Monday, March 19, 2012

HOS Micropost: Collect it, Display it, and Call it a Museum

Posted by Darin Hayton on 03/19 at 11:02 PM

An article in today’s NY Times underscores the way that any collection of things can be displayed and called a museum: In Texas Tradition, Museums That Enshrine the Quirky. Apparently, collectors in Texas take seriously the American Association of Museums’ criteria that to be a museum it must make a “unique contribution to the public by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the things of this world.”

In Texas Tradition, Museums That Enshrine the Quirky

This gives us The Eight Track Tape Museum or the Devil’s Rope Museum or Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Art Museum. Some of these museums seem more durable than others. Some seem to have descended into obscurity, leaving only a website to mark their passing. They force us to confront again what distinguishes a museum from a personal collection, and when does a personal collection become a museum.
[Reposted from Another NY Times Article on Museums.]

Tags: collecting, collections, museums