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One-to-One Exhibition

Most of the museums in the world constructed before the end of the 20th century have exhibited their collections for the unknown masses. In other words, those museums have offered one-to-many exhibition. The 'one' is a museum and the 'many' are masses of visitors.

The museum of the future in the 21st century shall exhibit its collections for not only the unknown masses but also characteristic individuals. In other words, such a museum shall offer one-to-one (museum to individual) exhibitions.
In order to realize the one-to-one exhibition, different types of information and data about exhibition shall be given to respective visitors. Advanced IC technology will be able to offer such information and data by sensing individual characteristics through wireless communication tools.

The one-to-one exhibition will enhance the attractiveness and understanding of exhibition as well as entice individuals to visit the museum repeatedly.

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Reciprocal Education

The 'EXPLORATORIUM' in San Francisco, one of the most innovative museums in the world, has been practicing an interesting and fruitful education programme for long time. A lot of students of junior secondary schools, high school and universities take a course in various subjects in the EXPLORATORIUM as part of school lessons. After finishing a series of courses, they have to instruct visitors about the exhibition as volunteer instructors.

This programme has been based on the principle that "teaching is the best learning".

Most existing museums have been practicing so-called 'one-way education' programmes. Teachers only teach and learners only learn. Such an education method tends to become stagnant.

A museum in the 21st century shall offer opportunities for reciprocal education which enables a teacher to be a learner and vice versa and keeps programmes fresh and enticing forever.

Open Research

The Luxor Museum's successful results of collaborative excavation work for Akhenaten's remains give a strong example for the possibility of open research. One of the keys to the steady extension of the National Geography is in the openness in their research activities.

Everyone who has a firm intention to collaborate on the research with a museum can freely participate in the open research which offers a variety of research programmes to the public as well as specialists.

The open research programmes provided by a museum of the future will not only entice people to visit a museum and to join various museum's activities, but will also enrich museum's resources and encourage museum researchers to challenge unknown potential mysteries with broad support of the public.


The attached photograph is San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts which house the EXPLORATORIUM.


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