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Nature's Museums: Victorian Science and the Architecture of Display

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By: Carla Yanni

199 pages, 72 b/w illus, 26 line illus

Athlone Press

Hardback | Sep 1998 | #106425 | ISBN: 0485004054
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Focusing on the Oxford University Museum, the Edinburgh Museum of Science and Art, and the Natural History Museum of London, Yanni explores how such institutions reflected varying, often contradictory concepts of nature, and explains how the rise of museums accompanied and influenced the transformation of science from a "gentleman's hobby" to a paying profession.


Museum vision - "sights unseen before; displays of natural knowledge in the 1830s and 40s; nature as creation - the Oxford University Museum; nature as a natural resource - the Edinburgh Museum of Science and Art; nature in conflict - The Natural History Museum in London; still life - natural history museums today. Conclusion: the role of architecture in the social construction of knowledge. Epilogue: two more arks - the Museum of Creation and the Museum of Jurassic Technology.

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