A TFAO Report: Museums Explained


Today we recognize that the finest collection, lovingly preserved, meticulously cataloged, and beautifully presented comes to life only when all kinds of people participate in its enjoyment. For our museums to earn their keep, to justify their existence, they must demonstrate on a daily basis why they matter. The objects in their care must give pleasure to visitors while helping them understand themselves and their world more fully. It is this magic-the chemical reaction, the powerful epiphany-that takes place between art and viewer that makes museums worth all the effort. [1]
-- William J. Hennessey, Director, Chrysler Museum of Art


There are many types of art museums -- with multiple benefits to the public. This Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) report is dedicated to persons interested in understanding more about the "inner workings" of art museums. It contains these sections:


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1. Excerpted from a November 2002 article in Art Museum Network News titled "Why It's Worth the Trouble," by William J. Hennessey, Director, Chrysler Museum of Art.

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