Choosing Museum Exhibits

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All across the world there are hundreds of museums filled with history, information, exhibits, and famous documents. A variety of museums display artifacts of a mix of several cultures, historical events, famous people, and art work in the entire museum. Rather than having several different attractions, some museums are dedicated to showcasing exhibits based on a specific topic of history or interest. Therefore, museums with the purpose of educating people of a certain topic should only display artifacts, pictures, documents, and other such attractions germane to the museum’s theme of interest. In order for a museum to achieve it’s purpose and maintain it’s protocol, the museum must take into consideration the many pros and cons of a new…show more content…
“Curators direct the acquisition, storage, and exhibition of collections, including negotiating and authorizing the purchase, sale, exchange, or loan of collections. They are also responsible for authenticating, evaluating, and categorizing the specimens in a collection.” (Archivists, Curators, and Museum Technicians”, 9) Rather than specializing in a particular era like an archivist, a curator will specialize in a particular field; botany, art, paleontology, or history. With this amount of knowledge about the jobs of an archivist and curator, it is easy to see each has several duties and considerations to take into account when organizing a museum’s exhibits. Not only are there responsibilities, but there is also some pressure put onto the archivist and curator. The items they choose for a museum must counterpart with other items in the museum, or must fit into the era which the museum is based upon. If new exhibits do not coordinate with older ones they are not suitable to, nor add interest to the museum. An example of a museum which the curator and archivist would have to carefully examine each detail is the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. This museum is the first national museum devoted to the preservation, study, literature, arts, and history of Native Americans. Since it is strictly based upon the study of Native Americans, each display
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