The Evolution of U.S. Museums and Science Centers as Informal Learning Environments
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In this book, Rader and Cain explore how the public and educational roles of museums and science centers changed throughout a century of evolving facilities and missions. The U.S. museum journey begins in the 1890s, with specimens in dingy displays that failed to capture visitors’ attention. Some of the stark presentations, including “slimy things in glass vessels,” terrorized rather than educated (p. 8). Fortunately, some early museum advocates envisioned that museums could better present their collections to both interest and educate the general public.
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