If you want to understand
what makes a place
tick, visit a museum or information center.
This resource guide reviews how these institutions can orient visitors
and engage locals.
Open and Shut Case - Melissa Biggs
with the Weavers
de Arte Popular
City Anthropology Museum
Nacional de Antropologia - Melissa Biggs
Nacional de Culturas Populares - Melissa Biggs
A museum is a 'permanent institution in the service of society
and of its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves,
researches, communicates and exhibits, for purposes of study, education,
enjoyment, the tangible and intangible evidence of people and their
- International Council of Museums (ICOM)
A FEW WORDS ABOUT MUSEUMS AND MARKETS
markets link the present with the past and the future.
A friend leads first-time visitors through Mexico City's Anthropology
Museum in Chapultepec
Park. He purposefully stops at the maquetas (models)
that depict markets held in the days before the arrival of the Spanish.
Take a look, he says. There is a great diversity of products bartered,
traded and sold.
A day or two later he takes his visitors to a traditional city
market. What do you think the visitors see?
Markets provide a living connection to the past. They impart lessons
that are both educational and nutritional.