Mercer, a Trump donor turned Trump advisor and a major supporter of climate change-denying organizations, has served on the museum’s board since 2013.
Active repatriation of indigenous remains in museums only gathered serious momentum in the 1980s.
Museum displays are constantly in flux, as institutions choose what identity they want to present to the public.
Sometimes museums and archives don’t know the treasures they already have, collecting dust on some forlorn shelf or hidden away in a forgotten box. Through mislabeling or earlier disorganization, great works of art and history are sometimes lost for years before being “discovered” right inside the museum walls.
If you, like I did, logged on to the internets this morning and noticed something about the Natural History Museum being on fire, don’t worry: it’s not the museum that’s on fire, it’s their facilities building. Bad, but not catastrophic. Phew.