A museum says they gave an artist $84,000 in cash to use in artwork. He delivered blank canvases and titled them “Take the Money and Run.”
The word “museum” is derived from the word “musaeum” which translates to Institution Of The Muses, the Muses being the nine goddesses of the arts.
The Grand Canyon Museum had three buckets of radioactive uranium ore on display for 18 years, and only found out when a kid was goofing around with a Geiger counter.
In 2014 the beard of the Golden Mask of Tutankhamun fell off as it was cleaned by Museum employees, trying to cover up their mistake they tried to glue it back on with quick-dry plastic glue, leaving it off-center. This was later noticed and the employees got charged with “reckless destruction”.
When a painting was stolen from the Museum of Bad Art, the museum initially offered a reward of $6.50 for its return. This was latter upped to $36.73. Ten years later, the thief contacted the museum and demanded a $5000 ransom for the painting. No ransom was paid, but it was returned anyway.
In 2016, a 155-year-old mousetrap kept on display in a museum in Berkshire caught a mouse.
Japan has a museum devoted entirely to rocks that look like faces. There are over 1,700 rocks on display, and they include rocks that look like E.T. and Elvis Presley.
There is a museum in Croatia named “Froggyland” which is entirely composed of over 500 stuffed Frogs in human positions.
There are more museums in the U.S. than there are Starbucks and McDonalds — combined.