PARIS: Can face masks and T-shirts save the Louvre? Probably not, but maybe they can help keep the museum ’s name alive while its doors stay shut. In normal times, the Louvre is one of the most visited museums in the world: 9.6 million people walked its halls in 2019. But the coronavirus has deprived it of foreign tourists and government decrees closed it down twice for nearly six months last year, a loss of 90 million euros (about $108 million) in revenue, according to the Louvre. Since last March, the museum, along with other French cultural institutions, has remained shut indefinitely. (It opened last year from early July to the end of October.) “We need to find new ways to make money,” said Adel Ziane, director of external relations for the Louvre. “The COVID crisis has made it more urgent than ever to diversify and make the most of the Louvre name.” One of his answers is retail. A lot of retail. On Feb. 4, Uniqlo began selling a Louvre collection of clothing in its … [Read more...] about Museum Louvre turns to merchandise, but will selling T-shirts and face masks save it?
As many as 2,500 military items and garments which originate from around the globe have gone on display at a private history museum located in Vung Tau City, with the collection being owned by 75-year-old Robert Taylor from the UK. The museum was originally founded by Taylor back in 2012, although it did close for a long period of time due to personal reasons, operations did resume in 2016 on Tran Hung Dao Street in Vung Tau City. The site spans a total area of 1,500 square metres, with 2,500 items on show, including weapons and war uniforms sourced from across the world. On show in the war uniform section are artifacts from several Chinese dynasties. The war uniforms of Japanese and Mongolian military forces during the 1192 to 1867 period. The typical uniform of Roman soldiers. A view of the classic red coat uniform worn by the British military throughout the 19th century. Wealthy soldiers … [Read more...] about Unique collection of old weapons and uniforms on show at Vung Tau museum
SINGAPORE - Museums and heritage institutions in Singapore will be audited this year to ensure they are accessible for elderly and disabled users, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu said in Parliament on Friday (March 8). Museums such as Changi Chapel & Museum , Reflections at Bukit Chandu , the Peranakan Museum and the Singapore Philatelic Museum are already undergoing revamps which will equip them with wheelchair-friendly access, such as wider passageways and lifts, as well as other amenities, such as more nursing rooms and toilets for the handicapped. Besides ensuring physical access, Ms Fu said that as part of the ministry's digitalisation plan, two initiatives will be rolled out to improve audience engagement with the arts and culture. A Culture Concierge will be a one-stop platform for audiences to find out more about arts and cultural events happening around Singapore. It will offer keyword search options such as "weekend" and "family-friendly" … [Read more...] about Parliament: Audit to ensure museums and heritage institutions accessible to the elderly, disabled
Abigail Dougherty/Stuff Cannabis museum curator Abe Gray hopes to set up a new museum in Auckland. He's currently on the lookout for a site to house his cannabis-orientated exhibits. The co-founder of the Cannabis Museum hopes to bring the operation to Auckland and is currently hunting for a 200 square-metre property to set up shop. Abe Gray, who also curates the museum, said museum exhibits would include the infamous Hit for Six: the Story of Cannabis and Cricket , a history of protests, and the ability to examine live female flowers under microscopes and see the glands containing the drug’s psychoactive substance. Other popular attractions include elaborate smoking devices created by “genius university students” and clever methods of concealing hydroponic systems inside dressers, Gray said. “The museum’s been around in different iterations for eight years now, and every time we have had it around 50 per cent of our visitors were domestic tourists, many of them from … [Read more...] about Cannabis Museum seeks new home in Auckland
Tourist destinations and entertainment places owned by the Jakarta administration will be temporarily closed for two weeks in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said on Friday. The destinations are Ancol Dreamland Park, Ragunan Zoo, the National Monument and government-owned museums. “Public transportation will be operating as usual,” Anies said, adding that Car Free Day would be suspended as well to minimize contacts in open public space. Aside from public transportation, public services such as district and subdistrict offices, community health centers, as well as mayor and governor offices will be operating as well. “We have also prepared protocols for public or religious events, which we will inform the public about soon,” Anies added. Anies also asked business owners to prepare for a protocol for remote working for private businesses. “We have yet to prepare a protocol for that, but offices and companies have to prepare for the … [Read more...] about Jakarta closes Ancol and Monas parks, Ragunan Zoo to contain COVID-19