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  1. One more thing...

    Just one more thing before we go - the fourth of our Inside Museums specials is on BBC Four at 7pm this evening. Please join us for this special-access tour of the Artemisia Gentileschi blockbuster exhibition - billed as Tarantino meets Caravaggio, a bloody tale of tragedy and triumph with a twist.

    Quote Message: Has there ever been a better, bolder painter of human drama? from Will Gompertz on Gentileschi
    Will Gompertz on Gentileschi
    A visitor looks at a painting by Artemisia Gentileschi
    Image caption: A special-access tour of the Artemisia Gentileschi exhibition at London's National Gallery. Watch on BBC Four and BBC iPlayer.
  2. It's closing time

    Thanks for joining us on our great day in

    We're going to bring this live page to a close now.

    Thanks to Dan and Sacha for hosting our live events, and to all our panelists for providing such fascinating discussions.

    However, the biggest thank you of all has to go to all our curators up and down the country, who have worked tirelessly to help us stay connected to our museums - even when they've had to close the doors.

    We love your #MuseumPassion.

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  3. Escape to the Countryside

    Autumn Views at Art UK

    Getting out into the countryside has kept many of us sane during lockdown. If you don't have acres of green space on your doorstep, why not take a virtual stroll through the nation's art collection.

    We've chosen a few of our favourite autumn views.

    An Autumn Day by Alexander Brownlie Docharty (1862–1940)
    Image caption: An Autumn Day by Alexander Brownlie Docharty (1862–1940)
    Addington Hills, Croydon, Surrey, William Henry Hope (1835–1917)
    Image caption: Addington Hills, Croydon, Surrey, William Henry Hope (1835–1917)
    Autumn Series No. 5 Balmungo, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912–2004)
    Image caption: Autumn Series No. 5 Balmungo, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912–2004)
  4. Stand by for Mary Beard

    Inside Culture - tonight on BBC Two at 7.30pm

    Inside Culture is BBC Two's topical arts series. This week Mary is marking #MuseumPassion, and ventures out of her study to the British Museum to take on the role of museum guide.

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    Image caption: Inside Culture is a topical arts series hosted by Mary Beard.

    Mary has already given us a preview of the programme:

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  5. "I've paced this labyrinth of hallways since I was a small girl

    Art Historian Dr Janina Ramirez takes us on a personal tour of the British Musem in our last offering from the Museums in Quarantine team

  6. #CuratorBattle does #BestPartyObject

    There have been so many amazing objects entering the #CuratorBattle arena today - here are just a few of the highlights we've spotted

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  7. Starting Now: Curator Battle

    Click on the play button at the top of the page to watch our final live session of the day.

    We've been asking museums and visitors to share their #BestPartyObject.

    Dan and Sasha are here to discuss the results. They are joined by:

    • Jo Killeya is Head of Public Engagement, Collections and Curatorial at York Museums Trust.
    • Dr Sushma Jansari is a curator and podcaster. She currently works at the British Museum.
    Jo Killeya and Sushma Jansari
    Image caption: Jo Killeya and Sushma Jansari
  8. Get Ready for Curator Battle

    Our next live session starts at 4pm

    For 19 weeks while the UK was in lockdown, York Museums Trust's Curator Battle entertained millions of people around the world. The idea was simple: Use Twitter to share the Trust's objects under a given theme and then challenge other museums to do the same.

    The phenomenon saw museums from Russia to Australia taking part, generating news coverage on CNN, the Chinese Global Television Network and BBC One's Have I Got News For You. The most popular themes during lockdown were #creepiestobject and #bestmuseumbum!

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    As a result, the Trust's objects were seen by 5.4 million people. Now Curator Battle is back as part of #MuseumPassion. We've been asking you to share the #BestPartyObject. You can see the results in our live session at 4pm.

  9. Size isn't everything

    We're celebrating museums of all sizes today, so we thought we'd share a couple of the nation's smallest destinations. The Ferryman's Hut Museum in Alnmouth was used by a boatman until the 1960s, and now houses local maps and memorabilia. It can accommodate around four people at a time.

    Ferryman's Hut in Alnmouth - now one of Britain's smallest museums
    Image caption: Ferryman's Hut in Alnmouth - now one of Britain's smallest museums

    However, even that is large compared to a museum in Pembrokeshire dedicated to photographer Tom Mathias. Housed inside a single phone box, it claims to the be the smallest museum in Wales.

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  10. Congratulations to the Gairloch Museum

    This venue in Ross-shire is an Art Fund Museum of the Year winner

    As well as the amazing Iron Age excavation they're streaming live right now, Gairloch Museum has a fascinating story of its own to tell.

    Opening in 1977 to house a growing collection of local objects, it was forced to relocate in 2011, when it took up its new home in a cold war Anti-aircraft Operations Room. Local residents helped fund the move.

    As well as permanent galleries the museum has space for temporary exhibitions: current visitors can see paintings by award-winning artist Kittie Jones.

    And this week they were named one of the five winners of the Art Fund Museum of the Year prize.

    Gairloch Museum
    Image caption: Gairloch Museum
    Quote Message: I love the affection which the museum holds with the local community from Karen Buchanan Gairloch Museum
    Karen BuchananGairloch Museum
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  11. Beautiful for some, abhorrent for others

    The tattoo is an art form that divides opinion, even as it unites cultures and social classes.

    Just before lockdown began, the Historic Dockyard Chatham launched a new exhibition on the history of the British Tattoo, with the largest gathering of tattoo objects and artwork ever assembled in the UK. The BBC's Museums in Quarantine was able to pay a visit.

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    Video caption: From rebels to Royals, how tattooing made its mark on Britain

    Find out more about Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed on the exhibition website. You can also see the exhibition on tour - it will be opening at Tullie House in Carlisle on 17 October.