Kid In A Candy Shop

history-homeMuseums are like a box of chocolates

Today museums are the devices that hyper-jump us into the past. To some people walking into a museum is like walking into a candy shop. However, just like a kid in a candy shop; we are often distracted by all the colorful goodies and we forget how these candies came to be.  Museums share this same euphoric experienced which a candy shop. To whatever extent, many people of the public forget the who, what, where, when, and how museums are organized. Moreover, people forget how the advances of technology effects the presentation of history.

In the book, Public History: A Textbook of Practice, you learn that, museum artifacts are not just object put together in a hurry. Museums exhibits take time and meticulous planning to create. The idea that develops in every curator’s mind when constructing a museum is, interpretation. For curators and all people that make museums possible, examine how displays will be interpreted and how to clearly convey their interpretation right, so that the audience will coherently grasp the theme. Many museums have different purposes and structure based on the ideas or themes they are trying to portray. For example, if a museum is object driven, the objects are presented for the sake of the object. Whereas, if a museum is an idea driven exhibit, it relies on texts and graphic design to relay the theme. In addition, exhibits, can be public or commercial. Furthermore, promoters of museums look at the space in which the museum will occur. They analyze the paths in which an individual will walk when walking into a museum. Also, a group call MATRICE, that uses eye tracking technology to see how long of a duration a person stays at and artifact or exhibit. The Public plays a huge part in the review section of the Museums. Not only can the public help with the creation of the museum but they can also review the displays and give feed back to the curators to examine in order to keep creating museums that people will enjoy and keep coming back too. In my previous blog post I noted that problems arise within museums when it some to the curators. Nevertheless, over the decades there has been massive improvements to museums. For example, in today’s day and age we use more technology in the presentations of museums. In an article in the New York Times, called At Museums: Invasion of the Podcasts, shows that technology has a change the way that the audience receives information. In this article the National Gallery of Art in Washington shows how a podcast can be used to connect the audience to the artist first hand. Moreover, the internet has also been useful is house museums online that everyone can see. Just like history, the development of a museum is important. Whether you have a public or commercial museum or even a museum online, what is important to remember is, “the form of a furnished historic house, a gallery display of similar items, or an interpretive exhibit organized by theme and carrying heavy educational baggage” Cauvin, Thomas, Public History: A Textbook of Practice (p. 140).


One thought on “Kid In A Candy Shop

  1. Ashley,
    I really like the comparison you made between museums and candy shops! So relatable! The excitement I feel when entering an new museum is very tangible for me. I recently went to Seattle for a few days and between the Seattle Art Museum and the Museum of Pop Culture I was on cloud nine! I was literally running from exhibit to exhibit exactly like a child in a candy store. I also like that you gave some extra information on eye tracking! I thought it was really interesting as well, and also included some extra information about it in my response. If I’m being honest, it freaks me out a little bit. I never thought about the possibility of someone watching where I look in public places!

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