The Exhibition of Recent Acquisitions at the Natural History Museum

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IT has already become recognised that collections of objects intended to be exhibited to the general public should be presented in such a way as to enable the visitor to obtain some systematised information. This one takes to be the so-called educational side of the question. Museum curators, however, although by necessity extremely conservative, are beginning to find themselves in a position not very different from that of the popular lecturer or writer of the day. Unless these have something new to offer, be it only the method, so to speak, of marketing their wares, they will fail to arrest the attention which, when once directed in the sought-for way, may never again be lost.

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WEBB, W. The Exhibition of Recent Acquisitions at the Natural History Museum. Nature 60, 12 (1899) doi:10.1038/060012a0

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