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Museums and the People

Nature volume 140, page 734 (23 October 1937) | Download Citation



AT the present time museums, taking them all in all, are undergoing an interesting and critical stage of development. Some began and remain as collections of curios and some have degenerated to that condition, but the majority are striving in one way or another to test the reactions of the community, in efforts to discover the lines which hold out most hope of stimulating interest. The success or failure of these efforts is a matter of moment to the people as well as to the museums themselves, for upon it depends the place which museums are to take in the life of the community as centres of education and of intellectual and aesthetic pleasure. For many of our local museums, perhaps for most, this place is still undecided, and accordingly advice upon the most promising lines of progress by a museum official of experience and standing ought to fall upon open ears.

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