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Pierre Loti’s House: the balancing act between exhibition and conservation

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Can a museum become too popular for its own good? Gaby Scaon, curator of the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire and the Pierre Loti House in Rochefort (France), discusses the problems involved in managing a historic house museum where the numbers of visitors simply cannot all be accommodated, giving practical and valuable suggestions. Gaby Scaon, who holds a degree in ethnology, has directed the Ecomuseum in the Brittany region in France, and has recently launched the cultural project and scientific programme for restructuring the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire in Rochefort along the lines of a museum of urban history. The author has published several articles on Pierre Loti’s house, and has also published the catalogue Bleu, a collection of twenty-two artists on the colour blue.

Document Type: Original Article


Affiliations: Musée d’Art et d’Histoire and the Pierre Loti House, Rochefort, France

Publication date: 2001-04-01

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