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...
Different Types of Museums• Museums can be diverse  – History, art, science, sports  – Interactive, children’s     • Examp...
Purpose• What is the purpose?  – “Museums enable people to explore collections for    inspiration, learning and enjoyment....
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  – ...
Themes• Themes  – A historical event is too large a subject to encase    in just one museum  – The museum must choose a th...
Examples• Example: Vietnam War Museum  http://www.nationalvnwarmuseum.org/museumthem  es.htm  – Presents 8 exhibits with 8...
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 do...
Getting to Work!• Break into assigned partners• Think of 6 topics which we could turn into  exhibits that fit with our the...
Let’s Start• Work with partner• Sketch exhibit   –   What materials will you need?   –   What research will you need?   – ...
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Museum Lesson 1

  1. 1. ON a separate sheet of paper Bellringer: Describe a museum you have visited?
  2. 2. Museums• How do we define a museum?• What is a museum and what is its purpose?
  3. 3. 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."
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. On your piece of paperQuick Write: Why create museums? Why do people enjoy them?
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. Examples• Example: The British Museum – Money – Writing – Time
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 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

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