Introduction to Public History: Interpreting the Past, Engaging Audiences (American Association for State and Local History) | Museum Administration 2.0 | Reinventing the Museum | Museum Basics | Riches, Rivals & Radicals | Foundations of Museum Studies | Managing the Non-Profit Organization
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
history museums, historic houses, interpretation centers, and heritage sites
botanical gardens and zoos
The second part of the book explores the primary functions of museums and museum professionals:
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 âMuseums in Motion Today,â 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.
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