Museums & Heritage

Los Angeles museum repatriates Asante artefacts to Ghana

The Fowler Museum at UCLA has repatriated seven artefacts that were taken during the Sagrenti War of 1874

Museum of the Home's displays will change to reflect changing times

The 20th-century displays in the London institution’s Rooms Through Time galleries are being overhauled to reflect the diverse communities of Hoxton, the historic core of east London and one of the UK’s most gentrified areas

Cambodian government takes over management of three Angkor archaeological sites from World Monuments Fund

The announcement coincides with the 35th anniversary of WMF's efforts at the archaeological park and a new phase of conservation at Phnom Bakheng

Trinity College Dublin turns a page on Old Library conservation

A major €90m upgrade of the hallowed Long Room—and its 200,000 books—begins at the end of the year, while its famous Book of Kells gets an immersive makeover

Tate Modern appoints two new curators in charge of Asia-Pacific art

The hires have been supported by the London-based non-profit Asymmetry Art Foundation

Rubin Museum will close Manhattan space to pursue decentralised approach for promoting art of the Himalayas

After 20 years focused on its Chelsea headquarters, the museum will send its collections and initiatives on the road

When Sister Rosetta met Marsha P. Johnson: public art piece in London reimagines Leonardo’s Last Supper

Tavares Strachan’s monument is included in major colonialism survey at the Royal Academy

US museums cover Native American displays as revised federal regulations take effect

The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act has been revised to expedite repatriation, leading many museums to conceal exhibits in the interim

Tipping point: how new immersive institutions are changing the art world

Digital art venues are a global phenomenon, attracting massive audiences with radical new forms of immersive experiences. Are they a threat or an opportunity for traditional galleries and museums?

Impressionism: still impressive 150 years later

This year's milestone will be celebrated with multiple shows around the globe

Second curator of Indigenous art departs the Art Gallery of Ontario amid ongoing scandal

Taqralik Partridge, an associate curator of Indigenous art since 2022, has stepped down while the Toronto institution is still reeling from the sudden ouster of Wanda Nanibush

Princeton University Art Museum identifies 16 artefacts linked to alumnus and alleged smuggler

Edoardo Almagià, who graduated from Princeton University in 1973, has been connected to a range of antiquities currently in the museum's collection

British Museum’s planned Cyrus Cylinder loan to Jerusalem sparks protests from Iran

The London institution says ancient clay drum is in the US but future venues are unconfirmed

'An exciting new model for repatriation': rotating display of Cycladic treasures, on loan from Greece, debuts at the Met

An innovative agreement between the Metropolitan Museum, American businessman Leonard N. Stern and the Greek government led to the new display of 161 Cycladic antiquities at the New York museum

British Museum and V&A to lend looted gold objects to Ghana

The 32 items held in the collections of the two UK museums were taken during wars in the 19th century

Art Gallery of Ontario under pressure to explain Indigenous art curator’s ousting

Wanda Nanibush left the institution after a letter accusing her of “hate speech” was circulated by the group Israel Museums and Arts, Canada

The hangover after the museum party: institutions in the US are facing a funding crisis

As the baby-boomer generation of major donors pulls back or dies off, museums are struggling to attract their heirs’ interest

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As India erects a grand Hindu temple on site of razed mosque, more Islamic heritage faces prospect of destruction

The Ram temple in Ayodhya, consecrated next week, has been the subject of a long and deadly campaign by Hindu nationalist groups

‘Culture is fragile’: Dutch art world figures express concerns for future under potential coalition government

Directors of leading institutions in the country warn of the damage that budget cuts and a scaling back on international collaboration could do to the sector

Brazil plans museum devoted to 2023 insurrection

Authorities also began restoration work on art damaged during the ensuing riots

World Monuments Fund announces over $15m for climate change initiative

New initiatives emphasize WMF's commitment to the preservation and revitalisation of historic sites under threat of destruction from climate change

Orlando Museum of Art faces financial troubles in Basquiat fiasco’s aftermath

Since it was raided in 2022 by the FBI, which seized 25 purported Basquiat works, the museum’s legal and communications costs have surged while public and private support slowed

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Denver Art Museum workers launch campaign to form union

Staff at the museum are the latest to join the unionisation movement that has swept across the sector in the US

In Arles, Lee Ufan, ‘the man in the middle’, finds a lasting home

The Korean-born artist says he was drawn to the southern French city’s ancient roots as a fitting place for his work

US museum under fire for cancelling Palestinian artist’s retrospective

The Eskenazi Museum of Art of the Indiana University in Bloomington cited “safety concerns” when it abruptly cancelled Samia Halaby’s show

National Galleries of Scotland facing ‘a very real challenge’ as report reveals continuing financial strain

A new dossier shows how those running the organisation are struggling to “find a path to a balanced budget”

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The next urgent -ism: museums must change their ageist ways

Museums in the US and beyond are neglecting members of a rapidly expanding demographic who also historically have been the sector’s biggest donors

Canadian museum removing name of former director and Nazi supporter Ferdinand Eckhardt from its entrance hall

The longtime Winnipeg Art Gallery director's Order of the Buffalo Hunt, one of Manitoba’s highest honours, has also been posthumously rescinded

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts to end its degree-granting programmes

The institution, which began offering BFAs and MFAs in 2013, will wind down those programmes next year