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Thylacines on a Friday

12 Aug

This is Travis Louie’s magnificent new take on the Thylacine.

Declared extinct in 1936, thousands of unconfirmed sightings have made the beautiful animal a darling of cryptozoology. Louie’s painting is part of the Lush Life Four group show opening tomorrow evening at Seattle’s Roq La Rue Gallery. The exhibition also includes work by Jessica Joslin, Camille Rose Garcia, Annie Owens, Glenn Barr, and more. Lush Life Four preview

Jewel Caterpillar.

15 May

A beautiful photo of the Jewel Caterpillar (Acraga coa), snapped by Gerardo Aizpuru near Cancun, and submitted to Project Noah. Be sure to click through for other views. Wow.

Photo take in a mangrove area , found this Stoning translucent caterpillar lay on a Red Mangrove tree leaf this morning early. Just can believe there is some species like this around the world. looks like made of glass whit small red mushroom inside every pic. about 3 cm long.

Jewel Caterpillar (via Geekologie)

Art Inside, Fun Outside

8 May

Danish artist Jeppe Hein’s “Modified Social Benches” — currently on display in De Haan, Belgium, and Bad Mergentheim, Germany — are one way to deter unwanted overnight guests…

City Sounds In London Town.

4 Apr

Last month, David Byrne resided for three days in a one-bedroom art space resembling a riverboat docked on the roof of Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. While participating in a residency for the project A Room for London, he created a new sound installation titled “Get It Away” by using field recording equipment to capture the city’s natural noises, which he turned into the piece.

Describing the process, Byrne said, “London’s tempo is 122.86 beats per minute. It turned out that most of the sounds seemed to converge around a common rhythm. I let the sounds dictate the groove, the tempo, and then I simply played along.”

Head On

22 Mar

Cai Guo-Qiang: Head On (2006). Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany. Photo by Hiro Ihara and Mathias Schormann

Cai Guo-Qiang is (in our humble opinion) making some of the most interesting and beautiful art of our time. This installation at Deustche Guggenheim in Berlin from 2006  is called Head On and it fills a large room with a pack of 99 life-size wolf replicas leaping into a plate glass panel.











Back in Stock; Rubber Ducky We <3 You!

4 Dec

Struggling to find a Christmas present for the person with everything?

The Shop Elves are willing to bet that even the most pampered of people will not have a fully customisable rubber duck!


                 Now back in stock for a limited time only at both the Manchester  Museum Shop

and the Whitworth Art Gallery Shop with a view to bringing art, colour and splashy fun to a bath time near you, the Melissa And Doug Decorate Your Own Rubber Duck gift set is truly a present for all the family.

How will you decorate yours?

Sensitive Skin As Art.

3 Nov



Imagine you could turn your own skin into art and then back into skin, kinda like a human etch-a-sketch. Ariana Page Russell is a visual artist whose work features intricate patterns created using her own skin as a canvas.

Russell has dermatographia, an immune system disorder that causes histamine swelling in response to light scratching. The effect lasts about 30 minutes: “This allows me to painlessly draw on my skin with just enough time to photograph the results. Even though I can direct this ephemeral response by drawing on it, the reaction is involuntary, much like the uncontrollable nature of a blush.”


You can see more of Russell’s amazing work on her site, at the Magnan Metz gallery, and at Collabcubed.


Dino Find Of The Day..

17 Sep

A partial view of 16 feather barbs trapped within a single piece of Canadian amber. These specimens provide few clues about any potential bearer, but provide another view of well-preserved pigments within the deposit. The overall color of these specimens would likely have been medium or dark brown.

The Atlantic today reports on the potentially significant and rather thrilling find of possible dinosaur feathers encased in amber found in Canada.

Researchers led by University of Alberta paleontologist Ryan McKellar say these specimens represent distinct stages of feather evolution, from early-stage protofeathers to much more complex structures associated with modern diving birds. They can’t determine which feathers belonged to birds or dinosaurs yet because to find out they’d have to crack the amber and examine the feathers with an electron microscope, and they don’t have enough samples to risk it. Their findings appear in the current issue of the journal Science.

Unfortunately the article does go on to say that on the now obligatory Jurassic Park question it’s still not going to happen; the feathers probably don’t contain any DNA. The only genetic material ever found in amber was only 17 million years old, well after the age of dinosaurs.

We Do Not Sell These…

11 Sep

 …but damn we wish we did! Maximo Reira was a doctor, and then he retired to make furniture. Completely amazing animal-based furniture.

So far the collection consists of Squid, Rhino and Walrus, but will be branching out into Lion, Whale and Beetle soon! Check out his awesome site at

DIY Crystal Egg Geodes.

22 Aug

Used under Creative Commons Licence from marthastewart.comCrystal Geodes are among the most popular rock and fossil items we sell at Manchester Museum Shop. Children and adults alike are fascinated by their shiny crystal growths and many varied colours.

But wouldn’t it be cool if you could make your own awesome geodes at home, in whatever colour you liked?

Martha Stewart to the rescue! 

This easy to follow how-to kept the Shop Elves quiet for hours and the results are nothing short of magic.

Rather take a shortcut? Check out our new crystal garden growing kits instore from this week for a quicker route to crystal goodness!