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Researchers from the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and London’s Natural History Museum have discovered the cause of damage to several medieval murals in a Unesco World Heritage site in Ukraine


The Louvre is among a number of French cultural institutions and landmarks turning their lights off in an attempt to cut soaring energy costs


At IAAPA Expo Europe, The Giant Company’s founder and CEO, Paddy Dunning, revealed a number of cities around the world set to host its 10-storey attraction. Dunning spoke to Planet Attractions about the project and what it has in store for the future


The attractions community has been sharing stories of the profound impact Queen Elizabeth II had on some of Britain’s most beloved institutions, paying tribute to the monarch following her death, aged 96


Progress slow and hampered by financial woes, but museum soldiers on with hopes of a full reopening in 2027


JRA has revitalised Bush's Visitor Center Museum in Tennessee, celebrating the brand’s history and all things bean with an all-new guest experience


The US$69m addition furthers the Queens Museum mission to bring arts and education to a diverse and international community


As well as multi-sensory, playful and colourful installations, the attraction has a café, bar and retail store


Changes to the 2007 definition of a museum reflect industry’s more inclusive and sustainable aims and roles


The Natural History Museum’s Generation Hope: Act for the Planet programme will offer a series of free in-person and online events aimed at young people to help drive positive change for the planet


Hongkou attraction to honour city’s avant-garde literary movement of the 1920s and its respected authors


A new art installation powered by data from London’s Natural History Museum will provide an ever-changing visual representation of how society’s choices impact the natural world


Carmel Allen has been named the new managing director of Tate


The British Museum has proposed a ‘Parthenon partnership’ that could see the Parthenon Marbles - also known as the Elgin Marbles - returned to Greece for the first time in more than 200 years


Fundraising has started for the Natural History Museum’s Urban Nature Project, a scheme which will allow the museum to turn its five-acre site into a free-to-visit educational outdoor space


Shark Week is back for 2022 and Planet Attractions has taken a deep dive to find a collection of shark-related content that you can take in during the event


Former pro skateboarders Jason Lee and Chris Pastras have donated personal skateboarding memorabilia to The Smithsonian to be a part of its sports history collection


Detailed replicas of the controversial Elgin or Parthenon Marbles, created by a robot, will soon go on display in London


Art conservators at the National Galleries of Scotland have discovered a hidden self-portrait of Van Gogh on the back of another of the artist’s works during an X-ray


Celebrated architecture firm Adjaye Associates will lead a major redesign project at two UK museums; The International Slavery Museum and the Maritime Museum


Madame Tussauds has taken a cheeky dig at Boris Johnson, after a waxwork of the soon-to-be-former Prime Minister appeared outside a Job Centre in Blackpool


Glastonbury founder, Michael Eavis has been commemorated with a specially-commissioned portrait at the National Portrait Gallery. He has also been named as a patron of Somerset’s Radstock Museum


Colour deficient and colour-blind visitors to Australia’s Chau Chak Wing Museum are now being offered special glasses to see works of art in clear, vibrant colour for the first time


Dame Mary Archer, chair of the Science Museum Group, has paid tribute to cancer awareness campaigner Dame Deborah James, who passed away in June


A courtyard at the Louvre was transformed into a children’s toy race track during Paris Fashion Week for a special Louis Vuitton show


A recently-released study suggests that a museum visit can help an array of mental and physical conditions, including anxiety, chronic pain and even dementia


Unesco has verified more than 150 cultural sites in Ukraine have been either partially or completely destroyed since the Vladimir Putin-led invasion by Russia


The US$70m is being funded from donations, and hopes to attract some 35,000 visitors annually after its 2024 opening


The Science and Industry Museum has received a generous donation from The Law Family Charitable Foundation for the refurbishment of its Power Hall


The redeveloped ‘The Open Era’ gallery is now open to the public at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum


Paris Hilton has made a significant donation to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art that will enable the museum to acquire digital artworks by female artists


The Adler Planetarium in Chicago is one of a number of informal education institutions to receive NASA funding to serve students from communities underrepresented in STEM fields


The Hong Kong Palace Museum is the newest addition to the West Kowloon Cultural District with the HK$3.5bn attraction set to open its doors to the public for the first time next month


Thank You Walt Disney, Inc has launched a virtual tour of Walt Disney’s historic Laugh-O-Gram Studio, with the historic animation site set to open to the public following work in Q4 2023


Jean-Luc Martinez stands accused of conspiring to hide the origin of archaeological treasures that investigators say were smuggled out of Egypt during the Arab Spring uprisings


A man entered the Louvre on Sunday disguised as an old lady in a wheelchair in an attempt to deface the Mona Lisa with cake


Google Arts & Culture celebrated Internation Museum Day with the launch of three new mind-bending AR art filters


The British government is supporting a range of public sector organisations in reducing their dependency on carbon and improving energy efficiency


Construction has started on the King Salman Park’s Royal Arts Complex, which once complete will act as a cultural hub for the Saudi capital of Riyadh


‘The Pop District’ from The Andy Warhol Museum will feature a larger cultural hub for live music, events, public art, expanded programming and a home for creative workplace development


The Natural History Museum is partnering with the University of Reading on a major new digitisation centre to be built at the Thames Valley Science Park


The Delaware Museum of Nature and Science is set to reopen on May 23 following an extensive renovation


A new arts space highlighting work from LGBTQ+ artists will open its doors in London next month


An iconic wedding destination is now home to a new visitor experience, with designers Mather & Co behind the newly-opened Gretna Green Experience


The mayor of Paris has ordered the general inspectorate to investigate instances of harassment across the city’s fourteen municipal museums


Starting this August, Katherine E. Fleming will take the reins at the J. Paul Getty Trust, leading the institution’s mission to advance and share the world's art and cultural heritage for the benefit of all


Starting this June you’ll be able to find the Wizarding World’s Fantastic Beasts at the Royal Ontario Museum, with the popular Natural History Museum exhibition set to embark on the first leg of its world tour


A new exhibition from the Smithsonian National Postal Museum will explore the sport of baseball and how it came to be ‘America’s pastime’ through the lens of stamps and mail


Art and antiquities dealer Roben Dib has been arrested on charges of gang fraud and money laundering


The museum closed due to security concerns in 2019, and was then hit by the coronavirus pandemic


Seventeen security guards turned curator to create an exhibit inspired by music, black artists, humour, and social justice, or simply time spent guarding a particular piece


The study explored the impact of ‘cultural capital’ on exam results of children from different social classes


The event, called Playful by Nature, invites visitors to explore the natural world by stepping into a virtual one


A new documentary filmed at the Natural History Museum explores the origin stories of mythical beasts that inspired the creatures in the Fantastic Beasts series


Los Angeles’ iconic La Brea Tar Pits will soon undergo a major transformation should a masterplan by Weiss/Manfredi pass its environmental review


The major exhibition at the National Railway Museum is the latest in a series of events to be axed as UK cultural institutions move to show their support to Ukraine


A waxwork of Vladimir Putin in France’s iconic Grevin Museum could be replaced with one of Volodymyr Zelensky after the Putin statue was vandalised by visitors over the weekend


The Ivankiv Historical and Local History Museum was burned to the ground as Russia continues its aggressive invasion of the country


Several new experiences, including an interactive gallery, are scheduled to open in April


The National Portrait Gallery and BP have decided to mutually end their decades-long commercial partnership


The Vagina Museum is set to reopen at Enter, a creative arts hub in East London, in March after a six-month closure


Escalating tensions between Ukraine and Russia have seen Ukrainian institutions prepare security and evacuation plans should the worst happen


Officials at the British Museum reportedly recently met with BP officials to discuss options for support ‘post Spring 2023’, hinting at a likely renewal of the controversial partnership


Neil MacGregor will speak to directors and curators at twenty museums across the country about the role museums play in society


The Motown Museum has been given a million dollar boost towards its US$55m expansion campaign


One of the world’s most important works of prehistoric art has found a new home at the British Museum


The Museum of London will relocate from its current site at The Barbican in London Wall to the historic Smithfield Market, where it will reopen as The London Museum in 2026


The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino has named its founding director, with industry veteran Jorge Zamanillo set to take up the role in May


LGBTQ+ charity Queer Britain will open the UK’s first LGBTQ+ museum in London with support from Art Fund


With so many big things coming in the year ahead, we’ve rounded up all the key events taking place this year. Welcome to your attractions calendar for 2022.


The Jean Nouvel-designed Museum of Art Pudong has been in operation for six months. Alice Davis paid a visit to the cultural newcomer in Shanghai


Work being carried out by the Louvre and Sotheby’s could ‘lead to restitutions’ as the Parisian institution researches the history of items in its collection acquired between 1933 and 1945


The Museum of East Anglian Life is set to undergo a name change in the hopes that a new emphasis on food will broaden its audience appeal


Political unrest in Kazakhstan has seen a group of protestors invade the state museum in search of priceless ancient armour


Martin Luther King Jr’s original ‘I have a dream’ speech is now on display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is open in observance of Martin Luther King Jr day


The new museum will provide a space where visitors can physically interact with digital artworks and NFTs


A new initiative from France’s Grand Palais will see the development of digital experiences for some of the world’s most iconic artworks, starting with a debut exhibition on the Louvre’s Mona Lisa


Anglian Water is seeking funding for a Rutland-based display of the ‘Rutland sea dragon’, the UK’s largest ichthyosaur fossil discovered at the Rutland Water reservoir in 2021


The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced US$24.7m in grants for 208 humanities projects across the US


The British Museum is returning to the NFT market with the listing of a rare collection of JMW Turner paintings in digital form


An additional £30m in emergency funding has been made available through the UK’s Culture Recovery Fund to support museums, cinemas, theatres and heritage organisations with the impact of the Omicron variant this winter


Prince Charles has become patron of Museum of London following a visit to the institution’s under development new home earlier this year


The personal collection of Gene Simmons will go on display for all to see at a brand new museum fronted by the star coming to The Rio in Las Vegas


NASA has selected a group of projects from across the US to receive a share of US$520,000 in funding as Education Community Anchors


The Met is taking its first-ever look at Disney’s theme parks as part of a special exhibition dedicated to the inspirations behind Walt Disney’s most iconic creations


Tis the season to be jolly AND to give gifts, so why not give a special gift to a special someone from your favourite attraction? We took a look at some of our favourite stocking fillers from the world’s biggest attractions


Even the Natural History Museum’s dinosaurs are getting into the Christmas spirit, with one of the museum’s dinosaur’s now donning a giant Christmas jumper


You’ll need an armed military escort to get there but the reward will be great with a new museum dedicated to exploring themes of peace through art inside Korea’s DMZ


The charity launches Energise Young Minds to help alleviate “perfect storm” of disruptions affecting young people and the cultural sector


The Moscow contemporary art museum unveils SANAA’s designs for the new Hexagon building, a “thoughtful and sensitive” interpretation of the historic site


Past meets future in this Rockwell-designed exhibition, which features 150 installations and artworks, including a guest appearance from Marvel Studios


M+, four years behind schedule, hopes to boost post-pandemic tourism to Hong Kong and free admission will be offered during the first year of opening


A new building will house the lobby and event spaces, while the outdoors riverside area will be landscaped to attract riverside pedestrians


The founder of Madame Tussauds and the father of the Latin American attractions industry have both taken their rightful place as a part of the IAAPA Hall of Fame


When it comes to global trends this is THE next big thing and there’s a good chance you don’t quite know what it means yet. Welcome to the metaverse and here’s exactly why you need to get in on the ground floor.


Former Universal, DreamWorks and Warner Bros creative David Woody has set his sights on a new venture after being named vice president and chief creative officer for the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry


A Dutch court has ruled that Crimean artefacts on loan in the Netherlands at the time of the disputed region’s annexing must be returned to Ukraine


Several British museums will work alongside the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds and York on a research project examining the links between railways and the slave trade


Set up by tech entrepreneur Frédéric Jousset, Art Explora will go on a tour of the Mediterranean in 2023 with a €32m catamaran the choice of transport for the floating attraction


Telecommunications giant Vodafone is supporting the development of a brand-new digital museum dedicated to the history of the mobile phone


The museum took three months to build and is made up of more than 10,000 plastic waste items, including bottles, straws and plastic bags


The city of Vienna has taken the rather unusual approach to displaying some of its more explicit artworks, with four of its most prestigious museums adopting the OnlyFans platform to showcase certain works


The team behind Universal Studios’ iconic Horror Nights in Singapore has launched an exhibition exploring what goes into planning the horrifying event.


The popular Museum of Ice Cream is coming to Chicago in 2022, with the interactive experience set to make its debut inside the historic Tribune Tower


The Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery has been named the winner of this year’s Family Friendly Museum Award


Once open, the museum aims to champion children’s creativity and encourage visitors to develop their skills through performance, play and design


J. Tomilson Hill is the new chairman of the Guggenheim, while Claudia Rankine becomes only the second ever black female to be named a trustee for the institution


The Pandora Papers have revealed The Met as one of several major institutions to have displayed looted items linked to indicted art dealer Douglas Latchford


Study for Worn Out was held in a private collection for more than 100 years before going on display at the Van Gogh Museum


The Met is offering visitors a chance to connect with artists and community partners from across New York City during a daylong celebration held inside and outside of the historic institution


The experience follows a pod of endangered orcas struggling for survival in the Pacific Ocean


The ice rink was cancelled last year due to the ongoing pandemic


Two men attempted to abscond with a valuable Monet artwork only for the pair to drop the painting as they fled the scene on a motorcycle


Three major institutions have taken offence to a new initiative from Pormhub promoting art through the medium of adult entertainment


The museum returned the sacred items to the Siksika Nation after almost a century


The newly opened museum is hoped to boost dive tourism in the country


The V&A Dundee will close to general visitors in order to provide a safe and comfortable environment for visitors with sensory needs


The self-guided Mr. Men Little Miss Discovery Trail takes visitors through the museum’s permanent collection of Mr. Men and Little Miss memorabilia


The 80-minute documentary will take viewers behind-the-scenes of the V&A’s Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser exhibition


Details of the gagging clause were shared by campaign group; Culture Unstained, which described the agreement as ‘problematic’.


The animated short encourages museums and other heritage sites to safeguard their collections from pests


Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein has opened its doors to the public a stone's throw away from where the famous author first dreamt up the legendary monster


The Natural History Museum’s iconic diplodocus ‘Dippy’ is about to complete a tour of the UK after arriving at his final destination - Norwich Cathedral


The Smithsonian has received the largest donation in its history with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos donating US$200m for the development of two key projects for the institution


South Korea’s global contribution to pop culture is set to be explored in a new exhibition from London’s V&A museum


The migration of artefacts will be the largest since the 1880s and will see more than a third of the museum’s collection relocated to the brand-new Harwell Campus


Just ahead of it coming home, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has announced the opening of a new arts space inside the club’s stadium


The long-awaited Shanghai Astronomy Museum is set to open its doors to the public on July 18


A 66 million-year-old T-Rex has gone on display in Nottingham, marking the first time one has gone on display in England since the early 20th century


Funded in-part by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Manchester Jewish museum has reopened its doors following a multi-million pound redevelopment


The Museum of the Home has been refused permission to remove a statue of Robert Geffrye despite public calls to ditch the controversial work


Sport and culture, the spirit of Ancient Greece and the thousands of missing spectators for this year’s Olympics will be celebrated in a series of installations celebrating the event in Tokyo


Osborne will join the museum’s board of trustees on September 1, taking up the position of chairman in October


Three British art galleries will present a series of exhibitions and collaborations looking back at the past year to explore the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic


US$4m has been gifted to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, with the funding being used to explore American history through the ‘all-encompassing lens of food’


The Jean Nouvel-designed Museum of Art Pudong launches July 8 with a partner exhibition from Britain’s Tate


A redesign of the former British Golf Museum has been spearheaded by Mather & Co, who worked alongside the museum’s curators to develop a series of interactive digital experiences


Belgium will work with the Democratic Republic of Congo to return items looted during the colonial era in the first half of the last century


The contents of Professor Stephen Hawking’s office – including his personal reference library, wheelchairs, communications equipment, medals, memorabilia and even the office furniture – is set to join the Science Museum Group’s collection


A museum dedicated to the Jewish refugees who fled Nazi Germany for Shanghai reopened after a major expansion and renovation project. Our contributor in Shanghai, Alice Davis, paid a visit


The two-year project will see the addition of a new orientation gallery, research centre and reading room


The Smithsonian has partnered with cruise operator Ponant to offer educational voyages to a number of destinations worldwide


Atari inventor and Chuck E Cheese founder Nolan Bushnell is the latest name set to appear in the Strong Museum’s ‘Cocktails with the Creators’ Zoom sessions


The National Air and Space Museum’s US$250m transformation continues with one of Star Wars’ X-Wings set to go on display outside the Albert Einstein Planetarium


The funding will be used to upgrade critical art conservation tools and create new study spaces


The gallery will raise its national and international profiles with a major social media campaign and digital content subscriptions


The Dundee Cultural Recovery Fund will support cultural institutions through financial difficulties and bring tourists back to the area


The Smithsonian Institute has announced the launch of a new initiative aiming to provide US citizens with information about COVID-19 vaccines


WWE legend Triple H has revealed that the company has looked at building a physical Hall of Fame, with the Game revealing what his vision for such an attraction would look like


The museum has faced criticism from scientists about its partnership with Shell, which is viewed by its opponents as an attempt at ‘greenwashing’ the brand


The Mr & Mrs Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil Museum boasts an impressive collection of Impressionist and Classical works


Lithuania’s government is backing plans to transform its famous Lukiškės Prison complex into a multifunctional hub featuring museums, restaurants, hotels and other commercial and cultural spaces


Egypt has celebrated the long-awaited opening of its National Museum of Egyptian Civilization with a procession of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies through Cairo


In recent years, museums across the US, Europe, Australia and beyond have had to face up to the issue of decolonisation. Cultural institutions possess artefacts historically taken from colonised countries and are now having to face up to that reality. But that’s not all...


The state-of-the-art visitor attraction will open later this year after securing a sizeable loan to part-finance the project


Comments from Boris Johnson aimed at drawing a line under the Elgin Marbles dispute are bound to ignite further controversy with the Greek people


The partnership will see the launch of an initiative that aims to facilitate greater representation in the arts.


The long-awaited museum was reported to be ‘96.5%’ complete in August 2020


Jean Nouvel have won a competition to design the new opera house in Shenzhen, while SANAA submitted the winning entry for the city's maritime museum


The National Football Museum is telling the story of football and COVID-19 in England through the acquisition of 11 recently-acquired artefacts soon to be added to its collection


In part two of our exclusive interview with the man who advised on Jurassic Park and has his own army of robotic dinosaurs, ‘Dino’ Don Lessem returns to talk everything from the business of dinosaurs to the world-famous Trump Toilet


They might well be playing Jaja Ding Dong at the new Eurovision Museum, coming to Húsavík, Iceland, later this year


Fauci was asked to donate a personal item to The Smithsonian’s upcoming ‘In Sickness and Health’ exhibit


Visitors will be able to learn about how Stonehenge was constructed and how it has changed over time


Don Lessem has gone from advising on Jurassic Park to building enough robotic dinosaurs that he could fill an entire zoo. In part one of our interview, we get a peek into the life of ‘Dino Don’, who talks about everything from Steven Spielberg to the real-life dinosaur that’s been named after him


Museum spaces should be a source of joy, debate, learning and fun


Coming to New York City in 2023, the Universal Hip Hop Museum (UHHM) is funding for its new home in the Bronx


Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes is designed for diehard and casual fans alike


Experts previously speculated that the graffiti was a vandalism attempt


The CultArm3D has been developed to help museums digitise their collections


The Isles of Scilly Museum is creating a series of pop-up ‘mini-museums’ to showcase its collection of more than 8,500 artefacts


There’s finally a light at the end of the tunnel for attractions in Britain, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson laying out a roadmap to end restrictions in place at varying degrees for most of the last year


Students on the SEAS programme were tasked with developing two interactive museum exhibits with an emphasis on accessibility


UK lockdown restrictions have left six in 10 museums, galleries and historic houses concerned for their survival post-pandemic


Former Sega CEO Tom Kalinske will be the first of the Strong Museum’s guests in its new ‘Cocktails with the Creators’ Zoom series


Louis Ailot - mayor of the French city of Perpignan and deputy leader of far right National Rally political party - has reopened the city’s museums, claiming that the French need “access to culture”.


You can now explore the pandemic’s digital history thanks to Twitter and the Museum of London


Thomas Becket: Murder and the Making of a Saint has been dubbed a real-life ‘Game of Thrones’


In the pandemic world, museums engaging with their audience through digital has become an essential process. Klaus Sommer Paulsen explores this evolution to and asks how it will define the museum of the future


The 160ft text work was created to shed light on racial inequality and police brutality in America.


Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition has been touring since 2012


New video from Meow Wolf shows the country music legend in a way you’ve almost certainly never seen before


Set to open in spring 2021, the new museum will make Milton Keynes a hub for sci-fi enthusiasts across the country


Base camp gallery hopes to raise awareness of Everest trash problem


The giant orange effigy of US President Donald Trump is set to be added to the Museum of London’s permanent collection


The renovation is the most significant in the gallery’s 89-year history


Step into Claudia Bueno’s aquarium-style installation at Meow Wolf Las Vegas and experience the slow, oscillating movements of natural life


Curators are focusing their acquisition efforts on the National Mall but hope to work with the Capitol Building


Visitor numbers at the world-famous museum have plummeted 72% over the last year


The experience will feature memorabilia and memories curated by Def Leppard


Delayed by more than two years, the NOK6.05bn project will become the largest art museum in any Nordic country when it opens


Traditional audiences need to broaden their audiences and generate some much-need income by partnering with big-name IPs


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The long-awaited museum is now expected to open in spring 2021 after experiencing a number of delays tied to the Coronavirus pandemic


The new museum will include unreleased music and other memorabilia from the late EDM artist


Take a look at the Australian Museum’s A$57.5m redevelopment


Recognising the world’s most astonishing attractions, Planet Attractions names 2021’s Wonder Award winners


The government has finally greenlit long standing plans from the Smithsonian for an American Latino Museum and a Women’s History Museum


The British institution highlights the challenges COVID-19 has presented to maintain and present the thousands of priceless works in its collection


See the Dickens Museum take its performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’ online with actor Dominic Gerrard


ELLO, ELLO, ELLO! The former police station will welcome visitors as soon as COVID restrictions allow


Architects PAU will handle the rockin’ expansion for Cleveland-based music Hall of Fame


Get a sneak peek of the arts festival ahead of its 19 December launch in Melbourne


With attractions forced to close and the public ordered to stay at home, it might not be a surprise that ‘virtual museum tours’ experienced a huge surge in Google searches for 2020.


The vial will form part of an exhibit documenting the UK’s response to the coronavirus pandemic


German forces likely threw the device into the water to avoid it falling into Allied hands


Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru comes to the Boca Raton Art Museum in 2021


The Smithsonian doesn’t want you to forget 2020 so quickly, with the institution planning to collect memories of the "awful" year.



Make-Up artist Rebecca Butterworth shows you how to get that Ancient Roman glow


London’s Natural History Museum has once again opened, with its long-awaited Fantastic Beasts exhibition not far behind.


From The Simpsons to Black Mirror, we cross the entertainment multiverse to find the very best fictional attractions we wish existed, also offering you a real-world alternative.


Is it an art project? Is it a convenience store? Do I work there? Is that a can of whale song antipersperant? Only Meow Wolf has the answers...


While most of the world is in shutdown, China has managed to keep the ongoing pandemic in check. With the country successfully adapting to its new normal, Alice Davis takes a look at five major projects coming to one of its largest cities - Shanghai.


The Museum of London want to hear about your nightmares, night-time fantasies and the outright weird dreams you’ve had since restrictions came into place


The Australian Museum was closed for 15 months while works took place


Pixar artist, Tim Evatt, joins the Norman Rockwell museum for a deep dive into the work that made the animation studio famous.


The NASA Astronaut came live from the International Space Station on December 3 to talk about his experiences


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Natural History Museum partners with National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine to help save historic artworks
Researchers from the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and London’s Natural History Museum have discovered the cause of damage to several medieval murals in a Unesco World Heritage site in Ukraine


Louvre turns the lights out amid spiralling energy costs
The Louvre is among a number of French cultural institutions and landmarks turning their lights off in an attempt to cut soaring energy costs


On the shoulders of giants: The Giant Company founder Paddy Dunning announces worldwide locations for ‘The Giant’
At IAAPA Expo Europe, The Giant Company’s founder and CEO, Paddy Dunning, revealed a number of cities around the world set to host its 10-storey attraction. Dunning spoke to Planet Attractions about the project and what it has in store for the future


Attractions across the world pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II following her death
The attractions community has been sharing stories of the profound impact Queen Elizabeth II had on some of Britain’s most beloved institutions, paying tribute to the monarch following her death, aged 96


National Museum of Brazil completes first phase of restoration following catastrophic 2018 fire
Progress slow and hampered by financial woes, but museum soldiers on with hopes of a full reopening in 2027


Bean-tastic: JRA redevelops Bush’s Visitor Center Museum
JRA has revitalised Bush's Visitor Center Museum in Tennessee, celebrating the brand’s history and all things bean with an all-new guest experience


Community-focused children’s museum central to Queens’ gallery expansion
The US$69m addition furthers the Queens Museum mission to bring arts and education to a diverse and international community


Museum of Ice Cream’s fifth location opens its doors in Shanghai
As well as multi-sensory, playful and colourful installations, the attraction has a café, bar and retail store


Defining moment: ICOM Prague Conference approves new museum definition
Changes to the 2007 definition of a museum reflect industry’s more inclusive and sustainable aims and roles


Generation Hope: London’s Natural History Museum launches programme encouraging climate action
The Natural History Museum’s Generation Hope: Act for the Planet programme will offer a series of free in-person and online events aimed at young people to help drive positive change for the planet


Building work begins on Shanghai’s new museum devoted to literature
Hongkou attraction to honour city’s avant-garde literary movement of the 1920s and its respected authors


Robotic plant powered by data from Natural History Museum will wilt or grow based on society’s choices over biodiversity
A new art installation powered by data from London’s Natural History Museum will provide an ever-changing visual representation of how society’s choices impact the natural world


Tate names Carmel Allen its new managing director
Carmel Allen has been named the new managing director of Tate


British Museum proposes ‘Parthenon partnership’ with Greece over Elgin Marbles
The British Museum has proposed a ‘Parthenon partnership’ that could see the Parthenon Marbles - also known as the Elgin Marbles - returned to Greece for the first time in more than 200 years


London’s Natural History Museum launches fundraising campaign for free-to-visit green space
Fundraising has started for the Natural History Museum’s Urban Nature Project, a scheme which will allow the museum to turn its five-acre site into a free-to-visit educational outdoor space


Everything you need to know about Shark Week
Shark Week is back for 2022 and Planet Attractions has taken a deep dive to find a collection of shark-related content that you can take in during the event


Smithsonian acquires decks from pro skaters Jason Lee and Chris Pastras
Former pro skateboarders Jason Lee and Chris Pastras have donated personal skateboarding memorabilia to The Smithsonian to be a part of its sports history collection


Parthenon Marbles replica carved by AI to go on display in London
Detailed replicas of the controversial Elgin or Parthenon Marbles, created by a robot, will soon go on display in London


National Galleries of Scotland X-ray uncovers hidden Van Gogh self-portrait
Art conservators at the National Galleries of Scotland have discovered a hidden self-portrait of Van Gogh on the back of another of the artist’s works during an X-ray


Adjaye Associates to lead £57m redevelopment of UK’s International Slavery Museum and Maritime Museum
Celebrated architecture firm Adjaye Associates will lead a major redesign project at two UK museums; The International Slavery Museum and the Maritime Museum


Madame Tussauds stunt sees Boris Johnson waxwork placed outside job centre
Madame Tussauds has taken a cheeky dig at Boris Johnson, after a waxwork of the soon-to-be-former Prime Minister appeared outside a Job Centre in Blackpool


Glastonbury founder celebrated with painting at National Portrait Gallery, named as patron at Radstock Museum
Glastonbury founder, Michael Eavis has been commemorated with a specially-commissioned portrait at the National Portrait Gallery. He has also been named as a patron of Somerset’s Radstock Museum


The museum that’s introduced special glasses to help colour-blind people see art in a whole new light
Colour deficient and colour-blind visitors to Australia’s Chau Chak Wing Museum are now being offered special glasses to see works of art in clear, vibrant colour for the first time


‘Frank but hopeful’: Science Museum Group chair pays tribute to Dame Deborah James
Dame Mary Archer, chair of the Science Museum Group, has paid tribute to cancer awareness campaigner Dame Deborah James, who passed away in June


Louvre gains giant yellow toy race track for Louis Vuitton show
A courtyard at the Louvre was transformed into a children’s toy race track during Paris Fashion Week for a special Louis Vuitton show


Visiting a museum can help reduce your anxiety
A recently-released study suggests that a museum visit can help an array of mental and physical conditions, including anxiety, chronic pain and even dementia


More than 150 cultural sites in Ukraine have been partially or totally destroyed during the Russian invasion
Unesco has verified more than 150 cultural sites in Ukraine have been either partially or completely destroyed since the Vladimir Putin-led invasion by Russia


BIG’s designs for the National Juneteenth Museum in Texas revealed
The US$70m is being funded from donations, and hopes to attract some 35,000 visitors annually after its 2024 opening


Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum gifted £3m for Power Hall renovation
The Science and Industry Museum has received a generous donation from The Law Family Charitable Foundation for the refurbishment of its Power Hall


Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum launches The Open Era gallery
The redeveloped ‘The Open Era’ gallery is now open to the public at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum


Paris Hilton supports digital artworks by female artists with LACMA donation
Paris Hilton has made a significant donation to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art that will enable the museum to acquire digital artworks by female artists


Chicago’s Adler Planetarium to receive share of US$12.5m in NASA STEM funding
The Adler Planetarium in Chicago is one of a number of informal education institutions to receive NASA funding to serve students from communities underrepresented in STEM fields


HK$3.5bn Hong Kong Palace Museum sets July opening date
The Hong Kong Palace Museum is the newest addition to the West Kowloon Cultural District with the HK$3.5bn attraction set to open its doors to the public for the first time next month


Virtual walkthrough unveiled for Walt Disney’s Kansas Laugh-O-Gram Studio
Thank You Walt Disney, Inc has launched a virtual tour of Walt Disney’s historic Laugh-O-Gram Studio, with the historic animation site set to open to the public following work in Q4 2023


Former Louvre president Jean-Luc Martinez charged with money laundering in art trafficking case
Jean-Luc Martinez stands accused of conspiring to hide the origin of archaeological treasures that investigators say were smuggled out of Egypt during the Arab Spring uprisings


Man smears cake on the Mona Lisa as he encourages people to ‘think of the earth’
A man entered the Louvre on Sunday disguised as an old lady in a wheelchair in an attempt to deface the Mona Lisa with cake


Google uses augmented reality to bring fine art to life for International Museum Day
Google Arts & Culture celebrated Internation Museum Day with the launch of three new mind-bending AR art filters


National Football Museum and Royal Botanic Gardens get share of £553m in carbon reduction scheme
The British government is supporting a range of public sector organisations in reducing their dependency on carbon and improving energy efficiency


Saudi Arabia starts work on Riyadh’s Royal Arts Complex
Construction has started on the King Salman Park’s Royal Arts Complex, which once complete will act as a cultural hub for the Saudi capital of Riyadh


Andy Warhol Museum announces plan to launch US$60m ‘Pop District’ in Pittsburgh
‘The Pop District’ from The Andy Warhol Museum will feature a larger cultural hub for live music, events, public art, expanded programming and a home for creative workplace development


London’s Natural History Museum announces plan to open major new research centre with the University of Reading
The Natural History Museum is partnering with the University of Reading on a major new digitisation centre to be built at the Thames Valley Science Park


Delaware Museum of Nature and Science to reopen as a ‘Tik-Tok-friendly’ attraction following multi-million-dollar renovation
The Delaware Museum of Nature and Science is set to reopen on May 23 following an extensive renovation


New LGBTQ+ arts space coming to London in June
A new arts space highlighting work from LGBTQ+ artists will open its doors in London next month


Scotland’s historic Gretna Green welcomes new visitor experience
An iconic wedding destination is now home to a new visitor experience, with designers Mather & Co behind the newly-opened Gretna Green Experience


Paris mayor orders investigation into multiple harassment cases at city’s museums
The mayor of Paris has ordered the general inspectorate to investigate instances of harassment across the city’s fourteen municipal museums


Katherine E. Fleming to lead Getty Trust after being named new president and CEO
Starting this August, Katherine E. Fleming will take the reins at the J. Paul Getty Trust, leading the institution’s mission to advance and share the world's art and cultural heritage for the benefit of all


Fantastic Beasts set to start museum world tour in Ontario
Starting this June you’ll be able to find the Wizarding World’s Fantastic Beasts at the Royal Ontario Museum, with the popular Natural History Museum exhibition set to embark on the first leg of its world tour


Baseball-themed exhibition to open at Smithsonian National Postal Museum
A new exhibition from the Smithsonian National Postal Museum will explore the sport of baseball and how it came to be ‘America’s pastime’ through the lens of stamps and mail


Man who sold works to Louvre and Met arrested on suspicion of selling looted antiquities
Art and antiquities dealer Roben Dib has been arrested on charges of gang fraud and money laundering


Baghdad’s Iraq Museum celebrates reopening after three-year closure
The museum closed due to security concerns in 2019, and was then hit by the coronavirus pandemic


From protecting art to selecting art: Baltimore museum guards pick the art they want you to see
Seventeen security guards turned curator to create an exhibit inspired by music, black artists, humour, and social justice, or simply time spent guarding a particular piece


Cultural experiences do not boost exam results, new study reveals
The study explored the impact of ‘cultural capital’ on exam results of children from different social classes


Natural History Museum Lates return with an evening dedicated to nature and gaming
The event, called Playful by Nature, invites visitors to explore the natural world by stepping into a virtual one


Natural History Museum partners with BBC and Warner Bros for Stephen Fry ‘Fantastic Beasts’ BBC documentary
A new documentary filmed at the Natural History Museum explores the origin stories of mythical beasts that inspired the creatures in the Fantastic Beasts series


Environmental review underway for La Brea Tar Pits redevelopment masterplan
Los Angeles’ iconic La Brea Tar Pits will soon undergo a major transformation should a masterplan by Weiss/Manfredi pass its environmental review


National Railway Museum axes long-awaited Trans-Siberian exhibition as Russia continues Ukraine invasion
The major exhibition at the National Railway Museum is the latest in a series of events to be axed as UK cultural institutions move to show their support to Ukraine


Putin waxwork removed from display following visitor damage
A waxwork of Vladimir Putin in France’s iconic Grevin Museum could be replaced with one of Volodymyr Zelensky after the Putin statue was vandalised by visitors over the weekend


Ukraine culture minister calls for UNESCO to revoke Russia’s membership after Russian forces destroy museum housing works by folk artist Maria Prymachenko
The Ivankiv Historical and Local History Museum was burned to the ground as Russia continues its aggressive invasion of the country


Mather & Co lead redevelopment of Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
Several new experiences, including an interactive gallery, are scheduled to open in April


National Portrait Gallery and BP to end 30-year partnership in December
The National Portrait Gallery and BP have decided to mutually end their decades-long commercial partnership


London’s Vagina Museum announces reopening date at new Bethnal Green location
The Vagina Museum is set to reopen at Enter, a creative arts hub in East London, in March after a six-month closure


Ukraine’s museums prepare for the worst as Russian conflict approaches
Escalating tensions between Ukraine and Russia have seen Ukrainian institutions prepare security and evacuation plans should the worst happen


Documents suggest British Museum’s controversial BP partnership will be renewed despite protests
Officials at the British Museum reportedly recently met with BP officials to discuss options for support ‘post Spring 2023’, hinting at a likely renewal of the controversial partnership


‘The Museums That Make Us’: Former British Museum director to explore impact of UK museums in new BBC radio series
Neil MacGregor will speak to directors and curators at twenty museums across the country about the role museums play in society


Bank of America awards US$1m to Motown Museum expansion
The Motown Museum has been given a million dollar boost towards its US$55m expansion campaign


5,000-year-old chalk sculpture deemed UK’s ‘most significant ancient discovery’ to go on display at the British Museum
One of the world’s most important works of prehistoric art has found a new home at the British Museum


Museum of London to close in December ahead of major rebrand and Smithfield relocation
The Museum of London will relocate from its current site at The Barbican in London Wall to the historic Smithfield Market, where it will reopen as The London Museum in 2026


Jorge Zamanillo named first director of Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino has named its founding director, with industry veteran Jorge Zamanillo set to take up the role in May


London to welcome UK’s first national LGBTQ+ museum
LGBTQ+ charity Queer Britain will open the UK’s first LGBTQ+ museum in London with support from Art Fund


Attractions Calendar: Your diary dates for 2022
With so many big things coming in the year ahead, we’ve rounded up all the key events taking place this year. Welcome to your attractions calendar for 2022.


Museum of Art Pudong: A look inside Shanghai’s newest art gallery
The Jean Nouvel-designed Museum of Art Pudong has been in operation for six months. Alice Davis paid a visit to the cultural newcomer in Shanghai


Louvre partners with Sotheby’s to investigate provenance of items acquired during World War II
Work being carried out by the Louvre and Sotheby’s could ‘lead to restitutions’ as the Parisian institution researches the history of items in its collection acquired between 1933 and 1945


UK’s Museum of East Anglian Life to rebrand as National Museum of Food
The Museum of East Anglian Life is set to undergo a name change in the hopes that a new emphasis on food will broaden its audience appeal


Protestors in Kazakhstan storm museum searching for ancient armour
Political unrest in Kazakhstan has seen a group of protestors invade the state museum in search of priceless ancient armour


Martin Luther King’s original ‘I have a dream’ speech goes on display at National Museum of African American History and Culture
Martin Luther King Jr’s original ‘I have a dream’ speech is now on display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is open in observance of Martin Luther King Jr day


NFT museum to open in Seattle
The new museum will provide a space where visitors can physically interact with digital artworks and NFTs


Mona Lisa goes digital as Grand Palais unveils new initiative for immersive art exhibitions
A new initiative from France’s Grand Palais will see the development of digital experiences for some of the world’s most iconic artworks, starting with a debut exhibition on the Louvre’s Mona Lisa


Fossilised remains of 180-million-year-old ‘Sea Dragon’ found in the UK set to go on display
Anglian Water is seeking funding for a Rutland-based display of the ‘Rutland sea dragon’, the UK’s largest ichthyosaur fossil discovered at the Rutland Water reservoir in 2021


More than 200 projects to receive share of US$24.7m in US culture funding
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced US$24.7m in grants for 208 humanities projects across the US


British Museum cashing in on NFTs with Turner masterpieces set to go on digital sale
The British Museum is returning to the NFT market with the listing of a rare collection of JMW Turner paintings in digital form


Emergency funding available for arts, culture and heritage doubled to £60m as British government tackles impact of Omicron
An additional £30m in emergency funding has been made available through the UK’s Culture Recovery Fund to support museums, cinemas, theatres and heritage organisations with the impact of the Omicron variant this winter


Prince of Wales becomes patron of Museum of London
Prince Charles has become patron of Museum of London following a visit to the institution’s under development new home earlier this year


Gene Simmons to open Kiss Museum in Las Vegas
The personal collection of Gene Simmons will go on display for all to see at a brand new museum fronted by the star coming to The Rio in Las Vegas


STEM projects to receive share of NASA funding after being named Education Community Anchors
NASA has selected a group of projects from across the US to receive a share of US$520,000 in funding as Education Community Anchors


New York’s Met explores inspiration behind Walt Disney’s iconic creations
The Met is taking its first-ever look at Disney’s theme parks as part of a special exhibition dedicated to the inspirations behind Walt Disney’s most iconic creations


Christmas gifts: Thirteen special items you can get direct from your favourite attractions
Tis the season to be jolly AND to give gifts, so why not give a special gift to a special someone from your favourite attraction? We took a look at some of our favourite stocking fillers from the world’s biggest attractions


T-ReXmas: Natural History museum fits dino with special Christmas jumper
Even the Natural History Museum’s dinosaurs are getting into the Christmas spirit, with one of the museum’s dinosaur’s now donning a giant Christmas jumper


Museum hosts inaugural exhibition after opening inside Korea’s Demilitarised Zone
You’ll need an armed military escort to get there but the reward will be great with a new museum dedicated to exploring themes of peace through art inside Korea’s DMZ


Art Fund fundraiser aims to raise £1m to invest in museum youth initiatives
The charity launches Energise Young Minds to help alleviate “perfect storm” of disruptions affecting young people and the cultural sector


Abramovich’s Garage Museum to revive pavilions in expansion plans
The Moscow contemporary art museum unveils SANAA’s designs for the new Hexagon building, a “thoughtful and sensitive” interpretation of the historic site


Celebrating its 175th anniversary, the Smithsonian launches FUTURES festival and exhibition in historic building
Past meets future in this Rockwell-designed exhibition, which features 150 installations and artworks, including a guest appearance from Marvel Studios


Herzog & de Meuron’s long-awaited M+ museum finally opens in Hong Kong
M+, four years behind schedule, hopes to boost post-pandemic tourism to Hong Kong and free admission will be offered during the first year of opening


Tampa Museum of Art set for US$68m expansion
A new building will house the lobby and event spaces, while the outdoors riverside area will be landscaped to attract riverside pedestrians


Marie Tussaud and Marcelo Gutglas inducted into IAAPA’s prestigious Hall of Fame
The founder of Madame Tussauds and the father of the Latin American attractions industry have both taken their rightful place as a part of the IAAPA Hall of Fame


Visitor attractions need to be paying attention to the metaverse
When it comes to global trends this is THE next big thing and there’s a good chance you don’t quite know what it means yet. Welcome to the metaverse and here’s exactly why you need to get in on the ground floor.


Chicago Museum of Science and Industry welcomes Universal Creative's David Woody as vice president and chief creative officer
Former Universal, DreamWorks and Warner Bros creative David Woody has set his sights on a new venture after being named vice president and chief creative officer for the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry


Ukraine has legal right to contested Crimean treasure trove, rules Dutch court
A Dutch court has ruled that Crimean artefacts on loan in the Netherlands at the time of the disputed region’s annexing must be returned to Ukraine


Museums in the North of England partner with universities to explore connection between railways and the slave trade
Several British museums will work alongside the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds and York on a research project examining the links between railways and the slave trade


Art Explora: The travelling museum set to operate onboard a €32m catamaran
Set up by tech entrepreneur Frédéric Jousset, Art Explora will go on a tour of the Mediterranean in 2023 with a €32m catamaran the choice of transport for the floating attraction


Vodafone partners with Mobile Phone Museum to support digital launch
Telecommunications giant Vodafone is supporting the development of a brand-new digital museum dedicated to the history of the mobile phone


Environmentalists build museum in Indonesia from plastic waste to highlight ocean crisis
The museum took three months to build and is made up of more than 10,000 plastic waste items, including bottles, straws and plastic bags


The city of Vienna has decided to display its 18+ artworks on OnlyFans
The city of Vienna has taken the rather unusual approach to displaying some of its more explicit artworks, with four of its most prestigious museums adopting the OnlyFans platform to showcase certain works


Behind the screams: Halloween Horror Nights Exhibition opens at Universal Studios Singapore
The team behind Universal Studios’ iconic Horror Nights in Singapore has launched an exhibition exploring what goes into planning the horrifying event.


Museum of Ice Cream to open Chicago location in 2022
The popular Museum of Ice Cream is coming to Chicago in 2022, with the interactive experience set to make its debut inside the historic Tribune Tower


Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery picks up Family Friendly Museum Award 2021
The Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery has been named the winner of this year’s Family Friendly Museum Award


Museum of Childhood to be rebranded as Young V&A following £13m renovation
Once open, the museum aims to champion children’s creativity and encourage visitors to develop their skills through performance, play and design


Guggenheim names new chairman and second ever black female trustee
J. Tomilson Hill is the new chairman of the Guggenheim, while Claudia Rankine becomes only the second ever black female to be named a trustee for the institution


Pandora Papers link prominent museums with looted Cambodian antiquities
The Pandora Papers have revealed The Met as one of several major institutions to have displayed looted items linked to indicted art dealer Douglas Latchford


Newly-discovered Van Gogh artwork goes on display for first time
Study for Worn Out was held in a private collection for more than 100 years before going on display at the Van Gogh Museum


The Met to host first block party in 150-year history
The Met is offering visitors a chance to connect with artists and community partners from across New York City during a daylong celebration held inside and outside of the historic institution


New Smithsonian AR experience highlights human connection to the ocean
The experience follows a pod of endangered orcas struggling for survival in the Pacific Ocean


Natural History Museum to host ice rink for final time as plans move forward for Urban Nature redevelopment project
The ice rink was cancelled last year due to the ongoing pandemic


Dutch police launch investigation after thieves fail in €1.2m Monet art heist
Two men attempted to abscond with a valuable Monet artwork only for the pair to drop the painting as they fled the scene on a motorcycle


Museums threaten legal action against Pornhub for ‘Classic Nudes’ series
Three major institutions have taken offence to a new initiative from Pormhub promoting art through the medium of adult entertainment


Smithsonian Museum repatriates sacred items to Siksika Nation
The museum returned the sacred items to the Siksika Nation after almost a century


Cyprus’ Museum of Underwater Sculpture welcomes first visitors
The newly opened museum is hoped to boost dive tourism in the country


V&A Dundee to close to general public for Sensory Friendly Days
The V&A Dundee will close to general visitors in order to provide a safe and comfortable environment for visitors with sensory needs


Museum of Brands celebrates 50 years of Mr Men and Little Miss
The self-guided Mr. Men Little Miss Discovery Trail takes visitors through the museum’s permanent collection of Mr. Men and Little Miss memorabilia


Major V&A exhibition to be adapted for cinema
The 80-minute documentary will take viewers behind-the-scenes of the V&A’s Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser exhibition


Greta Thunberg condemns Science Museum for signing Shell gagging order
Details of the gagging clause were shared by campaign group; Culture Unstained, which described the agreement as ‘problematic’.


South West Museum Development partners with Kilogramme Animation Studio to launch animated short to protect museum collections from pests
The animated short encourages museums and other heritage sites to safeguard their collections from pests


Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein opens in Bath
Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein has opened its doors to the public a stone's throw away from where the famous author first dreamt up the legendary monster


Natural History Museum’s ‘Dippy’ concludes UK tour at Norwich Cathedral
The Natural History Museum’s iconic diplodocus ‘Dippy’ is about to complete a tour of the UK after arriving at his final destination - Norwich Cathedral


Jeff Bezos donates US$200m to Smithsonian
The Smithsonian has received the largest donation in its history with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos donating US$200m for the development of two key projects for the institution


The rapid rise of K-pop to be explored in new V&A exhibition
South Korea’s global contribution to pop culture is set to be explored in a new exhibition from London’s V&A museum


Natural History Museum to transfer 27 million specimens to new state-of-the-art research centre
The migration of artefacts will be the largest since the 1880s and will see more than a third of the museum’s collection relocated to the brand-new Harwell Campus


Tottenham to open permanent art gallery within football club’s stadium
Just ahead of it coming home, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has announced the opening of a new arts space inside the club’s stadium


Shanghai’s highly-anticipated planetarium and astronomy museum set to open later this month
The long-awaited Shanghai Astronomy Museum is set to open its doors to the public on July 18


First real T-Rex to come to England in 100 years goes on display in Nottingham
A 66 million-year-old T-Rex has gone on display in Nottingham, marking the first time one has gone on display in England since the early 20th century


Manchester Jewish museum reopens following £6m renovation
Funded in-part by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Manchester Jewish museum has reopened its doors following a multi-million pound redevelopment


Museum of the Home faces protests as British government prohibits removal of statue with links to slave trade
The Museum of the Home has been refused permission to remove a statue of Robert Geffrye despite public calls to ditch the controversial work


Olympic Agora culture hub launched in Tokyo ahead of delayed 2020 Olympic Games
Sport and culture, the spirit of Ancient Greece and the thousands of missing spectators for this year’s Olympics will be celebrated in a series of installations celebrating the event in Tokyo


Former British chancellor George Osborne named chairman of the British Museum
Osborne will join the museum’s board of trustees on September 1, taking up the position of chairman in October


Art for your health: NHS key workers and young people to curate National Partners Programme exhibitions
Three British art galleries will present a series of exhibitions and collaborations looking back at the past year to explore the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic


The Smithsonian is seeking a curator of food and wine history
US$4m has been gifted to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, with the funding being used to explore American history through the ‘all-encompassing lens of food’


Tate sends its collection to China for debut of major new art museum in Shanghai
The Jean Nouvel-designed Museum of Art Pudong launches July 8 with a partner exhibition from Britain’s Tate


British Golf Museum reopens under new name following 18-month redevelopment
A redesign of the former British Golf Museum has been spearheaded by Mather & Co, who worked alongside the museum’s curators to develop a series of interactive digital experiences


Belgium’s government reaches deal to return colonial-era relics to Congo
Belgium will work with the Democratic Republic of Congo to return items looted during the colonial era in the first half of the last century


Stephen Hawking’s entire office set to go on display at London Science Museum
The contents of Professor Stephen Hawking’s office – including his personal reference library, wheelchairs, communications equipment, medals, memorabilia and even the office furniture – is set to join the Science Museum Group’s collection


Exploring Shanghai’s Jewish Refugee Museum
A museum dedicated to the Jewish refugees who fled Nazi Germany for Shanghai reopened after a major expansion and renovation project. Our contributor in Shanghai, Alice Davis, paid a visit


Washington’s National Museum of Women in the Arts set to undergo US$66m renovation
The two-year project will see the addition of a new orientation gallery, research centre and reading room


Culture meets cruise: Smithsonian partners with Ponant to deliver sailings steeped in history
The Smithsonian has partnered with cruise operator Ponant to offer educational voyages to a number of destinations worldwide


Nolan Bushnell latest name to be added to Strong Museum’s ‘Cocktails with the Creators’ series
Atari inventor and Chuck E Cheese founder Nolan Bushnell is the latest name set to appear in the Strong Museum’s ‘Cocktails with the Creators’ Zoom sessions


Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum acquires iconic X-Wing from Lucasfilm
The National Air and Space Museum’s US$250m transformation continues with one of Star Wars’ X-Wings set to go on display outside the Albert Einstein Planetarium


Courtauld receives £2.2m from AHRC for art conservation and infrastructure development
The funding will be used to upgrade critical art conservation tools and create new study spaces


National Gallery at 200: British institution releases five-year strategy ahead of bicentennial anniversary
The gallery will raise its national and international profiles with a major social media campaign and digital content subscriptions


Cultural Recovery Fund for Dundee reaches million pound target
The Dundee Cultural Recovery Fund will support cultural institutions through financial difficulties and bring tourists back to the area


Smithsonian launches ‘Vaccines & Us’ initiative to support vaccine education across the US
The Smithsonian Institute has announced the launch of a new initiative aiming to provide US citizens with information about COVID-19 vaccines


Triple H: WWE has considered physical Hall of Fame
WWE legend Triple H has revealed that the company has looked at building a physical Hall of Fame, with the Game revealing what his vision for such an attraction would look like


Science Museum Group comes under fire for Shell partnership on new climate exhibit
The museum has faced criticism from scientists about its partnership with Shell, which is viewed by its opponents as an attempt at ‘greenwashing’ the brand


Cairo art museum reopens a decade after Van Gogh theft
The Mr & Mrs Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil Museum boasts an impressive collection of Impressionist and Classical works


Stranger Things prison complex in Lithuanian capital to be transformed into major culture hub
Lithuania’s government is backing plans to transform its famous Lukiškės Prison complex into a multifunctional hub featuring museums, restaurants, hotels and other commercial and cultural spaces


Egypt holds grand parade as ancient mummies are moved to new home
Egypt has celebrated the long-awaited opening of its National Museum of Egyptian Civilization with a procession of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies through Cairo


The tough challenge of decolonisation
In recent years, museums across the US, Europe, Australia and beyond have had to face up to the issue of decolonisation. Cultural institutions possess artefacts historically taken from colonised countries and are now having to face up to that reality. But that’s not all...


Game of Thrones Studio Tour takes huge step forwards after securing £10m package to fund development
The state-of-the-art visitor attraction will open later this year after securing a sizeable loan to part-finance the project


Elgin Marbles ‘legally acquired’ says British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Comments from Boris Johnson aimed at drawing a line under the Elgin Marbles dispute are bound to ignite further controversy with the Greek people


Chanel teams up with National Portrait Gallery to highlight women’s ‘urgent and untold stories’
The partnership will see the launch of an initiative that aims to facilitate greater representation in the arts.


Grand Egyptian Museum welcomes Tutankhamun shrine as it prepares for 2021 opening
The long-awaited museum was reported to be ‘96.5%’ complete in August 2020


Jean Nouvel and SANAA announced as winning designs for Shenzhen’s new opera house and maritime museum
Jean Nouvel have won a competition to design the new opera house in Shenzhen, while SANAA submitted the winning entry for the city's maritime museum


National Football Museum acquires artefacts to tell the story of English football in pandemic Britain
The National Football Museum is telling the story of football and COVID-19 in England through the acquisition of 11 recently-acquired artefacts soon to be added to its collection


Part Two: Meet ‘Dino’ Don Lessem - The business of dinosaurs, the Trump toilet and the future of robotics
In part two of our exclusive interview with the man who advised on Jurassic Park and has his own army of robotic dinosaurs, ‘Dino’ Don Lessem returns to talk everything from the business of dinosaurs to the world-famous Trump Toilet


Eurovision Museum coming to Húsavík after Iceland’s government awards development funding
They might well be playing Jaja Ding Dong at the new Eurovision Museum, coming to Húsavík, Iceland, later this year


Dr Anthony Fauci donates personal 3D printed Coronavirus model to The Smithsonian
Fauci was asked to donate a personal item to The Smithsonian’s upcoming ‘In Sickness and Health’ exhibit


Stonehenge exhibit to open at Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Visitors will be able to learn about how Stonehenge was constructed and how it has changed over time


Part One: Meet ‘Dino’ Don Lessem - The man who advised on Jurassic Park and has his own army of robotic dinosaurs
Don Lessem has gone from advising on Jurassic Park to building enough robotic dinosaurs that he could fill an entire zoo. In part one of our interview, we get a peek into the life of ‘Dino Don’, who talks about everything from Steven Spielberg to the real-life dinosaur that’s been named after him


Young people must be at the heart of museums’ post-pandemic plans, says Museum of London director
Museum spaces should be a source of joy, debate, learning and fun


Universal Hip Hop Museum offers virtual tours as developers seek to raise US$100m in funding
Coming to New York City in 2023, the Universal Hip Hop Museum (UHHM) is funding for its new home in the Bronx


Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry to celebrate 80 years of Marvel when it reopens in March
Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes is designed for diehard and casual fans alike


Edvard Munch revealed to be mystery graffiti artist who wrote on The Scream
Experts previously speculated that the graffiti was a vandalism attempt


New technology creates 3D-scanned replicas of priceless artefacts at the push of a button
The CultArm3D has been developed to help museums digitise their collections


The museum that beat COVID by going mobile
The Isles of Scilly Museum is creating a series of pop-up ‘mini-museums’ to showcase its collection of more than 8,500 artefacts


England’s theme parks, museums and zoos to reopen in April, as Boris Johnson sets out roadmap to end national lockdown
There’s finally a light at the end of the tunnel for attractions in Britain, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson laying out a roadmap to end restrictions in place at varying degrees for most of the last year


Smithsonian partners with Yale students to develop accessible museum experiences
Students on the SEAS programme were tasked with developing two interactive museum exhibits with an emphasis on accessibility


UK museums ‘fighting for survival’ warns Art Fund
UK lockdown restrictions have left six in 10 museums, galleries and historic houses concerned for their survival post-pandemic


Meet the man who turned Sonic into a global phenomenon with the Strong Museum
Former Sega CEO Tom Kalinske will be the first of the Strong Museum’s guests in its new ‘Cocktails with the Creators’ Zoom series


French mayor flouts Covid restrictions to controversially reopen local museums
Louis Ailot - mayor of the French city of Perpignan and deputy leader of far right National Rally political party - has reopened the city’s museums, claiming that the French need “access to culture”.


The Museum of London has curated a collection of lockdown tweets
You can now explore the pandemic’s digital history thanks to Twitter and the Museum of London


A new exhibition at the British Museum will tell the grisly story of Thomas Becket
Thomas Becket: Murder and the Making of a Saint has been dubbed a real-life ‘Game of Thrones’


Successful digital transformation of museums
In the pandemic world, museums engaging with their audience through digital has become an essential process. Klaus Sommer Paulsen explores this evolution to and asks how it will define the museum of the future


Disputed Nick Cave artwork acquired by Brooklyn Museum
The 160ft text work was created to shed light on racial inequality and police brutality in America.


Touring Star Wars exhibition coming to Singapore’s ArtScience Museum for final leg of world tour
Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition has been touring since 2012


Willie Nelson promotes Omega Mart’s grand opening... We think
New video from Meow Wolf shows the country music legend in a way you’ve almost certainly never seen before


Works starts on UK’s National Film and Sci-Fi Museum
Set to open in spring 2021, the new museum will make Milton Keynes a hub for sci-fi enthusiasts across the country


Rubbish becomes art as Nepal gallery highlights blight on Mount Everest
Base camp gallery hopes to raise awareness of Everest trash problem


The Trump Baby is set to go on display at the Museum of London
The giant orange effigy of US President Donald Trump is set to be added to the Museum of London’s permanent collection


London’s historic Courtauld Gallery to reopen in 2021 following major redevelopment
The renovation is the most significant in the gallery’s 89-year history


WATCH: Claudia Bueno’s immersive art ‘aquarium’ from Meow Wolf
Step into Claudia Bueno’s aquarium-style installation at Meow Wolf Las Vegas and experience the slow, oscillating movements of natural life


The Smithsonian is collecting items from Capitol Siege to ‘help future generations remember’
Curators are focusing their acquisition efforts on the National Mall but hope to work with the Capitol Building


Attendance at pandemic-hit Louvre down nearly three quarters
Visitor numbers at the world-famous museum have plummeted 72% over the last year


Def Leppard invites fans ‘into the vault’ with new digital museum experience
The experience will feature memorabilia and memories curated by Def Leppard


Norway’s new National Museum set for 2022 launch
Delayed by more than two years, the NOK6.05bn project will become the largest art museum in any Nordic country when it opens


Is The Mandalorian the answer to your museum’s funding problems?
Traditional audiences need to broaden their audiences and generate some much-need income by partnering with big-name IPs


In case you missed it: How Chester Zoo is handling the pandemic, Boston Dynamic’s robotic groove and the new player about to enter Brazil’s waterpark market
Here are the top stories from Planet Attractions since the start of the year


Oslo’s long-awaited Munch Museum set for spring launch
The long-awaited museum is now expected to open in spring 2021 after experiencing a number of delays tied to the Coronavirus pandemic


An experience celebrating the life and times of Avicii is coming to Stockholm later this year
The new museum will include unreleased music and other memorabilia from the late EDM artist


WATCH: See the newly-renovated Australian Museum
Take a look at the Australian Museum’s A$57.5m redevelopment


Recognising excellence as inaugural Wonder Award winners are revealed
Recognising the world’s most astonishing attractions, Planet Attractions names 2021’s Wonder Award winners


US Congress approves plans for American Latino and Smithsonian Women’s museums
The government has finally greenlit long standing plans from the Smithsonian for an American Latino Museum and a Women’s History Museum


WATCH: How does Tate Modern care for its art during a global pandemic?
The British institution highlights the challenges COVID-19 has presented to maintain and present the thousands of priceless works in its collection


Scrooge saves Christmas for Charles Dickens Museum with virtual performances
See the Dickens Museum take its performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’ online with actor Dominic Gerrard


London’s former Bow Street police station to become museum in 2021
ELLO, ELLO, ELLO! The former police station will welcome visitors as soon as COVID restrictions allow


Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to undergo major US$100m expansion
Architects PAU will handle the rockin’ expansion for Cleveland-based music Hall of Fame


WATCH: Bringing Melbourne’s NGV Triennial 2020 to life
Get a sneak peek of the arts festival ahead of its 19 December launch in Melbourne


Virtual museum tours among 2020’s most popular Google searches
With attractions forced to close and the public ordered to stay at home, it might not be a surprise that ‘virtual museum tours’ experienced a huge surge in Google searches for 2020.


First COVID vaccination vial to go on display at London’s Science Museum
The vial will form part of an exhibit documenting the UK’s response to the coronavirus pandemic


Nazi Enigma machine found rusting in Baltic Sea to go on display at German museum
German forces likely threw the device into the water to avoid it falling into Allied hands


Peru to share its culture with the world with travelling Machu Picchu exhibition
Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru comes to the Boca Raton Art Museum in 2021


The Smithsonian is collecting memories of 2020 to share with future generations
The Smithsonian doesn’t want you to forget 2020 so quickly, with the institution planning to collect memories of the "awful" year.


Step into the world of Newt Scamander as Natural History Museum launches Fantastic Beasts exhibition


WATCH: Get the Roman look with California’s Getty Villa Museum
Make-Up artist Rebecca Butterworth shows you how to get that Ancient Roman glow


London’s Natural History Museum reopens to the public
London’s Natural History Museum has once again opened, with its long-awaited Fantastic Beasts exhibition not far behind.


Nine fictional attractions we wish existed in real life and one we definitely don’t
From The Simpsons to Black Mirror, we cross the entertainment multiverse to find the very best fictional attractions we wish existed, also offering you a real-world alternative.


Omega Mart - What on earth is Meow Wolf planning?
Is it an art project? Is it a convenience store? Do I work there? Is that a can of whale song antipersperant? Only Meow Wolf has the answers...


Five major projects to look forward to in Shanghai
While most of the world is in shutdown, China has managed to keep the ongoing pandemic in check. With the country successfully adapting to its new normal, Alice Davis takes a look at five major projects coming to one of its largest cities - Shanghai.


Weird dreams in lockdown? The Museum of London wants to know more
The Museum of London want to hear about your nightmares, night-time fantasies and the outright weird dreams you’ve had since restrictions came into place


Australia’s oldest museum reopens following A$57.5m renovation
The Australian Museum was closed for 15 months while works took place


Norman Rockwell Museum offers behind the scenes look at Pixar with artist Tim Evatt
Pixar artist, Tim Evatt, joins the Norman Rockwell museum for a deep dive into the work that made the animation studio famous.


Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum hosts ISS livestream with astronaut Victor Glover
The NASA Astronaut came live from the International Space Station on December 3 to talk about his experiences


Museum of Pop Culture take Founders Award online to honour Alice in Chains
Star studded line-up has paid homage to rock legends


Hong Kong Palace Museum building structure completed
The museum is on track for its mid-2022 opening




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