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Star of hope – migrant stories retold in Antwerp

As desperate refugees seek new lives in Europe, Roger Bray visits a museum dedicated to millions of Europeans who escaped to America  between 1873 and 1934: The best museums are not just collections of objects but places that prompt the  imagination to roam. Antwerp’s Red Star Line Museum is a perfect example. I defy you…

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Vincent Van Gogh – 125 Years of Inspiration

Thirty European art museums are this year commemorating the life of Vincent van Gogh, the influential Post-Impressionist painter, writes Stuart Forster. The Van Gogh 2015 – 125 years of inspiration project involves institutions in the Netherlands, Belgium and France. Van Gogh lived and worked in all of those countries. Many people forget that Van Gogh…

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Estonia’s museums: getting interactive

Estonia, it seemed to me during a recent visit, must have more museums per head of population than any other country in the world.  They range from collections of samovars to state of the art national museums. Writes Valery Collins. Estonia is on the cutting edge when it comes to technologies but old-fashioned interactions still…

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Cultural hot spots of Amsterdam

Whatever your motive for going to Amsterdam – diamonds, Dutch masterpieces or ladies in red-lit windows – spare some time for the cultural hot spots. The alternative arts scene is booming, the Van Gogh Museum has seen a radical redesign, the Stedelijk Modern museum has almost doubled in size and the gleaming EYE Museum, luring…