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  • National Museumsby Simon Knell; Peter Aronsson; Arne Bugge Amundsen

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 49.95

    National Museums is the first book to explore the national museum as a cultural institution in a range of contrasting national contexts. Composed of new studies of countries that rarely make a showing in the English-language studies of museums, this book reveals how these national museums have been used to create a sense of national self, place... more...

  • Museums and Communitiesby Ivan Karp; Christine Mullen Kreamer; Steven Levine

    Smithsonian 2013; US$ 28.95

    Contributors to this volume examine and illustrate struggles and collaborations among museums, festivals, tourism, and historic preservation projects and the communities they represent and serve. Essays include the role of museums in civil society, the history of African-American collections, and experiments with museum-community dialogue about the... more...

  • From Knowledge to Narrativeby Lisa Roberts

    Smithsonian 2014; US$ 18.95

    From Knowledge to Narrative shows that museum educators?professionals responsible for making collections intelligble to viewers?have become central figures in shaping exhibits. Challenging the traditional, scholarly presentation of objects, educators argue that, rather than transmitting knowledge, museums' displays should construct narratives that... more...

  • Making Museums Matterby Stephen Weil

    Smithsonian 2012; US$ 18.95

    In this volume of 29 essays, Weil's overarching concern is that museums be able to ?earn their keep??that they make themselves matter?in an environment of potentially shrinking resources. Also included in this collection are reflections on the special qualities of art museums, an investigation into the relationship of current copyright law to the visual... more...

  • Extreme Collectingby Graeme Were; J. C. H. King

    Berghahn Books 2012; US$ 29.95

    By exploring the processes of collecting, which challenge the bounds of normally acceptable practice, this book debates the practice of collecting 'difficult' objects, from a historical and contemporary perspective; and discusses the acquisition of objects related to war and genocide, and those purchased from the internet, as well as considering... more...

  • Designing for the Museum Visitor Experienceby Tiina Roppola

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 140.00

    Exhibition environments are enticingly complex spaces: as facilitators of experience; as free-choice learning contexts; as theaters of drama; as encyclopedic warehouses of cultural and natural heritage; as two-, three- and four-dimensional storytellers; as sites for self-actualizing leisure activity. But how much do we really know about the moment-by-moment... more...

  • Museums and the Paradox of Changeby Robert R. Janes

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 39.95

    Museums throughout the world are under increasing pressure in the wake of the 2008/2009 economic recession and the many pressing social and environmental issues that are assuming priority. The major focus of concern in the global museum community is the sustainability of museums in light of these pressures, not to mention falling attendance and the... more...

  • Museum Governanceby Marie Malaro

    Smithsonian 2013; US$ 27.95

    In Museum Governance , Marie Malaro addresses a range of issues facing museum administrators and trustees, arguing they can handle their duties intelligently only if they understand two points?why our country sustains a nonprofit sector and what constitutes trusteeship. Armed with this knowledge, trustees can sort out knotty problems relating to corporate... more...

  • Museums and Social Activismby Kylie Message

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 49.95

    Museums and Social Activism is the first study to bring together historical accounts of the African American and later American Indian civil rights-related social and reform movements that took place on the Smithsonian Mall through the 1960s and 1970s in Washington DC with the significant but unknown story about museological transformation and curatorial... more...

  • The Museum in Transitionby Hilde S. Hein

    Smithsonian 2014; US$ 17.95

    During the past thirty years, museums of all kinds have tried to become more responsive to the interests of a diverse public. With exhibitions becoming people-centered, idea-oriented, and contextualized, the boundaries between museums and the ?real? world are eroding. Setting the transition from object-centered to story-centered exhibitions in a philosophical... more...