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Bronte Society Reclaims an 'Absolute Highlight'

'Jane Eyre' author Charlotte Bronte's 1830 'little book' scooped up by Parsonage Museum in auction

(Newser) - The Bronte Parsonage Museum has in its possession four surviving "little books" written in 1830 by Jane Eyre author Charlotte Bronte, and it just got its hands on a fifth. The BBC reports that for about $860,000, which included fees, the Haworth museum run by the Bronte Society... More »

Museum Makes Big Move to Correct 'Centuries of Imbalance'

Baltimore Museum of Art will acquire works from female artists only in 2020

(Newser) - "This [is] how you raise awareness and shift the identity of an institution. You don't just purchase one painting by a female artist of color and hang it on the wall next to a painting by Mark Rothko. To rectify centuries of imbalance, you have to do something... More »

Upstate NY Museum 'Upset' to Discover Painting's Origin

A Nazi-looted painting stolen from Jewish family somehow ended up at the Arkell Museum

(Newser) - A painting stolen by the Nazis from a Jewish family in the year Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor of Germany has been found hiding in plain sight: on the wall of a museum in upstate New York. US industrialist Bartlett Arkell bought the painting—Winter by American artist Gari Melchers—... More »

'Fools!' Spacey Makes Surprise Appearance in Museum

The actor surprises people with reading of Gabriele Tinti's "Boxer at Rest"

(Newser) - Kevin Spacey returned to the public eye Friday for "a bizarre reading" of a poem at an Italian museum, Variety reports. The actor, whose career nosedived in 2017 amid sexual-assault allegations, appeared at the National Roman Museum and read a poem about a wounded boxer who vowed never to... More »

Reaction to Tyson Probe: It's 'the Way the World Works'

The astrophysicist won't be losing his job

(Newser) - Neil deGrasse Tyson will be keeping his job at the American Museum of Natural History after all, the New York Times reports. A probe by the institution into Tyson's alleged sexual misconduct , including a rape accusation, apparently didn't find enough to dethrone him as head of the museum'... More »

Black Activist Found 'Murdered' in Car Trunk

Sadie Roberts-Smith 'was amazing and loved her history'

(Newser) - Louisiana police made a shocking find Friday: A black activist who helped establish an African American museum lay dead in a car trunk, ABC News reports. Sadie Roberts-Smith, 75, was discovered in a residential part of downtown Baton Rouge. "Our detectives are working diligently to bring the person or... More »

Guy Spins Dial 'for a Laugh,' Opens Safe Locked for 40 Years

'No gold bars, like I'd hoped'

(Newser) - Visitors have long fiddled with the old safe that sits on a reinforced floor in the basement of Alberta's Vermilion Heritage Museum, without any luck. The manager of Vermilion's old Brunswick Hotel couldn’t remember the safe's combination when the hotel closed in the 1970s, and a... More »

Museum, Not Holocaust Survivor's Kin, to Keep Nazi-Looted Art

Judge rules work by Camille Pissarro to stay in Spanish museum

(Newser) - A federal judge in Los Angeles ruled Tuesday that a Spanish museum that acquired a priceless, Nazi-looted painting in 1993 is the work's rightful owner, and not the survivors of the Jewish woman who surrendered it 80 years ago to escape the Holocaust. Per the AP , although US District... More »

150 Years After Emperor's Death, an 'Exemplary Gesture of Goodwill'

London museum to send Theodore II's hair back to Ethiopia

(Newser) - A mad Ethiopian emperor will soon be reunited with two braids long ago cut from his head. London's National Army Museum has agreed to repatriate the locks of hair taken from the corpse of Theodore II shortly after he killed himself in 1868, rather than face 32,000 British... More »

Museum: Here's Your $4M Coffin. Sorry About That

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art returns the antiquity to Egypt

(Newser) - New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art says it's returning a prized artifact to Egypt after learning it was stolen from the country in 2011, the AP reports. The Met said Friday that the Manhattan District Attorney's office found evidence that the museum was given a false ownership... More »

Attraction at New Museum: 6.5K Bobbleheads

Even Donald Trump is represented at Milwaukee's latest attraction

(Newser) - A new museum in Milwaukee may well hold the largest collection of bobbleheads anyone has ever seen, displaying more than 6,500 figures of athletes, mascots, celebrities, animals, cartoon characters, politicians, and more. The recently opened National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum is the brainchild of friends Phil Sklar... More »

Banksy's Self-Shredding Painting Is Altered

Germany's Frieder Burda Museum isn't taking any chances

(Newser) - The first museum to display Banksy's partially shredded canvas has deactivated its self-destructing frame to ensure "Love Is in the Bin" isn't actually thrown in the bin. "We opened up the frame and found the shredder machinery, the battery holders, the wires and satisfied ourselves that... More »

In a Single Coffin, 6 Victims Finally Rest With 'Dignity'

Remains of Holocaust victims found in museum are buried in England

(Newser) - The remains of six unidentified Holocaust victims were buried in a solemn ceremony at a Jewish cemetery near London on Sunday after spending years in storage at a British museum. The Imperial War Museum found the ashes and bone fragments during a stock-taking last year, the AP reports. They'd... More »

Good News After Devastating Brazil Museum Fire

80% of famed 'Luzia' skull has been recovered

(Newser) - A bit of good news after the catastrophic fire that ravaged Brazil's National Museum last month: One of the museum's most prized possessions has been mostly recovered. Museum director Alexander Kellner tells the AP that "Luzia," the oldest human fossil ever found in Latin America, was... More »

Root Beer Among World's Most 'Disgusting' Foods

Or so says museum founder Samuel West

(Newser) - Feel like being ill? You could always visit the Disgusting Food Museum in Malmo, Sweden. Opening later this month, it will display 80 "disgusting" foods from around the world like Japanese cod sperm, Mexican tree-ant larvae, Chinese mouse wine—and classic American fare like Twinkies and root beer, the... More »

Professor Rushed Into Burning Museum to Save Specimens

Famed skull may have survived Brazil blaze

(Newser) - Researchers held out hope that a famed skull and other valuable objects might somehow be recovered from the ashes of a massive blaze that tore through Brazil's National Museum after firefighters found bone fragments from the collection. Officials have said as much as 90% of Latin America's largest... More »

Fire Engulfs 200-Year-Old National Museum

An 'unbearable catastrophe' in Brazil

(Newser) - A massive fire has destroyed millions of items at Brazil's national museum—and for many Brazilians, shock has turned to anger. The blaze, which began at the 200-year-old museum in Rio de Janeiro after it closed to the public Sunday, is believed to have wiped out much of its... More »

Art Exhibit Made to Look Like 'Endless Chasm' Claims Victim

Luckily, visitor who got too close to Anish Kapoor's 8-foot-deep hole at Portugal museum will be OK

(Newser) - The "dizzying experience" of peering down into an "endless chasm in space" made a visitor to Portugal's Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art especially woozy, reports Artnet , and now the 60-year-old man is recuperating from his injuries. Last week, the Italian in Porto was checking out Chicago "... More »

Museum Planned to Destroy Deadly Poison. Thieves Got to It First

Safe containing curare vial is stolen in the Netherlands

(Newser) - Where's Indiana Jones when you need him? Authorities are trying to track down an ancient vial containing a deadly poison, stolen from the Dutch national museum of science and medicine this week. Thieves broke into an outbuilding at Leiden's Rijksmuseum Boerhaave and took a refrigerator-sized safe holding a... More »

Why These Art Lovers Walked Around Naked

Nudists visit Palais de Tokyo for the first time

(Newser) - Nudists visited a Paris art gallery for the first time Saturday and perused its exhibitions completely au naturel, the BBC reports. The Palais de Tokyo allowed the 161 visitors to drop off their garments at coat-check and walk around naked, a moment hailed by the Paris Naturist Association. "The... More »

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