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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.

British visit Easter Island to discuss returning sacred monolith

Santiago - A team from the British Museum arrived Tuesday on Easter Island to meet with local Polynesian people seeking the return from London of one of the most spiritually important of the Chilean island's stone monoliths.

Brazil's gutted National Museum seeks funds in Europe

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's National Museum director headed to Europe Tuesday for a two-week fundraising trip to help finance the rebuilding of the institution devastated by fire last year.

Germany to return 15th-century seafarer Cross to Namibia

Berlin - A German museum was set to announce Friday that it would restitute to Namibia a key 15th-century navigation landmark erected by Portuguese explorers, as part of Berlin's efforts to face up to its colonial past.

Gutted and broke: Brazil's National Museum pleads for money

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's devastated National Museum is broke and cannot afford storage for artifacts rescued from the ashes of the gutted building, its director said Tuesday.

Russian court jails man who attacked tsar painting

Moscow - A Moscow court on Tuesday sent a man who attacked a painting of Ivan the Terrible to a penal colony for two and a half years, news agencies reported.

AfD 'Slave Market' poster raises hackles

Berlin - A European elections campaign poster by Germany's AfD featuring a 19th-century painting called "The Slave Market" has raised hackles, with a US art museum demanding that the far-right party withdraw the advert.

NY museum scraps Bolsonaro event after complaints

New York - New York's Museum of Natural History announced Monday it had canceled a private function booked to take place there that would honor Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
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