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France's Louvre reopens after 16-week virus shutdown

Jul 06, 2020 - 9:57 PM

The museum's most popular draws such as Leonardo's Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and the Louvre's vast antiquities collection will be accessible

Visitors wearing face masks queue in front of Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece " Mona Lisa " also known as " La Gioconda " held in the Salle des Etats, at the Louvre Museum in Paris on July 6, 2020, on the museum' s reopening day. - The Louvre museum will reopen its doors on July 6, 2020, after months of closure due to lockdown measures linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the novel coronavirus. The coronavirus crisis has already caused "more than 40 million euros in losses" at the Louvre, announced its president and director Jean-Luc Martinez, who advocates a revival through "cultural democratization" and is preparing a "transformation plan" for the upcoming Olympic Games in 2024. (Photo by FRANCOIS GUILLOT / AFP)

Paris Louvre museum reopens July 6 after crippling losses

Jul 04, 2020 - 6:58 PM

Visitors will have to wear masks, there will be no snacks or cloakrooms available and the public will have to follow a guided path through the museum

CORONAVIRUS. Tourists walk at the Pyramide du louvre area on February 28, 2020 in Paris as fears over the novel coronavirus grow. Photo by Stephane De Sakutin/AFP

Flag Day: Dapitan’s Rizal museum raises banner for COVID-19 frontliners

May 29, 2020 - 2:54 PM

‘This year, our display of flags takes on a greater meaning,’ says the Museo ni Rizal-Dapitan, echoing the National Historical Commission of the Philippines

Staff members of Museo ni Rizal-Dapitan near the replica of Rizal’s casa redonda. Photos by Ryan Tan

While on lockdown, Ayala Museum goes online – and on Animal Crossing

May 22, 2020 - 8:11 AM

What's it like to view the works of Juan Luna on Animal Crossing? Strange, but amusing.

MERCH. For this exhibit, all custom merch are free – visitors get a QR code for the custom designs after the visit. Photo by Rappler

Met museum in New York aims to open in mid-August after lockdown

May 20, 2020 - 8:18 PM

The Met is the first museum in the city to announce a date for reopening

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 4, 2020 a man wearing a facemask walks past the Metropolitan Museum of Art "The Met" in New York City. - New York's Metropolitan Museum plans to reopen in mid-August, "or maybe a few weeks later," with reduced hours and no tours to maintain social distancing, the museum said on May 19, 2020. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

Ayala Museum is taking its International Museum Day events online

May 18, 2020 - 5:11 PM

It involves an Animal Crossing tour, so sign up now

ISLAND TOUR. The Makati-based museum goes online to celebrate International Museum Day. Photo from Ayala Museum

British Museum intercepts Mesopotamian fakes

May 06, 2020 - 9:52 PM

The haul includes clay figurines, animal-shaped pots and nearly 190 clay tablets covered with cuneiform writing

An undated handout picture from the British Museum shows fake cuneiform tablets that were seized at Heathrow airport in 2019. - The British Museum and customs officers have uncovered hundreds of fake Mesopotamian antiquities that "likely" originated in the Middle East, the famous London institution said. Its experts worked with law enforcement to establish that hundreds of suspicious objects found during a July 2019 check at London's Heathrow Airport were fake, they said in a press release on May 6, 2020. (Photo by Handout / The British Museum / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / BRITISH MUSEUM " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

View Azor Pazcoguin's '' online via the BenCab museum

Apr 30, 2020 - 10:00 AM

The exhibition can be viewed online through the Bencab museum Facebook page

Anne Frank's diary more relevant than ever, 75 years on

Apr 12, 2020 - 10:00 PM

The 'Diary of a Young Girl' has become one of the world's most-read books, selling 30 million copies and being translated into more than 70 languages

Anne Frank's diary is displayed at the Netherlands pavilion of the XXIX International Book Fair in Bogota, Colombia on April 19, 2016. Netherlands is the guest of honour to the fair. (Photo by GUILLERMO LEGARIA / AFP)

'Don't forget us!' – Europe's museums respond to virus

Apr 10, 2020 - 10:23 AM

Europes famous museums turn to the internet to reach out to audiences in imaginative ways during an almost continent-wide lockdown

Ayala Museum releases Philippine textile outfit codes for 'Animal Crossing'

Apr 08, 2020 - 5:30 PM

Customize your 'Animal Crossing' looks with Philippine textile!

ANIMAL CROSSING! Ayala Museum releases codes so you can flaunt Philippine textiles when playing 'Animal Crossing.' Photo courtesy of Ayala Museum

Van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch gallery– museum director

Mar 30, 2020 - 10:46 PM

(UPDATED) The 1884 painting, titled the 'Parsonage Garden at Neunen in Spring" has been taken during a pre-dawn break-in at the Singer Laren Museum near Amsterdam

This handout picture released on March 30, 2020 by the Groningen Museum shows Vincent van Gogh's 1884 painting "Parsonage Garden at Neunen in Spring" which was stolen from the Singer Laren Museum in Laren, about 30 kilometres southeast of Amsterdam, closed to the public because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum's director said Monday. - The painting has an estimated value of between one to six million euros, local media said. The criminals entered the museum at around 3.15 am (0115 GMT) by breaking open a front glass door, police and Dutch news reports said. (Photo by Marten de Leeuw / various sources / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / GRONINGER MUSEUM / MARTEN DE LEEUW" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - NO ARCHIVES - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

National Museum closes to the public 'until further notice' over coronavirus fears

Mar 13, 2020 - 9:45 PM

The closure covers all museums and archaeological sites under the National Museum network

DOORS CLOSED. The National Museum network shuts down until further notice amid the coronavirus outbreak. File photo by Amanda Lago/Rappler

U.S. museum targets gender gap by acquiring only works by women

Feb 07, 2020 - 11:25 AM

Maryland's Baltimore Museum of Art makes a 'radical' move to boost women's participation in the arts – a decision drawing both praise and skepticism

Glittering symbol of press, Newseum set to close its doors

Dec 24, 2019 - 11:47 AM

In a reflection of the woes facing the US media industry, the Newseum will be closing its doors on December 31

NEWSEUM. A boy looks at front pages of newspapers during a visit to the Newseum, which will be closing down on New Year's Eve after 12 years in Washington DC. Photo by Olivier Douliery / AFP

In search of the perfect cabbage and pork slab in Taiwan

Dec 23, 2019 - 12:22 PM

Well, I went to the twin national museums instead

THE CABBAGE. The jadeite cabbage and the pork slab. Photo by Frank Cimatu/Rappler

Here's where you can find Ravenclaw's diadem, the Time-Turner, and a whole bunch of wands in Manila

Nov 14, 2019 - 12:03 PM

Time to apparate to Museum Context UK's pop-up at the SM Mall of Asia

MUSEUM CONTEXT UK. The Edinburgh-based brand is selling their licensed merchandise in Manila. Screenshot from

Dozens of endangered turtles disappear from Japan zoo

Nov 07, 2019 - 10:07 PM

Officials fear the turtles may have been stolen for sale on the black market, where they are valued as exotic pets

GONE. This handout photograph taken in 2006 and released by the Okinawa Zoo and Museum on November 6, 2019, shows a Ryukyu leaf turtle at Okinawa Zoo. AFP PHOTO / OKINAWA ZOO & MUSEUM

Louvre blockbuster: Honoring Leonardo da Vinci 500 years later

Oct 23, 2019 - 9:55 AM

The Louvre museum in Paris opens their biggest exhibition yet of Leonardo da Vinci's works to celebrate his 500th death anniversary

[PODCAST] Laffler Talk: In a room full of art

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:26 PM

Where do Vincent’s fans go? Now I think I know.

Martial Law museum set to open by 2022

Sep 23, 2019 - 2:38 PM

The Freedom Memorial Museum wll follow the 'brutalist' design that won the contest launched by the Human Rights Violations Victims’ Memorial Commission

Budapest 'selfie museum' a hit with Instagram generation

Aug 03, 2019 - 9:11 PM

The selfie opportunities among the 11 interactive installations at the 400-square-meter facility include a ride on banana swings, a climb on a unicorn, or a lounge on giant macaroons

Young visitors make photos at the 'Selfie Museum' in Budapest downtown on July 17, 2019. The newest attraction in the Hungarian capital opened this year in a two-level 400m2 area.  ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP

Budapest 'selfie museum' a hit with Instagram generation

Jul 27, 2019 - 12:54 PM

Budapest's newest 'selfie museum' is one of the city's most popular attractions, dubbed as 'the first of its kind' in Europe

Frank Lloyd Wright buildings named UNESCO World Heritage sites

Jul 08, 2019 - 12:55 AM

The Guggenheim Museum in New York is among the creations of the late American architect Frank Lloyd Wright which were selected as UNESCO World Heritage sites

GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM. The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. File photo from Wikimedia Commons

Belfast museum putting final touches on tapestry depicting 'Game of Thrones' saga

Jul 07, 2019 - 12:00 PM

The volunteers at Ulster Museum are putting final touches to the 90 meter tapestry depicting all 8 seasons

Embroiderers work on the final section of a tapestry depicting the hit television series Game of Thrones at the Ulster Museum in Belfast on July 5, 2019. - Like the Bayeux Tapestry, the Game of Thrones Tapestry is woven of fine linen and hand-embroidered, with decorative borders and a central pictorial narrative. It will reach 90m by the end of the final season of the show. (Photo by Paul Faith / AFP)

Inventors and DIY lovers, get tinkering at the Manila Mini Maker Faire 2019

Jun 18, 2019 - 6:03 PM

150 makers from all over the country will be presenting their innovative DIY projects at The Mind Museum from June 22 to 23

Restored Cariño House reopens in Candon, Ilocos Sur

Jun 14, 2019 - 3:51 PM

Before there was the Philippine Republic, there was the Republic of Candon and we now have a museum for it

HISTORICAL HOUSE. The Cariño House in the heart of Candon City was recently restored and turned into a museum. Photo by Frank Cimatu

IN PHOTOS: The new Chinatown Museum in Binondo

Jun 07, 2019 - 6:10 PM

Chinatown's rich history comes alive in this museum

THE STORY OF CHINATOWN. Binondo's history comes alive in the Chinatown Museum. Photo by Amanda Lago/Rappler

Staff of Louvre Museum in Paris go on strike over worker shortage

May 28, 2019 - 6:01 PM

Due to the increasing number of museum visitors, the Louvre's staff is now 'suffocating' and very 'overwhelmed'

Sleepless in Berlin: Nightingales flock to scruffy city parks

May 26, 2019 - 7:58 AM

A project by Berlin's Natural History Museum asks city dwellers to go out and record nightingales' song with their smartphone and upload it onto an app

Something new to see in the old Walled City – Museo de Intramuros

May 01, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Intramuros' latest attraction opens its doors to the public on May 2, with admission free for the next 6 months

Media launch of Museo de Intramuros. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Prosecutors demand life sentence for Brussels Jewish museum killer

Mar 11, 2019 - 8:46 PM

'What we ask, without the slightest hesitation, is that you sentence Mehdi Nemmouche to life in prison,' prosecutor Yves Moreau tells a Brussels court

Japan's Arata Isozaki wins Pritzker prize, the 'Nobel' of architecture

Mar 06, 2019 - 10:39 AM

Isozaki is the 46th Pritzker laureate and the 8th Japanese architect to receive the honor. Winners receive a bronze medallion and $100,000.

JAPAN'S PRIDE. In this file photo taken on October 29, 2014 Japanese architect Arata Isozaki poses before a press conference at the "City Life office Tower", a skyscraper that was under construction in Milan. Photo by Giuseppe Cacae/AFP

Miagao's hablon weavers to conduct free demos, lectures in Iloilo

Mar 03, 2019 - 5:35 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The 'Kababainhan, Paghabol, Komunidad: A Hablon Weaving Demonstration and Lecture' is a tribute to the artistry and craftsmanship of weavers of Panay

Lovesick on Valentine's? Museum of broken hearts has the antidote

Feb 15, 2019 - 12:11 AM

Zagreb's Museum of Broken Relationships displays various objects on stories of heartbreak

A picture taken at the Musem of Broken Relationships in Zagreb on February, 14, 2109 shows objects displayed during an exhibition of personal objects and stories of heartbreak created by artists Olinka Vistica and Drazen Grubisic. - Artists Olinka Vistica and Drazen Grubisic, who broke up after four years together, launched in 2006 the project, an exhibition displaying a paean to personal objects and stories of heartbreak. (Photo by Denis LOVROVIC / AFP)

IN PHOTOS: Museum of Philippine Economic History opens in Iloilo

Feb 12, 2019 - 8:20 PM

The museum features galleries highlighting the industries, trade, and commerce in the Philippines through the years

LANDMARK. NHCP Chairman Dr. Rene R. Escalante (fourth from the left) and Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon (fifth from the left) unveil the Historical Marker of the Museum, along with other officials. All photos by Carl Don Berwin/Rappler

[OPINION] What the Bangsamoro Museum needs to do

Feb 10, 2019 - 5:03 PM

The museum should honor the humblest of the Muslims of the Philippines – not just their leaders, nor only the principals of the protracted peace process

Photo by Johanie Mae Kusain/Rappler

Dogs have their day at revived New York museum

Feb 09, 2019 - 9:28 PM

The American Kennel Club's Museum of the Dog in midtown Manhattan, contains a smorgasbord of works of varying aesthetic ambition, along with interactive displays

CANINE MUSEUM. This picture taken on February 1, 2019 in New York City shows a display with dog figures at The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Alleged Brussels museum killer was 'sadistic' Syria jailer

Feb 07, 2019 - 11:09 PM

Former hostage Nicolas Henin describes Mehdi Nemmouche as a 'sadistic, playful and narcissistic' man

TRIAL. A file court sketch made on January 10, 2019 shows Mehdi Nemmouche (C), accused of the terrorist attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels in 2014, during his trial at the Brussels Justice Palace. Photo by Benoit Peyrucq/AFP

IN PHOTOS: ARMM opens first Bangsamoro Museum

Feb 06, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The museum opens as the second round of voting for the Bangsamoro takes place

Photo by Johanie Mae Kusain/Rappler

Belgian museum attack suspect denounces intimidation

Jan 31, 2019 - 5:57 PM

Appearing in the dock in Brussels' main criminal court, 33-year-old Mehdi Nemmouche again denies shooting dead 4 people in the 2014 anti-Semitic attack, and 'condemned any act of intimidation'

MUSEUM ATTACK TRIAL. Lawyer Henri Laquay, defending Mehdi Nemmouche, looks on on January 29, 2019 at the Brussels Justice Palace during the trial of Nemmouche, accused of shooting 4 people dead at a Jewish museum in Brussels in May 2014. Photo by Didier Lebrun/AFP)

Travel ban for 'fragile' Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers'

Jan 24, 2019 - 10:53 PM

'It is therefore important that the painting is moved as little as possible and in a stable climate,' says Van Gogh Museum director Axel Rueger

Van Gogh Museum's senior paintings conservator Rene Boitelle explains the restoration process of De Zonnebloemen (The Sunflowers) by Vincent van Gogh, on January 24, 2019, in Amsterdam. - The world famous painting undergoes restoration work over the course of six weeks in the restoration studio of the Van Gogh Museum. (Photo by Olaf Kraak / ANP / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION

Brazil museum holds first exhibition since fire

Jan 17, 2019 - 5:02 PM

The director of the National Museum, Alexander Kellner, says that the exhibition is 'major proof that the museum is alive and operating with available tools'

NATIONAL MUSEUM. The director of Brazil's National Museum Alexander Kellner shows fossils found among the debris in the building, destroyed by a fire last year, during a press conference on the expo 'When Not Everything Was Ice: New Discoveries in the Antarctic Continent,' based on discoveries and the museum's collection during the Paleoantar Project, part of the Brazilian Antarctic Program, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on January 16, 2019. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Fossil of prehistoric deer found in Argentina

Jan 08, 2019 - 12:21 PM

The fossil – which hasn't yet been given a definitive age – includes almost 70% of the animal, including its spine, extremities and teeth

PREHISTORIC. Handout picture taken on October 26, 2018 and released by the Museo Paleontologico 'Fray Manuel de Torres' on January 7, 2019 showing fossil bones of a prehistoric deer specimen found recently at the Campo Sposito palaeontological site in San Pedro, in the north of the Argentine province of Buenos Aires. AFP PHOTO/MUSEO PALEONTOLOGICO/HO

Belgian Jewish museum attack suspect appears in court

Dec 20, 2018 - 7:28 PM

Suspect Mehdi Nemmouche, through his defense lawyer, says he wants 'to see his innocence recognized'

This court drawing made on June 26, 2014, shows Mehdi Nemmouche (C), the 29-year-old suspected gunman in a quadruple murder at the Brussels Jewish Museum, during a court hearing in Versailles, France. Benoit Peyrucq/AFP

Museum devoted to magic of cinema to open in Los Angeles

Dec 14, 2018 - 10:38 PM

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is set to open in 2019, with the first temporary exhibition devoted to Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 4, 2018 a view of the fully restored 1939 Iconic building facade at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures' future home one Wilshire and Fairfax is seen during the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences unveiling ceremony, in Los Angeles, California. - Nearly a century after the idea was first floated, a museum dedicated to the magic of cinema is finally set to open in Los Angeles, with the first temporary exhibition devoted to Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki. The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, slated to open by the end of 2019, will be devoted to the past, present and future of film, offering visitors a look behind the screen and into how movies are made. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)

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Dec 14, 2018 - 1:35 PM

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Church hits bid to put one Balangiga bell in National Museum

Dec 13, 2018 - 12:00 PM

'They belong in the church, not in a museum,' says the Catholic Church in Borongan, which owns the historic Balangiga Bells

HISTORIC BELLS. The Balangiga Bells arrive at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on December 11, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Rare Van Gogh photo is of Vincent's brother, say experts

Dec 02, 2018 - 7:00 AM

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam announces the shock discovery about what was previously thought to be one of only two photos of Vincent, and which has appeared in dozens of books

NOT VINCENT. A handout picture released by the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam on November 29, 2018 shows a black and white image of Theo Van Gogh, aged 15, Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh's brother.  Handout/Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam/AFP

'A confession': Gus Albor marks 49 years of art with Ayala Museum exhibit

Nov 24, 2018 - 1:53 PM

The exhibit is the biggest gathering of the abstract artists' works

ABSTRACTIONIST. Gus Albor's body of work from 1969 to 2018 is going on exhibit at the Ayala Museum. Photo courtesy of the Ayala Museum