By Kenneth Hudson
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Blue Gown, and Mr. Camel's Hair Scarf and Mr. Queer Cap, each had his own pleasant individuality and must be greeted whenever I went to the Museum. And indeed in those days the Spice Islands seemed to lie very near our Coast. 10 Charleston, the Peale Museum and Salem grew in what could be called the typical early museum way. The collections piled up in a completely disorderly, unplanned fashion yet, as the memories of Caroline Howard King testify, this old-fashioned chaos had a strong appeal for children and other unsophisticated people, for whom a museum was, more than anything else, a chamber of wonders, a romantic place which scientific arrangement could and did only spoil.
What is very rare is any confession of physical weakness. At all times, the connoisseurs and the professional critics Entry as a right 39 have visited exhibitions and galleries in a different spirit and with a different notion of enjoyment from the general public. How far, it is interesting to wonder, did they see what the manin-the-street saw? Suppose, for instance, that we consider the comments of the German art historian, G. F. Waagen, on the Elgin marbles, which he saw, as many thousands of other people did, in the British Museum in 1837.
Witteborg, of the American Museum of Natural History in 1958. To achieve this end at a natural history museum, exhibits should be planned for which actual life is illustrated and in which native skills and cultures are displayed. Nothing should be shown merely because it is ancient or has curiosity value. Specimens, reconstructions and processes should be exhibited because they have the authentic power to open the visitors' eyes to the movement and meaning of the stream of life. The natural history museum should take elements from nature and from life itself along with theories, concepts, and philosophies achieved through scientific research, and combine them all into a meaningful presentation which tells a story.