What Happened in Museums this Week?

What Happened in Museums this Week? October 19 – 25

2 Miss. Museums to Take On Its Turbulent History

Mississippi breaks ground Thursday on side-by-side museums that are expected to break ground of their own in how they depict the Southern state once rocked by racial turmoil, one promising a frank focus on civil rights and the other a sweep of history from pre-European settlements to Elvis Presley and more. To read more, click here.

3 Romanians Plead Guilty to Theft of Matisse, Monet, Picasso Works From Dutch Museum

Radu Dogaru, Alexandru Bitu and Eugen Darie, told a Bucharest court on Tuesday that they took the multimillion-dollar paintings from the Kunsthal Museum in October 2012. They were charged with the theft and of bringing the paintings into Romania. The works have never been found, and may have been burned. To read more, click here.

Chinese Temple’s Garish Restoration Prompts Outrage

With its bright colours and bold lines, the new fresco on display at a Chinese temple is certainly eye-catching. Unfortunately, it bears no resemblance to the delicate historical images it replaced – prompting anger and the sacking of officials who authorised the botched restoration. To read more, click here.

Cleveland Museum of Art Confirms That An Extramarital Affair Led to David Franklin’s Resignation as Director

The chairman of the Cleveland Museum of Art confirmed Wednesday that an extramarital affair with a museum employee, who committed suicide in April, led to David Franklin’s resignation on Monday as the institution’s director. To read more, click here.

Ellis Island is Reopening with Damaged Museum

A year ago next week, Hurricane Sandy swamped Ellis Island and its immigration museum, ruining its electrical and air-conditioning systems and prompting the removal of most of its collection of artifacts.

Although much of the damage remains unrepaired, the National Park Service announced on Thursday that it would reopen the island to visitors on Monday. To read more, click here.

Fowler Museum at UCLA Receives Collection of African Art Valued at More Than $14 Million

In honor of the launch of the Fowler Museum at UCLA‘s 50th anniversary celebration, collectors Jay T. and Deborah R. Last of Beverly Hills, Calif., have donated 92 stunning wood and ivory figures, masks, tools and spoons made by the Lega people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. To read more, click here.

History Museum Uses Crowdsourcing to Pick Upcoming Exhibit

The Chicago History Museum is using online crowdsourcing to come up with an idea for a new exhibit. It’s the first museum in the country known to seek out public opinion for an exhibition. To read more, click here.

Met Museum, NYC Amend Lease Over Admission Fees

The Metropolitan Museum of Art said Thursday it has signed an amendment to its lease with New York City that confirms the museum can set its own admission fees.

The amendment comes as the museum faces lawsuits filed earlier this year that accuse the Met of fooling visitors into thinking they have to pay. To read more, click here.

Surf Museum Forgiven $121,000 in City Loan

Five years after Oceanside loaned the California Surf Museum roughly $600,000 to transform an old strip-club building on Pier View Way into a tribute to the state’s surf culture, the investment is paying off in good vibrations for the city’s tourism industry. To read more, click here.

USS Constitution Museum Seeks to Make Up $100,000 Shutdown Shortfall

Employees at the USS Constitution Museum are tightening their belts and brainstorming ways to raise money after being set back more than $100,000 during the government shutdown, officials said. To read more, click here.

WWII Plane Owned by Museum Crashes, Killing Two

A World War II-era P-51 Mustang plane owned by a Texas museum and once used by the Air Force of El Salvador crashed into Galveston Bay on Wednesday, killing the two people who were on board, the Texas Highway Patrol said. To read more, click here.

What headlines caught your eye this week?

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