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Interpretation of the museum narrative: the re-design of the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre

Museums have long been an institution of preservation and the collection of objects, art, and curiosities. Items safely stored and displayed for the public to look at, never changing. As a child seeing and learning about a museum’s objects for the first time is thrilling. However over time that thrill fades and what was once magical in the eyes of our five year old self is now lackluster and monotonous. As adults we cease to visit that museum we loved as a child. Why would we? Nothing has changed, there is
nothing new.

There is something special about the nostalgia of that feeling when you were five and first saw an exhibit that opened your eyes to another world. The traditional museum is still the foundation of museums in the 21st century and adapting to the new museum typology (the post-museum) is inevitable for continued success, but can it be both a traditional and a post-museum?

With new technologies and research in the field of museums and how people learn in them there has been a shift in what it is and should be to its visitors. This practicum project aims to address the shift of the interiors and exhibits in museums of the 21st century. Many factors contribute to the changing of the museum; its design, exhibits, and social construct have all been adjusted to create more inclusive experiences. Through the examination of tourism, community, post-museums and exhibition design this practicum project aims to provide a balance between the traditional and post-museum typology. The result is a stronger connection with the local community and an enriching experience for museum goers. / February 2017
Date14 December 2016
CreatorsJameson, Tiffany
ContributorsKarpan, Cynthia (Interior Design), Roshko, Tijen (Interior Design) Botar, Oliver (School of Art)
Source SetsUniversity of Manitoba Canada
Detected LanguageEnglish

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