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More than Opening Hours: Museums and Public Service

In the 1917 screed The Gloom of the Museum, John Cotton Dana complained that American museums were too much like, “remote palaces and temples, filled with objects not closely associated with the life of the people who are asked to … Continue reading

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Collections: To Be, or Not to Be

The role of collections in museums is changing.   While museums used to focus primarily on collecting, this focus on objects has changed drastically, at times disappeared almost completely.  What role should a museum’s collection’s play? Steven Conn points out museums … Continue reading

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The Future of Museum Diversity Starts With You

The America we know is not the America we knew, nor will it be the America we will know in the future. Increasing immigration throughout the United States has led to rapidly changing racial demographics and a shift in attitude … Continue reading

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Locking Doors or Broadening Minds?

Through successful exhibitions, museums connect objects and ideas to individuals.  It is impossible to fully anticipate audience response.  Yet the importance of positive public reaction is undeniable.  People initially vote with their feet and subsequently vote with funding.  Federally funded … Continue reading

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