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The History of Museums


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From ancient Alexandria, Egypt to modern day Chicago, IL, museums have resided all over the world for all different purposes. Check out the history of museums here.

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The History of Museums

  1. 1. THE HISTORY OF MUSEUMS 850 million people visit museums annually By: Mikus Kins
  2. 2. Mesopotamia of 530 B.C. contained the first recorded museum, that of Ennigaldi-Nanna. M I K U S K I N S
  3. 3. ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT A building set apart for study and the arts at first blended with the notion of a library, and the most notable library of the ancient world was in Alexandria, Egypt.
  4. 4. THE FIRST MUSEUMS From then on, museums created by the wealthy preserved historical artifacts for family members, at first, and then the public.
  5. 5. THE FIRST PUBLIC MUSEUM Charles Willson Peale's Cabinet of Curiosities in Philadelphia in 1786 Since he was both a painter and a collector, he supplied its walls with his own portraits of George Washington and also displayed the unearthed bones of a wooly mammoth.
  6. 6. As the 19th century progressed, industry funded wealthy entrepreneurs with enough capital to establish idiosyncratic storehouses of their passions. M I K U S K I N S
  7. 7. ONGOING DECISION MAKING From the individual's caprice to the measured judgment of a museum board, decisions on what to display and what to shelve remain ongoing.
  8. 8. P.T. BARNUM For instance, P.T. Barnum's museum bordered on the freak show and yet retained high popularity and consequent financial success.
  9. 9. MODERN MUSEUMS Modern museums strive to deliver a hands-on experience that engages the public, satisfies curiosity, and yet preserves the artifacts for future generations.
  10. 10. THE FUTURE OF MUSEUMS The history of museums will not end with online museums, IMAX presentations, and wine tastings among the elite at private midnight showings.
  11. 11. Museums remain critical in the education of youth and the edification of adults. M I K U S K I N S
  12. 12. THANK YOU! What do you know about museums? Tweet me @MikusKins!