Museums in Motion: An Introduction to the History and Functions of Museums

Museums in Motion An Introduction to the History and Functions of Museums In Edward P Alexander s Museums in Motion was hailed as a much needed addition to the museum literature In combining the history of museums since the eighteenth century with a detailed examinati

  • Title: Museums in Motion: An Introduction to the History and Functions of Museums
  • Author: Edward P. Alexander
  • ISBN: 9780759105096
  • Page: 142
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1979, Edward P Alexander s Museums in Motion was hailed as a much needed addition to the museum literature In combining the history of museums since the eighteenth century with a detailed examination of the function of museums and museum workers in modern society, it served as an essential resource for those seeking to enter to the museum profession and for establisheIn 1979, Edward P Alexander s Museums in Motion was hailed as a much needed addition to the museum literature In combining the history of museums since the eighteenth century with a detailed examination of the function of museums and museum workers in modern society, it served as an essential resource for those seeking to enter to the museum profession and for established professionals looking for an expanded understanding of their own discipline Now, Mary Alexander has produced a newly revised edition of the classic text, bringing it the twenty first century with coverage of emerging trends, resources, and challenges New material also includes a discussion of the children s museum as a distinct type of institution and an exploration of the role computers play in both outreach and traditional in person visits.

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    1. I will admit to reading this book with a feeling of trepidation. The first edition, published in 1979, is a classic in the museum studies literature, and by far the best single book about museums ever written. Although the original was outdated, there is always a huge risk when you mess with a classic. But have no fear, Mary Alexander has done a fantastic job of updating her father's book. The new Museums in Motion remains the single best book about museums, a terrific introduction for neophytes [...]

    2. Museums in Motion came to my attention as it was required reading for a course that I took (Introduction to Museums through Arizona State University). Due to that fact, I had not read any reviews or had any recommendations regarding it and didn't know what to expect.The information in the book is good. For the most part the chapters are relevant to the topic and provide insightful material. I actually learned quite a bit. However, there are a large number of examples given in each chapter that a [...]

    3. This book offers a history of different types of museums (art, natural history, history, zoos/botanical gardens, etc.) and issues/challenges related to collecting, interpreting, conservation, and other aspects of the museum profession. While there are a number of interesting facts to be found, I often felt that the text was nothing more than lists of museums with occasional paragraph-long descriptions of the author's favorites. The author begins each chapter with several quotes and includes quot [...]

    4. A great textbook to start off with to understand the basic fundamentals and functions of a museum. However, I do wish there were more historical information included about some of the museums that were mentioned that way readers can have a mental timeline of which museum institutions were established. I also love how the textbook included what Challenges museums go through and are striving to improve in those areas. There are many big name museums that are doing financially well that seem immune [...]

    5. It's been a while since I've read a whole book! Since September all I seem to be reading are articles for my master's degree. Well, this one was also for studying but still a book!This book is subtitled "An introduction to the History and Functions of Museums" and it does just that. In 13 chapters, divided in two parts, the authors present the history of different types of museum, from art museums to zoos, as well as the functions and how they are pursued in different institutions. It mostly dwe [...]

    6. I liked how the Alexanders write about what museums do and the problems they face in the future. The first part of the book was all right as an introduction to the beginnings and how the museums began to evolve but I did not find the connection between the first and second part of the book smooth. Actually they felt like two totally different books.

    7. I liked the historical overview of different types of museums and the broad inclusion of categories. Decent coverage of many issues, with examples from both European and US museums. Some aspects a bit dated, but I was reading the first edition. I'd be interested to see what changed in later editions.

    8. An interesting history of the museum as an institution, investigating the various different types of museums and some of the more famous/more celebrated of each. A bit outdated now, but still a good introduction.

    9. A great complement to Alexander's "Museum Masters". A must-read for anyone trying to understand the evolution of museology.

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