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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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All Questions, But Who Has the Answers?

The collection is everything in the art world.  It is the heart of the institution, so why would an institution decide to get rid of it?  If you start deaccessioning items, eventually you won’t have a collection or anything that … 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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Mission and vision going nowhere? Try collaboration.

A good mission is difficult to plan.  Staff, community, and board members are all involved in reevaluating a museum’s direction, but if every institution has its own unique set of circumstances, is there one good way to change a mission? … Continue reading

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