Museums & Heritage

Historic Baltimore museum reopens after $5.5m renovation

The Peale Museum, considered the first “purpose-built” museum in North America, reopens with a contemporary and local focus

Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture receives $8m in state funding for major renovation

The centre, whose art collection is one of the richest in historic and Modern Black art, will put the state funds toward major improvements to its building

An historic appointment: Lynette L. Allston is the first Indigenous person to serve as board president of a major US museum

Allston had previously advised the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in devising its land acknowledgement agreement

The Metropolitan Museum returns two looted artefacts to Nepal

The two works, given to the museum in the 1990s, were looted from temples in Kathmandu according to recent internal provenance research

National Museum of Scotland urged to return First Nations totem pole stolen by Canadian anthropologist

The pole was stolen in 1929 and, if returned, would be only the second totem pole to be repatriated to a First Nation by a European institution

Preservationists urge restrictions on oil and gas exploitation near archaeological sites, parks and monuments in US Southwest

A new report highlights the risks posed by resource extraction near sites that are of sacred to Indigenous groups and have enormous archaeological significance

How partition divided a centuries-old manuscript between India and Pakistan—and continues to plague the region's heritage

Research on the Chandayan of Mulla Da’ud has suffered ever since 24 folios narrating the love story were split up across the border in 1947

Delhi's delayed Partition Museum set to open this winter

It will be India's second institution dedicated to the mass displacement of 1947

The Getty Museum will return a set of illegally excavated life-size statues to Italy

The group of figures, known as “Orpheus and the Sirens”, is one of four artefacts the museum is repatriating to Italy based on new evidence

Archaeologists uncover ancient city and hundreds of artefacts close to Baghdad

Scholar says the new discovery is "significant" as 233 objects are sent to the Iraq Museum

Horniman Museum in London hands over Benin bronzes to Nigeria

Major restitution development coincides with publication of new Arts Council England guidelines

Uffizi Gallery announces €50m project to return Boboli Gardens to its former Medici-era glory

Planned for completion in 2030, the revamp will include redeveloping the neoclassical Pagliere building for temporary exhibitions and storage

Metropolitan Museum director Max Hollein to take on dual role of director and chief executive

Hollein, who will add the role to his title after Daniel H. Weiss resigns next year, was the “clear choice”, according to the Met’s board of trustees

A first glimpse of Storm King Art Center’s $45m redesign

The celebrated upstate New York sculpture park will begin an overhaul of its grounds to enhance visitor experience and biodiversity

Nancy Pelosi's controversial trip to Taiwan puts museum in the spotlight

US Speaker of the House visits National Human Rights Museum amidst tense relations between Taiwan and China

Controversial slave trader painting at National Museum Cardiff—removed in wake of Black Lives Matter—is rehung

The work, depicting the Lieutenant-General Thomas Picton, is now on display as part of an exhibition reframing his legacy

Former dealer Caitlin Berry named inaugural director of the Rubell Museum's Washington, DC outpost

Berry was previously the director of the Cody Gallery at Marymount University and the director of Hemphill Fine Arts

Oxford and Cambridge universities approve returning 213 looted Benin bronzes to Nigeria

Charity Commission could veto the decision to repatriate objects from Ashmolean Museum and Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

As the Commonwealth Games open, Birmingham’s museum sector contends with the legacy of colonialism

The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is pursuing a project of mass participation in an attempt to fully involve the city’s many communities in the future of the museum

Ten essential artworks to see in in Vatican City

From Michelangelo’s Sistine Ceiling to a whole room dedicated to Henri Matisse, we round up some of the unmissable artistic treasures in the world's smallest state

Museum devoted to Jean-Paul Riopelle planned for remote Quebec island

The museum, proposed by the artist’s widow, would cost $3.3m and is to be situated on scenic island in the St. Lawrence river

Museum Association demands that UK government invest in institutions as cost of living and inflation soar

Influential museum organisation calls for a new pay settlement, warning that workers face pay decreases "at the fastest rate for decades"

Sex and the Disparity: 20 years on, are art girls really rising?

Thirty-five years ago the Guerrilla Girls took to the streets to protest gender inequality—now memes are helping to remind us that there is much work still to do

Climate activists glue themselves to Botticelli masterpiece in Italy

Officials at the Gallerie degli Uffizi in Florence say that the 15th-century painting was not damaged thanks to protective glass cover

Hong Kong billionaire to build $1.4bn cultural complex on the coast of China's Shenzhen

Adrian Cheng's newest development K11 ECOAST is scheduled to open in 2024

New art from the ruins of Pompeii: archaeological site launches digital fellowships

Contemporary initiative also includes new book with contributions from more than 60 artists such as Adrian Villar Rojas, Lara Favaretto and Michael Rakowitz

Works showing the complexities of life in the Americas under Spanish colonial rule go on show at Lacma

The Los Angeles museum recently acquired 100 works from the period to plug an important gap in its collection

London foundry redevelopment still ringing alarm bells for heritage campaigners

Question mark over historic Whitechapel site a year after boutique hotel plan approved