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RE: Museology

The AMNH halls are well-lit and well-arranged if you are a cladist
in synapomorphies of dry bones. I agree that they improve on the 1920's
museums. I do like them, but they don't do much to show the relationships of
the animals to their environment. Look at where the kids go. They gravitate
to where the computers are and are disappointed by the primitive nature
of the computer displays.
G. Derkits

> ----------
> From:         Danvarner@aol.com[SMTP:Danvarner@aol.com]
> Sent:         Tuesday, March 09, 1999 12:35 PM
> To:   th81@umail.umd.edu
> Cc:   dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject:      Re: Museology
> In a message dated 99-03-09 08:34:09 EST, you write:
> << 
>  What would the ideal early 21rst Century dinosaur hall look like at a
> given
>  museum?
>  That is, what do you, the interested public, want to see in future
> dinosaur
>  exhibits?
>   >>
>   I would like to see more in the way of incredibly expensive paintings by
> me
> on display, rather than that brush-pushing rabble currently on view. But
> seriously (no wait a minute, I was serious!), although I felt compelled to
> believe otherwise, I think that the newly-renovated halls of paleontology
> at
> the American Museum of Natural History are wonderful models for what a
> natural
> history museum can be. With the white walls and natural daylight combined
> with
> tasteful lighting one feels more like you are walking through an art
> museum.
> Your attention is drawn naturally to the specimens. Their inherent natural
> beauty is obvious--no need to have some exhibit designer beating you over
> the
> head to force you to look at something. The Knight and Matternes artworks
> are
> safely displayed and you can put your nose right up to them. I grew up in
> the
> sixties during the age of museums as black boxes with spotlights. This
> change
> is very refreshing. I do wish, however, that the AMNH didn't have a shop
> in
> every corner and even in the middle of a hall. Dan Varner.