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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Fall 2004

ANT 391 • Historical Museums: Context/Practice

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
28560 W
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
SZB 546
Galloway

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to look at the process of museum exhibit creation in historical museums, from planning through development to opening and maintenance, as a negotiation among many stakeholders for influence upon the story that is told. We will consider the institutional positioning of the museum, including its history and resources; the interests and concerns of museum employees (registrars, researchers, curators, conservators, education specialists, support staff); the influence of the public, both the "audience" public and those whose interests are directly affected and/or represented by an exhibit's story; and the role of contractual professionals when they are used (designers, exhibit construction firms, visitor studies experts). As a field for the study of this knowledge we will use the range of historical museums and museum-like venues in Austin where informal learning about history is available to citizens.

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