Hidden Treasures: What Museums Can't Or Won't Show You by Harriet BaskasHidden Treasures: What Museums Can't Or Won't Show You by Harriet Baskas

Hidden Treasures: What Museums Can't Or Won't Show You

byHarriet Baskas

Paperback | October 1, 2013

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While there are more than 15,000 museums in our country, visitors get to see only about five percent of any institution's collections. Most museums simply don't have room to display everything they've got. However, there are a wide variety of surprising and intriguing reasons that, for example, the Smithsonian Institution doesn't display its collection of condoms, Florida's Lightner Museum locks up all but one of its shrunken heads, and a world-class stash of Japanese erotica (shunga) art was kept in the Honolulu Museum of Art's storage until only recently. Each item or collection included in this volume is described and placed in context with stories and interviews that explore the historical, social, cultural, political, environmental, or other circumstances that led to keeping that object or group of objects out of public view--the ultimate museum buff's voyeuristic experience. Color photographs of the artifacts are included.
Harriet Baskas is an award-winning radio producer with a Masters in Communication from the University of Washington. Her radio series include Henrietta's Holiday: Portraits of Unusual Museums and the Hidden Treasures Radio Project. Both 26-part series explored museum collections around the country and were featured on National Public R...
Title:Hidden Treasures: What Museums Can't Or Won't Show YouFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:192 pages, 9.25 × 7.5 × 0.68 inShipping dimensions:9.25 × 7.5 × 0.68 inPublished:October 1, 2013Publisher:Globe PequotLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0762780479

ISBN - 13:9780762780471


Editorial Reviews

"One of the great myths of the museum world is that we should perpetually strive to put as much of our collections on show for as long as we can. My sense instead is that one of the most important roles of the museum is precisely the opposite: namely to keep safe material that is off display and at rest, so that it can then be rediscovered and reinterpreted afresh when it has had a chance, if you like, to recharge it batteries."Ken Arnold, Head of Public Programs at the Wellcome Collection in London