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Rebuilt Prussian palace, scarred by history, opens in Berlin

Berlin - A reconstructed Prussian palace will open in Berlin on Wednesday as a museum complex housing colonial artifacts, just as debate is gathering pace around the return of treasures plundered from abroad.

Crime family targeted as three held over Dresden museum heist

Berlin - German police on Tuesday arrested three suspects and raided properties over a spectacular heist a year ago in which more than a dozen pieces of diamond-encrusted jewellery were snatched from a state museum in Dresden.

Three arrested over spectacular Dresden museum jewellery heist

Berlin - German police on Tuesday arrested three suspects over a spectacular heist a year ago in which more than a dozen diamond-encrusted items were snatched from a state museum in Dresden.

With morbid humour, Viennese look death in the eye

Vienna - Even in midst of a deadly pandemic, the Viennese seek to look death straight in the eye -- an attitude on display at a morbidly humourous museum devoted to death and burial.

French museum halts Genghis Khan show after Chinese pressure

Nantes - A French museum won backing from scholars on Tuesday for its decision to halt an exhibition about Mongol leader Genghis Khan because of a censorship attempt by the Chinese government.

Activists face fines for trying to 'return' African art in France

Paris - Five activists went on trial in Paris on Wednesday for trying to seize an African funeral staff from France's pre-eminent indigenous art museum as part of a campaign to pressure the government into restituting items they claim were stolen.

Leviathan task: saving the whales in Dublin's 'dead zoo'

Dublin - A huddle of specialised staff at Dublin's "dead zoo" perform a high-wire puzzle, delicately disassembling two whale skeletons that have dangled airborne for over a century.

Visitors bypass Berlin museums despite star attractions

Berlin - Berlin museums might house the iconic Nefertiti bust, the Ishtar gate of ancient Babylon or Rembrandt masterpieces, but they still trail global counterparts in popularity -- and the coronavirus is making things worse.

National Gallery becomes first major London museum to reopen

London - Britain's National Gallery reopens on Wednesday, with masks recommended and social distancing and advance booking mandatory, as the country continues to emerge from three months of coronavirus lockdown.

UK teen who threw French boy off gallery balcony jailed for life

London - A troubled British teenager who threw a six-year-old French boy from a viewing platform at London's Tate Modern art gallery was on Friday jailed for life.

Gallery plunge French boy may never fully recover: UK court told

London - A six-year-old French boy who was thrown from a viewing platform at London's Tate Modern art gallery may never fully recover from his injuries, a court sentencing hearing for his attacker was told on Thursday.

Face masks and slippers: Museums preserve lockdown life

London - Would you put your slippers on display? The global coronavirus pandemic is still raging but museums are already gathering testimony and objects to remember life under lockdown.

Top Dutch museums close over coronavirus

Den Haag - The Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museums in the Dutch capital Amsterdam said Thursday they were closing until the end of March to help halt the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

Paris's Louvre museum closes over staff coronavirus fears

Paris - The Louvre in Paris, the world's most visited museum, turned tourists away on Sunday after staff refused to work because of coronavirus fears, unions and management said.

Leonardo show smashes Louvre's all-time record

Paris - Nearly 1.1 million people flocked to see a blockbuster Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at the Louvre in Paris before it closed Monday -- an all-time record -- the museum said.

Exhibition upgrade at Berlin villa where Holocaust was planned

Berlin - The Berlin villa which hosted the 1942 Wannsee Conference, at which top Nazi officials finalised plans for the Holocaust, will on Sunday launch a new permanent exhibition aimed at attracting more visitors.

German police offer half a million euro reward for stolen jewels

Berlin - Investigators in Germany on Thursday offered a half-a-million-euro reward for information about the spectacular heist in which robbers snatched priceless diamonds from a state museum in Dresden.

German museum confirms 49-carat diamond among heist haul

Berlin - A 49-carat diamond which analysts estimate to be worth up to $12 million was among over a dozen jewel-encrusted items snatched from a German state museum in a spectacular heist, the museum confirmed Wednesday.

Police hunt suspects in spectacular Dresden jewellery heist

Berlin - Police in Germany were Tuesday hunting robbers who snatched priceless 18th-century jewellery from a state museum in Dresden in what local media have called the biggest art heist in modern history.

Major museum heists

Paris - The art heist at a museum in Dresden on Monday is the latest major robbery of artworks and precious objects from museums.

'Priceless' jewels snatched from German state museum

Berlin - Robbers made off with priceless 18th century jewellery from a state museum in Dresden on Monday, police and museum directors said, in a major art heist that has shocked Germany.

French police detain man threatening to make museum 'hell'

Saint-rapha - Police in southern France on Wednesday detained a man who had broken into a museum overnight and threatened to turn it into "hell", provoking a four-hour standoff, authorities said.

Albania's endangered Jewish museum reopens

Berat - Albania's sole Jewish history museum reopened in southern Berat on Sunday thanks to a businessman who rescued it from the brink of closure.

Blockbuster King Tut show breaks French attendance record

Paris - A major show of artefacts found in the tomb of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun in Paris has smashed visitor records for a French exhibition, after being extended to cope with huge crowds.The La Villette hall in northeast Paris has sold more than 1.

Hidden mysteries lie in wait inside Kenya's fossil treasury

Nairobi - The only hint that something extraordinary lay inside the plain wooden drawer in an unassuming office behind Nairobi National Museum was a handwritten note stuck to the front: "Pull Carefully".

World can see museum restore Rembrandt's 'Night Watch'

Amsterdam - Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum on Monday began the biggest ever restoration of Rembrandt's "The Night Watch", building a giant glass case around the famed painting so the world can see the work carried out live.

Berlin Jewish Museum head quits after controversial tweet

Berlin - The director of Berlin's Jewish Museum resigned on Friday amid controversy over a tweet sent linking to an article that criticised the German parliament for passing legislation against the BDS movement, which demands a boycott of Israel.

Berlin Jewish Museum head quits after controversial tweet

Berlin - The director of Berlin's Jewish Museum resigned on Friday amid controversy over a tweet he sent linking to an article that criticised the German parliament for passing legislation against the BDS movement, which demands a boycott of Israel.

'I worked here': home of Albanian author Kadare becomes a museum

Tirana - Ismail Kadare draws the curtain to bring a shaft of light into the Tirana apartment where he wrote furiously during the dark days of communism -- a space visitors can now explore first-hand after his former home was turned into a museum.

Review: Stanley Kubrick — The Exhibition explores the creative vision Special

London - The Design Museum in London is hosting 'Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition', covering each one of the creative director's movies including such eclectic items as parts of erotic milk bar to materials designed to create a haunted hotel.
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Inside Ayasofya  Christian mosaics  of Jesus and his disciples adorn the ceiling and archways
Inside Ayasofya, Christian mosaics of Jesus and his disciples adorn the ceiling and archways
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The Guggenheim Museum in New York City
The Guggenheim Museum in New York City
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Model of a jeweler's workshop in Lyon’s Miniature Model and Cinema museum (detail 6"x5")
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Photo © Malysa Stratton Louk. All Rights Reserved.
High River s Museum of the Highwood  taken on May 17  2014
High River's Museum of the Highwood, taken on May 17, 2014
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In the heart of the city of Málaga is a fascinating museum, dedicated to twentieth century art. And in this case, the art is the automobile, in all its glory!
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The Hawker Hart was a British two-seater biplane light bomber aircraft. It later came to be used for...
The Hawker Hart was a British two-seater biplane light bomber aircraft. It later came to be used for training pilots in World War II.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in Sydney.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in Sydney.
In the heart of the city of Málaga is a fascinating museum  dedicated to twentieth century art.  An...
In the heart of the city of Málaga is a fascinating museum, dedicated to twentieth century art. And in this case, the art is the automobile, in all its glory!
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Tapa cloths  part of  Pacific Worlds  at the Oakland Art Museum. (Courtesy of Oakland Art Museum).
Tapa cloths, part of 'Pacific Worlds' at the Oakland Art Museum. (Courtesy of Oakland Art Museum).
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Dr. Yohannes Haile-Selassie excavating one of the six rib bones found during the excavation. The use...
Dr. Yohannes Haile-Selassie excavating one of the six rib bones found during the excavation. The use of dental tools was absolutely necessary to extract these highly fragile bones.
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Nightwatchman  songwriter and piano player   Fast Eddie  is a childhood friend and fixture at the ju...
Nightwatchman, songwriter and piano player, "Fast Eddie" is a childhood friend and fixture at the junkyard-turned-museum.
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Green Howards  Regimental Museum in Richmond  North Yorkshire.
Green Howards' Regimental Museum in Richmond, North Yorkshire.
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Yad Vashem
Yad Vashem
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In the heart of the city of Málaga is a fascinating museum  dedicated to twentieth century art.  An...
In the heart of the city of Málaga is a fascinating museum, dedicated to twentieth century art. And in this case, the art is the automobile, in all its glory!
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The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the evening
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the evening
Tim Hursley
Photo © Malysa Stratton Louk. All Rights Reserved.
Photo © Malysa Stratton Louk. All Rights Reserved.
Model of a boarding school dorm in Lyon’s Miniature Model and Cinema museum (detail 10 x7 )
Model of a boarding school dorm in Lyon’s Miniature Model and Cinema museum (detail 10"x7")

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