What, if Anything, Is a Museum?

Date: 
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Resource Type:
Mass Media Article | Reference Materials
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Museum and Science Center Programs, Exhibitions, Museum and Science Center Exhibits
Audience: 
Museum/ISE Professionals
Discipline: 
Education and learning science
Organization:
Michigan State University
Description or Abstract: 

In this article, Eugene Dillenburg, Assistant Professor of Museum Studies and Scholar at Michigan State University, seeks a universal definition for a museum, noting that the term nowadays describes institutions representing a broad range of sizes and disciplines. Dillenburg provides examples from museum literature and deconstructs these definitions to conclude that exhibits are the defining feature of the museum. He goes on to define exhibits and remarks that exhibits are museums' "one irreplaceable feature."

Publication Name: 
Exhibitionist
Volume: 
30
Number: 
1
Page Number: 
8
Document:

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