|thanks internet archive (PD)|
. . . on April 1. Their new hire is a cat.
My hamhanded GoogleTranslate on the museum's announcement told me that Maray (as he's christened, after the family who owned the property originally) thought he owed it to the Museum to help protect their paintings, since cats are in so many fine works. I also learned that he had considered giving his services to the nearby butcher's, but traded bodily food for spiritual and didn't regret it. (This was where everyone was tipped off to the joke, surely.)
Want to see where Maray's working? Here's a virtual tour of the Serpukhov.
The moral of the story for museums in general may be: Hire a cat = free media coverage beaucoup.