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See the Most Luxurious Medieval Manuscripts in Existence

Feel free to judge these books by their covers.<p>There are treasures to be found inside many medieval manuscripts, from pointing hands to menageries of …

Atlas Obscura

Liberia Wants Its Cultural Artifacts Back, Please

The country is struggling to fill its renovated national museum because so many items are exhibited elsewhere.<p>Liberia is re-opening its national …


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 …

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

70,000 images are available for download via the National Palace Museum’s website<p>Comment on this Story


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


'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 …


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 …

Natural History Museums

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

The three-foot long creature has long eluded scientists, but they finally got a closer look<p>Comment on this Story

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


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 …

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Find Your 2,000-Year-Old Doppelgänger

Send the Musée de la Civilisation a photo, and it will match you with an ancient statue<p>Comment on this Story<p>EXPLORE OUR TRIPS

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

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 …

Lou Reed

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 …

Natural History Museums

How Dorothy's Ruby Slippers Came to the Smithsonian

A successful Kickstarter Campaign funds efforts to bring back their sparkle and keep them ruby<p>Comment on this Story


American Culture’s Unlikely Debt to a British Scientist

A fortuitous influx of cash launched the Smithsonian Institution and its earliest art collection<p>Comment on this Story


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> …