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  Messages to a coming museum: 1

Following to the previous "Logistic Museology," I would like to outline the messages to a coming museum..

From 'One-way Knowledge' to 'Interactive Activities'

Except for a few active museums represented by the EXPLORATORIUM in San Francisco, almost all museums in the world offer 'One-way Knowledge' which presents knowledge to visitors in a one-way flow of information to passive receivers. Visitors have to shelve their curiosity because they can not obtain further information unless they attend some lectures or seminars held in museums.

 

The museums of the future in the 21st century should aim to develop as a new type of museum, with 'Interactive Activities', the prototype of which has already been developed by the EXPLORATORIUM for example. Such a museum interactively entices visitors to other spheres where they will be encouraged to make their own activity plan to satisfy their own curiosity.

Answers will be available through personalized forms, such as through ICT devices; thus visitors will be able to give shape to their ideas and intelligence. By fully utilizing its cultural complex of facilities and producing synergetic outcomes from them, the museum of the future can become a leader of the 'Interactive Activities' type museums.

From 'Real' to 'True meanings'

In the past, a museum has been a place where people can see 'Real' artefacts; however, from now on a museum should be the place where people can find the 'True meaning' of artefacts.

For example, a lot of beautiful and magnificent 'Real' stone statues are displayed in an excellent manner in museums such as Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Nubia Museum, Luxor Museum, Antique Museum in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and National Museum of Alexandria in Egypt, as well as British Museum, Louvre, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Smithsonian.

However in antiquity, these 'Real' stone statues did not exist in a museum gallery, but in a temple for the pharaohs or a public place of worship. Thus, a museum exhibition has the possibility to convey the 'True context and meanings' that the stone statues had in their ancient world to visitors. In existing museums around the world, it is hopelessly difficult to determine 'True meanings' from 'Real' exhibits.

Overcoming space and time constraints, the museum of the future should become a new type where visitors can find and touch 'True meanings' through well-displayed 'Real' exhibits.

From isolated 'Warehouse' to worldwide 'Incubator of knowledge'

Before the broadband age represented by the Internet, a museum or library have been the best and only places where people could obtain a large volume and variety of historical data and information.

However, after starting the broadband age, people are now able to obtain massive data and information through the Internet. In the modern age, the role of a museum should naturally be changed from an isolated storeroom or warehouse to an information node for broadcasting data/information worldwide and linking worldwide site to it. In this way, the museum of the future would function as an 'Incubator of knowledge' on a worldwide basis.


The attached photograph is an advertisement of the Disneyland. All the entertainment products in the Disneyland is not 'Real,' however they have been giving a kind of 'True meaning' to people.

(27/8/2006)
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