Why Museums Are Important

December 19, 2014 9:25 PM

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After 18 years of lobbying to create a national women's history museum in our nation's capital, Congress has approved the formation of a privately funded, bi-partisan commission to study and produce a plan for the Museum. (NWHM pursued the creation of a commission in hopes of securing a site on or adjacent to the National Mall - our nation's premier symbolic space.) Throughout the nearly two decades I've spent working to build the museum there have been some who question whether or not physical museums are still necessary or even relevant. To that, I say, they most certainly are!

In his fascinating Ted Talk "Weaving Narratives in Museum Galleries," Metropolitan Museum of Art president, Thomas Campbell says "Nothing replaces the authenticity of the object presented with passionate scholarship. Bringing people face-to-face with our objects is a way of bringing them face-to-fac...

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