As Times Change : Traditional Vs. Experiential

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Charlene Mosley Museum Exhibition Professor Dr. Riley November 29, 2014 As Times Change: Traditional vs. Experiential “Time demonstrates the metamorphosis, the non- originality of the entities, and forces us to ask whether it is possible to reach the image of an original world in the constant transformation of reality.” -Christian Boltanski (The art of telling history: Christian Boltanski- Emmanuela Saladani) ultural institutions, like the cultures that foster them, evolve over time. Zoos & Aquariums, as well as museums, were established from private collections and the human urge to keepsake the different, the extraordinary, the exotic. The human species has evolved to use its dominion over other species to its benefit. The acquisition of animals as collectible has always been more fascinating and exciting than natural history objects. This is in part because wild life is less common, difficult to acquire and more costly to maintain. Keeping living animals has been the ultimate trophy for many collectors of the elite. Collections brought a microcosm of reality to the homeland. The concept of the natural history museum, zoos and aquariums has undergone great changes over the past decades; shifting from private collections to public displays. In the following text, I will discuss a brief history of the zoo as living museum, and how institutions, such as Sea World, use cutting-edge experiential design and “crowd pleasing ‘edu-tainment’to revive their relevance for the
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