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ERIC Number: EJ1163155
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1059-8650
Connecting People with Their Museum
Abd el Salam, Heba; McCormack, Dawn; Martin, Brenden
Journal of Museum Education, v42 n4 p385-395 2017
In western countries, engagement with neighboring communities is an expected part of a museum's mission. However, in other parts of the world, this is often not the case. In Egypt, the focus of museums has been primarily on foreign tourists. The re-opening of the Mallawi Museum provided the opportunity to undertake a case study to adapt western public outreach methods to this Middle Eastern setting. Through puppet shows, storytelling, living history, and workshops, local children, teachers, and family members were able to experience the museum in an unprecedented fashion. A survey administered to adults at the end of the program revealed a greater understanding and appreciation for cultural heritage. The end goal of such projects is for local populations to recognize the importance of their cultural heritage so that they will be more likely to protect museums and historic sites when threats emerge.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Egypt
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