What Happened in Museums this Week?

What Happened in Museums This Week? May 4 – 10

Admission Debate

9/11 Museum will Charge Admission Fee of $20 or More When it Opens in 2014, Officials Say

Faced with hefty operating costs, the foundation building the 9/11 museum at the World Trade Center has decided to charge an admission fee of $20 to $25 when the site opens next year. To read more, click here.

To read my thoughts on the admission debate, click here.

Aquarium Closing

National Aquarium in D.C. to Close September 30

Prepare to say goodbye to some fishy friends. Because of ongoing renovations at the U.S. Commerce Department’s headquarters at 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, the National Aquarium is getting the boot.

The aquarium is set to close Sept. 30. The Herbert C. Hoover Building is currently in the middle of an eight-phase, 14-year reconstruction project set to be completed in 2021. To read more, click here.

Financial Struggle

Chicago’s Famed Field Museum Struggles to Dig Out of a Hole

The economy may be on the rebound, but many cultural institutions are still struggling to regain their financial footing. That’s especially true for one of the country’s most recognized museums — the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Known internationally for its research as well as its exhibits, the Field Museum must pay off millions in bond debt — and toe an ethical line as it does. To read more, click here.

Nazi Bomber in English Channel

RAF Museum to raise Nazi bomber from 1940 Blitz out of English Channel

A British museum has begun the process of lifting the only Nazi bomber to survive the World War II Blitz on London out of its shallow grave — under 60 feet of water and shifting sands under the English Channel. To read more, click here.

New Rothko Museum

Latvia seeks ‘Bilbao effect’ with Rothko museum

The opening of a museum dedicated to US art superstar Mark Rothko in his Latvian birthplace is raising hopes the city of Daugavpils could attract thousands of new tourists and revitalise the economy.

Officials believe the Mark Rothko Art Centre will have a “Bilbao effect” — a term used to describe the pivotal role the Guggenheim Museum played in reviving the depressed Basque metropolis. To read more, click here.

Princess Di Museum Closing

Princess Diana Museum to Close, Contents to go to Sons

The museum Princess Diana‘s family opened in her memory at her ancestral estate will close next year, the British media are reporting today.

The Telegraph quoted a spokesman for Diana’s brother, Charles Earl Spencer, as saying the museum at the family estate, Althorp, would close next August and the contents would be transferred to the custody of her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. To read more, click here.

Statues to be Returned

Cambodia Hails Return Of Ancient Khmer Artifacts By U.S Museum

Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Cabinet Minister Sok An has lauded New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) for its recent decision to repatriate two 10th century stone statues to Cambodia, Xinhua news agency reported. To read more, click here.

What headlines caught your eye this week?

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