Tools for understanding museums

The word “museum” comes from the nine Muses, the classical Greek goddesses of inspiration. And the word's meaning continues to change, even today.

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A brief history of the art museum
A brief history of the art museum

How did cabinets of curiosities become temples to the Enlightenment? Explore the fascinating history of museums.

Museums and politics: the Louvre, Paris
Museums and politics: the Louvre, Paris

Art museums and politics have a long and complex relationship; nowhere is this more apparent than the Louvre.

The changing social functions of art museums
The changing social functions of art museums

From privately owned collections to blockbuster exhibitions for the public, museums continue to evolve.

The case for museums
The case for museums

Museums are more than collections that once belonged to the rich—they can help us understand our history.

How museums shape meaning
How museums shape meaning

The architecture of museums has long been used to shape national identity, and to frame collective memory.

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