Ngaire Blankenberg has brought her children to museums around the world, and now they can expect to hear her point out things that shouldn’t be there.
“They’re always ready to rant,” she said with a laugh.
Seeing objects that may have been unethically obtained can make them “tense and uncomfortable,” said Blankenberg, who is from South Africa and director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. Experts told USA TODAY that objects that museums bought legally may still be stolen in their history. .