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Two men have been charged with criminal damage following the felling of the famous Sycamore Gap tree along Hadrian’s Wall


V&A Dundee, Culture Perth and Kinross and Paisley Museum are among 19 museums, galleries and heritage organisations that will be participating in Museums Galleries Scotland’s (MGS) Museum Transformers programme.


Florence’s Ponte Vecchio is about to undergo its biggest restoration in sixty years, with the city icon prepared for £1.7m of works to protect the landmark


More than 40 cultural heritage sites in Gaza have been damaged in the Israel-Gaza conflict, Unesco has revealed.


The longest multi-launch coaster in Europe has opened to the public with Europa-Park’s Voltron Nevera acting as the anchor attraction for the park’s new Croatian-themed area


The Getty Museum is set to return an ancient bronze head to Turkey after it discovered that the artefact was excavated illegally


Unesco has added 18 new locations to its list of Global Geoparks, with each location celebrated for its combination of conservation and local community involvement


Design consultancy Mather & Co has been appointed to reimagine the Hereford Museum and Art Gallery, with the project set to see the museum's Grade II-listed building transformed into a contemporary cultural destination for local people and tourists.


From ancient landmarks steeped in history to natural wonders, a new interactive map has revealed the exact locations of England's 400,000 heritage sites.


Iconic fashion designers and brands including the late Dame Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney and Christian Dior have collaborated with Blenheim Palace for the largest exhibition in the heritage destination’s 300-year history.


First-of-its-kind research from Historic England has quantified the impact of local heritage on residents, with the annual economic benefit of historic sites in the country worth an estimated £29bn


English Heritage is testing body-worn cameras at four of the national organisation’s sites in an attempt to deter anti-social behaviour and crime, as well as to protect its staff during ‘confrontational situations’


Thirty-six small museums across the UK have been awarded funding by The Royal Society’s Places of Science scheme to engage communities with local science stories.


Saudi Arabia’s tourism push is gaining momentum with more than US$13bn of private investment attracted by the kingdom’s ongoing spending spree


Normandy’s historic D-Day landing beaches could finally be named a Unesco World Heritage Site with the cultural organisation now ready to consider a new application 80 years on from the event that marked the beginning of Europe’s liberation from the Nazis


Saudi Arabia’s tourism push is hitting the rails with the country investing US$75m into an Orient Express-style luxury train that will travel to two of the Kingdom’s World Heritage Sites


Blenheim Palace has announced a ‘groundbreaking’ organic waste project that will act as a ‘major step’ towards such sites meeting net zero sustainability goals


A fire that has destroyed more than 2,300 hectares of a national park in Argentina is the result of arson, officials have revealed.


Red Sea Global, a developer behind a number of major tourism-focused projects in Saudi Arabia, has unveiled beach cleaning robots designed to keep its waterfronts plastic free.


Japanese authorities are fighting over tourism on Mount Fuji by announcing plans to introduce a toll and visitor cap on the World Heritage site’s most popular hiking trail


The American Heritage Museum has unveiled the restoration of a WWII-era German Deutsche Reichsbahn Rail Car in the first phase of a project aiming to develop a comprehensive permanent exhibit remembering the Holocaust


Egypt’s government has unveiled plans to build solar power stations across five World Heritage sites, with the move aimed at significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting sustainable practices in these areas.


Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry has implemented an entrance fee at a Unesco World Heritage Site in Istanbul.


The Paleozoological Museum of China (PMC), Asia’s largest natural science museum, has opened in the city of Baoding in North China’s Hebei Province.


Vittorio Sgarbi, Italy’s junior minister for cultural heritage, has been accused of laundering stolen art after allegedly hiring a professional art restorer to modify a stolen painting in an attempt to make it less identifiable.


An Australian natural heritage attraction will undergo a significant renovation project to protect the site and streamline the visitor experience


UK-based architecture practice Wilkinson Eyre has formally submitted a proposal that, if approved, will transform the Kingsway Exchange Tunnels in London, UK, into an underground heritage attraction that could draw up to two million visitors a year.


New research has found that graffiti and other anti-social behaviour is on the rise at UK heritage attractions.


A cultural attraction dedicated to China’s Great Wall will become a national museum when it reopens in 2025 following an extensive renovation


Heritage bodies have welcomed a last-minute intervention by Rima Abdul Malak - France’s culture minister - who has halted the demolition of a building once part of the laboratory for famous French scientist Marie Curie.


Argentina no longer has a Ministry of Culture after its new President Javier Milei abolished the government office one day into his four year tenure


Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture has revealed its latest set of data on the war-torn country’s cultural and heritage sites, with 863 confirmed to have been damaged or destroyed since the start of Russia’s invasion.


Peru’s government is planning to significantly increase the number of people allowed to visit the iconic Machu Picchu on a daily basis.


On top of the loss of human life and the destruction of thousands of homes in the territory, a recent survey by Heritage for Peace has detailed damage done to more than 100 cultural heritage landmarks in Gaza since the start of the current conflict.


One of the Edwardian era’s last remaining passenger steamships has docked in Kingston, Ontario, with the vessel set to become a permanent heritage attraction.


Unesco representatives have travelled to Ukraine to asses damage on cultural sites in the city of Chernihiv.


The International Council of Museums (ICOM) has shared its “deep concern” over the Israel-Palestine war, with the organisation deploring the “significant humanitarian consequences” that the conflict has had in recent weeks.


The 2024 edition of the Museums + Heritage Awards will be open for nominations starting November 1.


Yorkshire’s Craven Museum has beaten off competition from some of the UK’s top museums, galleries, historic homes and heritage sites to be named the winner of this year’s Family Friendly Museum Award


Dr Nick Merriman is set to replace Kate Mavor CBE as chief executive of English Heritage, the charity has announced.


A £5.6m (US$6.8m, €6.4m) project to develop a virtual reality museum platform has been unveiled.


Alex Book, co-founder and chief strategy officer at Arcade – The Creative Reality Company, explains how attractions and cultural institutions can make use of immersive technologies to reach new audiences


The recent escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has put cultural heritage there at risk. While there have been no reports of cultural heritage being damaged by the conflict thus far, the region is home to three major world religions and possesses numerous globally significant cultural heritage sites.


Unesco has announced plans to open a virtual museum of stolen cultural artefacts, with the offering aiming to raise public awareness of trafficking and the unique importance of cultural heritage.


Passengers were evacuated from the Dollywood Express train on Sunday after the 110-ton coal-fired steam engine derailed on its five-mile trip around the park.


UN cultural body Unesco has urged the government to make amendments to a controversial plan for a road tunnel near Stonehenge.


The site of the Tombs of the Buganda Kings in Kasubi, Uganda is being removed from Unesco's World Heritage in Danger List, the organisation announced on Tuesday.


The famous Italian city of Venice is set to tackle over-tourism with the introduction of a €5 a day entry fee for visitors to the Unesco World Heritage Site


The Great Wall of China has suffered ‘irreversible damage’ after two people dug a hole through the wall with an excavator to create a shortcut


Up to seven people could soon be charged with the theft of a solid gold toilet stolen from Blenheim Palace in 2019 following a major breakthrough in the case


Heritage sites in the UK may be permanently altered by climate change, with heritage bosses considering whether to treat erosion as part of their “ongoing story”.


The long-awaited Showtown Museum in Blackpool, UK, finally has an opening date.


Unesco recently organised an intensive training course for representatives of cultural heritage sites across Ukraine threatened by increasingly frequent attacks.


New research has found that the majority of the UK public is concerned that funding cuts will lead to the closure of heritage sites and cultural attractions.


Campaigners have launched a new legal challenge over the construction of a road tunnel near Stonehenge, an ancient Unesco World Heritage Site in Wiltshire, UK.


France is taking action at a national level to counter over-tourism in major tourism locations such as the Unesco World Heritage site of Mont Saint Michel.


Heritage operation Severn Valley Railway (SVR) has confirmed the sale of one of its most popular locomotives in an effort to secure its financial future.


The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) has partnered with British catering and hospitality firms, Searcys and Benugo, to seek industry insights from the two companies that will support its members.


The Science Museum Group (SMG) has projected its combined visitor numbers will return to pre-pandemic levels by 2025-26.


The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry, UK, has installed a vending machine offering works by local artists, as well as art kits, materials and games.


Historic England has announced the appointment of Conservative peer Lord Neil Mendoza as its new chair.


The Gunpowder Plot is a multilayered immersive experience set at the Tower of London. Planet Attractions spoke to the team behind the development to see exactly how it came to life...


Gwrych Castle, a Grade I-listed castle in Wales, UK, has been awarded £2.2m (US$2.8m, €2.6m) in funding to save the building’s main hall from collapse.


The Isle of Man government has launched a public consultation into the four heritage railways on the British island.


An open letter sent to the British Museum calls on outbound director Hartwig Fischer to remove BP’s name from the institution's lecture theatre


The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has announced plans to transform the Sanskar Kendra museum in India’s Gujarat region into a World Heritage City museum.


Archaeologists have unearthed what they believe to be the remains of the Roman Emperor Nero’s private theatre in the Italian capital


London’s Horniman Museum has been awarded £5.7m by the National Lottery Heritage Fund for its Nature + Love project


A consultation has been launched as part of a £5m (US$6.4m, €6m) project to turn the Albion Dockyard in Bristol, UK, into a visitor attraction.


Hartwig Fischer will step down as director of the British Museum in 2024 after eight years in the role


Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism has announced the protection of 64 cultural sites in line with the new Cultural Heritage law.


New research from environmental group Greenpeace has found that extreme weather conditions, caused by climate change, are already a significant threat to ancient heritage sites in China


A new bill passed by the US’s House Appropriations Committee could jeopardise the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino by effectively banning the institution from spending tax payer money on the project


The National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) has announced that its much-delayed Scottish galleries will open to the public in Edinburgh on September 30, 2023.


Unesco says it’s deeply dismayed over an attack carried out by the Russian forces, which hit several cultural sites in the city centre of Odesa, while President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy has pledged retaliation for the act


The UK government has approved a controversial plan to build a £1.7bn tunnel beneath Stonehenge that Unesco worries could place the prehistoric monument at risk


Services on the steam train famously known as the ‘Hogwarts Express’ have been canceled over safety issues.


Extreme flooding in northern India has seen water make it all the way to the walls of the Taj Mahal - the first time such an occurrence has happened in 45 years


With temperatures across parts of Europe exceeding 45C in recent days, staff at a number of Greek heritage sites, including the Acropolis, will stop work for four hours a day starting Thursday (July 20).


Following a near six-year absence, the US has been officially readmitted to Unesco as the organisation’s 194th member state.


Ireland is to participate in an international research call on Cultural Heritage and Climate.


France’s National Assembly has voted unanimously to adopt a new law that makes it significantly easier for public institutions to return Nazi-looted objects in their collections.


A Danish giant is laying siege to the stonewalls of Warwick Castle in the UK, with the Merlin-operated heritage attraction introducing an eight-foot giant for its upcoming Dragon Slay summer event.



Ireland’s government is introducing an expert committee to create national guidelines for any cultural institutions’ handling of items of unknown provenance, as well as advising the government on how to handle restitution and repatriation of culturally sensitive items.


A tourist who was filmed carving names onto an inner wall of Rome’s historic Colosseum has said that he did not realise how old the monument was when he committed the act of vandalism.


An old landfill in the UK thought to contain toxic waste could be leaking into a Unesco World Heritage Site, according to local campaigners.


Abu Dhabi’s culture and tourism board has revealed ambitious plans to grow its tourism economy to 24 million visitors a year


A new Smithsonian-led study has found that marine protected areas (MPAs) can help to not only protect World Heritage sites and natural areas, but also improve the health and wealth of nearby communities.


The Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Museum has reopened following a three-month closure that saw a refresh of its exhibits and installations.


The leaders of London’s National Portrait Gallery say the historic institution is now more accessible to all, with a complete reimagining of the attraction focused on increasing representation and inspiring people


Heritage sites in Ghana are planning to revitalise the African country’s museum experience with the introduction of the new Museum Theatre Project.


The UK’s Chester Zoo has been awarded £318,323 (US$405,000, €370,000) by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) that will be used to help create and restore vital habitats to support local wildlife.


The PIF-owned Red Sea Global has been announced as the sponsor of the Al-Ahli Football Club, also owned by PIF, in Saudi Arabia’s Saudi Pro League


The Met and the Smithsonian have worked with the US Army to help train soldiers in preserving and protecting cultural heritage in conflict zones





Jordan’s Department of Antiquities (DOA), part of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, has been leading efforts to preserve the country’s heritage sites.


The UK’s Peace Museum has been awarded a £250,000 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund that will see the museum relocate to Saltaire, a World Heritage village in West Yorkshire


On 18 May 2023, experts in resilience-based management and local teams from Unesco marine World Heritage sites met online to share best practices and first-hand insights on designing and implementing resilience strategies that take a holistic approach in addressing the impacts of climate change and help communities to adapt to the inevitable change.


Concerns have been raised after local government passed a bill allowing intensive irrigated strawberry farming on a World Heritage-protected wetland in Spain


Leading engineering and construction group SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a two-year project management consultancy services contract by the Saudi Ministry of Culture to support the development of Historic Jeddah, a Unesco World Heritage site.


A theme park that first opened to the public 103 years ago will close following the sale of Coney Beach Amusement Park to the Welsh government.


Around 10,000 people gathered at Stonehenge for the annual summer solstice, with 154,000 more watching the event online.


The US is set to rejoin Unesco, nearly six years after the Trump administration withdrew the country from the organisation. The move comes amid rising concerns that China has been influencing Unesco’s policy making processes


In early 2020, extensive rot was discovered in the colossal timber beams that hold up the Bourn Mill heritage site in Cambridgeshire, UK.


A 21-year-old American tourist has died and a 30-year-old man arrested after a woman was pushed down a slope by Neuschwanstein Castle - one of Germany’s most popular heritage attractions.


The conflict in Sudan has left experts fearing for the country’s cultural heritage, with museums unable to adequately protect their collections


The Biden administration has banned all new gas and oil drilling at Chaco Culture National Historical Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site in New Mexico, US, for the next 20 years.


Vennersys has announced a partnership with the Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret, which will see the online ticketing and integrated POS provider install its VenposCloud attraction management software at the heritage attraction.


Crypto membership collective TemDAO is using blockchain technology to preserve cultural and world heritage sites, with its innovative new approach potentially a game changer when its comes to heritage funding


Australia’s government is providing greater protection to the Great Barrier Reef, announcing a AU$160m package to phase out commercial gill net fishing by 2027


Changdeokgung Palace, a Unesco World Cultural Heritage Site in Seoul, South Korea, has reopened for night tours.


Qatar has launched an exhibition showcasing plans for four new museums, with the Art Mill Museum, Lusail Museum, Qatar Auto Museum and Dadu Children’s Museum of Qatar all to open in the country by the end of the decade


A museum in the Netherlands has come under fire for cultural appropriation, after using the likeness of American rapper Nas’ in a Tutankhamun-inspired bust


Scotland’s Natural & Cultural Heritage Fund (NCHF) has awarded a share of £22m (US$27m, €25m) to more than a dozen tourist attractions in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, as part of a new scheme to promote tourism in the area.


A castle in Shetland is on the market for just £30,000 - but any potential buyer will also need a spare £12m.


The city of San Francisco is aiming to become the first in the US to achieve World Heritage status, with a task force launched to pursue a nomination from Unesco.


The Royal Commission for the ancient Saudi Arabian city of AlUla has approved plans for a new eco-luxury destination with its own museum


The Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Colorado, US, is to close a gallery dedicated to Indigenous people and culture, which it says perpetuates racist stereotypes.


Japanese architecture firm Kengo Kuma & Associates has won an international design competition to design a new visitor centre at Butrint National Park in Albania


The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) has appointed celebrated architects Lina Ghotmeh and Asif Khan to design two major museums in Saudi Arabia.


A total of 20 museums in Scotland have been awarded a share of £573,985 (US$717,678, €660,000) by the national development body Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS), via support from the Scottish Government.


Digital agency Rubber Cheese has teamed up with attractions management platform Convious to launch the 2023 edition of its Visitor Attraction Website Report. The survey was launched during this year’s Museums + Heritage Show





The principal gatehouse at Caernarfon Castle in Wales has undergone a major renovation that saw the addition of a new rooftop deck that gives visitors access to parts of the castle that have not been seen close up in centuries.


The Museums + Heritage show is set for its annual extravaganza next week, with the event returning to Olympia London on May 10-11.


A new brand home dedicated to Pilsner Urquell has opened its doors in Prague. BRC’s Christian Lachel tells Planet Attractions how the attraction celebrates the brand’s place in Czech history and culture


An official location tour dedicated to hit BBC series ‘Call the Midwife’ has opened at The Historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent, UK


Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum has announced a new partnership with the Landmark Trust, which will see one of the UK city’s oldest surviving Georgian properties transformed into a heritage holiday home.


Nassau Cruise Port in the Bahamas is scheduled to reopen next month following a US$300m renovation targeting increased visitor numbers and an enhanced visitor experience


A new museum, showcasing the UK’s rich glass-making history, has opened in the West Midlands, UK, as part of a multi-million-pound, multi-use development project


The Isle of Wight’s Blackgang Chine has debuted Extinction - a new cliffside attraction celebrating the oldest park in the UK’s 180th anniversary.


Plans to insert a 5G mast near Edinburgh Castle have been called “damaging” to the iconic Scottish heritage site.


Amnesty International says that Cambodian officials are forcing residents of the Angkor Wat World Heritage site to ‘voluntarily’ leave in the name of preserving the popular heritage attraction, with the move affecting an estimated 10,000 families


Christie has teamed up with Brazil’s Museum of Image and Sound of Ceará on the installation of an immersive multimedia room as part of a revamp of the historic institution


Kate Mavor CBE has announced that she will step down as CEO of English Heritage later this year


The former home of British King, Edward VIII, will be opened to the public for the first time when it opens next year as a museum.


The City Art Gallery in Southampton, UK, is set to undergo urgent roof repairs after receiving a £2.23m (US$2.74m, €2.52m) grant from the UK’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).


Thousands of UK museum and heritage workers have joined industrial action protesting against low pay and other working conditions.


Teaching the construction sector the necessary skills to retrofit the UK’s heritage structures could provide the British economy with a £35bn boost, a new report has suggested


The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, UK, is about to launch a brand new attraction, with an immersive 4D experience coming to the heritage attraction on March 31.





The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art has entered into a partnership with the Republic of Yemen Government, which will see the institution provide safe storage and care for 77 objects that are being repatriated to the country from the US.


The UK’s National Lottery Heritage Fund has announced several changes to its funding priorities to address concerns for the ‘health and future of the nation’s heritage’


Following eight major openings in 2022, experience designer Mather & Co is set to replicate that success in 2023 with a number of project completions in the pipeline.


The UK’s oldest theme park, Blackgang Chine on the Isle of Wight, will introduce a new Zamperla-designed attraction when it reopens at the end of March.


Tate is to take some of the masterpieces in its collection out of storage and on the road in a ‘Mobile Museum’ which will visit communities across the Liverpool City Region.


Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince has announced plans for New Murabba - a US$48bn commercial downtown development in Riyadh, anchored by a cube-shaped skyscraper large enough to accommodate 20 Empire State buildings


The UK Government has proposed several amendments to the Treasure Act 1996 that will expand the definition of ‘treasure’ to include objects that provide significant insight into a particular person, event or regional histories.


The city of Venice, famous for its World Heritage-protected canals, bridges and water taxis, is running dry after weeks of dry weather.


3D printing has been used to create a full-size replica of a World Heritage site in China, offering visitors an up close and personal experience while also securing crucial data for future world heritage protection


A ceremony celebrating the first German-Jewish sites to receive Unesco World Heritage designation was held in Germany earlier this month.


The World Heritage Committee has decided to inscribe the Historic Centre of Odesa on the World Heritage List, with the decision recognising the outstanding universal value of the site and the “duty of all humanity” to protect it.


From waterpark suppliers and media specialists to creative designers and dark ride producers, Planet Attractions has gone to every corner of the globe to find out what’s hot in 2023


While London’s National Portrait Gallery (NPG) undergoes its facelift, the institution is also revamping its branding, with a new logo based on a 19th-century sketch.


A museum dedicated to sharing Scotland’s history with the occult will open in Edinburgh at the end of February


Unesco has offered its support to the victims of the devastating earthquake that rocked Turkey and Syria this week as concern grows for a number of historically important World Heritage sites in the region


Two monuments dubbed the ‘Stonehenge of the North’ have been gifted into the legal ownership of Historic England as part of the National Heritage Collection.


Another cultural addition to the Manchester scene in 2023 will be the re-opening of the Manchester Museum, which closed in August 2021 to undergo a £15m (US$18.2m, €17m) renovation.


A new project dubbed the “Garden of Civilization” is bringing replicas of iconic Iraqi heritage to the courtyard of the Basrah Museum.


Kids in Museums has launched a new initiative aimed at having young people discuss, learn and advocate for the future of the museum sector


Another mega project has been announced for Saudi Arabia, with the PIF’s Seven announcing plans for a SAR1bn entertainment destination in the city of Tabuk


The Heritage Fund has awarded £1.6m (US$1.9m, €1.8m) to a project in Britain so it can support research excavation and explore the impact of climate change on an important historic cultural site.


Tate St Ives is seeking an architect-led multi-discipline team to lead a major renovation of Palais de Danse, the former studio of renowned sculptor Barbara Hepworth


A new Eden Project in Morecambe is one of the major projects to receive funding as part of the British government’s Levelling Up scheme.


The UK government has announced the launch of a new Energy Bill Discount Scheme offering significant discounts for vulnerable businesses including museums and heritage sites


A ‘radical, once-in-a-generation’ development will see Bradford’s National Science and Media Museum undergo a year-long transformation starting in June


An application by the Taliban to add a historic garden in Kabul to the World Heritage List lies in limbo.


After a difficult few years the museum sector is showing promising signs of recovery with several exciting projects set to open this year. Here are 14 of 2023’s most anticipated museum openings


Heritage organisations in the UK are in serious jeopardy of closure as a result of the cost of living crisis, with nine in 10 concerned about their future


Rodin Museum officials have decided to pull out of a €16m project in the Canary Islands, which would have seen an outpost of the famous institution built in Santa Cruz de Tenerife


Trade body Experience UK has named David Willrich as its new chair


The British Museum has confirmed that it is in “constructive discussions” with Greece that could see some of the Parthenon marbles returned to the country.


London’s National Portrait Gallery (NPG) will reopen in June 2023 after a three-year closure.


Around 4,500 people gathered at Stonehenge for the annual winter solstice, with a further 100,000 watching the event online.


Culture, heritage and sport sites are set to receive £4.5m over the next three years to support actions in the Welsh Government’s Anti-Racist Wales Action Plan


Directors from The Met, British Museum, Louvre and National Gallery have signed an open letter published by ICOM condemning the ‘risky endangerment’ of irreplaceable artworks in climate demonstrations


The International Council of Museums (ICOM) has said that museums should be seen as allies in the climate movement following a number of attacks on historic works of art by climate change activists.


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Cunard has announced its 2023 Insights enrichment programme, with adventurer Bear Grylls taking centre stage for the operator’s maiden 2023 voyage to Alaska


The National Emergency Services Museum in Sheffield has been named the UK’s most family-friendly museum.


Leading experience designers Mather & Co have named Kim Kherlopian as the company’s new managing director. Planet Attractions caught up with him at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe to find out more


Airbnb has donated £1.25m (US$1.4m, €1.4m) to English Heritage in order to support heritage tourism and the charity’s conservation and repair of historic houses, castles and abbeys.


A wildfire on Easter Island which could have been started deliberately has caused ‘irreparable’ damage to the Unesco World Heritage Site’s iconic moai head statues


AVIXA produces a number of popular events around the world, including InfoComm and Integrated Systems Europe. The organisation's regional manager for the UK and Ireland, Ben Barnard, spoke to Planet Attractions


The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) raised nearly a quarter-of-a-million pounds following the auction of 37 giraffe sculptures which had been placed around the city of Edinburgh during the summer.


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


LIFT 109 - an experience coming to London’s iconic Battersea Power Station - has opened pre-sale ticket registration for the new attraction.


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


Tourism authorities are seeking new ideas to boost the area around Hadrian’s Wall.


Unesco has issued new guidance aimed at reducing impacts from development on World Heritage sites.


Coral has recovered from storms and bleaching events to record levels across much of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, a survey has found.


Unesco’s World Heritage Centre has launched its Patrimonito Storyboard Competition - an initiative which aims to provide young people with an opportunity to use their creative and problem-solving skills to raise awareness about World Heritage.


To mark the 1900 years of Hadrian’s Wall, English Heritage has introduced a new installation on the site of the now lost Roman gatehouse at Housesteads Roman Fort.


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


The Unesco World Heritage Centre (WHC) has held an online meeting and several virtual workshops to support Iraq in its efforts to conserve its World Heritage sites.


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


Gerard Lemos has been named the next chair of English Heritage, with the former British Council Chair pledging to “help everyone feel part of England’s story.”


Design firm Mather & Co has been appointed to produce an interpretation plan for the ‘Discovery Point Transformed’ - a project which will re-launch Dundee’s Discovery Point Museum 30 years after its opening.


Dame Diane Lees, the Director-General of Imperial War Museums (IWM) has announced that she will step down from her role on March 31 2023.


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


Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery is planning a major exhibition on a recently discovered 17th Century shipwreck which sank in the English Channel while carrying the future King James II and VII.


Thousands have signed a petition opposing plans to turn a disused quarry in the UK’s Lake District into a theme park.


Dreamland Margate - the heritage theme park based on a traditional English seaside funfair - is celebrating more than 100 years of its history with a brand new virtual exhibition.


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


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


NEMO - the Network of European Museum Organisations - was recently represented at a major conference at the invitation of the French Ministry of Culture.






Unesco’s World Heritage Centre has released a statement on the accidental explosion that ripped through much of the Saratoga Hotel, in Havana, Cuba on Friday (May 6), killing at least 35 people.


New York’s Holocaust museum has said that “no one was banned or cancelled,” in response to reports that Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis, was barred from attending the museum for a corporate event.


Taking place at Olympia London from May 11 until May 12, the 2022 edition of the Museums + Heritage Show will feature an extensive education programme with more than 70 educational sessions covering topics such as digital skills, sustainability and community outreach.


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Unesco’s World Heritage Committee meeting in Kazan has been indefinitely postponed following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine


A number of attractions suppliers and manufacturers have been named winners of China’s prestigious Golden Crown Awards


Online gardening marketplace Sproutl has formed a strategic partnership with one of Britain’s most-visited attractions - Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


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


Lincoln Castle, home to one of the copies of the historic Magna Carta, has welcomed a new guest to the English heritage attraction in the shape of Lucy - a giant dragon that appears to have lodged herself in the castle’s wall.


Organisations including the Auschwitz Memorial and Europa Nostra, as well as the UK’s culture minister Nadine Dorries, have called on Unesco to change the location of its 45th annual World Heritage Committee meeting, which is currently scheduled to take place in Russia


With an aim to become carbon neutral by 2027, Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, UK, has announced that it’s launching a series of major new money-saving incentives for visitors arriving using sustainable transport.


A proposed expansion of the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley, UK, is back on track after the local authority pledged its support to help the attraction grow in size.


The new attraction will feature a planetarium dome and exhibition spaces and will open in June


The immersive experiential design firm won in the category for ‘Best Use of VR’ for its Machu Picchu and the Spirit of the Condor virtual reality (VR) experience


One of the most famous and historic temples in Kyoto, Japan, became home to a new temporary addition last week, with a 12.5-metre-tall inflatable kokeshi doll welcoming visitors to the Kiyomizu-Dera.


Lonnie Bunch, 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, has released a statement on behalf of the organisation, pledging its support to the people of Ukraine and their cultural heritage. In the statement, Bunch revealed that the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI) is in contact with people in the country in order to facilitate the preservation of Ukraine’s history.


The UN cultural organisation is aiming to mark as many key heritage sites with the Hague Convention emblem, which protects cultural heritage in the event of armed conflict


Several zoos in Ukraine are in extreme jeopardy following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of the country, with EAZA calling for support and issuing a statement calling on Russian forces to ‘respect the peaceful nature’ of zoos


As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, museums and cultural institutions across the country are scrambling to protect their treasures from possible attack.


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


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


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


Warwick Castle will soon be home to a Zog-themed playland, with the popular IP set to arrive at the heritage attraction in April


Unesco’s World Heritage Centre has extended the deadline for its World Heritage Volunteers campaign.


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


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


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Just in time to celebrate its 30th anniversary this year, the Sleeping Beauty Castle has reopened to guests at Disneyland Paris following a 12 months renovation period


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


Two crocodile-faced dinosaurs, a fan-throated lizard and a giant rice rat were among more than 550 new species discovered by researchers at the Natural History Museum in London over the last year.


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Design firm Mather & Co has revealed that it’s working on the redevelopment of Ipswich Museum in Ipswich, UK, following a £4.3m (US$5.8m, €5.15m) grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.


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


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Two charged over felling of famous Sycamore Gap tree


Two men have been charged with criminal damage following the felling of the famous Sycamore Gap tree along Hadrian’s Wall

Museums and galleries join Museum Transformers programme


V&A Dundee, Culture Perth and Kinross and Paisley Museum are among 19 museums, galleries and heritage organisations that will be participating in Museums Galleries Scotland’s (MGS) Museum Transformers programme.

Florence’s Ponte Vecchio to undergo £1.7m restoration


Florence’s Ponte Vecchio is about to undergo its biggest restoration in sixty years, with the city icon prepared for £1.7m of works to protect the landmark

More than 40 heritage sites damaged in Israel-Gaza conflict, Unesco confirms


More than 40 cultural heritage sites in Gaza have been damaged in the Israel-Gaza conflict, Unesco has revealed.

Europa-Park’s record-breaking Voltron Nevera opens to the public


The longest multi-launch coaster in Europe has opened to the public with Europa-Park’s Voltron Nevera acting as the anchor attraction for the park’s new Croatian-themed area

Getty to return illegally excavated bronze head to Turkey


The Getty Museum is set to return an ancient bronze head to Turkey after it discovered that the artefact was excavated illegally

Unesco lists 18 new geoparks worldwide


Unesco has added 18 new locations to its list of Global Geoparks, with each location celebrated for its combination of conservation and local community involvement

Mather appointed to reimagine Hereford Museum and Art Gallery


Design consultancy Mather & Co has been appointed to reimagine the Hereford Museum and Art Gallery, with the project set to see the museum's Grade II-listed building transformed into a contemporary cultural destination for local people and tourists.

Interactive map reveals exact locations of England's 400,000 heritage sites


From ancient landmarks steeped in history to natural wonders, a new interactive map has revealed the exact locations of England's 400,000 heritage sites.

British designers collaborate on Blenheim Palace fashion exhibition


Iconic fashion designers and brands including the late Dame Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney and Christian Dior have collaborated with Blenheim Palace for the largest exhibition in the heritage destination’s 300-year history.

Wellbeing created by local heritage in England creates £29bn a year in economic benefits, says study


First-of-its-kind research from Historic England has quantified the impact of local heritage on residents, with the annual economic benefit of historic sites in the country worth an estimated £29bn

English Heritage sites trial body cameras in attempt to deter anti-social behaviour


English Heritage is testing body-worn cameras at four of the national organisation’s sites in an attempt to deter anti-social behaviour and crime, as well as to protect its staff during ‘confrontational situations’

Funding approved for 36 small museums to tell local science stories


Thirty-six small museums across the UK have been awarded funding by The Royal Society’s Places of Science scheme to engage communities with local science stories.

Saudi Arabia attracts US$13bn of private investment as tourism industry continues to grow at pace


Saudi Arabia’s tourism push is gaining momentum with more than US$13bn of private investment attracted by the kingdom’s ongoing spending spree

D-Day landing beaches could be named World Heritage Site as Unesco considers listing


Normandy’s historic D-Day landing beaches could finally be named a Unesco World Heritage Site with the cultural organisation now ready to consider a new application 80 years on from the event that marked the beginning of Europe’s liberation from the Nazis

Saudi Arabia investing US$75m for region’s first luxury train experience


Saudi Arabia’s tourism push is hitting the rails with the country investing US$75m into an Orient Express-style luxury train that will travel to two of the Kingdom’s World Heritage Sites

Blenheim Palace piloting ‘groundbreaking’ organic waste project in step towards net zero


Blenheim Palace has announced a ‘groundbreaking’ organic waste project that will act as a ‘major step’ towards such sites meeting net zero sustainability goals

Arson the cause of fire at Unesco World Heritage Site


A fire that has destroyed more than 2,300 hectares of a national park in Argentina is the result of arson, officials have revealed.

Beach cleaning robots remove plastics from Saudi beaches


Red Sea Global, a developer behind a number of major tourism-focused projects in Saudi Arabia, has unveiled beach cleaning robots designed to keep its waterfronts plastic free.

Visitor cap for Mount Fuji as Japan cracks down on tourist pollution


Japanese authorities are fighting over tourism on Mount Fuji by announcing plans to introduce a toll and visitor cap on the World Heritage site’s most popular hiking trail

Holocaust-era train car goes on display at American Heritage Museum


The American Heritage Museum has unveiled the restoration of a WWII-era German Deutsche Reichsbahn Rail Car in the first phase of a project aiming to develop a comprehensive permanent exhibit remembering the Holocaust

Egypt to build solar stations at World Heritage sites


Egypt’s government has unveiled plans to build solar power stations across five World Heritage sites, with the move aimed at significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting sustainable practices in these areas.

Tourist admission fee implemented at Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia


Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry has implemented an entrance fee at a Unesco World Heritage Site in Istanbul.

Asia’s largest natural science museum opens in China


The Paleozoological Museum of China (PMC), Asia’s largest natural science museum, has opened in the city of Baoding in North China’s Hebei Province.

Italy’s junior minister for cultural heritage accused of laundering stolen art


Vittorio Sgarbi, Italy’s junior minister for cultural heritage, has been accused of laundering stolen art after allegedly hiring a professional art restorer to modify a stolen painting in an attempt to make it less identifiable.

Australia’s Twelve Apostles to undergo AU$108m renovation to protect site and boost visitor experience


An Australian natural heritage attraction will undergo a significant renovation project to protect the site and streamline the visitor experience

Plans submitted to transform London spy tunnels into heritage attraction


UK-based architecture practice Wilkinson Eyre has formally submitted a proposal that, if approved, will transform the Kingsway Exchange Tunnels in London, UK, into an underground heritage attraction that could draw up to two million visitors a year.

Graffiti on the rise at UK heritage attractions


New research has found that graffiti and other anti-social behaviour is on the rise at UK heritage attractions.

China’s Great Wall Museum set to reopen in 2025 following major renovation


A cultural attraction dedicated to China’s Great Wall will become a national museum when it reopens in 2025 following an extensive renovation

France’s culture minister suspends demolition of Marie Curie’s Paris laboratory


Heritage bodies have welcomed a last-minute intervention by Rima Abdul Malak - France’s culture minister - who has halted the demolition of a building once part of the laboratory for famous French scientist Marie Curie.

Argentina’s new President Javier Milei abolishes Ministry of Culture after one day


Argentina no longer has a Ministry of Culture after its new President Javier Milei abolished the government office one day into his four year tenure

Russia’s Ukraine invasion sees 863 cultural heritage sites damaged or destroyed


Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture has revealed its latest set of data on the war-torn country’s cultural and heritage sites, with 863 confirmed to have been damaged or destroyed since the start of Russia’s invasion.

Machu Picchu footfall set to skyrocket as government raises visitor cap


Peru’s government is planning to significantly increase the number of people allowed to visit the iconic Machu Picchu on a daily basis.

More than 100 heritage landmarks damaged or destroyed as a result of Israel-Gaza war


On top of the loss of human life and the destruction of thousands of homes in the territory, a recent survey by Heritage for Peace has detailed damage done to more than 100 cultural heritage landmarks in Gaza since the start of the current conflict.

Historic cruise ship offers ‘exciting legacy project’


One of the Edwardian era’s last remaining passenger steamships has docked in Kingston, Ontario, with the vessel set to become a permanent heritage attraction.

Unesco travels to Ukraine to assess damage on cultural sites from Russian attacks


Unesco representatives have travelled to Ukraine to asses damage on cultural sites in the city of Chernihiv.

ICOM expresses ‘deep concern’ over Israel Palestine conflict


The International Council of Museums (ICOM) has shared its “deep concern” over the Israel-Palestine war, with the organisation deploring the “significant humanitarian consequences” that the conflict has had in recent weeks.

Nominations for Museums + Heritage Awards to open November 1


The 2024 edition of the Museums + Heritage Awards will be open for nominations starting November 1.

Craven Museum named winner of Family Friendly Museum Award 2023


Yorkshire’s Craven Museum has beaten off competition from some of the UK’s top museums, galleries, historic homes and heritage sites to be named the winner of this year’s Family Friendly Museum Award

Dr Nick Merriman named as chief executive of English Heritage


Dr Nick Merriman is set to replace Kate Mavor CBE as chief executive of English Heritage, the charity has announced.

British government backs VR museums platform with £5.6m in funding


A £5.6m (US$6.8m, €6.4m) project to develop a virtual reality museum platform has been unveiled.

Using technology to take the visitor experience beyond the four walls


Alex Book, co-founder and chief strategy officer at Arcade – The Creative Reality Company, explains how attractions and cultural institutions can make use of immersive technologies to reach new audiences

Israeli-Palestinian heritage at risk following escalation of crisis


The recent escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has put cultural heritage there at risk. While there have been no reports of cultural heritage being damaged by the conflict thus far, the region is home to three major world religions and possesses numerous globally significant cultural heritage sites.

Unesco to launch virtual museum of stolen cultural artefacts


Unesco has announced plans to open a virtual museum of stolen cultural artefacts, with the offering aiming to raise public awareness of trafficking and the unique importance of cultural heritage.

Passengers evacuated as Dollywood Express train derails


Passengers were evacuated from the Dollywood Express train on Sunday after the 110-ton coal-fired steam engine derailed on its five-mile trip around the park.

Unesco urges British government to amend controversial Stonehenge road tunnel plan


UN cultural body Unesco has urged the government to make amendments to a controversial plan for a road tunnel near Stonehenge.

Uganda’s Tombs of the Kings of Buganda taken off Unesco's from World Heritage in Danger List


The site of the Tombs of the Buganda Kings in Kasubi, Uganda is being removed from Unesco's World Heritage in Danger List, the organisation announced on Tuesday.

Venice set to introduce €5 tourist day tax


The famous Italian city of Venice is set to tackle over-tourism with the introduction of a €5 a day entry fee for visitors to the Unesco World Heritage Site

Construction workers attempting to create shortcut dig hole through Great Wall of China


The Great Wall of China has suffered ‘irreversible damage’ after two people dug a hole through the wall with an excavator to create a shortcut

Breakthrough in Blenheim Palace US$6m gold toilet theft


Up to seven people could soon be charged with the theft of a solid gold toilet stolen from Blenheim Palace in 2019 following a major breakthrough in the case

Climate crisis could see UK heritage sites left to erode


Heritage sites in the UK may be permanently altered by climate change, with heritage bosses considering whether to treat erosion as part of their “ongoing story”.

Blackpool’s £13m Showtown Museum finally gets opening date


The long-awaited Showtown Museum in Blackpool, UK, finally has an opening date.

Ukraine World Heritage sites given Unesco disaster risk reduction training


Unesco recently organised an intensive training course for representatives of cultural heritage sites across Ukraine threatened by increasingly frequent attacks.

UK public concerned spending cuts could force closure of heritage sites and attractions, new research reveals


New research has found that the majority of the UK public is concerned that funding cuts will lead to the closure of heritage sites and cultural attractions.

Campaign group issues legal challenge over controversial Stonehenge tunnel


Campaigners have launched a new legal challenge over the construction of a road tunnel near Stonehenge, an ancient Unesco World Heritage Site in Wiltshire, UK.

France set to combat over-tourism at popular heritage sites


France is taking action at a national level to counter over-tourism in major tourism locations such as the Unesco World Heritage site of Mont Saint Michel.

Heritage railway forced to sell historic locomotive amid rising costs


Heritage operation Severn Valley Railway (SVR) has confirmed the sale of one of its most popular locomotives in an effort to secure its financial future.

ALVA seeks catering insights from two major operators


The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) has partnered with British catering and hospitality firms, Searcys and Benugo, to seek industry insights from the two companies that will support its members.

Science Museum Group forecasts five million combined annual visitors by 2026


The Science Museum Group (SMG) has projected its combined visitor numbers will return to pre-pandemic levels by 2025-26.

Coventry’s Herbert Art Gallery and Museum installs art vending machine


The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry, UK, has installed a vending machine offering works by local artists, as well as art kits, materials and games.

Lord Mendoza appointed chair of Historic England


Historic England has announced the appointment of Conservative peer Lord Neil Mendoza as its new chair.

Unfoiling the plot: Meet the team behind the Tower of London’s Gunpowder Plot experience


The Gunpowder Plot is a multilayered immersive experience set at the Tower of London. Planet Attractions spoke to the team behind the development to see exactly how it came to life...

‘I’m A Celebrity’ castle secures £2.2m funding to save it from collapse


Gwrych Castle, a Grade I-listed castle in Wales, UK, has been awarded £2.2m (US$2.8m, €2.6m) in funding to save the building’s main hall from collapse.

Consultation into Isle of Man heritage railways launched


The Isle of Man government has launched a public consultation into the four heritage railways on the British island.

Open letter calls on British Museum to rename BP Lecture Theatre


An open letter sent to the British Museum calls on outbound director Hartwig Fischer to remove BP’s name from the institution's lecture theatre

India’s Sanskar Kendra to become world heritage museum


The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has announced plans to transform the Sanskar Kendra museum in India’s Gujarat region into a World Heritage City museum.

Archeologists uncover the remains of Roman Emporer Nero’s lost theatre


Archaeologists have unearthed what they believe to be the remains of the Roman Emperor Nero’s private theatre in the Italian capital

Horniman Museum’s Nature + Love project awarded £5.7m in Lottery funding


London’s Horniman Museum has been awarded £5.7m by the National Lottery Heritage Fund for its Nature + Love project

Plans announced to transform Bristol’s Albion Dockyard into a multi-million-pound visitor attraction


A consultation has been launched as part of a £5m (US$6.4m, €6m) project to turn the Albion Dockyard in Bristol, UK, into a visitor attraction.

Hartwig Fischer to step down as director of British Museum


Hartwig Fischer will step down as director of the British Museum in 2024 after eight years in the role

Abu Dhabi designates 64 sites for cultural protection


Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism has announced the protection of 64 cultural sites in line with the new Cultural Heritage law.

Climate change threatens ancient Chinese heritage sites


New research from environmental group Greenpeace has found that extreme weather conditions, caused by climate change, are already a significant threat to ancient heritage sites in China

Smithsonian Latino museum under threat after Reublican lawmakers move to block funding


A new bill passed by the US’s House Appropriations Committee could jeopardise the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino by effectively banning the institution from spending tax payer money on the project

Opening dates announced for new Scottish galleries


The National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) has announced that its much-delayed Scottish galleries will open to the public in Edinburgh on September 30, 2023.

Unesco and Zelenskyy condemn Russian attacks on historic World Heritage Site


Unesco says it’s deeply dismayed over an attack carried out by the Russian forces, which hit several cultural sites in the city centre of Odesa, while President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy has pledged retaliation for the act

UK government pushes through controversial plan to build underground tunnel beneath Stonehenge


The UK government has approved a controversial plan to build a £1.7bn tunnel beneath Stonehenge that Unesco worries could place the prehistoric monument at risk

Hogwarts Express journeys canceled over safety issues


Services on the steam train famously known as the ‘Hogwarts Express’ have been canceled over safety issues.

Floodwaters reach Taj Mahal for first time in almost half-a-century


Extreme flooding in northern India has seen water make it all the way to the walls of the Taj Mahal - the first time such an occurrence has happened in 45 years

Acropolis and other Greek heritage sites set to close over working conditions during extreme heat


With temperatures across parts of Europe exceeding 45C in recent days, staff at a number of Greek heritage sites, including the Acropolis, will stop work for four hours a day starting Thursday (July 20).

United States officially rejoins Unesco


Following a near six-year absence, the US has been officially readmitted to Unesco as the organisation’s 194th member state.

Cultural heritage and climate focus of new €500,000 research fund in Ireland


Ireland is to participate in an international research call on Cultural Heritage and Climate.

France passes law allowing institutions to easily return Nazi-looted objects


France’s National Assembly has voted unanimously to adopt a new law that makes it significantly easier for public institutions to return Nazi-looted objects in their collections.

Giant lays siege to Warwick Castle ahead of Dragon Slayer event


A Danish giant is laying siege to the stonewalls of Warwick Castle in the UK, with the Merlin-operated heritage attraction introducing an eight-foot giant for its upcoming Dragon Slay summer event.

Severn Lamb completes railroad project at Dayton’s Carillon Historical Park



Ireland introduces panel to advise on restitution and repatriation of contested cultural heritage


Ireland’s government is introducing an expert committee to create national guidelines for any cultural institutions’ handling of items of unknown provenance, as well as advising the government on how to handle restitution and repatriation of culturally sensitive items.

Tourist who carved inscription into Colosseum was was ‘unaware’ of arena’s age


A tourist who was filmed carving names onto an inner wall of Rome’s historic Colosseum has said that he did not realise how old the monument was when he committed the act of vandalism.

Green Party members say toxic waste could be leaking into World Heritage Site


An old landfill in the UK thought to contain toxic waste could be leaking into a Unesco World Heritage Site, according to local campaigners.

Abu Dhabi announces ambitious growth plans focused on tourism and culture


Abu Dhabi’s culture and tourism board has revealed ambitious plans to grow its tourism economy to 24 million visitors a year

Marine Protected Areas improve local communities, says Smithsonian


A new Smithsonian-led study has found that marine protected areas (MPAs) can help to not only protect World Heritage sites and natural areas, but also improve the health and wealth of nearby communities.

Singapore’s Botanic Gardens Heritage Museum reopens after three-month refresh


The Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Museum has reopened following a three-month closure that saw a refresh of its exhibits and installations.

Reopened and reimagined National Portrait Gallery ‘of people, for people’ following £35.5m transformation


The leaders of London’s National Portrait Gallery say the historic institution is now more accessible to all, with a complete reimagining of the attraction focused on increasing representation and inspiring people

Museum Theatre Project aims to revitalise Ghanaian heritage attractions


Heritage sites in Ghana are planning to revitalise the African country’s museum experience with the introduction of the new Museum Theatre Project.

UK’s Chester Zoo awarded more than £300,000 by National Lottery Heritage Fund to boost wildlife conservation and community engagement


The UK’s Chester Zoo has been awarded £318,323 (US$405,000, €370,000) by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) that will be used to help create and restore vital habitats to support local wildlife.

PIF-owned Red Sea Global announces sponsorship deal with Saudi Pro League’s PIF-owned Al-Ahli FC


The PIF-owned Red Sea Global has been announced as the sponsor of the Al-Ahli Football Club, also owned by PIF, in Saudi Arabia’s Saudi Pro League

Met and Smithsonian team up to train US Army to protect cultural heritage


The Met and the Smithsonian have worked with the US Army to help train soldiers in preserving and protecting cultural heritage in conflict zones

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Maintaining Jordan’s historical sites ‘an investment for the future’


Jordan’s Department of Antiquities (DOA), part of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, has been leading efforts to preserve the country’s heritage sites.

UK’s Peace Museum to reopen in Unesco World Heritage village in 2024


The UK’s Peace Museum has been awarded a £250,000 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund that will see the museum relocate to Saltaire, a World Heritage village in West Yorkshire

Unesco: Building climate resilience for people and nature at marine World Heritage sites


On 18 May 2023, experts in resilience-based management and local teams from Unesco marine World Heritage sites met online to share best practices and first-hand insights on designing and implementing resilience strategies that take a holistic approach in addressing the impacts of climate change and help communities to adapt to the inevitable change.

Strawberries threaten Spanish World Heritage site


Concerns have been raised after local government passed a bill allowing intensive irrigated strawberry farming on a World Heritage-protected wetland in Spain

SNC-Lavalin awarded contract for Historic Jeddah development in Saudi Arabia


Leading engineering and construction group SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a two-year project management consultancy services contract by the Saudi Ministry of Culture to support the development of Historic Jeddah, a Unesco World Heritage site.

Century-old Welsh seaside theme park set to close its doors


A theme park that first opened to the public 103 years ago will close following the sale of Coney Beach Amusement Park to the Welsh government.

Thousands descend on Stonehenge to welcome summer solstice


Around 10,000 people gathered at Stonehenge for the annual summer solstice, with 154,000 more watching the event online.

US to rejoin Unesco amid rising concerns of Chinese influence


The US is set to rejoin Unesco, nearly six years after the Trump administration withdrew the country from the organisation. The move comes amid rising concerns that China has been influencing Unesco’s policy making processes

UK’s oldest windmill reopens to the public


In early 2020, extensive rot was discovered in the colossal timber beams that hold up the Bourn Mill heritage site in Cambridgeshire, UK.

Man held following fatal attack at German castle


A 21-year-old American tourist has died and a 30-year-old man arrested after a woman was pushed down a slope by Neuschwanstein Castle - one of Germany’s most popular heritage attractions.

Concerns for Sudan’s cultural heritage as armed military conflict continues


The conflict in Sudan has left experts fearing for the country’s cultural heritage, with museums unable to adequately protect their collections

Biden bans drilling around Unesco World Heritage Site to preserve archaelogical ruins


The Biden administration has banned all new gas and oil drilling at Chaco Culture National Historical Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site in New Mexico, US, for the next 20 years.

Old Operating Theatre Museum partners with Vennersys to modernise attraction management system


Vennersys has announced a partnership with the Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret, which will see the online ticketing and integrated POS provider install its VenposCloud attraction management software at the heritage attraction.

How blockchain is being used for cultural and heritage preservation


Crypto membership collective TemDAO is using blockchain technology to preserve cultural and world heritage sites, with its innovative new approach potentially a game changer when its comes to heritage funding

AU$160m plan to phase out gill net fishing on Great Barrier Reef a ‘globally significant moment’


Australia’s government is providing greater protection to the Great Barrier Reef, announcing a AU$160m package to phase out commercial gill net fishing by 2027

Seouls’ Changdeokgung Palace reopens for moonlight tours for first time since Covid


Changdeokgung Palace, a Unesco World Cultural Heritage Site in Seoul, South Korea, has reopened for night tours.

Qatar unveils ‘next generation’ of cultural institutions at Venice Biennale


Qatar has launched an exhibition showcasing plans for four new museums, with the Art Mill Museum, Lusail Museum, Qatar Auto Museum and Dadu Children’s Museum of Qatar all to open in the country by the end of the decade

Dutch museum faces backlash over Nas-Inspired Tutankhamun bust


A museum in the Netherlands has come under fire for cultural appropriation, after using the likeness of American rapper Nas’ in a Tutankhamun-inspired bust

Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund commits £22m to attractions in the Scottish Highlands


Scotland’s Natural & Cultural Heritage Fund (NCHF) has awarded a share of £22m (US$27m, €25m) to more than a dozen tourist attractions in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, as part of a new scheme to promote tourism in the area.

Scottish heritage landmark in need of £12m renovation up for sale for £30,000


A castle in Shetland is on the market for just £30,000 - but any potential buyer will also need a spare £12m.

San Francisco seeks World Heritage status


The city of San Francisco is aiming to become the first in the US to achieve World Heritage status, with a task force launched to pursue a nomination from Unesco.

Museum at the heart of plan for luxury eco-resort in Saudi Arabia’s ancient city of AlUla


The Royal Commission for the ancient Saudi Arabian city of AlUla has approved plans for a new eco-luxury destination with its own museum

Denver Museum to close ‘harmful’ Indigenous people gallery


The Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Colorado, US, is to close a gallery dedicated to Indigenous people and culture, which it says perpetuates racist stereotypes.

Architects Kengo Kuma to design visitor centre for Albanian World Heritage site


Japanese architecture firm Kengo Kuma & Associates has won an international design competition to design a new visitor centre at Butrint National Park in Albania

Architects selected for major museum projects in Saudi Arabia


The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) has appointed celebrated architects Lina Ghotmeh and Asif Khan to design two major museums in Saudi Arabia.

Twenty Scottish museums receive share of £500,000 to support energy efforts


A total of 20 museums in Scotland have been awarded a share of £573,985 (US$717,678, €660,000) by the national development body Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS), via support from the Scottish Government.

Convious partners with Rubber Cheese to launch 2023 Visitor Attraction Website Report Survey


Digital agency Rubber Cheese has teamed up with attractions management platform Convious to launch the 2023 edition of its Visitor Attraction Website Report. The survey was launched during this year’s Museums + Heritage Show

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Principal gatehouse at Caernarfon Castle gets accessible makeover


The principal gatehouse at Caernarfon Castle in Wales has undergone a major renovation that saw the addition of a new rooftop deck that gives visitors access to parts of the castle that have not been seen close up in centuries.

Museum + Heritage show returns to London next week


The Museums + Heritage show is set for its annual extravaganza next week, with the event returning to Olympia London on May 10-11.

Pilsner Urquell: BRC’s Christian Lachel on Prague’s new ‘Original Beer Experience’


A new brand home dedicated to Pilsner Urquell has opened its doors in Prague. BRC’s Christian Lachel tells Planet Attractions how the attraction celebrates the brand’s place in Czech history and culture

‘Call the Midwife’ location tour launches at The Historic Dockyard Chatham


An official location tour dedicated to hit BBC series ‘Call the Midwife’ has opened at The Historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent, UK

Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum partners with Landmark Trust to transform Georgian station house into a heritage holiday home


Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum has announced a new partnership with the Landmark Trust, which will see one of the UK city’s oldest surviving Georgian properties transformed into a heritage holiday home.

US$300m redevelopment sees Bahamas cruise port reimagined with enhanced visitor experiences and new attractions


Nassau Cruise Port in the Bahamas is scheduled to reopen next month following a US$300m renovation targeting increased visitor numbers and an enhanced visitor experience

Stourbridge Glass Museum opens in West Midlands after 12-year development


A new museum, showcasing the UK’s rich glass-making history, has opened in the West Midlands, UK, as part of a multi-million-pound, multi-use development project

Blackgang Chine introduces cliffside pendulum swing from Zamperla


The Isle of Wight’s Blackgang Chine has debuted Extinction - a new cliffside attraction celebrating the oldest park in the UK’s 180th anniversary.

5G mast will ‘damage’ iconic view of Edinburgh Castle


Plans to insert a 5G mast near Edinburgh Castle have been called “damaging” to the iconic Scottish heritage site.

Amnesty International says Cambodian government is overseeing ‘mass forced evictions’ from Unesco World Heritage site


Amnesty International says that Cambodian officials are forcing residents of the Angkor Wat World Heritage site to ‘voluntarily’ leave in the name of preserving the popular heritage attraction, with the move affecting an estimated 10,000 families

Eleven million pixels: Christie powers new immersive room in Brazil’s Museum of Image and Sound of Ceará


Christie has teamed up with Brazil’s Museum of Image and Sound of Ceará on the installation of an immersive multimedia room as part of a revamp of the historic institution

English Heritage CEO to step down


Kate Mavor CBE has announced that she will step down as CEO of English Heritage later this year

Edward VIII’s French home to become a museum


The former home of British King, Edward VIII, will be opened to the public for the first time when it opens next year as a museum.

Southampton’s City Art Gallery to undergo urgent roof repairs after receiving £2.23m grant from DCMS


The City Art Gallery in Southampton, UK, is set to undergo urgent roof repairs after receiving a £2.23m (US$2.74m, €2.52m) grant from the UK’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

UK museums workers join public sector strike


Thousands of UK museum and heritage workers have joined industrial action protesting against low pay and other working conditions.

Green retrofit of UK’s heritage sector could provide £35bn economic boost


Teaching the construction sector the necessary skills to retrofit the UK’s heritage structures could provide the British economy with a £35bn boost, a new report has suggested

Mary Rose Museum set to launch immersive 4D experience


The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, UK, is about to launch a brand new attraction, with an immersive 4D experience coming to the heritage attraction on March 31.

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Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art partners with Republic of Yemen Government to store repatriated objects


The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art has entered into a partnership with the Republic of Yemen Government, which will see the institution provide safe storage and care for 77 objects that are being repatriated to the country from the US.

National Lottery Heritage Fund announces changes to funding priorities as part of Heritage 2023 strategy


The UK’s National Lottery Heritage Fund has announced several changes to its funding priorities to address concerns for the ‘health and future of the nation’s heritage’

Mather aims to replicate 2022 success with pipeline of 2023 openings


Following eight major openings in 2022, experience designer Mather & Co is set to replicate that success in 2023 with a number of project completions in the pipeline.

Zamperla attraction heading to UK’s oldest theme park


The UK’s oldest theme park, Blackgang Chine on the Isle of Wight, will introduce a new Zamperla-designed attraction when it reopens at the end of March.

Tate takes Turner Prize-winning art on the road with museum on wheels


Tate is to take some of the masterpieces in its collection out of storage and on the road in a ‘Mobile Museum’ which will visit communities across the Liverpool City Region.

Saudi Arabia’s PIF announces US$48bn New Murabba development in Riyadh anchored by giant cube


Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince has announced plans for New Murabba - a US$48bn commercial downtown development in Riyadh, anchored by a cube-shaped skyscraper large enough to accommodate 20 Empire State buildings

Reformed Treasure Act to save UK’s ‘treasures’ for museums


The UK Government has proposed several amendments to the Treasure Act 1996 that will expand the definition of ‘treasure’ to include objects that provide significant insight into a particular person, event or regional histories.

Venice’s iconic canals run dry as Italy prepares for drought


The city of Venice, famous for its World Heritage-protected canals, bridges and water taxis, is running dry after weeks of dry weather.

World Heritage site reproduced using 3D printers opens in China


3D printing has been used to create a full-size replica of a World Heritage site in China, offering visitors an up close and personal experience while also securing crucial data for future world heritage protection

Germany celebrates first German-Jewish sites to appear on Unesco World Heritage list


A ceremony celebrating the first German-Jewish sites to receive Unesco World Heritage designation was held in Germany earlier this month.

Ukraine’s Odesa inscribed on Unesco's World Heritage List in the face of threats of destruction


The World Heritage Committee has decided to inscribe the Historic Centre of Odesa on the World Heritage List, with the decision recognising the outstanding universal value of the site and the “duty of all humanity” to protect it.

Supplier Showcase 2023: The biggest attractions projects landing worldwide this year


From waterpark suppliers and media specialists to creative designers and dark ride producers, Planet Attractions has gone to every corner of the globe to find out what’s hot in 2023

National Portrait Gallery gets new logo ahead of June reopening


While London’s National Portrait Gallery (NPG) undergoes its facelift, the institution is also revamping its branding, with a new logo based on a 19th-century sketch.

Two-hundred-year-old mummified cat among the exhibits as Scotland’s first witchcraft museum prepares to open in Edinburgh


A museum dedicated to sharing Scotland’s history with the occult will open in Edinburgh at the end of February

Unesco offers support as earthquake damages World Heritage sites in Turkey and Syria


Unesco has offered its support to the victims of the devastating earthquake that rocked Turkey and Syria this week as concern grows for a number of historically important World Heritage sites in the region

‘Stonehenge of the North’ to join National Heritage Collection


Two monuments dubbed the ‘Stonehenge of the North’ have been gifted into the legal ownership of Historic England as part of the National Heritage Collection.

Manchester Museum to reopen this month following transformation


Another cultural addition to the Manchester scene in 2023 will be the re-opening of the Manchester Museum, which closed in August 2021 to undergo a £15m (US$18.2m, €17m) renovation.

Basrah Museum unveils ‘Garden of Civilisation’


A new project dubbed the “Garden of Civilization” is bringing replicas of iconic Iraqi heritage to the courtyard of the Basrah Museum.

Kids in Museums launches ‘Future is Now’ youth summit to engage young people in the museum sector


Kids in Museums has launched a new initiative aimed at having young people discuss, learn and advocate for the future of the museum sector

PIF’s Seven announces SAR1bn entertainment destination for Saudi city of Tabuk


Another mega project has been announced for Saudi Arabia, with the PIF’s Seven announcing plans for a SAR1bn entertainment destination in the city of Tabuk

Roman Magna Project to uncover stories of Hadrian’s Wall fort


The Heritage Fund has awarded £1.6m (US$1.9m, €1.8m) to a project in Britain so it can support research excavation and explore the impact of climate change on an important historic cultural site.

Tate seeks architect for major Palais de Danse project


Tate St Ives is seeking an architect-led multi-discipline team to lead a major renovation of Palais de Danse, the former studio of renowned sculptor Barbara Hepworth

Eden project headlines Levelling Up fund with £50m investment


A new Eden Project in Morecambe is one of the major projects to receive funding as part of the British government’s Levelling Up scheme.

UK energy relief extended to support museum and heritage sector


The UK government has announced the launch of a new Energy Bill Discount Scheme offering significant discounts for vulnerable businesses including museums and heritage sites

Bradford’s National Science and Media Museum to close ahead of year long £6m revamp


A ‘radical, once-in-a-generation’ development will see Bradford’s National Science and Media Museum undergo a year-long transformation starting in June

Taliban’s application for Unesco protection of historic Kabul garden still unanswered


An application by the Taliban to add a historic garden in Kabul to the World Heritage List lies in limbo.

Fourteen of 2023’s most anticipated museum openings


After a difficult few years the museum sector is showing promising signs of recovery with several exciting projects set to open this year. Here are 14 of 2023’s most anticipated museum openings

Cost of living crisis leaves nine in 10 heritage sites fearing for their future


Heritage organisations in the UK are in serious jeopardy of closure as a result of the cost of living crisis, with nine in 10 concerned about their future

Paris’s Rodin scraps plans for €16m Canary Islands outpost


Rodin Museum officials have decided to pull out of a €16m project in the Canary Islands, which would have seen an outpost of the famous institution built in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

David Willrich named new Experience UK chair


Trade body Experience UK has named David Willrich as its new chair

British Museum confirms talks with Greece to return ‘some of’ the Parthenon marbles as Stephen Fry calls for their permanent return


The British Museum has confirmed that it is in “constructive discussions” with Greece that could see some of the Parthenon marbles returned to the country.

London’s National Portrait Gallery to reopen in 2023 after £35.5m renovation


London’s National Portrait Gallery (NPG) will reopen in June 2023 after a three-year closure.

Thousands gather at Stonehenge for winter solstice


Around 4,500 people gathered at Stonehenge for the annual winter solstice, with a further 100,000 watching the event online.

Anti-racist action in culture, heritage and sport gets £4.5m boost from Welsh government


Culture, heritage and sport sites are set to receive £4.5m over the next three years to support actions in the Welsh Government’s Anti-Racist Wales Action Plan

92 museum directors sign open letter condemning climate action against ‘irreplaceable’ artworks


Directors from The Met, British Museum, Louvre and National Gallery have signed an open letter published by ICOM condemning the ‘risky endangerment’ of irreplaceable artworks in climate demonstrations

ICOM condemns attacks on art but says it shares climate concerns with activists


The International Council of Museums (ICOM) has said that museums should be seen as allies in the climate movement following a number of attacks on historic works of art by climate change activists.

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Bear Grylls set to join cruise operator Cunard on Alaska voyage


Cunard has announced its 2023 Insights enrichment programme, with adventurer Bear Grylls taking centre stage for the operator’s maiden 2023 voyage to Alaska

National Emergency Services Museum wins Family Friendly Museum Award 2022


The National Emergency Services Museum in Sheffield has been named the UK’s most family-friendly museum.

WATCH: Meet Mather & Co’s new managing director, Kim Kherlopian


Leading experience designers Mather & Co have named Kim Kherlopian as the company’s new managing director. Planet Attractions caught up with him at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe to find out more

Airbnb donates £1.25m to English Heritage


Airbnb has donated £1.25m (US$1.4m, €1.4m) to English Heritage in order to support heritage tourism and the charity’s conservation and repair of historic houses, castles and abbeys.

Wildfires cause ‘irreparable’ damage to Easter Island’s famous statues


A wildfire on Easter Island which could have been started deliberately has caused ‘irreparable’ damage to the Unesco World Heritage Site’s iconic moai head statues

WATCH: Meet AVIXA’s regional manager, UK and Ireland, Ben Barnard


AVIXA produces a number of popular events around the world, including InfoComm and Integrated Systems Europe. The organisation's regional manager for the UK and Ireland, Ben Barnard, spoke to Planet Attractions

Edinburgh Zoo’s Giraffes About Town raise £246,000 for wildlife conservation


The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) raised nearly a quarter-of-a-million pounds following the auction of 37 giraffe sculptures which had been placed around the city of Edinburgh during the summer.

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

Tickets on sale for Battersea Power Station’s new chimney lift experience


LIFT 109 - an experience coming to London’s iconic Battersea Power Station - has opened pre-sale ticket registration for the new attraction.

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

Ideas sought to boost visitor numbers at Hadrian’s Wall


Tourism authorities are seeking new ideas to boost the area around Hadrian’s Wall.

New Unesco guidance aims to reduce impact of development on World Heritage sites


Unesco has issued new guidance aimed at reducing impacts from development on World Heritage sites.

Great Barrier Reef recovers to record levels but is still in danger


Coral has recovered from storms and bleaching events to record levels across much of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, a survey has found.

Unesco seeks young people for climate change storyboard initiative


Unesco’s World Heritage Centre has launched its Patrimonito Storyboard Competition - an initiative which aims to provide young people with an opportunity to use their creative and problem-solving skills to raise awareness about World Heritage.

Hadrian’s Wall gets colourful installation for 1900th-anniversary celebration


To mark the 1900 years of Hadrian’s Wall, English Heritage has introduced a new installation on the site of the now lost Roman gatehouse at Housesteads Roman Fort.

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

Unesco supports Iraq’s World Heritage conservation with online workshops


The Unesco World Heritage Centre (WHC) has held an online meeting and several virtual workshops to support Iraq in its efforts to conserve its World Heritage sites.

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

Gerard Lemos named new English Heritage chair


Gerard Lemos has been named the next chair of English Heritage, with the former British Council Chair pledging to “help everyone feel part of England’s story.”

Mather & Co to develop new visitor experience for Dundee Heritage Trust


Design firm Mather & Co has been appointed to produce an interpretation plan for the ‘Discovery Point Transformed’ - a project which will re-launch Dundee’s Discovery Point Museum 30 years after its opening.

Dame Diane Lees to step down as Imperial War Museums’ director-general in 2023


Dame Diane Lees, the Director-General of Imperial War Museums (IWM) has announced that she will step down from her role on March 31 2023.

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

Norwich Castle to host exhibition on newly discovered 17th Century shipwreck


Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery is planning a major exhibition on a recently discovered 17th Century shipwreck which sank in the English Channel while carrying the future King James II and VII.

Thousands oppose Lake District theme park quarry plans


Thousands have signed a petition opposing plans to turn a disused quarry in the UK’s Lake District into a theme park.

New virtual exhibition looks back at 100 years of Dreamland Margate


Dreamland Margate - the heritage theme park based on a traditional English seaside funfair - is celebrating more than 100 years of its history with a brand new virtual exhibition.

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

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

French Ministry of Culture invites NEMO to speak at EU event


NEMO - the Network of European Museum Organisations - was recently represented at a major conference at the invitation of the French Ministry of Culture.

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Unesco releases statement on Havana hotel explosion


Unesco’s World Heritage Centre has released a statement on the accidental explosion that ripped through much of the Saratoga Hotel, in Havana, Cuba on Friday (May 6), killing at least 35 people.

‘No one was banned or cancelled’: New York’s Holocaust museum refutes claim it banned Ron DeSantis from visiting


New York’s Holocaust museum has said that “no one was banned or cancelled,” in response to reports that Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis, was barred from attending the museum for a corporate event.

Museums + Heritage Show to return for first in-person event since 2019


Taking place at Olympia London from May 11 until May 12, the 2022 edition of the Museums + Heritage Show will feature an extensive education programme with more than 70 educational sessions covering topics such as digital skills, sustainability and community outreach.

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Unesco’s World Heritage meeting in Russia indefinitely postponed


Unesco’s World Heritage Committee meeting in Kazan has been indefinitely postponed following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Suppliers recognised in Asia Attractions Golden Crown Awards


A number of attractions suppliers and manufacturers have been named winners of China’s prestigious Golden Crown Awards

Sproutl forms partnership with Kew Gardens


Online gardening marketplace Sproutl has formed a strategic partnership with one of Britain’s most-visited attractions - Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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

Lucy the Dragon bursts through walls of Lincoln Castle


Lincoln Castle, home to one of the copies of the historic Magna Carta, has welcomed a new guest to the English heritage attraction in the shape of Lucy - a giant dragon that appears to have lodged herself in the castle’s wall.

Pressure on Unesco to relocate World Heritage Committee meeting from Russia


Organisations including the Auschwitz Memorial and Europa Nostra, as well as the UK’s culture minister Nadine Dorries, have called on Unesco to change the location of its 45th annual World Heritage Committee meeting, which is currently scheduled to take place in Russia

Blenheim Palace rewarding green customers with money-saving initiatives


With an aim to become carbon neutral by 2027, Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, UK, has announced that it’s launching a series of major new money-saving incentives for visitors arriving using sustainable transport.

Stalled £30m heritage expansion back on track with promise of investment


A proposed expansion of the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley, UK, is back on track after the local authority pledged its support to help the attraction grow in size.

Manchester observatory to unveil £21m visitor experience


The new attraction will feature a planetarium dome and exhibition spaces and will open in June

Cityneon’s VR Machu Picchu experience scoops Lumiere Award


The immersive experiential design firm won in the category for ‘Best Use of VR’ for its Machu Picchu and the Spirit of the Condor virtual reality (VR) experience

Giant inflatable doll installed at historic Japanese heritage site


One of the most famous and historic temples in Kyoto, Japan, became home to a new temporary addition last week, with a 12.5-metre-tall inflatable kokeshi doll welcoming visitors to the Kiyomizu-Dera.

Smithsonian releases statement on Ukraine crisis


Lonnie Bunch, 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, has released a statement on behalf of the organisation, pledging its support to the people of Ukraine and their cultural heritage. In the statement, Bunch revealed that the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI) is in contact with people in the country in order to facilitate the preservation of Ukraine’s history.

Unesco 'gravely concerned' for Ukraine's cultural heritage as Russia invasion continues


The UN cultural organisation is aiming to mark as many key heritage sites with the Hague Convention emblem, which protects cultural heritage in the event of armed conflict

EAZA calls for support: Ukraine Zoos in extreme jeopardy following Russian invasion


Several zoos in Ukraine are in extreme jeopardy following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of the country, with EAZA calling for support and issuing a statement calling on Russian forces to ‘respect the peaceful nature’ of zoos

The race against time to save Ukraine's cultural treasures


As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, museums and cultural institutions across the country are scrambling to protect their treasures from possible attack.

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

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

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

Zog comes to Warwick Castle with new themed playland


Warwick Castle will soon be home to a Zog-themed playland, with the popular IP set to arrive at the heritage attraction in April

Deadline extended for World Heritage Volunteers 2022 campaign


Unesco’s World Heritage Centre has extended the deadline for its World Heritage Volunteers campaign.

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

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.

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Disneyland Paris completes one-year renovation of iconic Sleeping Beauty castle


Just in time to celebrate its 30th anniversary this year, the Sleeping Beauty Castle has reopened to guests at Disneyland Paris following a 12 months renovation period

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

Natural History Museum discovered more than 550 new species in 2021


Two crocodile-faced dinosaurs, a fan-throated lizard and a giant rice rat were among more than 550 new species discovered by researchers at the Natural History Museum in London over the last year.

From The Industry: What is the future of museums in 2022? Chuck E. Cheese expansion plans and Zoo Atlanta’s commitment to conservation


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions

McDonald’s loses appeal to build drive-through next to ancient Roman baths


McDonald’s has lost a high court appeal to build a €1.3 m drive-through restaurant directly next to Rome’s historic Baths of Caracalla

Ipswich Museum to undergo major redevelopment following £4.3m Lottery grant


Design firm Mather & Co has revealed that it’s working on the redevelopment of Ipswich Museum in Ipswich, UK, following a £4.3m (US$5.8m, €5.15m) grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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

France approves controversial Notre-Dame renovation plans


A controversial redesign of the interior of Notre-Dame cathedral has been approved by heritage authorities, including possible street art installations and softer mood lighting for the Parisian landmark.

Nearly 300 heritage sites in England have been given protected status in 2021


As 2021 draws to a close, Historic England has celebrated the 284 sites across England that have gained heritage protection in the past year.



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