In preparation for class on Monday, please consider the following questions:
What are the social forces that brought museums into being?
What were the predecessors to the modern museum and how did they contribute to the modern museum's development?
What were the original goals of the modern museum?
What was the nature of the collections and what were the acquisition strategies of the early modern museum and how have these factors shaped the comprehensive museum today?
We also asked them to distinguish among perspectives and approaches.
What are the strengths and weaknesses of the comprehensive museum.