Museology

Museology, or museum studies (also known in older sources as museography), is the study of museums, museum curation, and how museums developed into their institutional role in education through social and political forces.

The Participatory Museum
Making Museums Matter
Exhibiting Cultures: The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display
Museums in Motion: An Introduction to the History and Functions of Museums
A Companion to Museum Studies
Identity and the Museum Visitor Experience
The Manual of Museum Exhibitions
Reinventing the Museum: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on the Paradigm Shift
Museum Registration Methods
Exhibit Labels: An Interpretive Approach
Museum Revolutions: How Museums Change and Are Changed
The Social Work of Museums
Learning from Museums: Visitor Experiences and the Making of Meaning
Museum Basics
The Engaging Museum: Developing Museums for Visitor Involvement

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Tomislav Šola
Professionalism is like love: it is made up of the constant flow of little bits of proof that testify to devotion and care. Everything else is pretension or incompetence.
Tomislav S. Šola, Eternity Does Not Live Here Any More - A Glossary of Museum Sins

Visitors say, 'Real shrunken heads! Wow! How were they made? By slitting the skin, taking out the skull and brains and steaming them with hot sand? Gross!' But what no one asks is: how did they get here? What are they doing hanging up in a university museum in the south of England? Once you start to answer that question, you realize that shrunken heads like these are a product as much of European curiosity, European taste and European purchasing power as they are of an archaic tribal custom. It ...more
Frances Larson, Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found

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