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The Smithsonian Institution -- the world's largest museum and research complex -- includes 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park. The total number of artifacts, works of art and specimens in the Smithsonian's collections is estimated a... more
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Listen to Robert Sullivan writing only a few months ago."Almost all the great natural history museums emerged under the lengthening shadow of the Victorian paradigm of ascending progress. At the top of that ascending spiral was rational-logical, scientific, technological Western man. With quasi-religious fervour and divine sanctions, natural scientists roamed the world collecting, categorising, and classifying creation and sending it back to .. institutions that groaned under the load of nature's hold. Largely scholarly and scientific .. these first natural history museums presented a fragmented, "ologized", and exotic natural and cultural world, normally hanging or mounted or stuffed with Darwin's evolutionary theory.... In an increasingly urbanised, pre-television, pre-automobile, pre-jetliner world, natural history museums were the primary places to tangibly contact nature: the exotic, the bizarre, the primitive, the curiosities of the world that lay beyond the city limits."� Robert Sullivan, 'Trouble in Paradigms', Museum News, 41-44 (Jan/Feb 1992)
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