Museums & Heritage

Looted antiquities returned to Turkey and Italy were seized from New York home of Met trustee Shelby White

An ongoing investigation into White's collection expects to see more objects repatriated in the future

National Museum of Scotland to repatriate looted totem pole

The museum will transfer the totem pole to the Nisga’a Nation of British Columbia

My Tennessee museum home: Dolly Parton plots Nashville institution

The country music superstar, already the subject of a museum at her Dollywood theme park, is planning a cultural complex in Nashville

Forthcoming Smithsonian American Women's History Museum receives $1m donation

The donation is the museum’s first corporate gift, from Zurich-based insurance giant Swiss Re

London National Gallery's cancelled partnership with Pushkin Museum revealed

UK museum now seeking loans to save blockbuster show of Modern art, after collaboration with Russia rejected

Unpredictable art critic vs hard right minister: Italy’s senior politicians clash over cultural policy

Issues such as free museums and safeguarding heritage are splitting the opinions of two officials in the Brothers of Italy party which swept to power in September

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Forget the World Cup: Qatar kicks off a major museum-building programme

With a slew of institutions set to open by 2030, the country is putting itself on the global cultural map—but on its own terms

In time for Christmas: London's National Gallery unveils newly-restored Piero della Francesca nativity scene

Painstaking restoration of Italian master’s revered painting reveals its full glory once more

Venice erects glass barriers around St Mark’s basilica to fight flooding

The decision to keep the Venetian lagoon's barriers open and allow more ships into the port had left the church without protection and vulnerable to water

'This land has an important history': Pritzker Prize-winning architects SANAA on their design for the Art Gallery of New South Wales

The designers behind the New Museum in New York and the Louvre-Lens talk about their latest project in Sydney

In partnership with the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Sneak peek: see inside Australia's newest museum expansion, neighbouring Sydney's famous opera house

The Art Gallery of New South Wales has been expanded with a new building by Japanese architects SANAA, while new displays will push Australia's Indigenous artists to the fore

In partnership with the Art Gallery of New South Wales

A vast forest of concrete columns: the Art Gallery of New South Wales opens new gallery in a disused oil tank

A once-hidden relic of the Second World War by Sydney's harbour has been turned into an underground exhibition space

In partnership with the Art Gallery of New South Wales

This is Australia: Six must-see artworks in the Art Gallery of New South Wales's collection

The Sydney-based museum has almost 36,000 pieces from across time and from around the world

In partnership with the Art Gallery of New South Wales

London's National Portrait Gallery receives £10m donation from Leonard Blavatnik

First floor of London museum to be renamed the "Blavatnik Wing" and will display 100 years of portraiture across nine galleries

Should the world resume co-operating with the Taliban on protecting Afghanistan's heritage?

Conservation projects that have been paused due to sanctions on the new government may restart after Unesco intervention

Canada’s museums urged to overhaul practices to empower Indigenous peoples

Country’s museums association says institutions must involve Indigenous people in “every element” of their work

‘Cultural erasure’ in the Caucasus: new satellite imagery shows ongoing destruction of Armenian heritage sites

Images show disappearance of churches and cemeteries in the Nagorno-Karabakh and Nakhchivan regions at the centre of the largely ignored conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Home of Henry Ossawa Tanner—one of the first internationally renowned African American artists—faces demolition

A local grassroots group has begun a fundraising campaign to save a piece of local Black history in North Philadelphia

Giacometti Foundation director outlines vision for new museum on Paris’s left bank

French billionaire Xavier Niel will fund the renovation of Gare des Invalides site

New York court dismisses restitution case brought against the Israel Museum

A Holocaust restitution case over the Bird’s Head Haggadah, the oldest manuscript of its kind, has been dismissed by the New York Supreme Court on behalf of the Israel Museum

Portland Museum of Art shortlists four designs for major expansion project

The museum is now soliciting public feedback on the designs—which include proposals from groups including Adjaye Associates and MVRDV—through 11 December

Do UK museums ignore violence against women?

Despite the availability of work by high-profile artists, leading institutions are reticent about confronting a pressing issue

Former Nottingham Castle chief executive calls for independent investigation as UK heritage site closes to public

Nottinghamshire site central to the Robin Hood legend received £33m in public funding less than a year ago, but is now facing liquidation after being rocked by a series of internal misconduct allegations

Notre Dame's fresh interior—cleaned with controversial latex paste—will deliver a 'shock', restoration chief promises

Conservationists raise concerns that by cleaning the Paris cathedral's fire-damaged interior stonework it will become "artificially bright"

Canada's National Gallery abruptly lays off four senior staff, including chief curator and Indigenous art curator

In an internal memo to staff, the museum's interim director wrote that the sudden changes were made "to better align the gallery’s leadership team with the organisation’s new strategic plan"

Gainsborough’s new home: museum dedicated to artist reopens in 'sweet' English village

The newly restored galleries will also exhibit loan shows and house collections by Suffolk’s own Cedric Morris and John Constable

Climate activists target billionaire François Pinault's private collection in Paris

Demonstrators poured orange paint over the US artist Charles Ray's Horse and Rider

Jill Biden presides over groundbreaking party for Hirshhorn Museum’s controversial sculpture garden revamp

The project’s architect, artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, told attendees at the celebratory event that he repeatedly thought the project would be abandoned due to opposition