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Mysterious vandal attacks at Berlin museums

Berlin - Vandals have damaged dozens of artworks and artifacts at some of Berlin's most renowned museums, police said Wednesday, in a stunning attack kept quiet by authorities for more than two weeks.

Male specimens preferred by animal collectors, study suggests

Paris - Museum collections of birds and mammals may be disproportionately skewed to favour males, even if female members of the species outnumber males in the wild, according to research published Wednesday.

France to return African treasures to Benin

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday agreed to return 26 cultural artefacts to Benin "without delay", a move that could put pressure on other former colonial powers to return African artworks to their countries of origin.

France to return 26 artworks to Benin

Paris - France's President Emmanuel Macron agreed Friday to return 26 artworks to Benin "without delay," his office said.

Africans cheer call for France to return treasures

Paris - African museum directors on Wednesday welcomed an expert report calling on France to allow the return of thousands of African treasures and artworks, a radical policy shift that could put pressure on other former colonial powers.

Dealers bristle as calls grow for restitution of colonial-era art

Paris - Among the specialists in indigenous art gathering for their annual trade show in Paris this week, resistance is growing to demands that works taken from native peoples be returned decades or even centuries after the fact.

France weighs how to return Africa's plundered art

Paris - Half-man, half-beast, the tall African statues dominate a busy gallery in Paris' Quai Branly museum. But few of the visitors are aware they are looking at what might be considered stolen goods.

Paris Grand Palais to get half-billion-euro facelift

Paris - France unveiled a spectacular near half-billion-euro ($613-million-dollar) overhaul of one of its beloved buildings Monday, driving a new pedestrian boulevard through the Grand Palais in Paris to link the Champs Elysees with the River Seine.

Rising Seine flushes out Paris rats as museums go on flood alert

Paris - Parisians were likely to spot more rats than usual in coming days as the Seine continued to rise Wednesday after heavy rains, while part of the Louvre was closed as artworks were moved to higher ground.

Louvre could house treasures from Iraq, Syria: Hollande

Lens - French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday said the Louvre could house threatened treasures from Iraq, Syria and other war-torn countries at a secure site in northern France.

Louvre to evacuate artworks as Paris flood waters rise

Paris - The Louvre museum in flood-hit Paris said it would close on Friday to evacuate artworks held in its underground reserves as the River Seine began to burst its banks.

Op-Ed: Museums - Overcoming the barriers that prevent access to culture Special

San Francisco - It started with a story on an exhibit at the Oakland Art Museum in California, but it led to a bigger issue than the Pacific Islander's cultural heritage and what it means to people today. Digital Journal has a conversation with art critic, Nancy Ewart.

Should museums have ties to fossil fuel companies?

A group of science researchers have demanded that U.S. science and natural history museums sever all financial relationships with fossil fuel companies.

Photo Essay: Beijing's Tiananmen Square Special

Beijing - One of the largest city squares in the world, Tiananmen has been the site of political turmoil and draws millions of tourists to see its war memorials, Mao's tomb, museums, government offices, and military parades.

Smelly French family ordered out of Musée d’Orsay in Paris

Paris - A French family who were visiting the Musée d’Orsay in Paris at the weekend, one of the French capital’s most popular museums, had to cut short their visit when the museum received complaints from other customers about the family’s body odours.

NYC Metropolitan Museum of Art is sued over admission fees

New York - The New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art is being sued over its admission policies. The lawsuit contends the museum misleads the public into thinking the rates posted are mandatory and not suggested. The museum said the lawsuit is "frivolous".

Review: Dream Team Staff at Historic Arkansas Museum Special

Little Rock - Historic Arkansas Museum is a treasure trove of houses and artifacts from Arkansas' frontier days, but it is its dream team staff that will fascinate and entertain you.

Attend the NATO summit and get plenty of goodies in the gift bag

Chicago - It is a NATO summit, not an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy or Tony Award show, right? Then, one might want to ask, why a gift bag for those coming to Chicago this weekend to partake in the summit? Yes, a gift bag.

The Gipper nudges out Honest Abe in museum attendance

They are often linked in polls and have the state of Illinois in common. They are President Ronald Reagan and Abraham Lincoln.

Four museums could be closed in Toronto

Toronto - According to Councillor Joe Mihevc, Toronto is considering putting four museums on the chopping block. He says losing these historical spots is like destroying an element of the city's DNA linking to who we are and how we got there.

U.S. military get free admission to American museums

Through the Blue Star Museums program, active duty military, National Guard and Reserve members and their immediate families can visit more than 1,300 museums free of charge from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Feeling The Economic Pinch- US Museums

As the economic crisis continues museums in the United States are feeling the pinch. New York and Philadelphia are both slashing jobs, salaries and closing up shops as their endowments are being hit hard.

Researchers Subject Spanish Museum Exhibiting José Guerrero To Rigorous Analysis

The way you thought about a museum when you were young impacts your level of respect for the museum in later life. This is nothing new. What's worrisome is that most people don't progress that much beyond their childhood experiences, culturally.

Sex, Shoes and CD-ROMS

Digital Journal — Museums have finally become cool. Today’s specialized, visitor-centred museums are interested in what interests you. Like many of our cultural hubs, museums have been accused of being elitist and overly authoritative. Often quoted .

Museum of Modern Art Reopens in New York

NEW YORK (voa) - One of the world's most famous art museums, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, has undergone a major redesign by a Japanese architect. The museum is reopening in midtown Manhattan with a new look after two years and $425 million wor...

Thieves Snatch Munch's 'Scream' from Crowded Museum in Oslo

OSLO (voa) - Police are combing the Norwegian capital looking for thieves who made off with Edvard Munch's famous painting The Scream. Witnesses say stunned museum-goers watched as two men armed with handguns and dressed in dark clothing rip the pai...

Pixel Gallery: The Digital Revolution

TORONTO (djc) - When you first walk out onto the gallery’s floor, you aren’t quite sure what to think. But very quickly it becomes clear that what you are seeing is different and exciting. The art is displayed on custom-built backboards and sits in pe

Giant Whale Model Focal Point of Renovation at New York Natural History Museum

NEW YORK (voa) - Visitors to New York's American Museum of Natural History are not likely to forget their first encounter with the giant blue whale suspended from the ceiling of the Museum's Hall of Ocean Life. But the beloved, 30-meter long icon was a...

Egyptian Art Exhibit Opens in New York

NEW YORK (voa) - More than 5,000 years of Egyptian art and artifacts are on display in New York City. The collection is the pride and joy of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, known around the world for its extensive holdings of Egyptian antiquities. The ...

US to Protect Iraqi Artifacts

WASHINGTON (voa) - The United States, under criticism for not preventing last week's looting of the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad, is promising to take a leading role in protecting remaining artifacts, and prosecuting those who possess, or traffic i...
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The raft Kon-tiki was used by Thor Heyerdahl in 1947 to demonstrate that the Polynesians could have ...
The raft Kon-tiki was used by Thor Heyerdahl in 1947 to demonstrate that the Polynesians could have come from South America rather than Southeast Asia. He travelled about 8000 kilometres in 101 days from Callao, Peru, to the reef Raroia in Polynesia.
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Blue Star Museums logo.
National Endowment for the Arts
View of the Fram Museum from the ferry to Bygdøy from downtown Oslo (City Hall pier).
View of the Fram Museum from the ferry to Bygdøy from downtown Oslo (City Hall pier).
The 22-meter Oseberg ship was built ca. 820 AD. In 834 was used to bury a prominent woman and her po...
The 22-meter Oseberg ship was built ca. 820 AD. In 834 was used to bury a prominent woman and her possessions. It was discovered in 1903 under a large burial mound on a farm in Vestfold; it was excavated in 1904-1905.
Museum of Science and Industry
Photo credit: Joe Ziolkowski
Museum of Science and Industry Photo credit: Joe Ziolkowski
The Museum of Science an Industry
High Museum of Art  Atlanta
High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Interior hall in the Fram Norwergian Polar ship.
Interior hall in the Fram Norwergian Polar ship.
The papyrus reed boat Ra II was used by Thor Heyerdahl in 1970 to sail from Morocco to Barbados  abo...
The papyrus reed boat Ra II was used by Thor Heyerdahl in 1970 to sail from Morocco to Barbados, about 6,100 Km. in 57 days.
High Museum of Art  Atlanta
High Museum of Art, Atlanta
The Louis XV elephant exhibit on display at the Great Gallery of Evolution at Paris  Natural History...
The Louis XV elephant exhibit on display at the Great Gallery of Evolution at Paris' Natural History Museum
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High Museum of Art  Atlanta
High Museum of Art, Atlanta
High Museum of Art  Atlanta
High Museum of Art, Atlanta
High Museum of Art  Atlanta
High Museum of Art, Atlanta
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The Musée d Orsay in Paris  France
The Musée d'Orsay in Paris, France
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High Museum of Art  Atlanta
High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Detail of Vikings workmanship in the Oseberg ship.
Detail of Vikings workmanship in the Oseberg ship.
Wilberforce house along the old town High Street
Wilberforce house along the old town High Street
High Museum of Art  Atlanta
High Museum of Art, Atlanta
High Museum of Art  Atlanta
High Museum of Art, Atlanta

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