The Museums of the Future ...

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Government Ptg. Office, 1891 - 19 pages

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Page 425 - The museum of the future must stand side by side with the library and the laboratory, as part of the teaching equipment of the college and university, and in the great cities cooperate with the public library as one of the principal agencies for the enlightenment of the people.
Page 430 - The museum of the future in this democratic land should be adapted to the needs of the mechanic, the factory operator, the day laborer, the salesman, and the clerk, as much as to those of the professional man and the man of leisure.
Page 430 - A thorough education and a knowledge of science and art are vital to the nation and to the place it holds at present in the civilized world. Science and art are the lifeblood of successful production. All civilized nations are running a race with us, and our national decline will date from the period when we go to sleep over the work of education, science, and art. What has been done is at the mere threshold of the work yet to be done.
Page 434 - that governments are the worst of cultivators, the worst of manufacturers, the worst of traders," and Sir Robert Peel said in similar strain that " the action of government is torpid at best." In beginning a museum the endowment is of course the most essential thing, especially in a great city like Brooklyn, which has a high ideal of what is due to the intelligence ot its populace and to the civic dignity.
Page 437 - ... examined except by professional investigators. In every properly constructed museum the collections must, from the very beginning, divide themselves into these two classes, and in planning for its administration provision should be made not only for the exhibition of objects in glass cases, but for the preservation of large collections not available for exhibition, to be used for the studies of a very limited number of specialists.
Page 425 - In this busy, critical, and skeptical age, each man is seeking to know all things, and life is too short for many words. The eye is used more and more, the ear less and less, and in the use of the eye, descriptive writing is set aside for pictures, and pictures in their turn are replaced by actual objects.
Page 427 - Las been developed, that it is possible for the modern library and museum to come into existence. The museum of the present is more unlike its old-time representative, than is our library unlike its prototype.
Page 438 - The classification is not entirely satisfactory since it is based upon methods of arrangement, rather than upon the nature of the objects to be arranged, and since it leaves a middle territory (only partially occupied by the English museum men of either department), a great mass of museum material of the greatest moment both in regard to its interest and its adaptability for purposes of public instruction. On the one side stand the natural history collections, undoubtedly best' to be administrated...
Page 429 - ... tendencies, and we but thirteen since our Exhibition. May we not hope that within a like period of time and before the year 1914, the United States may have attained the position which England now occupies, at least in the respect of popular interest and substantial governmental support. There are now over one hundred and fifty public museums in the United Kingdom, all active and useful. The museum systems of Great Britain are, it seems to me, much closer to the ideal which America should follow...
Page 436 - Kensington, 26. of, is one in which an attempt is made to teach the unprofessional visitor; an institution for popular education by means of labeled collections, and it may be also by popular lectures. A college museum, although used as an aid to advanced instruction, is not an "educational museum...

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