Masterpieces lost in Italian museum heist are recovered in Ukraine

May 12, 2016

Masterpieces lost in Italian museum heist are recovered in Ukraine

Paintings including masterpieces by Rubens and Tintoretto that were stolen from a Verona museum last year have been found in Ukraine, Italy’s culture minister said Wednesday. “It is a great day,” the minister, Dario Franceschini, said in a statement. “The artworks will soon be ...

Hong Kong's Tiananmen Museum faces closure threat

Apr 16, 2016

Hong Kong's Tiananmen Museum faces closure threat

The world’s only museum chronicling the Chinese government’s brutal 1989 crackdown on student protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square say it faces closure because of a legal dispute, its Hong Kong operators said Friday. The pro-democracy group behind the tiny Hong Kong museum said it ...

Miffy gets a museum of her own

Feb 7, 2016

Miffy gets a museum of her own

To some people, Miffy is just a plain white bunny. To others, she is a prime example of minimalist art. But for six decades, she has been delighting young kids around the world, and now she is getting a museum of her own. After ...

Glass expert digs into secrets of historic Venetian process

Feb 5, 2016

Glass expert digs into secrets of historic Venetian process

A modern-day glassblower believes he has unraveled the mysteries of Renaissance-era Venetian glass-making, a trade whose secrets were so closely guarded that anyone who divulged them faced the prospect of death. Today’s glassblowers work with methane-fired furnaces, electric-powered kilns, good lighting and proper ventilation. ...

Mystery meat: Was woolly mammoth really on the menu?

Feb 4, 2016

Mystery meat: Was woolly mammoth really on the menu?

When members of the Explorers Club gathered for their lavish annual dinner in New York City in 1951, one account said they feasted on meat from a prehistoric woolly mammoth that had been preserved in a glacier. The banquet menu, meanwhile, said the long-extinct ...

Taiwan's 'Louvre' opens new branch in southern city

Dec 28, 2015

Taiwan's 'Louvre' opens new branch in southern city

Some of China’s most valuable historic artefacts went on display in Taiwan Monday at a new branch of one of the world’s top museums, as the island pushes its credentials as a cultural destination. The 9,000 square metre venue in the southern city of ...

Six more Roman sites open to public in Pompeii

Dec 25, 2015

Six more Roman sites open to public in Pompeii

Tourists in ancient Pompeii have freshly-restored marvels to admire, including a merchant’s luxuriously decorated home and a more modest middle-class dwelling. A business where Pompeii residents brought fabrics to be cared for and a structure with thermal bathing areas are also among the six ...