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What is the primary role of the museum in the modern world?

Museums have many roles, responsibilities and functions, some of which arose with the origin of western museums hundreds of years ago, others very new. This is a major debate in the field of Museum Studies as well as other associated fields. Some historical roles have included the museum as a place for academic research, as an educational institution, or both. Most museums continue to perform in this role. More recently the museum has been championed as a place of social interaction, a center for social justice and even a space for experimentation, invention and innovation where visitors can learn how to get involved. What do you think the museum does?

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    Nov 16 2012: Richard, in our daily lives, we receive information primarily via electronic and paper media where we use either one or two senses (sight, hearing). Museums provide us information in an environment where we can use most of our senses enabling a refreshing learning experience. It is like reading a book by walking , seeing ,touching, hearing and feeling. .

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