Volume 9, Number 3
Little-Known Facts About Museums
The American Association of Museums has just published
Museums for a New Century: a Report of the Commission on
Museums for a New Century. In the brochure describing this
report there are some attention-grabbing facts and figures.
- The number of museums in the country increases every year; in
Texas alone there are six times as many as there were 16 years
- The United States is virtually the only major country in the
world without a national policy or plan for the conservation of
objects in museums.
- The number of objects in the care of America's museums is
estimated at one billion.
- Eleven cooperative conservation centers around the country are
helping small and medium-sized museums meet their conservation
The report gives 16 recommendations to guide America's museums as
they move into the 21st century. It costs $17.95 for nonmembers of
AAM, plus $1.50 postage, and can be ordered from American
Association of Museums, P0 Box 33399, Washington 1)2 20033.