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Katy Perry. ©Reuters/Danny Moloshok
US museum adds Katy Perry portrait to collection

Thanks to the generosity of a US forklift truck dynasty, pop star Katy Perry will soon take pride of place in the dignified National Portrait Gallery in Washington.

US museum adds Katy Perry portrait to collection
Museum takes painful look into 9/11 attacks
Museum takes painful look into 9/11 attacks

On the eve of the dedication of a museum commemorating the September 11, 2001 attacks, Charles Wolf made no secret of his apprehension at a site he associates with the death of his wife Katherine.

Museum takes painful look into 9/11 attacks
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WWII veteran brings wallet made of human skin to Aktau museum

A veteran of World War II brought a wallet made entirely of human skin to the astonishment of the Mangistau Museum employees.

WWII veteran brings wallet made of human skin to Aktau museum
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Lock of Napoleon's hair stolen in Australia

A lock of Napoleon Bonaparte's hair and other "priceless" artefacts linked to the French emperor have been stolen from a museum in Australia, police said.

Lock of Napoleon's hair stolen in Australia
US Getty museum to return Greek manuscript
US Getty museum to return Greek manuscript

The J. Paul Getty Museum has agreed to return to Greece a Byzantine New Testament manuscript illegally taken from a monastery on Mount Athos over 50 years ago, it said Monday.

US Getty museum to return Greek manuscript
British Museum shows Vikings' softer side
British Museum shows Vikings' softer side

The Vikings are renowned as bloodthirsty warriors, but a new exhibition at the British Museum aims to show the cultural achievements and trading skills that spread their influence far and wide.

British Museum shows Vikings' softer side
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's "Colored Vases". ©Reuters/Zachary Fagenson
Ai Weiwei brushes off painter's smashing of $1m vase

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei shrugged off the smashing of a $1 million Han dynasty vase that was part of his exhibition at a Miami museum, saying his works often get broken.

Ai Weiwei brushes off painter's smashing of $1m vase
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Greek bronzes raise hope of revival in southern Italy

Two remarkably life-like Greek bronze statues have gone on show in the same Calabria region in southern Italy where they were found by an amateur diver 42 years ago.

Greek bronzes raise hope of revival in southern Italy
Museum takes possession of long-lost Nazi diary
Museum takes possession of long-lost Nazi diary

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum took possession Tuesday of a Nazi war criminal's long-lost diary and posted it online to help researchers decipher the thinking behind Adolf Hitler's "final solution."

Museum takes possession of long-lost Nazi diary
New York hosts ancient Korea debut in West
New York hosts ancient Korea debut in West

Drawn to bling? A fan of gold jewelry? Keen on Buddha? If so, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art offers the newest ticket to fend off the winter chill.

New York hosts ancient Korea debut in West
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Ancient past challenges modern teaching in 'cradle of mankind'

In Kenya's national museum, wide-eyed school children gaze at blackened skeletons of long gone ancestors, 1.5 million-year-old remains that provide key lessons today for modern teachers of mankind's origin.

Ancient past challenges modern teaching in 'cradle of mankind'
Johannesburg opens museum of African design
Johannesburg opens museum of African design

A museum of African design opened in a renovated Johannesburg warehouse Thursday, promising to showcase work by the continent's finest contemporary artists.

Johannesburg opens museum of African design
The man behind the emperor: Augustus show opens in Rome
The man behind the emperor: Augustus show opens in Rome

A political genius, a great reformer, a patron of the arts -- but ancient Rome's first emperor Augustus was also a family man, as highlighted in a new exhibition that opened in Rome this week.

The man behind the emperor: Augustus show opens in Rome
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Politician says Venice museum damaged by French demand

An Italian local politician has alleged the Doge's Palace in Venice was damaged to install an air-conditioning system demanded by a French museum for a rare Manet exhibition.

Politician says Venice museum damaged by French demand
Dutch art heist trial set to open in Bucharest
Dutch art heist trial set to open in Bucharest

The trial of six Romanians charged with a dramatic theft from a Dutch museum is set to open in Bucharest Tuesday, amid fears the stolen masterpieces by Monet, Picasso and Gauguin may have been destroyed.

Dutch art heist trial set to open in Bucharest
At the Smithsonian's American Art Museum in Washington. ©REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Smithsonian adds Irving Penn images to collection

The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington said Friday it's ramping up its photography collection with the acquisition of 100 images from the late Irving Penn.

Smithsonian adds Irving Penn images to collection
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Looted Cambodian sculptures returning home from US

Two 10th century statues that Cambodia says were looted from a jungle temple several decades ago are set to arrive home on Tuesday from New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Looted Cambodian sculptures returning home from US
New York readies major Le Corbusier show
New York readies major Le Corbusier show

Nearly half a century after his death, New York's Museum of Modern Art will pay homage to celebrated French architect and designer Le Corbusier in a major exhibit that opens next week.

New York readies major Le Corbusier show
Hope guides visitors through revamped Red Cross Museum
Hope guides visitors through revamped Red Cross Museum

Hope and human resilience are the guiding themes of the new permanent exhibit at Geneva's International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, which will finally re-open its doors this week after a nearly two-year makeover.

Hope guides visitors through revamped Red Cross Museum
Family album of last tsar surfaces in Russian museum
Family album of last tsar surfaces in Russian museum

Held a virtual prisoner by the Bolsheviks months before his execution, Russia's last tsar Nicholas II pasted informal snapshots of his family into an album which has now come to light in a Russian provincial museum.

Family album of last tsar surfaces in Russian museum