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France's new 'Disneyland of wine' sets heads spinning

Paris - It has already been dubbed an "adult Disneyland" and "the amusement park of our dreams" by US college students.

Museum of Russian impressionist art opens in Moscow

Moscow - A museum of Russian impressionist art opened in Moscow on Saturday amid efforts to promote the country's little-known art movement to a global audience.

Palestinian museum set to open — without exhibition

Bir Zeit - After nearly 20 years and millions of dollars, Palestinian leaders will on Wednesday cut the red ribbon to inaugurate a museum about their national heritage. Yet while the architecture is impeccable, the exhibition halls are empty.

Mexico museum hangs shoes in hunt for missing

- Boots, sneakers and sandals donated by families seeking missing loved ones in a region of Latin America stricken by drug violence are dangling in a new exhibit in Mexico.

Refugees-as-guides a hit at Berlin's museums

Berlin - Mohamed Al-Subeeh was a senior restorer at Syria's best-known mosaic museum, but as war swept deeper into his province, destroying artefacts and threatening his and his family's lives, he was forced to flee.

Art-loving mafia mobster's collection in Italy show

Reggio Calabria - The prized art collection of a mafia boss, confiscated by Italian police, has gone on show in Calabria in an exhibition billed as a "victory of the state" over organised crime.

Vehicles of James Bond come to London Special

London - Many of the vehicles from the James Bond movies have been collected together for a special exhibit in London. The collection is at the London Film Museum.

New Paris museum for one of world's top art collections

Paris - One of the world's biggest private art collections, amassed by French billionaire Francois Pinault, is to be housed in a new Paris museum a stone's throw from the Louvre, the city's mayor said Wednesday.

Mussolini museum project awakes demons of Italy's past

Predappio - Tiptoeing through pigeon droppings in a building where Benito Mussolini once barked out orders, the mayor sighs wearily as he recounts his long battle to get agreement on what do with the crumbling structure.

World's first Tiananmen museum to close doors in Hong Kong

Hong Kong - The world's first museum dedicated to China's Tiananmen Square crackdown is to close its doors in Hong Kong, with organisers saying they believe they are being targeted for political reasons.

World's first Pele shrine shines in war-torn Ukraine

Lugansk - In the heart of an eastern Ukrainian city shaken by echoes of guns stands the world's first shrine to football legend Pele that miraculously survived nearly two years of war.

Turning New York City's trash into treasure

New York - For 30 years, sanitation worker Nelson Molina kept New York clean -- and in the process found beauty in other people's garbage, rescuing enough condemned items to fill a warehouse.

Seeking a miracle on Pakistan's Koran mountain

Quetta - Deep inside the dry, biscuit-coloured mountains surrounding Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta lies an unexpected treasure: a honeycomb of tunnels bursting with cases of Korans, hidden safe from desecration.

Hop on down, Miffy the rabbit gets her own museum

Utrecht - To some she's just a plain white bunny, to others she's a prime example of minimalist art. But for six decades Miffy has been delighting young kids around the world, and now she's getting a museum of her own.

New Bosch painting unveiled on eve of 500th celebrations

Den Haag - Art historians on Monday revealed that a painting stored for decades at an American museum was in fact a work by Dutch master Hieronymus Bosch.

Russians break door at top museum as record crowds rush to art show

Moscow - A top Russian museum struggled to control record crowds on Friday as thousands rushed to see a 19th-century art exhibition, queing for hours in the snow and even breaking a door.

Philanthropists hand Lithuania world-class modern art museum

Vilnius - Local philanthropists are teaming up with a world-renowned architect to hand Lithuania's capital Vilnius its first modern art museum, with doors due to open in early 2019.

Culture war brews over S.African golden rhino figurine

Pretoria - For years, South Africa's apartheid government ignored the significance of a "golden rhino" figurine that provides undeniable proof of a sophisticated society existing before white men arrived.

Dutch schoolkids get scary taste of refugee life

Den Haag - A hastily abandoned suitcase, an overturned wine glass and a radio blaring a warning "to leave now". A unique museum is giving Dutch schoolkids a scarily real glimpse of life as a refugee.

Stolen Dutch art found in Ukraine 'risks being sold illegally': museum

Den Haag - Two dozen 17th-century Dutch paintings stolen a decade ago have resurfaced in Ukraine, a Dutch museum revealed Monday, warning that the works were in danger of being sold on the black market after its own efforts to retrieve them failed.

Man sentenced for stealing and selling brains from museum

David Charles, from Indiana, admitted to stealing human brain samples from a medical museum. He also admitted to selling them.

The nine lives of Russia's Hermitage cats

Sanktpeterburg - For more than a century visitors have marvelled at the Hermitage Museum's precious collections, and for just as long dozens of cats have prowled the Saint Petersburg palace's sprawling cellars.

Egypt starts repairing Tutankhamun's botched beard

Cairo - Egypt started work Saturday to remove a crust of dried glue on the beard of legendary boy pharaoh Tutankhamun's golden mask after a botched repair job on the priceless relic.

France closes Louvre museum Israeli discrimination case

Paris - The French justice system on Friday closed an official investigation into allegations that the Louvre museum in Paris discriminated against Israeli students who wished to visit the world-famous museum, finding no proof to back the claim.

British Museum's new German head a 'workaholic' man of action

Berlin - Hartwig Fischer who has become the first non-Briton to lead the prestigious British Museum in 150 years, is a discreet man who has built a reputation as one of the most renowned museum directors in Germany.

German art historian Fischer to head British Museum

London - A German art historian was named Tuesday as the next director of the British Museum, becoming the first foreigner to head the prestigious London institution in 150 years.

Dutch aim to buy two Rembrandts for 160 mn euros

Den Haag - The Dutch government is to help acquire two rare Rembrandt paintings for 160 million euros ($179 million) from a private collector and bring them back to the Netherlands, officials said Monday.

Austria's nonsense museum spreads comic relief

Osterreich - From a transparent suitcase for nudists to automatic nose pickers -- Austria's museum of nonsense and its vast collection of silly yet brilliant inventions are proof that bad ideas, if carried out well, can turn into genius creations.

From Red Army to Afghan jihad museum: a soldier's tale

Herat - Former Soviet soldier Bakhretdin Khakimov came to Afghanistan to fight the mujahideen more than three decades ago. Today he has a new life as caretaker of a museum celebrating the jihadists' victory over the Red Army.

French architects chosen for Helsinki Guggenheim museum

Helsinki - A design by a French studio, Moreau Kusunoki Architectes, has been selected for the future Helsinki Guggenheim museum, the foundation supporting the Finnish bid for the project announced Tuesday.
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