Museums Podcasts

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: 150 Years of History on Display

EPISODE 341 Celebrating the history of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the 150th anniversary year of its founding — certainly one of the strangest years in its extraordinary existence.  The Met is really the king of New York attractions, with visitors heading up to Central Park and streaming through the doors by the millions to gasp at… Read More

Mysterious Stories Podcasts

The Mystery of the Central Park Obelisk

PODCAST Cleopatra’s Needle is the name given to the ancient Egyptian obelisk that sits in Central Park, right behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art.   This is the bizarre tale of how it arrived in New York and the unusual forces that went behind its transportation from Alexandra to a hill in the city’s most… Read More

Mysterious Stories

Postcard from Paris: A view of another obelisk

I’m heading through France on my way to Tom’s wedding, but I stopped by Paris to check out an object we mentioned in our Cleopatra’s Needle podcast — the Paris obelisk in Place de la Concorde!  Here it is reflected in the basin at Jardin des Tuileries.

Partners In Preservation – One week left to help a landmark!

Fit for a queen: Cleopatra’s Needle, Central Park’s Egyptian obelisk, is one of the nominees in the PIP initiative (Picture by the Wurts Brothers, courtesy NYPL) You’ve got just seven more days to vote in the Partners In Preservation initiative, sponsored by American Express in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  That’s seven more votes that could… Read More