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2013 Museums Special

 Museum directors (from left) Anne Hawley of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Malcolm Rogers of the Museum of Fine Arts, and Jill Medvedow of the Institute of Contemporary Art.

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Museum directors (from left) Anne Hawley of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Malcolm Rogers of the Museum of Fine Arts, and Jill Medvedow of the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Museum directors set their sights on city’s future

Three prominent museum leaders want a strong commitment to the arts from the new Boston mayor. By Geoff Edgers

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/10/18/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/keefe-5918.jpg Museum directors play favorites

Directors of a range of area museums share a favorite artwork in their institution’s collections.

From top: A vintage Corvette at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum,, and an Arthur Morris photograph of Northern gannets at the Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon.

Clocks, cars, toilets: There’s a museum for almost anything

Thirteen museums that spark interest, especially when it comes to wanting more than a basic history lesson.

Travel-worthy US exhibits

The final three months of every year see many of the country’s top museums mount their most ambitious and exciting shows.

Learn icon painting at the Museum of Russian Icons (top) in Clinton or welding at the Museum of Fine Arts (above).

Guess what you can do at these 8 Massachusetts museums?

For those who want to go beyond merely looking at the art, there’s a surprising wealth of opportunities.

Elliot Soto, 2, plays in the Art Studio at the Boston Children’s Museum.

5 museums that connect kids with art

In Greater Boston, where interactive museums abound, the opportunities for kids to play with art or use art to play are numerous.

JESSICA RINALDI FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

With a collection that can look anciently opaque from the outside but is in fact full of wonders, the Semitic Museum is on the cusp of great change.

JESSICA RINALDI FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

Under its new director, professor Peter der Manuelian, technology — from 3-D printing to the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift — is playing a leading role.

JESSICA RINALDI FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

Dedicated to the archeology, history, and culture of the Ancient Near East, the museum holds more than 40,000 items, including sculpture and cylinder seals.

JESSICA RINALDI FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

Many of its holdings are from excavations in Israel, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Cyprus, and Tunisia, sponsored by the museum.

JESSICA RINALDI FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

The basement is for hands-on research and an ongoing project involving the baking and cleaning of thousands of clay tablets.

JESSICA RINALDI FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

Manuelian’s hope is that, even as the Semitic continues its activities in overseas digs and research, it will also become a pace-setting museum.

Harvard’s Semitic Museum is set for big changes

At Harvard University’s Semitic Museum technology is set to play a leading role in the chapter just beginning.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/09/07/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/xref--90x90.jpg 2013 Fall Arts Preview

As the weather cools, the season heats up. Here’s your guide to the best in theater, dance, art, music, and more.

Special section: Boston Ballet

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/09/14/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/ballet2--90x90.jpg Boston Ballet at 50

Repositioned after a financial crunch, the dance company is growing in size and ambition.

Boston Children’s Museum at 100

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/06/10/BostonGlobe.com/Special/Images/07192010_19museumro_photo1-7659369--90x90.jpg A Boston landmark celebrates the power of play

The interactive space for play and learning, with a collection 50,000 pieces strong, turns 100.

The Gardner Heist

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/11/16/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/ryan_gardner-museum14_trave-1399.jpg Boston’s last, great unsolved mystery

On this page, you can learn more about the Globe’s reexamination of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist, view the lost masterpieces, watch how the thieves broke in, and review the investigation over the years.

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