What Happened in Museums this Week?

What Happened in Museums this Week? September 7 – 13

Civil War Flags from Museum Collection Destroyed

Iowa has destroyed eight flags in its museum collection from a Civil War organization after they were damaged by excessive amounts of mold and sewage. To read more, click here.

Foundation Gets $24 Million in Insurance on Paintings Stolen From Dutch Museum

A publicity-shy Dutch foundation that owned artwork stolen from a Rotterdam museum has collected nearly $24 million in insurance and surrendered ownership rights over the missing paintings, defense lawyers said Tuesday during the trial of the confessed thief and his mother, indicating that it has itself given up on recovering intact the works by Picasso, Monet, Matisse and other modern masters. To read more, click here.

Louvre Hit by Chinese Counterfeit Ticket Scam

French authorities suspect Chinese organized criminals to be behind the circulation of thousands of fake tickets to Paris’ Louvre — the world’s most visited art gallery — in a scam worth hundreds of thousands of euros.

The museum was alerted to the swindle at the beginning of August when a staff member became suspicious of a ticket handed over by a Chinese tour guide, France 24 reports. To read more, click here.

National Museum of Women in the Arts Hits its $50 Million Goal

The National Museum of Women in the Arts has raised more than $25 million in the past six years, reaching its goal of doubling a $25 million endowment by the museum’s 25th anniversary. To read more, click here.

National Slave Ship Museum One Step Closer to Being Built in New Orleans

“Many times when the idea almost went on the backburner there was always someone that came along and motivated me; kept me going,” says 72-year-old Lloyd Lazard.

Lazard has been dreaming of this since the 90′s and now several city leaders are on board. The New Orleans native plans to inject life back into an abandoned wharf by building the National Slave Ship Museum. He says there’s no place like New Orleans to house it. To read more, click here.

New van Gogh painting discovered: ‘Sunset at Montmajour’

More than 120 years after Vincent van Gogh’s death, a new painting by the Dutch master has come to light.

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, which holds the largest collection of the artist’s work, announced Monday the discovery of the newly identified painting, a landscape titled “Sunset at Montmajour.” To read more, click here.

Sept 11 Museum Putting Hallowed Artifacts in Place

Far below the earth where the twin towers once stood, a cavernous museum on hallowed ground is finally nearing completion.

Amid the construction machinery and the dust, powerful artifacts of death and destruction have assumed their final resting places inside the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. To read more, click here.

Trophies Worth Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars Stolen from Racing Museum

Five gold trophies worth hundreds of thousands of dollars were stolen from the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame late Thursday by a thief or thieves who made off with items that commemorate races from more than 100 years ago, Lt. John Catone said. To read more, click here.

What headlines caught your eye this week?

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