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Science  06 Feb 2015:
Vol. 347, Issue 6222, pp. 618
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa0840

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Museums of science and natural history serve a critical role in preserving our past and educating the public about advances in our understanding of the world around us. Yet few appreciate the degree to which these seemingly timeless institutions have transformed to meet new challenges and evolving expectations. Kirk R. Johnson, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, considers a historical account of the evolution of the modern museum in a review of Life on Display: Revolutionizing U.S. Museums of Science and Natural History in the Twentieth Century.