What if You Accidentally Damaged Something in a Museum

Have you ever visited a museum and noticed that there doesn’t seem to be very much separating the public from the precious art or artifacts on display? Often, it’s nothing more than a velvet rope, and sometimes even less. What would happen if you tripped and stumbled right into a shelf of priceless Etruscan urns?

Well, they would obviously break, but what happens to you after picking the shards of three-thousand-year-old ceramic out of your hair? In 2010, a young woman was attending a class at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City when she tripped and accidentally punched a hole in a piece of priceless artwork. The painting in question was Picasso’s “The Actor,” and was valued at 130 million dollars right until the unnamed student opened a six-inch gash in the canvas…

Damaged Picasso’s painting 1:04

What happened to that woman? 1:57

How three irreplaceable 17th-century vases were destroyed 2:28

Destructive selfie-takers 3:38

120 thousand dollars in a crushing machine 5:14

Is it modern art or a pile of garbage? 🤔 5:38

Why don’t museums take stronger steps to protect the items? 7:39

A word to the wise 8:33

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