Why do people visit museums? What do museums hope to accomplish? Are museums primarily places of preservation or education? This course seeks to answer these questions through an in-depth exploration of the history of museums. In particular, we will explore three main types of museums: art museums, history museums, and science and technology museums, and track their evolution from early modern cabinets of curiosities to the modern museums of today. Our readings will be accompanied by visits to some of the many museums in the Phoenix area, such as the Heard Museum, the Spirit of the West Museum, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Musical Instrument Museum, and others.
Dr. Katherine Boyce-Jacino