Large museums are located in major cities all around the world, and sometimes there are also local ones in small cities. Museums collect and care for objects of scientific, artistic, or historical importance. These objects are available for public viewing through exhibits that may be permanent or temporary. They function as houses that collect and exhibit culture. They are effectively cultural bookmarks that take pieces of art, culture, history, and science then marking their glory in a location that the general public can view. Museums celebrate human culture and our ability to understand the world around us. Nowadays, with the rise of information age and globalization, more people are coming to see what is housed in museums. For each country, museums are celebrating their accomplishments and history as a form of nationalism.
Museums are keepers of time. Their upkeep is important because they are records of a timeline. Walking through the halls is like walking through the history of the human race. With the museum’s core collection of important selected objects in its field, a visitor can get a glimpse of how human beings have evolved and how humans have interacted with the world around them throughout time. These objects are formally accessioned by being registered in the museum’s collection with an artifact number and details recorded about their origin. Museums keep tabs on the evolution of humanity and the world around us. Many of the artifacts in museums are extremely old and must be handled with utmost care or it will be damaged.
Different types of museums celebrate different aspects of human culture. For visitors to have better learning and understanding about the museum and its collection, they offer programs and activities for a range of audiences, including adults, children, and families, as well as those for people with specific professions. Programs for the public may consist of lectures or tutorials by the museum faculty or field experts, films, musicals or dance performances, and technology demonstrations. Most museums do not allow physical contact with the artifacts; however, some are interactive and encourage a more hand-on approach. With the modern trends, most museums have broadened the range of subject matter and introduced many interactive exhibits that give the public the opportunity to engage in fun-filled learning activities.
With the modern technology, museums are now able to put samples of their exhibits online in a virtual tour known as virtual exhibit, a web version of exhibit showing images and playing recorded sounds. This allows people to get a glimpse of what they are going to see before they actually arrive at the museum.