Are DNA samples today's version of the human skeletons that hung in 20th-century natural history museums? They can provide genetic revelations about our species' history – but at an ethical price.
More than 160 thylacine specimens lie in museum collections in the UK. The sight of their bodies is a shocking reminder of loss.
The last Carolina parakeet died in a zoo a century ago. A scientist tries to unravel some of this bird's lasting mysteries.
The Vikings have become synonymous with voyages and violence, but a new exhibition at the Melbourne Museum demonstrates their domestic and spiritual side.
The Indonesian military recently announced that foreign researchers must request a permit to visit the museums it runs.
Museums can help teach immigrants new skills – if they engage them.
Australia's plan to extend ISP 'safe harbour' copyright immunities to cultural institutions avoids more nuanced thinking about the nature and social value of culture, art and education.
Sometimes a work of art is characterized by a string of failures, but nonetheless ends up being a gorgeous freak accident of nature.
Museums are not apolitical, and they are not entirely scientific. As such, they don’t really represent reality.
Responses to the recent discovery of a Nazi swastika raise some awkward questions.
What does society want and need from the arts and humanities?
Ochre is more than just paint - it tells stories of culture and trade in Indigenous Australians. Using museum artefacts plus science can track ochre sources and untangle a lost history.
Dogs, rats, cats, cows, chickens and mice have also changed the world.
Bringing the past into a digital space creates so much more overt space for interpretation and different narratives.
Even our most anonymous objects, like the portable electric drill, are sources of cultural expression. It's time to learn their history.
Sales of antiquities legally excavated are just as ethically problematic as those likely looted.
His rise was just as swift as his fall. To mark the painter's 100th birthday, an art historian explores the forces – cultural, political and personal – that created a polarizing legacy.
Do you fancy a virtual stroll through the Musee D'Orsay or printing your very own Vermeer? Technology is transforming museums in a myriad of ways.
The Imperial War Museum was founded to do a very different task to that of today.
Trump has indicated he wants to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts in his budget to save money. The impact on many US museums could be devastating.