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The Clear Ethical Line

Museum ethics are one of the most challenging things professionals in the field will face, but the ethical line is not always easy to identify. In the mid-1990s the Shelburne Museum recognized that their collection was not properly stored and in … Continue reading

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Where Should These Remains Remain? — Plumbing the Depths of Museum Ethics

Millions of people visit museums every year to engage with stories that collections can tell.  The collections and stories are diverse, but one thing they share is that, “[a museum’s] stewardship of collections entails the highest public trust and carries … Continue reading

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More than Just Objects

Potter Stewart once said, “Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.”  Thirty years later, this sentiment still holds true for communities and professionals alike, including the museum field. … Continue reading

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Don’t be evil!

How can museums keep the public’s trust?  Because of their positions of power as cultural institutions, they must do more than obeying the law.  They should serve the public interest and be ethical stewards for their collections.  This means not … Continue reading

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Rebirthing a Classic: Collections at Work

Making changes in the museum field is easier said than done. America has spent a good part of the last hundred years preserving items, amassing large collections in everything imaginable. As we move further away from the historical periods that … Continue reading

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