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Plaque Depicting a Goddess or Queen, and on Opposite Side a King | Late Period–Ptolemaic Period | The Met

Small Late Period and Ptolemaic reliefs or sculptures that depict a subject in a partial or unfinished way but are themselves finished objects …

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The 25 best museums in America, RANKED

According to the US government, there are upwards of 35,000 museums in America. For comparison, there are about 13,000 Starbucks across the country.<p>These thousands of museums are filled with countless works of priceless art, historical artifacts, and natural marvels. But, which museums are the best?<p>…


This Taiwanese Museum Just Digitized Its Massive Collection of Chinese Art

In 1948, amidst the chaos of China's civil war, Nationalist forces evacuated thousands of priceless artifacts from Beijing to Taiwan. The preemptive …

Art Galleries

A Scholar Follows a Trail of Dead Mice and Discovers a Lesson in Why Museum Collections Matter

A former Smithsonian curator authors a new book, <i>Inside the Lost Museum</i>


'Holy Grail of Civil War Swords' Found in Massachusetts Attic

In March, Anne Bentley, curator of art and artifacts at the Massachusetts Historical Society, received a pivotal text from her boss: "The sword is in …

Military History

The world's 20 most popular museums

<b>(CNN) —</b> 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 …


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 …

Biological Species

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 …

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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …

Robert Burns

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 …


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


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 …

Art History

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> …



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 …

Radiocarbon Dating