Since we are about to begin a new adventure with the kite museum and largely re-invent ourselves, I thought I should begin with helping to calibrate understanding of our version and vision of a museum, which it turns out is the original way museums started out - as private exhibits by families. But forget about the part about wealthy families, we are just average middle-class Canadians.
Consider the following:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A museum is an institution that cares for (conserves) a collection of artifacts and other objects of scientific, artistic, cultural, or historical importance and makes them available for public viewing through exhibits that may be permanent or temporary. Most large museums are located in major cities throughout the world and more local ones exist in smaller cities, towns and even the countryside. The continuing acceleration in the digitization of information, combined with the increasing capacity of digital information storage, is causing the traditional model of museums (i.e. as static “collections of collections” of three-dimensional specimens and artifacts) to expand to include virtual exhibits and high-resolution images of their collections for perusal, study, and exploration from any place with Internet.
Early museums began as the private collections of wealthy individuals, families or institutions of art and rare or curious natural objects and artifacts. These were often displayed in so-called wonder rooms or cabinets of curiosities. Public access was often possible for the "respectable", especially to private art collections, but at the whim of the owner and his staff. The oldest such museum in evidence was Ennigaldi-Nanna's museum, dating from c. 530 BC and devoted to Mesopotamian antiquities; it apparently had sufficient traffic as to warrant labels for the ordered collection, although there is no source for this information.
We look forward to sharing this new advanture with those inclined to check in with us from time to time.
In the meantime, if you wish to share any thoughts or would like to get invloved, please write me at: firstname.lastname@example.org