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Re: Museology



In a message dated 3/9/99 6:33:25 PM Eastern Standard Time, Jonkeria@AOL.COM
writes:
Quoting Mr. Varner:
<< If you have to provide them with all
  that "hands on" crap why don't you just give them a grape or piece of banana
  when they stay quiet for about a minute or so staring at some boring old
 bones
  that could really tell them something?  >>

Mr. Kammerer:
 Man, the bane of my
existence are those day camps that bus or subway in hundreds upon hundreds of
screaming, grasping, omnipresent 5-12 year olds whose one purpose for the day
seems to be to crawl on and grab everything within a 20 foot radius and make
my day a living heck.

Be glad that before they start crawling on everything, grasping and grabbing,
they haven't been presented Mr. Varner's banana or ration of a single grape. 
'What's that protuberance on the pachycephalosaur skull?  A single mashed
grape.  Only one?  That's all they get.' 


Mr. Kammerer again:
'... since even a skull piece can stand testament to millions
of years and a vast group of animals.'

'What's that thing that looks like a squashed yogurt carton?  3,600 species
and 6 million years.  Hard living!  Must have been.' 


Both Mr. Varner and Mr. Kammerer probably gain more from a museum than the
average museum visitor.  I'd suggest, though, that if the average visitor sees
nothing but fragments and the casts of fragments that not much has been gained
by the visitor and still less by the museum.
The museum can, I suppose, recover if it has a really interesting store, with
dinosaurs and everything, just like in the movies.