The History of Museums

Today museums are found all over the world. They cover a wide variety of topics and are mostly open to the public. Although museums are popular today, this was not always the case. In this article, we are going to look at the history of museums.

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The first instance of museums that we see in history is from ancient Greece. During this time museums were reserved for the arts and sciences. In these early museums, you could find many different tributes to the gods. The purpose of these museums was centered around the gods, and the people that worked there were supposed to protect their work.

In Mesopotamia the first museum was created in the year 530 B.C. The first curator of this museum was a princess who collected art. Moving on to ancient Rome we can see the first instance displaying art, however, this was reserved for the upper class to see.

The 1800s saw the first museum in New York City. Everything that was collected for the museum came from Europe. Animals were some of the most popular things that you could find in this museum.

All in all, the history of museums is interesting, and the early forms are much different than what we see today.


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