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EXPLORING ECOTOURISM

World Museums
by Ron Mader

MUSEUMS WIKI

There is no competition among lighthouses.
- Collaboration Notebook

Lost City Museum

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If you want to understand what makes a place tick, visit a museum. These venerable institutions orient visitors and engage locals.

Ready for a party? International Museum Day is celebrated around the world on May 18 and is promoted by the International Council of Museums.

DEFINITIONS

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 environment.'
- International Council of Museums (ICOM)

A FEW WORDS ABOUT MUSEUMS AND MARKETS

Mexico's traditional 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. How do 'embed' these connections in our travels?

Do museums really need four walls to be considered a 'museum?'

FEATURES

g Walk with the Weavers
g An Open and Shut Case - Melissa Biggs
g Crossing the Eco-Cultural Divide - Alvin Rosenbaum
g Anthropology Guide

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g World Museums Collection
g Museo de Arte Popular
g Mexico City Anthropology Museum
g Lost City Museum
b World Museums Group
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g Museums
g Museos (Oaxaca)
g Pop-Up Museum
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b Future of Museums

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POP-UP MUSEUM

Pop-Up Museum: a short-term institution existing in a temporary space.
a way to catalyze conversations among diverse people, mediated by their objects.
- Pop-Up Museum Blog

Buzzword Bingo: Pop-Up Museum (2011)

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