What Happened in Museums this Week?

What Happened in Museums This Week? June 22 – 28

Afghanistan Museum, Devastated by Civil War, Taliban, on the Mend but Long Road Ahead

Looters stole tens of thousands of artifacts from the National Museum of Afghanistan during the country’s civil war in the 1990s, and then thousands more were destroyed by the Taliban when they took power.

Now the museum is slowly coming back to life, helped by millions of dollars in U.S. and other foreign aid. Every day 300 to 400 visitors a day come to see the collections of sculptures, jewelry, coins and other artifacts dating from the Stone Age through the 20th century. To read more, click here.

Anne Frank Museum Must Give Up Family Archive, Dutch Court Rules

A Dutch court on Wednesday ordered one Anne Frank charity to give the Frank family archive back to another charity in Switzerland, following an uncomfortable public dispute over the Jewish teenager’s legacy.

The Amsterdam District Court ruled the Anne Frank Foundation in Amsterdam must give the archive back to the Anne Frank Fund in Basel, Switzerland, by Jan. 1. To read more, click here.

British Museum’s Pompeii Boosts Record Visitors in 2013

The museum has had 1.7m visitors since the start of April, 25% up on 2012, and was the UK’s most popular cultural attraction for the sixth year running.

Visits in May were up 42% up on last year and were the highest on record. To read more, click here.

Cut Adrift by Its Would-Be Rescuer, Seaport Museum Seeks a Lifeline

Wanted: One responsible steward for a beleaguered museum that chronicles New York City’s maritime history through ships and artifacts and has been under water literally and figuratively over the last few years — struggling to pay the bills, and then flooded by Hurricane Sandy. To read more, click here.

How Shocking: Met Unbuttons, Metropolitan Museum Sheds Its Metal Admissions Tags

Citing the rising cost of the tin-plate pieces and the flexibility of a new paper ticket system using detachable stickers, the Met will end the buttons’ 42-year run on Monday, the same time it switches to a seven-day-a-week schedule instead of being closed on Mondays. To read more, click here.

Johnny Cash Collector Opens an Impressive Museum

The Johnny Cash Museum is a new attraction in downtown Nashville where fans can explore the legendary entertainer’s career as a musician, author and actor. Located in a historic building near the honky-tonks of Lower Broadway, the museum contains an impressive collection of artifacts that allow the visitor to experience all these aspects of Cash’s life. To read more, click here.

Mummy Statue Locked in Display Case Starts Spinning

An ancient statue created as an offering to the Egyptian god of death has stumped the Manchester Museum in England after a time-lapse video taken over a week-long period shows the artifact slowly spinning.

The strange occurrence was first noticed by the statue’s current caretaker, Campbell Price, who reset the relic back to its original direction after finding it askew, only to discover the statue returned to the wrong direction again the next day. To read more, click here.

National Museum of American History Launches History of Disability Online Exhibition

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will launch “EveryBody: An Artifact History of Disability in America” to explore themes and events related to the history of people with disabilities in the U.S. and offer a new perspective on American history. This online exhibition is a first-of-its-kind image compilation that provides access to objects and stories related to the history of disability that have been collected at the museum for more than 50 years. To read more, click here.

President Obama Pays Emotional Visit to Slavery Museum in Senegal

The backdrop of a slavery museum and reminiscences of an ailing Nelson Mandela dramatically underscored President Obama’s comments Thursday that African nations have made significant gains that should be recognized as they seek more investment and trade.

“I see this as a moment of great progress and great promise for the continent,” Obama said in a news conference with Senegalese President Macky Sall in Dakar. It was his first stop on a three-country trip that’s also scheduled to include South Africa and Tanzania. To read more, click here.

What headlines caught your eye this week?

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