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Museums in Motion: An Introduction to the History and Functions of Museums (American Association for State and Local History)

by Edward P. Alexander, Mary Alexander, Juilee Decker

ISBN: 1442278803 / 9781442278806

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Here is a complete introduction to the history of museums, types of museums, and the key roles that museums play in the twenty-first century.

Following an introductory chapter looking at what a museum is today, Part I looks at the history and types of museums:

art and design museums
natural history and anthropology museums
science museums
history museums, historic houses, interpretation centers, and heritage sites
botanical gardens and zoos
children?s museums

The second part of the book explores the primary functions of museums and museum professionals:

to collect
to conserve
to exhibit
to interpret and to engage
to serve and to act

The final chapter looks at the museum profession and professional practices. Throughout, emphasis is on museums in the United States, although attention is paid to the historical framing of museums within the European context.

The new edition includes discussions of technology, access, and inclusivity woven into each chapter, a list of challenges and opportunities in each chapter, and ?Museums in Motion Today,? vignettes spread throughout the volume in which museum professionals provide their perspectives on where museums are now and where they are going. More than 140 images illustrate the volume.

ASIN 1442278803
  • 9781442278806
Amazon Sales Rank 56,351
Main Category Paperback
Group Book
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Studio Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Manufacturer Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Dimensions 6.94 x 0.82 x 10.05 inches. Weight: 1.6 pounds
Package Dimensions 9.88 x 7.01 x 1.1 inches. Weight: 1.6 pounds
Language(s) English (Published)
English (Original Language)
English (Unknown)
Adult Product? No

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