Woman wearing veil told to leave Italian museum

The head of Venice’s Ca’ Rezzonico museum in Venice apologized to a Muslim woman who was asked to leave the building by a guard, because she was wearing a veil over her face. “I’m sorry for what happened and if she ever wants to return to our museum, she will be more than welcome,” said director Filippo Pedrocco. The unnamed woman was visiting the museum with her husband and children, and had successfully cleared security upon entering the building. However, a guard on the second floor told her that she must remove her face veiling, or niqab. The woman refused to take off the veil, and left the art museum. Italian media reported that the guard was a part-time worker and had been employed by an outside security firm, and would be disciplined for his actions and risked being fired.