The Art of Displaying Science: Museum Exhibitions

  • Hilde Hein
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 182)


Science museums have recently become important instruments of science education. Unlike schools and universities, which continue to be the chief centers of formal education and training for professional research, museums are resources for spontaneous discovery in an informal setting. Addressed to both the general public and to scholars, museums collectively have a mission that is complex and diverse. They are required to combine elementary education and exposure to basic concepts of science with collection and preservation of rare and sophisticated research materials. They must combine serious pedagogy with artful entertainment and offer something of interest to both the expert and the novice.


Natural History Museum Science Center Aesthetic Experience Science Museum American Museum 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hilde Hein
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  1. 1.College of the Holy CrossWorcesterUSA

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