Local museum

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Museum de Oude Wolden is a local museum about art and history in Bellingwolde, Netherlands
Big Sandy Heritage Center is a local museum about history and culture in Pikeville, Kentucky

A local museum or local history museum is a museum that covers local history. Its collection normally includes objects with a local connection of some sort. Such museums are often small in nature and have a low budget for their running costs. Entry costs are normally low as well.[1]

A local museum covering a city is sometimes called a city museum and a local museum covering a town is sometimes called a town museum.

History[edit]

The first suggestion of establishing local museums in Britain was make by William Sharp in the nineteenth century.[2] On the strength of this suggestion he was admitted to the Royal Society

Regional variations[edit]

In Germany, a specific type of local museum is a Heimatmuseum, a museum dedicated to the unique German concept of heimat, a form of local cultural identity.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Timo Tohmo, Economic value of a local museum: Factors of willingness-to-pay. Journal of Socio-Economics, Volume 33, Issue 2, pages 229–240, April 2004. doi:10.1016/j.socec.2003.12.012
  2. ^ Bernard Leary, ‘Sharp, William (1805–1896)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, Oct 2005 accessed 22 May 2010