The Grand Re-Opening of the Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata
Local treasure comes weirdin’ on back with a new annex and guidebook
By Wayne Alan Brenner,
1:11PM, Wed. Oct. 17, 2018
A two-headed duckling … an authentic Edison phonographic cylinder … a rattlesnake pen-holder … Marilyn Monroe’s last cigarette … a, what, a Feejee Mermaid?
Yes, and design-forward documents extolling them all.
You’re familiar with Austin’s Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata, maybe? Or at least you know of it, have heard legends of the many arcane objects and fabled treasures that’ve been on display in the venue’s “Impermanent Collection,” out there in the ‘burbs of East Austin, for going on 20 years.
Well, the place has been closed for months.
But, now? The MNAE?
They’ve reorganized. They’ve revamped. They’re re-opening.
The museum’s affable and fastidious proprietors, Jen and Scott Webel, have put the finishing touches on the new annex they’ve constructed in the museum’s backyard. They’ve filled that space with an array of the compelling mysteries and odd, well, ephemerata for which they’ve become known all over the world. And now they’re holding an open house, throwing a little party – intimate, yet the whole community’s invited! – to celebrate the museum’s re-opening and provide a sneak peek at their new 80-page guidebook.
That’s Saturday, Oct. 20, 4-7pm, that open house – come rain or shine. Even if, we reckon, even if it happens to be a rain of frogs.