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Museums and Children: Nurturing an Indispensable Relationship for Building a Better Tomorrow

Museums and Children: Nurturing an Indispensable Relationship for Building a Better Tomorrow

This month we’re in conversation with Dr. Kanika Mondal, a museum consultant working within Gujarat, she also recently joined IGNCA, Vadodara as Project Associate. Her specialisation and expertise lies in conceiving and conducting special learning programs for children at museums. ReReeti : Children comprise a significant part of the audience in museums be it in India or elsewhere. You seem …

Chalo to Museums in India

Chalo to Museums in India

Museum as an entity has surpassed its standard definition as a mere repository of objects. In the 21st century the museum across the globe, has expanded its reach into not just spheres of learning and education but has also been established as an important civic node for social and cultural exchange.  Our blog this month is a call to action to …

International Museum Day 2017

International Museum Day 2017

International Museum Day 2017   What is the relationship between museums, objects and people? This year’s International Museum Day’s theme – Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums provides an opportunity to ponder upon the significance and relevance of museums in the present times. It also provides us a chance to exercises our empathy muscles. While, acceptance of a contested history is the first …

Why are museums important and how can they be made interesting to kids

Why are museums important and how can they be made interesting to kids

Why are museums important and how can they be made interesting for kids According to a research done by the Smithsonian Institution’s Early Learning Collaborative Network and Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC) 2012, learning in museums highly aid in the understanding of the world around us.  The research indicated that 1)  Museums, with their real artifacts, dioramas, and immersive exhibitions provide …

5 strategies for audience development for museums in India

5 strategies for audience development for museums in India

After talking to many museum and heritage professionals this year we find one of the most common question asked by everybody – how can we increase visitor footfall? What can we do for audience development? How can we increase audience engagement ?  A follow-up question we ask is do you have temporary exhibitions and programmes at your museum? While this …

Expert round up on accessibility and its various meanings

Expert round up on accessibility and its various meanings

Accessibility and its various interpretations Museums, heritage sites, libraries, and archives can best serve the public by making their programs and facilities as broadly accessible as possible.  This means creating opportunities that go beyond the basic requirements of out reach services, and thinking expansively about how to be widely-inclusive, welcoming, and collaborative. We have put together a few articles that our …

In conversation with  Kuldeep Kothari, Secretary, Rupayan Sansthan,

In conversation with Kuldeep Kothari, Secretary, Rupayan Sansthan,

The words Arna-Jharna literally mean ‘forest spring’. On one hand, it would seem to be an appropriate name for a museum devoted to the study of traditional knowledge systems within a larger ecology. Arna-Jharna also happens to be the local name of the region surrounding the museum, which is located 23 kilometres outside Jodhpur city in the semi-arid zone of the northwestern …

Addressing Museum Fatigue: Giving Visitors Breathing Space in the Midst of Exploring

In his paper “What is museum fatigue?” researcher Gareth Davey compiles various studies conducted to understand why visitors lose interest as they progress through a museum’s exhibits. He summarizes, “Visitor attributes, the museum setting, and interaction between them, seem to underpin fatigue, and their relative importance differs according to the behavioral changes under investigation.”

What Makes Art Galleries and Museums Different From Each Other?

Goa-based art historian and curator Lina Vincent Sunish reflects on the distinctive roles of museums and art galleries, highlighting their functional and aesthetic aspects for visitors. Image: Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Mumbai Since the turn of the new millennium, the debate on curatorial practices has been steadily growing around the world, and especially in India, which saw a rise in …

Museums in Independent India

The main objective was to display, preserve and document the rich cultural heritage of the entire county, now free from colonial rule, including the conservation and protection of the handlooms, handicrafts, art and palatial treasures, as well as folk and ethnographic artifacts of the region in which the museums are based.