2). Types Discussion:
What do you think is an important reason that there are several different types of museums? And/or what is/are your favorite botanical gardens/zoos/aquaria that you’ve visited?
I believe that the collection and the management of museums can be intense and overwhelming at times. With this in mind, smaller museums may be more manageable. They are able to focus and create quality exhibits in a timelier manner.
The differences in museum are due to the diversity of subject matters, philosophies, and the roles in our society. Museums are hostesses to all who enter their doors. Thus, the diversity of interest is extremely broad and is often culturally motivated. Early on, art collections initiated the museum movement. I would also add that we collect and nurture collation’s that have peaked our interests. In others words, we collect, what we ourselves like and become stewards of preserving those collections. Eventually, we find others who have similar interests in these collections. If given the opportunity: What exhibit would you create? What category would your exhibit fall under for museum types?
My favorite museums are Natural History and Science Museums. I have visited the following museums, each one impacted me in so many ways: The Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt, Germany, The American Museum of Natural History in New York, New York, Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, California, the San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego, California at Balboa Park, and the Milwaukee Public Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. All incorporate and tell stories of how the natural world came to be: operate, evolve, as well as allowing its visitors to engage in interactive activities.
The most impressive botanical gardens were the Getty and the Huntington Museums in southern California. Each museum cannot be seen in one day. They cover a lot of ground (walking is involved). It can be exhausting for small children. Some tours tend to be long. Every school (elementary to college) will take annual trips to one of these museums, if not more. It seems that it is a right of passage, when you are a student who lives in the area.
What was America’s very first museum? I started to do some research. What came up was “The Charleston Museum” founded in 1773 in Charleston, South Carolina (charlestonmusuem.org, 2021). It was established by the Charleston Library Society and the inspiration was obtained from a British Museum. It is credited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Charleston Museum’s Mission Statement:
“To educate Charleston area residents and visitors about the natural and cultural history of the South Carolina Low-country through collections, exhibitions, preservation, conservation, research and related programming” (charlestonmusuem.org, 2021).
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