Whither the Museum?

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Science  25 Oct 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5594, pp. 755-756
DOI: 10.1126/science.1074068

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Treasures on Earth. Museums, Collections and Pardoxes. Keith S. Thomson. Faber and Faber, London, 2002. 128 pp. Paper, £12.99. ISBN 0-571-21295-6.

The Poetic Museum. Reviving Historic Collections. Julian Spaulding. Prestel, London, 2002. 184 pp. £24.95. ISBN 3-7913-2678-3.

Making Museums Matter. Reviving Historic Collections. Stephen E. Weil. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC, 2002. 287 pp. $40. ISBN 1-58834-025-2. Paper, $18.95. ISBN 1-58834-000-7.

These three books discuss the current state of museums, the challenges such institutions face, and changes that may improve their futures.