal Climate Change website)

Bringing Climate Change Home: Science on a Sphere and the World of Objects

In this November 2018 letter, MSU Museum Director Mark Auslander considers how NOAA’s Science on a Sphere system, scheduled to arrive at the Museum in late 2019, could be combined with physical objects in the Museum collections to illustrate the history and future effects of global climate change. What new

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Docents at the MSU Museum

MSU Museum Seeks Docents for Education, Visitor Services

The MSU Museum is recruiting docents to help visitors get the most out of their visits. Docents greet groups, conduct tours, and lead educational activities that add to the visitor experience and increase awareness of collections and exhibitions. Successful docents should be enthusiastic, flexible, curious and able to work with

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Aerial view of Michael Heizer, This Equals That, 1976–1980, State Capital Complex, Lansing, Michigan, commissioned by the state of Michigan. Photograph by Balthazar Korab.

This Equals That: Revisiting the Problem of “Equivalence”

In his October 2018 letter MSU Museum Director Mark Auslander reflects on conversations about bringing Michael Heizer’s legendary art work, “This Equals That,” out of long term storage, to be restored and reconstructed somewhere in the Greater Lansing area. Long considered one of the nation’s preeminent monumental sculptures, “This Equals

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National Memorial to Peace and Justice

A New Tabernacle: Remembering Lynching in Montgomery, Alabama

In his September 2018 letter, MSU Museum Director Mark Auslander reflects on his recent visit to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. Dedicated to the nearly 4,400 recorded victims of racial terror lynching, the memorial centers on hundreds of hanging columns, on which are inscribed the

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Elisabeth Adigbli, 25, primary school teacher, Abomey © Darcy Greene

On the Job in Abomey: Portraits of Working People in Benin

MSU MUSEUM EXHIBIT EXAMINES THE UNIVERSAL NATURE OF WORK Despite differences in geography, history, and culture, the nature of work is a shared experience. A photographic documentation of life and traditions in Benin, West Africa is the focus of a new exhibit at the MSU Museum. On the Job in

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Removing a ribbon from a tree

Trees as Witnesses: Honoring the Survivors

In his August 2018 letter, Museum Director Mark Auslander reflects on the approximately 221 teal bows and ribbons on campus, tied around trees to honor the survivors of the horrific sexual abuse perpetrated by Larry Nasser. Recently, the parents and allies who placed the ribbons decided to remove them, to

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Image of Science On a Sphere at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago


The MSU Museum was awarded $150,000 from the MSU Federal Credit Union for Science on a Sphere. The MSUFCU will also continue its support of the Museum’s preschool program and the annual Dinosaur Dash 5K race. Developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Science on a Sphere displays

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