The Importance Of Museum Interpretation

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Position Paper Introduction Museums provide the public with the inclusive interpretations of objects. The diverse collection of objects in a museum generally consists of a manifold collection of artifacts from around the world. As a result, museums play an important role in the local community by providing the public with educational resources about world culture and heritage. This position paper will discuss the following topics: Museum interpretation, museum collaborations and address the issues in: inclusive museum interpretation, as well as provide specific suggestions as to how museums interpretation can be done collaboratively. Museum Interpretation As the museum field has become more visitor oriented over recent decades, museum artifact interpretation has gained traction as a useful approach to redesigning the visitor experience (Brochu, 2003; Wells, Butler, & Koke, 2013). The museum’s modern revolution in interpretation and its practices did not assimilate into the field in a concurrent, uniform fashion. Some Museum professionals and organizations obtained interpretive methods from other fields. For example, natural resource interpretation was utilized to integrate interpretive principles into their display designs to enhance visitor experiences, while others developed visitor focused practices that, while apparently developed independently of interpretation; ran parallel to the techniques of standard object interpretation (Brochu, 2003).

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