Museums

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The world's 20 most popular museums

(CNN) — While elbow room is undoubtedly still very scarce around Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa," the museum that houses her is no longer the No. 1 most visited museum in the world.<p>After four consecutive years on record as the museum world's top draw, the Louvre fell to No. 3 for attendance in the …

Museums

Australia Accidentally Incinerated a Priceless Plant Specimen

A paperwork mix-up is to blame.<p>Australia’s biosecurity officials have a big job. They stop plants and animals from entering the country—species that …

After Centuries of Searching, Scientists Finally Find the Mysterious Giant Shipworm Alive

The giant shipworm, <i>Kuphus polythalamia</i>, is not new to science. As Ben Guarino at <i>The Washington Post</i> reports, even Carl Linnaeus, the father of …

Cambridge Fitzwilliam stolen jade 'lost for generations', expert says

<b>Efforts to trace £57m-worth of Chinese artefacts stolen from a Cambridge University museum five years ago have proved fruitless, police said.</b><p>Thieves broke into the Fitzwilliam Museum on 13 April 2012 and escaped with 18 mainly jade items but since then there has been no trace of them.<p>Despite the …

This 3,500-Year-Old Statue of a Syrian Refugee Remains One of Archaeology’s Most Important Finds

In 1939, a British archaeologist unearthed something incredible: a 3,500-year-old statue. The find was more than just artistic—it included a lengthy …

The Forged ‘Ancient’ Statues That Fooled the Met’s Art Experts for Decades

The fakes were on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for 28 years.<p>In 1933 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, three Etruscan …

Archaeology

Find Your 2,000-Year-Old Doppelgänger

Send the Musée de la Civilisation a photo, and it will match you with an ancient statue

Quebec City

You're never alone at the Museum of Broken Relationships

BBC News, Los Angeles<p><b>After a relationship ends, even the most mundane objects can become painful reminders. One museum in Los Angeles puts them on display.</b><p>When you're heartbroken, everything reminds you of the person who's no longer there. So do you burn your love letters? Throw away your wedding …

Museums

Hoard of King Alfred the Great goes to Ashmolean Museum

The Ashmolean Museum will be purchasing a treasure hoard dating back to time of King Alfred the Great. The museum, which is located in Oxford, has …

Archaeology

It’s Not Always Easy Being Iceland’s Best Witchcraft Museum

Modern-day lessons abound when you’re immersed in 17th century sorcery.<p>Tucked away in a small, unassuming building in the town of Hólmavík, in …

You Can Write Inside Mark Twain’s Library

Mark Twain, the famously prolific author assured other writers that “you need not expect to get <i>your</i> book right the first time.” But what if you have …

Inside New York’s $4.5 billion art museum: the Second Avenue Subway

New York has been waiting almost a century for the city’s Second Avenue subway line. And on Jan. 1, the dream officially became a reality.<p>With the $4.5 billion first phase of the project complete, the city’s Q line will now stop at three new stations along the East Side of Manhattan, running up to …

Design

66 Museums Each Dedicated to One Very Specific Thing

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Museum workers threaten walk out in dispute over being able to sit down on shift

Museum staff have threaten to walk out as they claim they are not able to sit down on their shifts like those working at other national galleries.<p>The Public and Commercial Services union said workers at the National Museum of Scotland are being "bullied" by being refused designated seats.<p>Seats are …

Museums

Here's How You Move Hundreds of Taxidermy Animals

Photographer Helge Skodvin takes a humorous look at taxidermy animals on the move in Norway.<p>A moose in midair, a masked polar bear, a shark on a shelf. While on an assignment at the Natural History Museum in Bergen, Norway, photographer Helge Skodvin discovered that the museum would be closed until …

Photography

This hidden Smithsonian vault contains the oldest things in the solar system

Everything in the lab gleams. There is no smell and no sound but the insectlike whir of the machine that pumps nitrogen gas into the dozen or so …

The Ruby Slippers Are Funded in the Museum's First Kickstarter Campaign

The Smithsonian asks visitors to help bring back the sparkle and #KeepThemRuby

Museums

American Culture’s Unlikely Debt to a British Scientist

In 1835, through an unlikely turn of events, the young United States became the beneficiary of the estate of one James Smithson, a British scientist …

Peggy Guggenheim's Grave

The only museum with its curator—and her pets—buried inside.<p>Peggy Guggenheim’s ashes are interred in her private palazzo and museum in Venice, and …

The Warren's Occult Museum

A collection of haunted artifacts chronicles the career of the world's most famous paranormal investigators.<p>Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine …

A history of the world in 100 objects: diversity but no overarching narrative

<b>A history of the world in 100 objects from the British Museum. National Museum of Australia. Until January 29, 2017.</b><p>John Keats wrote his <i>Ode on a</i> …

Smithsonian

Publisher Set to Release Exact Replicas of the World's Most Mysterious Manuscript

There are plenty of challenging reads out there, like <i>Finnegans Wake</i> or <i>Gravity’s Rainbow</i>. But those are nursery rhymes compared to the Voynich …

These Five Museums Put the “Culture” in “Agriculture”

Bone Creek, in David City, Nebraska, bills itself as the nation’s only agrarian art museum. Opened in 2008 to showcase the work of artist Dale …

A New Museum Is Bringing Relics of the Revolutionary War Into Public View for the First Time in Decades

In a nondescript warehouse mere miles from Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, where George Washington hunkered down for the winter of 1777, long-forgotten …

The Secret Egyptian Chapel Hidden Inside a Chicago Break Room

The sealed-off chamber is 4,300 years old.<p>A detail of the chapel walls. (Photo: © Anni Glissman)<p>It’s a normal office break room—fluorescent lighting, …

A Letter Written by Charles Darwin, Twice Stolen, Returns to the Smithsonian

After being snatched by an intern in the mid 1970s, the missive written by the scientist returns to Washington

Smithsonian

Top 10 Weirdest Specimens in Natural History Museums