Museums in Motion: An Introduction to the History and Functions of Museums

In 1979, Edward P Alexander s Museums in Motion was hailed as a much needed addition to the museum literature In combining the history of museums since the eighteenth century with a detailed examination of the function of museums and museum workers in modern society, it served as an essential reso

Exhibiting Cultures: The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display

Debating the practices of museums, galleries, and festivals, Exhibiting Cultures probes the often politically charged relationships among aesthetics, contexts, and implicit assumptions that govern how art and artifacts are displayed and understood The contributors museum directors, curators, and sc

Reinventing the Museum: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on the Paradigm Shift

This reader brings together 35 seminal articles that reflect the museum world s ongoing conversation with itself and the public about what it means to be a museum one that is relevant and responsive to its constituents and always examining and reexamining its operations, policies, collections, and

Learning from Museums: Visitor Experiences and the Making of Meaning

Why do people go to museums and what do they learn there What roles can museums serve in a learning community How can museums facilitate effective learning experiences John H Falk and Lynn D Dierking investigate these questions in Learning from Museums Synthesizing theories and research f

Museum Basics

Drawing from a wide range of experience, the authors propose the simple ideas which should underpin all professional museum training courses Organised on a modular basis Museum Basics provides a basic guide to best practice in every aspect of museum work, from museum organisation, through collect

The Engaging Museum: Developing Museums for Visitor Involvement

This very practical book guides museums on how to create the highest quality experience possible for their visitors Creating an environment that supports visitor engagement with collections means examining every stage of the visit, from the initial impetus to go to a particular institution, to fron