Museum and other educational exhibits hosted by modern-world organizations (i.e., not part of the re-enactment or re-creation environment)

Jewish contributions to medieval Spain

“Uneasy Communion: Jews, Christians and the Altarpieces of Medieval Spain”  opened recently at the Museum of Biblical Art near New York's Lincoln Center. The exhibition takes a historical approach to Jewish contributions to Christian art in the two centuries before they were expelled from Spain by Queen Isabella in 1492.

Colosseum display brings Roman arena to life

Ancient gladitorial artifacts, preserved at Pompeii, will share display space with modern reconstructions of plumed helmets and silk tunics for a new exhibit at Rome's Colosseum entitled Gladiatores now through October 2, 2010.

16th century manuscript centerpiece of Saint Wenceslas exhibit

The Life and Suffering of Saint Wenceslas, a 16th century manuscript, is the centerpiece of a small exhibit of celebrating the life of the Czech Republic's patron saint, Prince Wenceslas, at the National Museum until May 2, 2010.

Lewis Chessmen ad campaign angers Scottish politicians

An ad campaign by the British Museum in which the famous Lewis Chessmen are referred to as "Norwegian" has angered Scottish Members of Parliament.

The "sensual experience" of the "Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry"

For many years, visitors to the Cloisters in New York were treated to a glimpse of one of the museum's most precious artifacts, the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry, a 14th century manuscript, opened to only one page. Now, with the book unbound, they can gaze at all all 172 illuminations. (photos)

"Song of the Sea" pages reunited in Jerusalem

Two fragments of a 7th century biblical manuscript of the Song of the Sea, a triumphant hymn to the destruction of the Egyptian Army and the freeing of the Israelites, have been reunited for an exhibit at Israel's national museum.

"Modeling Devotion" showcases Renaissance sculpture

A new exhibit at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusets, focusses on the largely-overlooked field of painted Renaissance terracotta sculptures.

1,000 years of Byzantium's history at Bonn museum

More than "600 historically meaningful exhibits and important artefacts from collections and archaeological excavations" around the world will highlight Byzantium -Splendour and Everyday Life, an exhibit at the Federal Art and Exhibition Hall in Bonn, Germany. (photo)

British Museum to host York treasures

A stunning collection of artifacts from the Yorkshire Museum will be given a place of honor at the British Museum in London for the exhibition The Treasures of Medieval York: England’s Other Capital until summer 2010.

Period quilts on display at European museums

Lisa Evans, from the Quilt History discussion list, reports that two famous period quilts, the Tristan Quilt and the Coperta di Usella, will be on display this spring at museums in London and Florence.

The love poems of Michelangelo on display

In his fifties, it appears that renaissance master Michelangelo fell in love with a Roman nobleman 40 years his junior. A record of the infatuation can be found in handwritten sonnets on display for the first time at the British Museum in London.

Shroud of Turin expected to draw crowds from around the world

Whether it is real or an inspired hoax, the Shroud of Turin is one of the most recognized holy relics in the world. Its upcoming display is expected to draw over two million visitors to Turin Cathedral.

Michelangelo drawings show "unequaled understanding of the human body"

Michelangelo is revered one of the greatest masters of Renaissance art, especially when it comes to depicting the form of the human body. A new exhibit at the Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg, Virginia, explores this aspect of his work.

Medieval and Renaissance Galleries open at the V&A

"We're wanting to shed light on the dark Middle Ages," said chief curator Peta Motture about lighting conditions at the new Medieval and Renaissance exhibits at London's Victoria and Albert Museum. Tim Masters, entertainment and arts correspondent for BBC News has the story.

Da Vinci’s Workshop In Manhattan

Leonardo da Vinci’s Workshop, an exhibit at Discovery Times Square Exposition in New York City, brings the wonders of da Vinci's genius to life in the form of mechanical objects and interactive displays from the minds of Milan’s Leonardo3, “an innovative research center and media company” devoted to the scientist.

Palace of Bulgarian Tsar to be recreated

Bulgarian archaeologist Nikolay Ovcharov plans to demonstrate the grandeur of the medieval palace of Tsar Simeon I The Great (893-927 AD) by creating a 1:10 replica (i.e. ten times smaller) of the palace, complete with "the latest light and cinema technology."

Waterhouse enchants at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Those longing for the romance of Arthurian times may want to check out J. W. Waterhouse: Garden of Enchantment, an exhibition of the artist's work at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts through February 7, 2010.

Samurai armor at the Met

Fighting heroically, while looking good and living well, seems to be the theme of an exhibit at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Art of the Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor, 1156-1868 runs through January 10 , 2009. (photos)

BBC looks "Behind the Book of Omens"

On its website, BBC America has posted a series of videos on the Freer and Sackler Galleries exhibit Falnama: Behind the Book of Omens, the exhibit, which runs through January 24, 2010. The exhibit focuses on "a group of rare and unusual manuscripts that were once used to explore the unknown through divination in 16th- and 17th-century Iran and Turkey."

Research photos from the Österreichisches Museum für Volkskunde

Racaire of the Kingdom of Drachenwald reports that she has created an album of photos from her recent visit to the Österreichisches Museum für Volkskunde in Vienna, Austria. The photos are on her Flickr website.

500 years of astronomy at Texas museum

The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, will present Other Worlds: Rare Astronomical Works through January 3, 2010. The exhibit will showcase "some of the most important astronomical discoveries of the last 500 years."

Houston museum to exhibit props from the "Chronicles of Narnia"

The Houston Museum of Natural Science will present an exhibition of props from the recent film version of the Chronicles of Narnia October 3, 2009 - January 18, 2010.

13th century Perth Charter restored

The year-long project to restore the Royal Charter of the city of Perth, Scotland has been completed. The status of Royal Burgh was given to Perth in 1210 by King William the Lion of Scotland. (photo)

Freer Gallery of Art acquires 13th century Japanese tea jar

The Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art has acquired a rare 13th-14th century tea jar "widely revered as an icon of Japanese tea culture." The jar, originally made in China, has been used to store tea for over five centuries. (photo)

The St. Albans Psalter to be displayed in Germany

The St. Albans Psalter, one of the world's best examples of manuscripts from the Romanesque period, is a cherished possession of the the Dombibliothek Hildesheim in Hildesheim, Germany. The removal of its binding has enabled the Dom-Museum Hildesheim to display individual leaves from the book in a special exhibit which will run December 9, 2009 until January 24, 2010. (photos)

Austrian museum photos online

Racaire reports that she has posted a number of albums of photos from her recent museum excursions on her Flickr website.

Nuremberg Mahzor on display at the Israel Museum

In celebration of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new Year, officials at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem are displaying the Nuremberg Mahzor, a 14th century collection of "handwritten Ashkenazi, or northern European, prayers and liturgical poems." The manuscript is considered the largest surviving text of its kind with only 7 of its 528 pages missing.

Return of the Plague Doctor

Bring out your dead! These words will ring true once again in our current Middle Ages. The sights and sounds of the season will bring forth the return of The Plague Mask, October 29 through November 1 at Ft. Gaines in Dauphin Island, Alabama.

Spanish ceremonial armor exhibit in Washington D.C.

Pennsic attendees may want to take a side trip to Washington D.C. to view an exhibit of Spanish art and ceremonial armor. The Art of Power: Royal Armor and Portraits From Imperial Spain will be on display at the National Gallery of Art through November 1, 2009. (photos)

View Whitehall Roman bathhouse for last time

The community archaeological project at Nether Heyford in Northamptonshire, UK will face a bittersweet milestone on July 12, 2009 when the Roman bathhouse will be able to be viewed for the last time before being re-covered. While that building is being preserved for future study, others, such as the Roman villa, continue to be investigated.