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Museum Asks For Your Help Reassembling Medieval Cross

Museum Asks For Your Help Reassembling Medieval Cross Oct 15th, 2013 at 10:30AM: Replica of the stone, image courtesy WIkimedia Commons The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh is asking for your help in reassembling an early medieval carved stone. The Hilton of Cadboll Stone was carved in Scotland around 800 AD by the Picts, a mysterious people who have left little in the way of a written record but created some incredible art. The stone was carved shortly after the...

Where Will You Go For Free Museum Day?

Where Will You Go For Free Museum Day? Sep 24th, 2013 at 1:30PM: Flickr, Kim Smith Whether you are traveling in the U.S. or having a staycation this Saturday, be sure to include some culture. September 28 is Museum Day Live! (aka Free Museum Day), when museums all over the country open their doors without charging admission. The annual event is inspired by the Smithsonian museums, which offer free admission every day. You'll have to register and download...

Going To The Museum? There's An App For That!

Going To The Museum? There's An App For That! Aug 14th, 2013 at 11:45AM: British Museum Museums have a lot to compete with these days. With so much information available for free online, many people who are less than enthusiastic about going to museums may think there's nothing new to be learned by peering into glass cases full of ancient artifacts. But museums are fighting back. Museum apps are available for most major and many lesser-known museums. Generally they...

U.S. Navy Ship Goes On Display. . .In North Korea

U.S. Navy Ship Goes On Display. . .In North Korea Jul 31st, 2013 at 10:59AM: Michael Day It's one of the most popular attractions in Pyongyang, North Korea, and with a new coat of paint it's ready to attract more admiring crowds for a brainwashing display of jingoism. The USS Pueblo is a U.S. Navy spy ship captured by the North Korean Navy in 1968. While on an intelligence gathering mission in the Sea of Japan to check out the activities of North Korea and the Soviet...

Tiny Spanish Village Hopes to Profit From Antiquities Thief

Tiny Spanish Village Hopes to Profit From Antiquities Thief Jul 23rd, 2013 at 3:00PM: Should a town have the right to display looted antiquities stolen by one of its residents? According to an intriguing piece by Suzanne Daley in The New York Times this morning, the mayor of tiny Aranda de Moncayo, Spain, population 200, thinks they should. A 60-year-old village resident named Ricardo Granada unearthed some 4,000 antiquities using primitive implements, like a metal detector and a...

Valencia: Spain's Third City Offers Culture And Cuisine

Valencia: Spain's Third City Offers Culture And Cuisine Jul 18th, 2013 at 5:30PM: Sean McLachlan There's a well-worn tourist trail in Spain: Madrid for the art, Barcelona for the nightlife and the Costa del Sol for the beaches. All of these are great, but there are plenty of other spots that often slip under the radar. Valencia, for example, gets plenty of tourists from Europe yet seems to not get so many Americans. I hardly saw any in the past three days....

Yuka The Woolly Mammoth Goes On Display In Japan (VIDEO)

Jul 12th, 2013 at 3:00PM: A 39,000-year-old woolly mammoth has gone on display in Yokohama, Japan. Dubbed "Yuka," the mammoth died at the age of 10 and was frozen in the Russian snow until it was discovered three years ago. Yuka is the best preserved example of her species, which went extinct across most of its range around 10,000 years ago. Isolated populations survived for centuries thereafter, as late as 4,000...

Madrid Offers Up Great Summer Art Season

Madrid Offers Up Great Summer Art Season Jul 11th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Dalí, El gran masturbador, 1929 © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, VEGAP, Madrid, 2013 Madrid is one of the best destinations in the world for art, and this summer its many museums and galleries are putting on an impressive array of temporary exhibitions. The blockbuster of the season is at the Reina Sofia, which is having a major exhibition on...

Los Angeles County Museum Of Art Inaugurates African Gallery

Los Angeles County Museum Of Art Inaugurates African Gallery Jul 8th, 2013 at 3:30PM: Royal Museum for Central Africa, RG 22725, photo R. Asselberghs, RMCA Tervuren The Los Angeles County Museum Of Art is inaugurating its new Africa gallery with an exhibition of art from the Luba Kingdom. "Shaping Power: Luba Masterworks from the Royal Museum for Central Africa" examines the royal art of the powerful Luba Kingdom, which from 1585-1889 dominated central Africa. Its royal lineage...

Edvard Munch Exhibition Opens In Stuttgart

Edvard Munch Exhibition Opens In Stuttgart Jul 7th, 2013 at 10:00AM: Copyright The Munch Museum/The Munch Ellingsen Group/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2012 The Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart, Germany, is celebrating the 150th birthday of Edvard Munch with a exhibition of their entire collection of his work, the first time the gallery has done so in more that 50 years. "Edvard Munch in Stuttgart: From the First Kiss until Death" showcases 60 works from all periods of the...

Smithsonian Relocates Slave Cabin To Be Centerpiece Of Upcoming Exhibition

Smithsonian Relocates Slave Cabin To Be Centerpiece Of Upcoming Exhibition Jun 11th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture The Smithsonian Institution has received a unique donation – an intact slave cabin from a plantation in South Carolina. The cabin, which was on the grounds of the Point of Pines Plantation on Edisto Island, was donated by the current landowners. For the past month a Smithsonian team has been meticulously dismantling it...

Yoko Ono Retrospective Exhibition Opens In Denmark

Yoko Ono Retrospective Exhibition Opens In Denmark Jun 10th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Marcela Cataldi Cipolla Yoko Ono turned 80 earlier this year and to celebrate, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark, has opened a retrospective covering more than half a century of her work. "Yoko Ono Half-A-Wind" looks back at Yoko Ono's influence on avant garde art and how her personal expression has changed over the decades, using various media such as installation...

Ljubljana: Why Slovenia's Cool Capital Needs To Be On Your Bucket List

Ljubljana: Why Slovenia's Cool Capital Needs To Be On Your Bucket List Jun 7th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Sean McLachlan Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, has been trumpeted by travel writers for a good 10 years now, yet this artsy little city of 270,000 still doesn't get overrun with tourists. Perhaps it's because it's surrounded by better-known countries like Italy and Croatia; perhaps people confuse it with Slovakia; perhaps people still have old Communist imagery in their heads. Whatever it is,...

Touring The World War One Battlefield Of Isonzo

Touring The World War One Battlefield Of Isonzo May 30th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Sean McLachlan from public domain image. Original photographer unknown. Like every other nation involved in World War I, Italy suffered terribly. It joined the war in 1915, throwing its lot in with the Allies against the Central Powers. Italy's most immediate threat was its neighbor the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The border was mostly in the Alps and soldiers on both sides carved out ice caves from...

Jim Henson Will Get His Own Gallery In NYC's Museum Of The Moving Image

Jim Henson Will Get His Own Gallery In NYC's Museum Of The Moving Image May 22nd, 2013 at 1:00PM: Eva Rinaldi The Museum of the Moving Image in New York City has announced it will build a special gallery devoted to the art of Jim Henson. Jim Henson's family has donated nearly 400 puppets, costumes, props, and other objects to the museum. They include items from all of his major projects such as "The Muppet Show," "Sesame Street," "Fraggle Rock," "The Dark Crystal" and others. The biggest...

Could Bahrain Become The Next Big Heritage Tourism Destination?

Could Bahrain Become The Next Big Heritage Tourism Destination? May 21st, 2013 at 11:00AM: Desert Island Boy, flickr The tiny Persian Gulf island nation of Bahrain is home to one of the most mysterious ancient civilizations of the Middle East. Archaeologists have long known about a civilization called Dilmun. It's mentioned in many Mesopotamian texts as a wealthy place of "sweet water." Even the Epic of Gilgamesh mentions it, but all the sources were vague about its location. It...

The Late Night, Free Cultural Event Extravaganza: European Night Of Museums 2013

The Late Night, Free Cultural Event Extravaganza: European Night Of Museums 2013 May 18th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Nuit des Musées, Facebook Budget traveling night owl alert: if you're in Europe right now you don't want to miss out on the ninth annual European Night of Museums this Saturday, May 18. The idea is simple: open up museums way past their general closing hours, cut the entrance fee and make museum going a little more like nightlife instead of a rainy Sunday afternoon activity. ...

In Fine Style: The Art Of Tudor And Stuart Fashion Opens At The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

In Fine Style: The Art Of Tudor And Stuart Fashion Opens At The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace May 15th, 2013 at 1:00PM: The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace, London, is putting on a fashion show, although the fashions are more than 400 years out of date. "In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion" examines the luxurious clothing and jewelry worn by British monarchs and members of their court. It focuses on the two dynasties of the 16th and 17th centuries with everything from ornamental armor for a...

Frederick The Great's Picture Gallery Celebrates 250 Years With Special Exhibition

Frederick The Great's Picture Gallery Celebrates 250 Years With Special Exhibition May 12th, 2013 at 12:00PM: A magnificent art gallery constructed by Frederick the Great of Prussia in Potsdam is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year, Art Daily reports. The gallery at Sanssouci Park, part of Frederick the Great's palace complex, was home to his vast collection of Classical and (then) contemporary art. While it lost much of its collection over the years, especially during the Napoleonic Wars and...

Gettysburg's American Civil War Wax Museum Is For Sale

Gettysburg's American Civil War Wax Museum Is For Sale May 10th, 2013 at 10:30AM: A favorite destination in America's most famous Civil War battlefield faces an uncertain future as its owners are retiring and putting the building up for sale. The American Civil War Wax Museum at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, was opened in 1962 and is selling for $1.7 million, the Evening Sun reports. Being a popular tourist attraction, the current owners say they are confident someone will buy...

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