Poland’s Mona Lisa: Lady with an Ermine

Poland’s Mona Lisa: Lady with an Ermine

Leonardo da Vinci’s Lady with an Ermine has a checkered past, having kept company with artists, noblemen, gentlewomen, thieves, and Nazis. But from now on, her heart belongs to Poland. The famous Czartoryski Collection, her cohort since 1798, has been purchased by the state, with the hope that she will never roam again. Read More


Russia’s Royal Treasures in Photos: Kremlin Armory Museum

Russia’s Royal Treasures in Photos: Kremlin Armory Museum

The Kremlin Armory is Moscow's most prestigious and treasure-filled museum, with more than 4,000 Russian artifacts, from imperial clothing, regalia and royal carriages to Fabergé eggs, icons – and true to its namesake – armor, cannons and weapons. Read More



Return from Auschwitz: MIR Travelers and Holocaust Artifacts

Return from Auschwitz: MIR Travelers and Holocaust Artifacts

In July 2015, MIR organized and operated a custom tour to Jewish heritage sites for Seattle's Holocaust Center for Humanity. The tour, led by MIR's Joanna Millick, took travelers to the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, where earlier this year, 14 artifacts on loan from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum were carefully packed and shipped to Seattle to take their places among the exhibits at Seattle’s new Holocaust Museum, which opened in October 2015. The list of everyday objects includes... Read More



Love Lost in the Balkans: Croatia’s Museum of Broken Relationships

Love Lost in the Balkans: Croatia’s Museum of Broken Relationships

The city symbol of Zagreb, Croatia is a heart. They're everywhere! Yet, in a city that wears its heart on its sleeve as well as its dinnerware, jewelry, coffee mugs and more, there are bound to be a few broken ones. Zagreb displays those as well, at the rather quirky Museum of Broken Relationships. Read More