Museums & Heritage

Proposed museum expansion spells trouble in Manhattan’s Chinatown

A $118m project to expand the Museum of Chinese in America in New York kicks off amid protests centring on plans for a massive new “skyscraper” jail

Whitney Museum workers protest outside the institution’s fundraising gala over union contract negotiations

Around 100 demonstrators rallied outside the institution during its gala, hoping to give greater urgency to ongoing negotiations with museum leaders

Historic English villa—built by royal mistress to escape her 'stinker' of a husband—reopens after restoration

Henrietta Howard's Marble Hill is a rare surviving example of such a home, and even rarer as one created by a woman

Brazilian museum accused of censoring photographs of Marxist land reform movement

The museum claims the works' removal was due to a scheduling issue, but the curators involved in the selection described the images' omission as "disrespectful and unjust”

$19m renovation of American Museum of Natural History's Indigenous collection hall unveiled

American Museum of Natural History renovates its Pacific Northwest cultures gallery after 112 years

Gilane Tawadros appointed director of the Whitechapel Gallery in London

The head of artist copyright society Dacs will replace Iwona Blazwick, who served as head of the East London institution for 20 years

Stephanie Rosenthal appointed project director for Guggenheim Abu Dhabi museum

Current director of Gropius Bau will oversee opening of the long-awaited institution in the United Arab Emirates

Cambodia urges UK museums to investigate and return looted treasures allegedly handled by dealer Douglas Latchford

British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum now under scrutiny of Cambodian government

Saving Ukraine’s heritage: an eyewitness account of relief efforts

Plus, the Cezanne blockbuster at The Art Institute of Chicago and Nicola L.’s Gold Femme Commode at Alison Jacques

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Rejuvenated Musée de Cluny presents a history of the Middle Ages in 1,600 objects

After a seven-year refurbishment, the Paris museum is fully wheelchair-accessible and ready to welcome back visitors on a journey from the first to the 15th century

Time is up on relaxed rules for US museums wanting to sell their works—did this brief shift have any lasting impact?

As stringent restrictions on art sales return after a pandemic reprieve, American institutions seem more polarised than ever

Iron Age rock art depicting ancient Gods discovered beneath Turkish home

The ancient inscriptions were in a hidden tunnel complex found by looters before archaeologists carried out a rescue mission

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From migration to Minecraft: shortlist for UK's Art Fund Museum of the Year 2022 is announced

Institutions in the running include Tŷ Pawb in Wrexham and Horniman Museum and Gardens in London

Abstract Expressionists' studio and Osage pictograph cave included on list of endangered US cultural sites

The latest National Trust for Historic Preservation list of endangered sites includes a cave of ancient pictographs in Missouri and the Hamptons home of painters James Brooks and Charlotte Park

Kyiv museum curators bravely criticise war by telling stories of its collection's historic objects

Online articles by staff at the National Museum of the History of Ukraine show how items resonate with the war-torn country

London's National Gallery drops disgraced Sackler family name from its walls—will the V&A follow suit?

Victoria and Albert Museum is last major UK institution to retain the donors' name on its building, despite settlement agreement allowing its removal

America's racial reckoning: inside the controversial Guston show

Plus, London's new Queer Britain museum and a rediscovered work by Caterina Angela Pierozzi

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Zip line planned for Ancient Jerusalem draws criticism from heritage officials and threatens to spark regional tension

A controversial Israeli development plan will also install a cable car to the city's Western Wall, a Jewish holy site

Smithsonian adopts new ‘ethical returns policy’ to handle artefacts with problematic histories

The new policy, adopted by all Smithsonian museums on 29 April, will allow each institution to tailor it to their particular collections and provenance considerations

Amid overwhelming silence from US museums on Roe v. Wade news, ICA San Francisco offers its space to abortion rights activists

Few museums have spoken out since a leaked draft of a US Supreme Court decision indicated that the country's highest court will overturn the landmark abortion rights case

Night at the museum? Norwegian architecture exhibition invites members of public to sleep over

Show at Kode Museums in Bergen address questions around communal living, hoping to prove that living together can make us happier and healthier

Princeton Museum acquires rare work by Pre-Raphaelite painter Rebecca Solomon

The museum acquired “A Young Teacher” at a recent Sotheby’s auction, where it sold for more than ten times its high estimate

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At the 2022 Met Gala, everything old (money) is new again

The Metropolitan Museum’s annual fashion extravaganza drew divergent interpretations of its Gilded Age theme

Scottish museum of religion is finally coming out of lockdown—more than two years after the pandemic hit

Faith leaders and community groups campaigned to save Glasgow's St Mungo Museum of Religious Art and Life from the risk of permanent closure

Not one but two LGBTQ cultural spaces to open in London this spring

Queer Britain museum and Queercircle art space, both opening as the UK marks 50 years of Gay Pride marches, will offer free-entry exhibitions and public workshops

Russian forces reportedly stole valuable art from museums in Melitopol and Mariupol

A curator at the Melitopol Museum of Local History has also been kidnapped, according to local reports

First Lady Jill Biden opens new Met Costume Institute exhibition with message of solidarity with Ukraine

Dr. Biden joined Anna Wintour and several of the film directors who curated the period rooms of the Metropolitan Museum’s American wing

Museum ethics body blasts dismissal of Polish museum director

Jaroslaw Suchan will be replaced at Łodz Museum of Art by the artist Andrzej Biernacki

Show of unity: the hidden challenges of staging major museum exhibitions

With loan shows bringing together dozens of works with diverse conservation histories, curators can face myriad hurdles in their quest for cohesion