ON a separate sheet of paper Bellringer: Describe a museum you have visited?
Museums• How do we define a museum?• What is a museum and what is its purpose?
What is a Museum?• What is a museum? – Definition: A museum is an institution that cares for a collection of artifacts and other objects of scientific, artistic, cultural, or historical importance and makes them available for public viewing through exhibits that may be permanent or temporary – “An institution devoted to the gathering, care, and display of objects of lasting interest or value.” – "Unique contribution to the public by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the things of this world."
Different Types of Museums• Museums can be diverse – History, art, science, sports – Interactive, children’s • Examples: Missouri History Museum, Louvre, NCAA Hall of Champions, Science Center, Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Purpose• What is the purpose? – “Museums enable people to explore collections for inspiration, learning and enjoyment. They are institutions that collect, safeguard and make accessible artifacts and specimens, which they hold in trust for society.” - The Museums Association – Museums should form a collection, display it, and interpret the material for the visitors – Learning and access are supposed to be central to the purpose of all museums
On your piece of paperQuick Write: Why create museums? Why do people enjoy them?
Museum Exhibits• Different types of museum exhibits – Mural exhibit: an exhibit of objects with a painted backdrop – Panel show: an exhibit in what documents and photographs are mounted on the wall – Period room: an actual or recreated room using authentic objects from a special time period – Diorama: a three-dimensional representation of a particular scene – Case exhibit: objects arranged inside a glass-fronted case
Themes• Themes – A historical event is too large a subject to encase in just one museum – The museum must choose a theme in which to present this historical event – Tell the story in a particular way
Examples• Example: Vietnam War Museum http://www.nationalvnwarmuseum.org/museumthem es.htm – Presents 8 exhibits with 8 different themes – 8 different ways to look at the Vietnam War • Cold War; a global perspective • Culture of Vietnam; In order to understand the Vietnam Era, it is necessary to understand Vietnam and its people • Vietnam War Chronology • Weapons; An Evolution in Ground, Air and Sea Warfare • The Home Front • Technology • Aftermath of the War • Fort Wolters
Examples• Example: The British Museum – Money – Writing – Time
Making Our Own!• Choosing a theme for our class museum – African history is too a big a topic – We need to break it down• Theme will then lead to what types of exhibits to include• Break into small groups – Discuss possible themes – What story do we want to tell? From what perspective?• Share and Decide• Decide on color scheme and font as well
Getting to Work!• Break into assigned partners• Think of 6 topics which we could turn into exhibits that fit with our theme• Share and decide• Assign exhibits to partners
Let’s Start• Work with partner• Sketch exhibit – What materials will you need? – What research will you need? – How will your exhibit look? Documents, objects? – What will you need to create?• Begin research – Use notes and textbook first – Write notes• Share ideas as a class