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

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

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Here is a complete introduction to the history of museums, types of museums, and the key roles that museums play in the twenty-first century. Following an introductory chapter looking at what a museum is today, Part I looks at the history and types of museums: art and design museums natural history and anthropology museums science museums history museums, historic houses, interpretation centers, and heritage sites botanical gardens and zoos children's museums The second part of the book explores the primary functions of museums and museum professionals: to collect to conserve to exhibit to interpret and to engage to serve and to act The final chapter looks at the museum profession and professional practices. Throughout, emphasis is on museums in the United States, although attention is paid to the historical framing of museums within the European context. The new edition includes discussions of technology, access, and inclusivity woven into each chapter, a list of challenges and opportunities in each chapter, and "Museums in Motion Today," vignettes spread throughout the volume in which museum professionals provide their perspectives on where museums are now and where they are going. More than 140 images illustrate the volume.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442278790
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/24/2017
Series: American Association for State and Local History
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 390
Product dimensions: 7.21(w) x 10.37(h) x 1.15(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Edward Porter Alexander’s illustrious museum career extended from 1934-1978. In recognition of his contributions to the field, The American Alliance of Museums added him to their Centennial Honor Roll in 2006.

Mary Alexander has been a museum educator and administrator for nearly fifty years. She was associate editor for Museum Education Anthology (1984) and co-authored Museums: Places of Learning (1998) with George Hein.

Juilee Decker is an associate professor of Museum Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) where she teaches courses focusing on museums and technology. She has served as editor for Innovative Approaches for Museums, a four-volume series focusing on technology and digital initiatives, engagement and access, collections care and stewardship, and fundraising and strategic planning (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015). Since 2008, she has served as editor of Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals, a peer-reviewed journal published by Rowman & Littlefield.

Table of Contents

In Memoriam: Edward P. Alexander, 1907–2003
Preface to the Third Edition
Table of Abbreviations
1 What Is a Museum?
Museums in Motion Today: Monica O. Montgomery
Museums in Motion Today: Vickie Stone, Terri Anderson, Emily Houf

Introduction to Part I
Museums in Motion Today: Julie Decker
Museums in Motion Today: Meghan Ferriter
Museums in Motion Today: Tracey Berg-Fulton

2 Art & Design Museums
Museums in Motion Today: Joanne Heyler

3 Natural History & Anthropology Museums
Museums in Motion Today: Kaytee Smith
Museums in Motion Today: Dustin Growick

4 Science Museums

5 History Museums, Historic Houses, Interpretation Sites, Sites of Conscience, and Memorial Museums
Museums in Motion Today: Catherine Hughes
Museums in Motion Today: Dan Hartman
Museums in Motion Today: Paul Tetreault

6 Botanical Gardens & Zoos
Museums in Motion Today: Courtney Allen
Museums in Motion Today: Rob Shumaker

7 Children’s Museums
Museums in Motion Today: Rebecca Shulman Herz

Introduction to Part II
Museums in Motion Today: Tim Hallman
Museums in Motion Today: Andrea Jones

8 To Collect
Museums in Motion Today: Zinnia Willits
Museums in Motion Today: Jane Milosch
Museums in Motion Today: Kathryn Murano Santos

9 To Conserve

10 To Exhibit
Museums in Motion Today: Kimberly Masteller

11 To Interpret & To Engage
Museums in Motion Today: Sara Devine
Museums in Motion Today: Charlotte Martin

12 To Serve & To Act
Museums in Motion Today: Jennifer Scott
Museums in Motion Today: Katherine Krieger
Museums in Motion Today: Mike Lesperance

13 The Profession & Professional Practices
Museums in Motion Today: Kaywin Feldman
Museums in Motion Today: Elizabeth Merritt
Museums in Motion Today: Alex Freeman & Samantha Becker

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