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US Museum Will Stop Displaying Soldier's Skull

Australian soldier's skull will be returned and reunited with his body

(Newser) - Private Thomas Hurdis' death in October 1917 was a grisly one. The Australian soldier was shot in the face with lead bullets during the Battle of Passchendaele in France, blinding the 27-year-old and destroying parts of his jaw and sinuses. Philadelphia ophthalmologist WT Shoemaker tended to the soldier, who bled... More »

Guggenheim Yanks 3 Exhibits Due to 'Threats of Violence'

Animal rights activists raised a ruckus about pieces at Guggenheim

(Newser) - Three controversial pieces at the Guggenheim, all part of a larger exhibit due to open Oct. 6, have been pulled. The "Art and China After 1989: Theater of the World" showing, which will feature about 150 works from Chinese artists, came under fire for a handful of pieces that... More »

Museum Wants to Display Glob of Congealed Grossness

We are speaking, of course, of the fatberg

(Newser) - Congealed wet wipes, diapers, fat, and oil—not exactly what you'd expect to see behind glass at the Museum of London. But if the museum has its way, that's what will come to pass. The city is in the midst of a three-week "sewer war" against a... More »

Family Breaks Museum's 800-Year-Old Coffin

They lifted child into it for a photo

(Newser) - And this is why you should always pay attention to those signs in museums asking that you please not touch the exhibits. A family visiting England's Prittlewell Priory Museum recently broke an ancient coffin when they lifted a child over a barrier and into it to take a photo,... More »

A Mother's 'Nanosecond of Nipple,' Then a Tweetstorm

Mom breastfeeding in London museum takes to Twitter after being asked to cover up

(Newser) - Surrounded by stone breasts, one mom was pressured to cover up her own. NPR reports on a breastfeeding mother who was asked by a staffer at London's Victoria and Albert Museum to cover up while trying to feed her 1-year-old in a museum courtyard over the weekend. But instead... More »

'Painful Reminder' Found in DC's African- American Museum

Noose discovered in front of one of the displays

(Newser) - In what museum director Lonnie Bunch III calls "a painful reminder of the challenges that African-Americans continue to face," a noose was found in a gallery at the National Museum of African American History and Culture Wednesday. Visitors to the Washington, DC, museum found the noose in front... More »

Guard Gets Whacked on Head Over Tilted Painting

Visitor to the Met being sought by NYPD

(Newser) - An apparently persnickety art lover was so incensed about a painting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art being askew that he whacked a security guard over the head with a bottle. The NYPD is searching for a man believed to be in his mid-20s with a long beard, DNAInfo reports.... More »

In Just 30 Seconds, Selfie-Taker Busts Museum's Exhibit

Yayoi Kusama's pumpkin room at Hirshhorn to get added security

(Newser) - Who knew a walk through a pumpkin patch could be so perilous? A visitor to the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC, tried to take a selfie inside Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's mirrored room full of more than 60 spotted glass pumpkin sculptures over the weekend and fell into one,... More »

Meet the Marten That Shut Down the Hadron Collider

You'll find him in Rotterdam's unique 'Dead Animal Tales' exhibit

(Newser) - The Large Hadron Collider facilitated the discovery of the Higgs boson , but it's not yet immune to animal troubles. Following a similar incident last April, a stone marten jumped a fence at the $7 billion site in Switzerland on Nov. 20 and came into contact with a transformer, causing... More »

Jeff Bezos Buys Ex-Museum to Remodel Into Huge DC Home

Neighbors will include Obamas and Trumps

(Newser) - To get a bigger house in Washington, Jeff Bezos would have to be elected president. The Amazon founder is the anonymous buyer who paid $23 million for the former Textile Museum in Washington, DC, in October last year, and he plans to turn it into the city's largest private... More »

Among MoMA's New Masterpieces: Emojis

Artist palette, clap, smiley face headed to the museum, people

(Newser) - An ear will now hang alongside masterpieces by Van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Monet in New York City. Don't worry, it's not Van Gogh's ear but rather the emoji version. Shigetaka Kurita's original set of 176 emojis created for Japanese cellphone users in 1999—which provided "... More »

Museum 'Must-See' Dedicated to Black History, Culture

'NYT' review of Smithsonian's long-awaited museum, set to open next Saturday

(Newser) - A week from Saturday, a 130-year-old bell from a church erected by slaves will ring to herald the grand opening of a 400,000-square-foot DC museum that's been talked about since 1915, NPR reports. The idea for that museum, the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and... More »

NFL Player Wakes Up to Find Himself Trapped in Museum

'This was really just a series of small unfortunate circumstances'

(Newser) - An NFL player woke up Saturday morning trapped inside a Florida museum, and suddenly we have an idea for another Night at the Museum sequel. The Tampa Bay Times reports Buccaneers wide receiver Louis Murphy was attending the wedding of fellow NFL player Deonte Thompson last Friday night at the... More »

Museum Visitor Caught on Video Breaking Rare Clock

'This is why we beg visitors not to touch'

(Newser) - Even a broken clock is right twice a day. Unless that clock has been smashed into pieces by a museum-goer with self-control issues. In that case, it's totally useless. NBC Philadelphia reports a visitor to the National Watch & Clock Museum in Pennsylvania was caught on video Tuesday poking... More »

Family Says Museum's Priceless Passover Manuscript Is Rightfully Theirs

They claim it was stolen during Nazi rule

(Newser) - The Birds' Head Haggadah—the oldest illustrated Passover manuscript in the world and one of its most intriguing—has been a prized possessions of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem for the past 70 years, the AP reports. Now the grandchildren of a Jewish lawyer killed by the Nazis say the... More »

Austria Wants to Seize Hitler's Birth Home

The vacant building, sometimes a Neo-Nazi hot spot, is proving quite a headache

(Newser) - In an effort to prevent the "increasingly decrepit" building from falling into further disrepair, Austrian officials say they plan to draft a law that would allow them to seize Adolf Hitler's birth home in Braunau, a quaint town of 17,000 on the German border, reports the New ... More »

On British Island, Poo Museum Is Now Open

With a grand debut at the island's zoo, the museum is set to go on tour this summer

(Newser) - There is a museum for just about anything these days, and now, thanks to some pioneering folks in the UK, even those with poop fixations can get their fix thanks to the grand opening of the National Poo Museum at the Isle of Wight Zoo . The samples of feces range... More »

Olsen Twins Are Close to Getting Their Own Museum

Awesome Kickstarter is looking to fund one

(Newser) - If a Kickstarter campaign raises enough money—and it's already more than a third of the way there with 13 days to go—Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will be getting their own museum. Brooklyn-based comedians Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen are behind the campaign, Racked reports; last year, Harkins... More »

Skull of 'Real' Winnie-the-Pooh Resurfaces

It's on display in London

(Newser) - You can now feast your eyes on the real-life inspiration for Winnie-the-Pooh—or her skull anyway. Winnie, a female black bear named after the Canadian city of Winnipeg, was a star attraction at London Zoo in the 1920s and a favorite of Christopher Robin, who named his own teddy bear... More »

Giant Hitler Head Pops Up in Polish Garden

This one's made of marble and stands 20 inches high

(Newser) - It was just another day of typical garden work at a Polish museum when a worker's shovel clanked against something hard buried in the ground. The find: a 20-inch-high marble sculpture of the head of one Adolf Hitler, AFP reports. "Somebody made an effort to properly hide it,... More »

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