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City museums: first elements for a debate

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Abstract:

This paper is focused on two main topics which influence the contemporary and on-going debate about museums (and, among others, city museums): the existence of a collection and of a building dedicated to housing it. Then it deals with the question of the size of cities selected for the establishment of a city museum (large or small centres). Finally, the use of documentary, iconographical, cartographical sources and multimedia tools for the representation of urban changes over a long period of time is considered from the point of view of the necessity to communicate with a broad range of users (for example, tourists, citizens, new immigrants, children).

Keywords: European history; architectural history; city museums; early modern city's history; modern city's history; urban history

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02665433.2012.686576

Affiliations: Department of “Architettura: costruzione e conservatione”,University Iuav of Venice, Venice, Italy

Publication date: July 1, 2012

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