Stephan Salisbury writes about the arts, art institutions, and cultural affairs.

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All of Philadelphia’s Parkway museums shut down to help stem the spread of COVID-19

Virtually all of Philadelphia's major cultural institutions, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation, and the Franklin Institute, announced temporary closures in the face of the coronavirus.

Citing coronavirus, major Philadelphia arts groups make ‘heart-breaking’ decision to shut down

The Kimmel Center, Philadelphia Orchestra, Mütter Museum, Pennsylvania Ballet, and others have closed, canceled performances or curtailed events.

Philadelphia arts and culture groups begin canceling, postponing performances

Threat of coronavirus has caused some arts groups to curtail their seasons and others to pare events.

American Philosophical Society and David Library join to create a center for study of the revolutionary era

The library has moved its operations into the Philosophical Society to create one-stop shopping for researchers into the American revolutionary era.

National Museum of American Jewish History files for bankruptcy protection

In papers filed with U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Philadelphia, the museum said that it owed a little more than $30 million to bondholders and about $1 million to unsecured creditors.

Dennis Rodman’s ex-agent bought the Pa. Historical Society’s prized Baker Collection medals at auction. He’s going to exhibit them

Dwight Manley, a former sports agent and avid rare-coin collector, wants the public to have access to the rare collection of Washington-related medals sold off by the historical society.

Robert H. Dyson Jr., 92, former head of Penn Museum, dies

The dogged archaeologist made one of the profession’s most spectacular and unexpected finds during a 1958 University of Pennsylvania excavation in Iran. He was the Penn Museum's director from 1982 to 1994.

Revolution Museum has a remarkable story to tell about New Jersey’s inclusive voting rights — in the 1700s

When the nation was brand new, both women and people of color could vote in New Jersey. Philly's Museum of the American Revolution is building an exhibit to tell that story, starting this summer.

Constance Clayton’s huge gift to PAFA of works by black artists is now on display

The exhibition of 70-plus paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures represents decades of collecting and provides a sweepingly intimate view of African American art.

Alexander Calder will finally get a prime museum site on the Parkway, across from Barnes and Rodin

Major funders include the Neubauer Family Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the estate of H. F. “Gerry” Lenfest. The architects behind London's Tate Modern will design the building and grounds.