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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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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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Stewardship and historic houses

Even before the most recent economic slump, house museums throughout the country have been experiencing declining visitation and working with dwindling financial resources. The question of relevance and reevaluation is key, but what if the answer to “Is this house … Continue reading

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