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Te Papa: an invitation for redefinition

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‘For museums, the challenge is one of future positioning rather than simply coping with current realities.’ In a nutshell, William Tramposch sets out what he views as the central issue facing museums as they grapple with the growth in tourism, seen here not as a ‘momentary phenomenon’ but as an irrevocable international trend. The author served as vice-chair of US/ICOM until assuming the position of director of museum resources at Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. During his twenty-two years in the field, he has served as a director at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, executive director of the Oregon Historical Society, and president of the New York State Historical Association. In 1986 and 1988, he was awarded Fulbright Fellowships to teach and write in New Zealand.

Document Type: Original Article


Affiliations: Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand

Publication date: July 1, 1998

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