Art Museum Vs. Private Museum

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Museum Comparison This paper compares four separate museums. The first two compared, are private art museums in the United States, compared to a private art museum in another country. Secondly, a university natural history museum is compared to another university natural history museum in a foreign country. The comparisons involve taking a closer look at the history, function, staffing, and programs at museums. Many reasons can lead collectors to starting a private museum. Whether collectors feel that a collection can serve an educational function, or perhaps to keep control over the collection, a private museum is an option that provides the public access to their work (Traditional Fine Arts Organization). One notable example is…show more content…
The museum has a small staff of eight employees (two positions focused on education) and has an average of two-hundred visitors on a weekly basis (Buchanan 2002). The exhibit changes twice a year and they are considered one of the founders of the Miami art scene (Buchanan 2002). This museum is the Rubell Collection’s main mission and function is to share their vast collection of contemporary art and support emerging artists. They have an active internship program, lecture series, and a partnership with Miami-Dade county schools to support education (The Rubell Collection). The museum also houses a research library with over forty-thousand volumes and a bookstore (The Rubell Collection). In order to share their expansive collections, the Rubells also lend their exhibits to other museums all over the world (Solway 2014). Taking a look at a private art museum in another country, The Pinacotheque in Paris is presented. The Pinacotheque is Paris’s first private art museum and was established in 2007. Pinacotheque loosely translates into the image box (Restellini 2011). The Pinacotheque displays art like the Rubell Collection, but they are not displaying art from one collector, but many collectors. One exhibit included the art collection of two prominent Hungarian families: The Esterhazys and The Romanovs, from the eighteenth century (Restellini 2011). Their mission, like The Rubell Collection, is to make these
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