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Since the 18th century, western societies have enshrined their past in museums. Originally developed as cabinets of curiosity or cabinets of wonder (Wunderkammer) containing all manner of odd things (unicorns' horns besides geodes beside a preserved head of a monstrous calf), collections by the later 18th century took on regional and eventually national significance.
One of the reasons they did so was because they provided what came to be known as "object lesson history." Objects bring history alive in a way that words on a page or even pictures (static or moving) cannot. And even better, if students get to participate in activities, lasting impressions are formed.
Because museums offer a unique teaching perspective, we have involved a number of those living history museums that preserve, interpret and promote the past and its technologies.
Our Museum Partners