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    •  World's first bikini museum to open in Germany

      World's first bikini museum to open in Germany

      The bikinis of Marilyn Monroe, Scarlett Johansson and countless other celebrities are getting a new home in a south-western German town calling itself "capital of swimwear." In Bad Rappenau, nestled between the cities of Frankfurt and Stuttgart, is the world's first bikini museum, by its own account, set to open on Sunday, 5 July  - no less than the international day of the bikini.

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    • Turkey urged to keep Hagia Sophia as museum

      Turkey urged to keep Hagia Sophia as museum

      As Turkey is inching closer to strip Hagia Sophia of its museum status and turn it back into mosque, ever more voices across the globe are opposing such a move, news wires reported. On July 2, the Council of State of Turkey is expected to rule on the request to annul the presidential decree that turned Hagia Sophia into a museum in 1935.

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    • Vatican Museums, Holy See's cash cow, to reopen from 1 June

      Vatican Museums, Holy See's cash cow, to reopen from 1 June

      The Vatican Museums will reopen on 1 June, the Vatican said on Saturday, ending a closure caused by the coronavirus lockdown that has drained the Holy See’s coffers. The Museums, which house some of the world’s greatest Renaissance masterpieces as well as ancient Roman and Egyptian artefacts, can be visited, however, only by making on-line reservations in order to control the number of people.

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    • Face masks and slippers

      Face masks and slippers

      Would you put your slippers on display? The global coronavirus pandemic is still raging but museums are already gathering testimony and objects to remember life under lockdown.

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    • Italy's sights, deprived of visitors, go online

      Italy's sights, deprived of visitors, go online

      Italy has the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the world, it relies on its cultural heritage and the tourists who come and visit and fall in love with it. But under lockdown, its cultural institutions are now struggling to come up with ideas. Some are experimenting with virtual tours, while others are displaying art in their windows, yet all are struggling to survive. 

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    • New York's Metropolitan Museum turns 150 in lockdown

      New York's Metropolitan Museum turns 150 in lockdown

      Parties, new exhibits and a big anniversary show: The 150th anniversary of New York Metropolitan Museum was supposed to be marked with fanfare. Monday, 13 April was to be an occasion to celebrate the achievements that brought the museum to this moment, as well as to show where things go from here, director Max Hollein said last year when presenting the anniversary program. The museum was even making its own biscuits bearing the anniversary logo in sugar icing: "The Met 150".

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