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Museum Closes on 33rd Anniversary of Famed Art Heist

Museum Closes on 33rd Anniversary of Famed Art Heist

Empty frames are all that remain at the Irene Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachussett after thieves stole paintings, drawings, and etchings worth $500 million 33 years ago.

The crime remains unsolved after thieves escaped with masterpieces from Rembrandt, Vermeer, Monet, and others worth $500 million.

By CNN Web Staff

BOSTON (WBZ) – On Saturday, the 33rd anniversary of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist, the museum announced it would be closing for the day.

However, according to the museum, the closure had nothing to do with the anniversary but was related to a protest that museum authorities feared would damage the works of art.

“We have been informed that climate activists planned a protest inside our museum that could put our community and artworks at risk. After careful consideration and abundance of caution for the museum’s visitors, staff, and artworks, we have decided to close.”

The museum said anyone with tickets for Saturday could choose another day to visit or be fully reimbursed.

The closure comes on the 33rd anniversary of the day when thieves disguised as Boston police officers convinced two security guards to let them into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The guards were then tied up in the museum basement, and the thieves got away with 13 pieces of art.

Rembrandt's Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee, 1633Rembrandt’s "Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee, 1633" was among the stolen masterpiecesCOURTESY WIKIART

The missing art, which includes works by Rembrandt, Degas, Manet, and Vermeer, is estimated to be worth at least $500 million. The empty frames remain at the museum.

The museum is offering a $10 million reward for any information that leads to the return of the stolen works.

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