Photo: Queensland Museum
If you want to understand what makes a place tick, visit a museum. We would like to take a deep dive into museum attractions and activities that orient visitors and engage locals. Comments and suggestions are welcome.
A museum is a ‘permanent institution in the service of society and of its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits, for purposes of study, education, enjoyment, the tangible and intangible evidence of people and their environment.’
– International Council of Museums (ICOM)
Ready for a party? International Museum Day is celebrated around the world on May 18 and is promoted by the International Council of Museums.
Museums and Markets
Traditional markets link the present with the past and the future.
A friend leads first-time visitors through Mexico City’s Anthropology Museum in Chapultepec Park. The small tour stops at the maquetas (models) that depict markets held in the days before the arrival of the Spanish. Look at the variety of products bartered, traded and sold. Later on the group visits a traditional market.
Markets provide a living connection to the past. They impart lessons that are both educational and nutritional. How do ’embed’ these connections in our travels?
Do museums need four walls to be considered a ‘museum?’
Museums on the Social Web
There are several kinds of social web strategies used by museums which reflect relationships with locals and visitors