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Authors:Cecilia Axelsson: Department of history, School of humanities, Växjö Universitet, Sweden
Publication title:Exploring the Museum : A Comprehensive Approach
Conference:NaMu, Making National Museums Program, Setting the Frames, 26–28 February, Norrköping, Sweden
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Article No.:022
Abstract:To understand what role a museum, such as a National Museum, plays in society this paper proposes the approach of looking at museums in a comprehensive way. An exhibition can be seen as a process of mediation and three phases of this process can be discerned and analysed. Different actors and conditions connected to these phases have the potential of shaping the story told and the way it can be understood. This paper underlines the importance of analyzing each of these phases separately, but also of looking at the process in its entirety. Questions such as “What are the intentions of the museum staff or exhibition producers?” What is narrated and reproduced in the exhibitions?” “How does the visitor make meaning of the mediation in the museum?” can then not only be answered, but also be seen in the light of each other, promoting a greater understanding of the museum itself, of the museum’s role in society and of the museum experience. Using examples from research on the exhibition Afrikafararna this paper proposes that this comprehensive approach is a fruitful method to apply when analyzing and comparing different museums, and when trying to understand what the concept of a National Museum really is.
No. of pages:7
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet

Cecilia Axelsson (2007). Exploring the Museum : A Comprehensive Approach, NaMu, Making National Museums Program, Setting the Frames, 26–28 February, Norrköping, Sweden;article=022 (accessed 4/24/2014)