History in Museums Term Paper by Master Researcher

History in Museums
An analysis of the difficulties in potraying history in museums.
# 43201 | 1,650 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 22, 2003 in History (General) , Art (Museums)


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This paper examines the chief difficulties involved in portraying history in museums, including the ignorance of the general public when it comes to history, lack of funding, training museum staff, obtaining historical materials, and providing the types of exhibits that bring history to life. The paper suggests that museums should be funded through federal or state taxes to enable them to overcome their difficulties.

From the Paper:

"There are a number of difficulties involved in portraying history in a museum setting. The most significant include funding, training museum staff, obtaining historical materials, providing the types of exhibits that bring history to life, and the ignorance of the general public when it comes to history. History museum curators are well aware that most of the general public finds history boring, lifeless, and rather meaningless, so they must strive to present exhibits which grab the attention of the museum's visitors
and hold it. (Anderson)
"Essentially, overcoming the financial, training, and logistical challenges are only the first hurdles, for once these have been dealt with the actual content and style of the exhibit must be handled in such a way that visitors are drawn to it and learn something as they view it. In addition to all of these challenges, history museum directors, administrators, and staff must approach exhibit content and design in the knowledge
that their visitors often have little if any knowledge about the historical era the exhibit is intended to represent.
"Examining the above challenges in more specific terms, it is evident that for museums to portray history accurately and meaningfully, museum curators must ensure that proper historical research has been conducted. This can be a challenge, for proper research requires experienced and professional researchers who must be paid adequately for the time they invest in a museum project. Many history museums do not have adequate budgets (Anderson) so at times museum administrators are forced to present exhibits that do not reflect the past as accurately as they could, which leads to misleading impressions among museum visitors."

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