Incident Summary:

3/24/1970: Unknown perpetrators detonated a pipe bomb at Auguste Rodin's Thinker statue that was located in front of the Cleveland Museum of Art in Ohio, United States. There were no casualties, however, the statue was irrevocably damaged.



United States

North America

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Location Details:
At the pedestal of The Thinker statue.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Cleveland Museum of Art
Specific Description The Thinker statue
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Pipe Bomb
Weapon Details
Pipe bomb consisting of the equivalent of three sticks of dynamite
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information The perpetrators were never captured, however, it is believed that the attack was intended to protest the Vietnam War. The statue was never repaired.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
White supremacists/nationalists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Committee on Government Operations United States Senate, "Riots, Civil, and Criminal Disorders," U.S. Government Printing Office, August 6, 1970.
"Damaged Rodin Work is Righted in Cleveland," New York Times, March 31, 1970.
"Auguste Rodin (French 1840-1917) the Thinker, 1880-1881,", 2009.