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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2010 | By Mike Boehm
The Santa Monica City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on an "agreement in principle" that could hasten Eli Broad's plan to create a museum next to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium to house his 2,000-piece contemporary art collection. City Manager P. Lamont Ewell has recommended approval of the preliminary pact, which spells out both sides' basic obligations but doesn't constitute a final go-ahead. That would have to await reviews of the final design of the $40- to $60-million building and its environmental impact on the surrounding Civic Center area.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Artist Damien Hirst, whose pickled shark sold for $8 million this year, has bought a mansion in the Cotswolds area of western England to create an art museum, a spokeswoman for the artist said. "He intends to house his extensive collection of his own and other artists' work there," Jude Tyrrell said in an e-mail.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Bill Beeny, the 81-year-old proprietor of the Elvis Is Alive Museum in Wright City, Mo., said he has placed his Elvis Presley memorabilia on eBay in hopes that someone else will take up the cause. His collection includes photographs, books, FBI files, replicas of the Cadillac the King drove and of the casket and gravestone from his 1977 funeral, even a painted Elvis head.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The Acropolis sculptures survived on the ancient hill in Athens for 2,500 years despite war, weather and looting. But their remaining days there are numbered. Three hundred marble statues will soon be moved off the Acropolis to a new museum, Greek officials said Tuesday. The sculptures, weighing up to 2.5 tons each, were carved in the 6th and 5th centuries B.C. to decorate the Parthenon and other temples. Most are currently exhibited in a small museum on the Acropolis.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2006 | From Reuters
An explosion ripped through Finland's most valuable silver and jewelry collection on Monday, but no one was hurt in the blast at the national museum, police and fire officials said. "At this stage we do not know the cause of the explosion. Nothing indicates a crime, but it cannot be ruled out," said Superintendent Jere Roimu of the Helsinki police. The museum was closed to the public on Monday, but staff were in the building at the time of the blast, a fire officer said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2000 | From a Times staff writer
Thousand Oaks city leaders have committed to studying the creation of an art museum that could create a cultural hub in east Ventura County. But a site near the Civic Arts Plaza, promoted by Councilwoman Linda Parks, is opposed by other arts activists who say that area has too much congestion and other places would benefit more from a museum. A report by city staff issued this week recommended forming an 11-member committee to study the possible location and size of the museum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2000 | Associated Press
Sixty-five years after the death of athlete-turned-evangelist Billy Sunday, his bungalow, restored for $400,000, has opened as the Billy Sunday Home Museum. The museum and visitors center were funded mostly by state grants. Sunday, who preached to an estimated 100 million people, built a 50,000-square-foot tabernacle near his tiny home and hosted annual Bible conferences. But after World War I, Winona Lake audiences slimmed and the town's central district deteriorated.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 2004 | From Associated Press
Athens' National Archaeological Museum, a showcase of Greek antiquities, has reopened most of its halls after undergoing 20 months of restorations for the Olympic Games this summer. Thousands of the pieces, from statues to Mycenaean gold vessels, will be on display, providing a visual timeline of Greek antiquity. Highlights among the 8,500 items include the statues "Horse and Jockey" and "Poseidon of Artemision" and the golden death mask known as the "Mask of Agamemnon."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 8, 2004 | From Reuters
The Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway, was closed this week for security upgrades, two weeks after robbers stole one of the world's most famous paintings, "The Scream," by simply yanking it off the wall in front of stunned tourists. The bold daytime theft was the first armed robbery at a gallery in Norway, raising questions over whether Norwegians have been too naive and art security too lax.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 2003 | From Associated Press
A museum dedicated to Hans Christian Andersen is preparing for the storyteller's bicentenary. In Odense, Denmark, the city where Andersen was born on April 2, 1805, $4.4 million has been spent on the museum, one of the country's best-known tourist destinations.
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