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By Steven Conn

"We dwell in a museum age," writes Steven Conn in Do Museums nonetheless desire Objects? And certainly, on the flip of the twenty-first century, extra individuals are traveling museums than ever earlier than. There are actually over 17,500 accepted museums within the usa, averaging nearly 865 million visits a yr, greater than million visits an afternoon. New museums have proliferated around the cultural panorama while older ones have passed through transformational additions: from the Museum of contemporary paintings and the Morgan in big apple to the excessive in Atlanta and the Getty in la. If the golden age of museum-building got here a century in the past, whilst the Metropolitan Museum of artwork, the yank Museum of usual heritage, the Philadelphia Museum of artwork, the sphere Museum of usual historical past, and others have been created, then it truly is reasonable to claim that during the final iteration now we have witnessed a moment golden age.

By heavily watching the cultural, highbrow, and political roles that museums play in modern society, whereas additionally delving deeply into their institutional histories, historian Steven Conn demonstrates that museums are not any longer visible easily as homes for collections of gadgets. Conn levels throughout a wide selection of museum types—from artwork and anthropology to technological know-how and advertisement museums—asking questions about the connection among museums and data, in regards to the connection among tradition and politics, in regards to the function of museums in representing non-Western societies, and approximately public associations and the altering nature in their constituencies. Elegantly written and deeply researched, Do Museums nonetheless desire Objects? is vital interpreting for historians, museum pros, and people who like to stopover at museums.

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