Jawaharlal Nehru, here conferring with Mahatma Gandhi, was India's first prime minister and a key figure in the country's 20th century independence struggle. Central Press/Getty Images hide caption

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Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring stares back at cellphones at the Frick Collection in New York City. "The art museum used to offer objects, works of art, the finest that we have," Lewis says. "And it's gone from offering objects to offering an experience." Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The headless, reclining sculpture of the river god Ilissos is on display at the State Hermitage Museum as part of its 250th anniversary celebration in St. Petersburg in December. The sculpture, taken from the Parthenon in Athens 200 years ago, was on loan to Russia from the British Museum. Grigory Dukor/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Whitney Plantation owner John Cummings has commissioned stark artwork for the site, including realistic statues of slave children found throughout the museum. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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The whirling, 3,200-pound puffing gun was used to produce cereals like Cheerios and Kix in the early 20th century. The Museum of Food and Drink plans to feature it in its first exhibition, on breakfast cereal. Courtesy of MOFAD hide caption

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A necklace of Saint Januarius, in gold, silver and precious stones, is displayed in Rome. The riches are from a treasure trove in Naples that is said to be worth more than the British crown jewels. Gabriel Buoys/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Cosmo Wenman generated this 3-D model of the Ares Borghese, based on hundreds of photos, from the Basel Sculpture Hall. Wenman publishes the scans online, so that anyone can use them to 3-D print a replica of the masterpiece. Courtesy of Cosmo Wenman hide caption

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Oprah Winfrey gave $12 million Tuesday to help build the Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American History and Culture, seen here in a scale model (lower center). The facility is expected to open in 2015. Allison Keyes/NPR hide caption

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One of the highlights of the new China Art Palace in Shanghai is a giant digital rendering of a famous ancient scroll, "Along the River During Qingming Festival," which includes figures that walk and talk. The work was first presented at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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