Why Do Museums Matter?

“It may be as simple as that Americans are always at risk of being disconnected with their past, and creating museums is an effort to find a meaningful past. I think museums are part of our civic memory, and clearly people have that in mind.” - Kenneth Yellis, Yale University Peabody Museum of Natural History

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Museums spark your imagination and enrich your life!

According to the American Alliance of Museums 2011 study:

WE BUILD COMMUNITY: Many museums are recognizing their vital role as central to community building. Museums provide social services including programs for children living with autism spectrum disorder, adult job training programs, supervised visits through the family court system, ESL classes, and programs for people living with dementia.

YOU TRUST US: And we take that very seriously. After their families, Americans ranked authentic artifacts in history museums and historic sites most significant in creating a strong connection to the past. Museums are considered a more reliable source of historical information than books, teachers or even personal accounts by relatives.

WE ARE DIVERSE, ECONOMIC ENGINES: Museums can be zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, historical societies, children’s museums and sometimes libraries. Museums care for over 750 million objects and living specimens. Zoos and aquariums invest $51 million in scientific research each year. Arts and cultural production constitute 4.32% of the entire US economy and 4.7 million workers are employed in the production of arts and cultural goods.

“Museums dissipate ignorance about otherness. They tolerate and promote curiosity about the foreign.”
– Coleen Leth, TEDxOxbridge

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