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Touching the Muses' spirit by performances

'MUSEUM' is derived from 'MUSEION' in Greek or the 'Temple of Muses' in English. The 'museion' was constructed in Alexandria in the 3rd century BC, the origin of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina today, which was one of the epoch-making museions in history. Muses are the nine goddesses who preside over poetry, music, dancing, historical art and science.

Most of today's museums in the world only display static works of Muses; however a coming museum will, returning to the original museion, celebrate the spirit of Muses by preparing and accepting a variety of activities by gifted experts or museum staff. By holding such activities at the museum of the future, people will be able to connect with the Muses' spirit developed into tangible works and performances and be encourage themselves to follow along the same creative path themselves.

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Minimum samples of such activities to be held every corner of the museum of the future will be:

1) Interactive exhibition such as touching, playing, talking, drawing, testing, making and discussing
2) Performances such as concerts, operas, dances and theatre arts
3) Entertainment such as contemporary and traditional performing arts
4) Celebrations such as birthday parties, company banquets and public events
5) Business shows such as new product demonstrations and fashion shows


Types of museum display

In general a museum can offer two types of display organisations for visitors.

Book type

In book type display organization, visitors appreciate exhibitions in accordance with well organised flows of exhibitions as if they were reading a book from introduction, through chapters 1, 2, 3, etc. to a conclusion. This flow is usually a one-way flow decisively provided by a museum, and visitors can neither select other flows nor go back.

A strong point of book type display organization is that a museum can offer systematic messages contained in exhibition to visitors precisely, while its weak point is that visitors should receive offered messages passively without their selection.

Magazine type

In the magazine type display organization, visitors appreciate exhibitions by selecting their favourable flows of exhibition themselves as if they are reading a magazine starting from the table of contents or some topics and selecting their favourable pages. The exhibition flows are not fixed, but should be well compiled in order for visitors to easily recognize where some specific exhibits are displayed and how to reach the location.

A strong point of the magazine type display organization is that visitors can actively appreciate exhibition even at their own risk, while its weak point is that it is rather difficult for a museum to offer its exhibition messages to visitors without fail.


The attached illustration is a set for making a maze. Planning an exhibition circuit is similar to making a maze, isn't it?


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