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What makes a good museum?

February 3, 2014

Today I attended a conference in Winchester where the President of the Museums Association, David Anderson (and Director of National Museums Wales) laid out his vision for museums.

David Anderson

David Anderson

He felt museums needed to be inclusive, a welcome place and participative. So what does that mean to you and me, and what does it look like? Well it should be a place were you feel at ease when you visit, where you feel at home. Good museums should be engaging, that means visitors are excited by their visit and can explore new ideas and respond to the museum experience.

That can encompass a wide range of museums from small to international, from those that use new technology to simple exhibits. But they should engender wonder and be engaging. Next time you visit a visitor attraction, see if you can spot these characteristics.

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