CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2000 |
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.
June 29, 2004 |
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."
September 8, 2004 |
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.
May 7, 2003 |
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.
August 11, 2007 |
A homeless man pleaded guilty Friday to attacking a Joshua Reynolds painting with a hammer in London's National Portrait Gallery. Mark Paton, 44, was arrested Wednesday after repeatedly hitting the $3.4-million portrait of the 18th century diarist and lexicographer Samuel Johnson. He admitted criminal damage and possession of a hammer with intent to cause criminal damage during a hearing at City of Westminster Magistrates Court.
July 7, 2006 |
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday the selection of a national design firm to assist in the planning and development of its proposed museum of the moving picture. "Before we move too far along on the physical design of our museum, we first must have a firm grip on our concept of the museum, and the kind of exhibitions and activities we need to ensure that visitors will want to visit not just once, but many times," said Sid Ganis, academy president.
August 8, 2007 |
The oldest Civil War museum in the country will be moving from a row house in downtown Philadelphia to a classic colonial building close to Independence Hall. The Civil War and Underground Railroad Museum of Philadelphia is slated to reopen at its new location in 2010, museum officials announced Tuesday. The museum was founded in 1888 and has been tucked away in a four-story house since 1922.
March 3, 2004 |
Debbie Reynolds will open a Hollywood motion-picture museum in the Great Smoky Mountains resort community of Pigeon Forge, Tenn., to display her extensive collection of movie memorabilia, the film star announced Tuesday.
December 13, 2005 |
A memorial fund honoring curator and art collector David Whitney will help rebuild an art museum in Biloxi, Miss., that was under construction when it was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina in August. Whitney, who died of cancer in June at the age of 66, was a consulting curator for the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum, designed by Frank Gehry. The museum is named for Biloxi native and art potter George E. Ohr and former Biloxi Mayor Jerry O'Keefe.
May 17, 2005 |
A foundation started by the family that owns the world's largest retailer, Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc., is planning an art museum there that will include works by Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper and other American greats. The museum, called Crystal Bridges, is to open in May 2009.