Millions visit museums every year. Why do we do it?
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The word “museum” comes from the nine Muses, the classical Greek goddesses of inspiration.
The Louvre Museum opened its doors on August 10, 1793 as the Muséum Français, but by today’s standards the methods used to assemble the collection would be considered unethical.
How did cabinets of curiosities become temples to the Enlightenment? Explore the fascinating history of museums.
Art museums and politics have a long and complex relationship; nowhere is this more apparent than the Louvre.
"It is to kill art to make history of it" — the neutralizing effect of the art museum.
Just as museums have nurtured artistic creativity, they have also become the target of serious critique from artists themselves.
From privately owned collections to blockbuster exhibitions for the public, museums continue to evolve.
Far from being neutral, museum are deeply rooted in a thicket of political, sociological, and ideological histories.
The Met Museum in New York is filled with masterpieces of human creativity, but is there a better way to organize what's inside?
Museums are more than collections that once belonged to the rich—they can help us understand our history.
The architecture of museums has long been used to shape national identity, and to frame collective memory.
Special thanks to Dr. Elizabeth Rodini