Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Geopark, Museum

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_860

A geopark museum should be of a sufficient size to demonstrate the geology and geomorphology of the geopark. A museum is a centre for interpretation, an area for geopark promotion and a training and education centre for science popularisation. It stores and displays the results scientific research projects, academic exchanges and publications associated with the development of the geopark. The displays must be interesting and attractive to visitors to disseminate knowledge. Interactive exhibits that encourage the active participation of visitors are preferred. The contents should comprise the natural and cultural elements of the geopark and the surrounding areas. The iconic and attractive landscape, unique ecological features and local culture are important displays that serve the primary purpose of increasing the interest and appreciation of visitors. In China, the size of a geopark museum is usually larger 800 m2. Smaller museums and display centres can be set up in individual...

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