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.
'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
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.