Museums & Heritage

After a devastating fire in 2018, the National Museum of Brazil unveils the first stage of its restoration project

As the first stage of the museum’s restoration project is unveiled, coinciding with the Brazilian bicentennial of independence, its director calls for more government investment

Whistler’s famed Peacock Room, ‘vibrant and revamped’, reopens following major conservation project

The historic interior, with its elaborate avian ornamentation, has undergone months of cleaning and restoration to shore up worn elements and return others to their original lustre

Greek artefacts from American billionaire's collection will be returned pending exchange agreement

The artefacts could be exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art before traveling to Athens

Former trustees of Florida museum claim they were kept unaware of FBI’s interest in allegedly fake Basquiats

Trustees who say they were summarily dismissed over email as retaliation claim that the board chair concealed information about an FBI subpoena months before the Basquiat exhibition opened

‘It’s time to ditch the culture war rhetoric’

The next UK prime minister should abandon the war on "woke" and return to nuanced debate

Revamped Museum of Islamic Art in Doha to reopen with more than 1,000 new objects

After 18-month closure, Qatar gallery to relaunch on 5 October in time for Fifa World Cup

Metropolitan Museum to exhibit masterpieces from Puerto Rican museum struck by earthquake

The pieces include paintings by Frederic Leighton, John Everett Millais and Sir Edward Burne-Jones

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Fair or not, Tate's discrimination row has damaged its reputation among the very artists it needs to attract

The institution denies claims that it refused to allow the increasingly prominent Black performance artist Jade Montserrat to participate in a project for Tate Exchange

Unionised workers file unfair labour charges against the Philadelphia Museum of Art

With contract negotiations well into their second year, the union claims the museum’s leadership has been “repeatedly interfering with employees’ rights”

Exclusive: German museums latest to be implicated in far-reaching criminal investigation into antiquities trafficking

Case has so far seen Middle Eastern works seized from New York's Met and the indictment of a former Louvre director

Shipwrecks ahoy? Unesco's underwater mission scours sea bed off Italy for archaeological treasures

A dozen marine archaeologists are currently searching in an area that was once one of the busiest maritime routes in the world

Sticky fingers: German climate activists strike museums four times in past week

Protestors from the Letzte Generation group have glued themselves to works by Rubens, Poussin and Cranach

Russian guard who doodled eyes on $1m painting sentenced as scrutiny of museum intensifies

Aleksandr Vasiliev had used a ballpoint pen to draw eyes on the stylised figures in a painting by avant-garde artist Anna Leporskaya

Orlando Museum of Art leaders resign amid scandal over allegedly fake Basquiats

The museum's board chair and its recently appointed interim director have both resigned as the fallout from an FBI raid in June continues

Icom condemns Russia's 'deliberate destruction' of Ukrainian heritage and plans stricter code of ethics

The International Council of Museums says revised protocol will allow it to more readily “address conflicts”—and could lead to the expulsion of Russia from the organisation

Aboriginal art to take centre stage at $225m expansion of Sydney's Art Gallery of New South Wales

The Sydney Modern Project—due to open in December—is the Australian city’s largest cultural development since the creation of its opera house

What is a museum? Icom finally decides on a new definition

The 50-year-old statement has been overhauled at the International Council of Museums conference in Prague today

Once the US’s largest slave port, Charleston will open African American museum next year

Opening on 21 January 2023, the new International African American Museum will include ways for Black Americans to research their ancestry

War-ravaged Ukrainian mosaics digitally recreated in London show

Exhibition builds on a project to document Ukraine's monumental and contested public art created during Soviet era

Seven dead after landslide strikes Iraqi Shia shrine

The Qattarat al-Imam Ali shrine, a popular pilgrimage destination, collapsed on 20 August after rubble from a landslide struck its roof

Biden appoints archaeologists, museum leaders and Acquavella Galleries director to US committee advising on imports of cultural property

The Cultural Property Advisory Committee guides the US Department of State on import restrictions for artefacts and emergency actions related to cultural property

‘Return Rosetta Stone to Egypt’ demands country’s leading archaeologist Zahi Hawass

The former Egyptian antiquities minister leans into the current restitution conversation, calling again for the return of three prized antiquities from European museums

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Mass Moca workers walk off the job for one-day strike

Unionised employees of the North Adams, Massachusetts museum sought to pressure the institution’s administration amid ongoing contract negotiations

With $4.5m funding boost, the Noguchi Museum will open the artist’s home and studio to the public

Isamu Noguchi’s live-work space, located across the street from his namesake museum, will undergo much-needed renovations to become accessible for public tours

Vast megalithic site discovered in southern Spain on land earmarked for an avocado plantation

More than 500 standing stones were catalogued by archaeologists working on the 7,000-year-old site

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Leading museum directors to debate whether institutions can remain objective in a politically volatile world

At the ICOM conference in Prague, leaders will be told traditional planning could be a liability when addressing modern human rights issues