Museum exhibits have a central role in the dissemination of historical knowledge. They are frequently viewed by different audiences, including families and children. They sometimes commemorate tragedies or injustices, and contain an interpretive element. Museum curators make judgments about cause and effect in preparing and presenting their exhibits. These judgments are intended to promote open and rational discussion of the content. As such, attempts to suppress the content of exhibits should be discouraged.
Curators and historians can make exhibitions more meaningful by employing visual storytelling techniques. These storytelling techniques are very different from the text-based approach used in textbooks and essays. They allow the story to unfold in a compelling manner and feature the perspectives of those who witnessed the events. Visual storytelling is also important for contemporary history museums, which should avoid object-based exhibitions and focus on storytelling.
Historical exhibits have become increasingly popular in the United States, fueled by recent social and economic trends such as the marketability of local heritage and a national dialogue about identity. However, most historical exhibition scholarship has focused on large, professional museums. Therefore, this article will discuss the various types of historical exhibits, including those created by academic institutions, corporations, and community groups. It will also examine the different ways that the exhibition medium has emerged.
Museums can also create a traveling exhibit for visitors. These exhibits can be developed by partnering organizations, and feature interactive and audiovisual components. They can be hosted by cultural institutions throughout Minnesota, including museums, libraries, and county historical societies. Applicants must follow guidelines for creating an exhibit.
Artwork displayed in exhibits is protected under copyright law. Digital images of artwork are available for research and scholarship purposes. A copyright license is not required to view digital images of exhibits, and they are not published without permission. It is also prohibited to create derivative works from the content without permission.
The National Women and Media Collection is celebrating its 35th anniversary. The exhibition In Their Own Words: Women in the Media features the voices of important women in the media and includes letters, diaries, interviews, and stories from female journalists. WOMEN: A CENTURY OF CHANGE explores the history of women in the United States and the World.