History of Museums

Authored by: John Edward Simmons

Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, Fourth Edition

Print publication date:  November  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781466552593
eBook ISBN: 9781315116143
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Making collections of objects is a universal human practice. Collections were made long before there were museums. The concept of the museum was developed from the association of objects and learning at the Temple of The Muses of ancient Alexandria. Museums have evolved from the private Renaissance cabinets of curiosities, which were open only to a few, into modern institutions with primarily educational functions that both reflect and shape human society.

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