The article explores the relevance of today’s museums for modern people. It seeks the re-evaluation or the confirmation of the role of museums in today’s world and it defines the museum as a public service. This logical re-thinking of the existing perception of museums is applied in practice during the preparation of new and innovative projects. New projects are perceived as providing a new chance to ask questions about general topics, and the significance of the institution is demonstrated by its specific undertakings. The preparation of the natural science exhibition is used for demonstrating how partners are involved, while with project preparation the emphasis is mainly placed on sustainability, professional management, partnership and participation.
Martin Fořt and Pavel Sankot
The study deals with the possibility of exploring the La Tène swords and choosing the appropriate method of conservation intervention. The published results are based on an internal grant from the National Museum running between 2015 and 2016, which was closely focused on "The Exploration of Celtic Iron Arms from the Archaeological Collection of the National Museum" and which involved 67 items. The purpose of the internal grant was to find and to map hidden decorations or other structural elements on the La Tène swords that had been preserved in the past. Preferred were the preserved swords with unremoved layers of anti-corrosion products, whereby there is a greater presumption of the occurrence of the above-mentioned elements than when the cleaning of swords was specifically of a chemical nature.
The aim of this paper is to present the diversity of teaching approaches and presentations of the gripping educational history of mining using the example of three geographically and institutionally distinct memory locations: i.e. the national monument Michal Mine in Ostrava Michálkovice, the Mine and Museum in Nowa Ruda and the Penzberg Museum in Bavaria, which connects cultural and historical concepts and which is focused on the person, i.e. the miner and his daily work. The individual medallions include summaries of the historical development of the former coal mines, i.e. Michal, Ruben (Nowa Ruda) and Penzberg, a description of industrial monuments for the public or building amining museum and analytical description of educational programmes for school children, with emphasis on the method and didactic media utilised. The conclusion is formulated in the form of a summative comparison of the various components of teaching, based on generally-educational or museum-pedagogical categorisation.
Historical wooden buildings can be seen not only in Japanese open-air museums and in the Japanese countryside, but also in the largest metropolises. On the individual Japanese islands we can find almost ten open-air museums, all of a different character. They include local, regional and national museums - thereby presenting several areas at the same time. Most of them are rural buildings that are primarily related to agricultural subsistence, while some of them also exhibit urban life. In addition to exhibitions of real life and thematic exhibitions, the museums also prepare such programmes as traditional festivities and handicraft courses. Numerous information boards in the museums that are visited, however, are already obsolete in terms of their technical workmanship and their graphics while at the same time they display a lot of information, which also makes the exhibitions chaotic. An interesting concept for using historic buildings is The Art House Project, where endangered buildings were offered to leading Japanese artists and architects for their up-to-date adjustment. A brief encounter with Japanese architecture at the same time confirms that the practical implementation of basic needs to ensure living is similar across the world.
The paper is devoted to the marketing activities of the Ľubovňa Museum, which are expressed via communication with the media of various kinds and forms and are used for building the image of the Museum. It provides information about this Museum’s communication with the public through modern forms of marketing and promotion, including the organising of social and cultural-educational events and by cooperating with other public life institutions. The Ľubovňa Museum - the Castle in Stará Ľubovňa - was visited by a total number of 186 thousand visitors in 2016.
Petra Štefcová, Jaroslav Valach and Petr Zemánek
The article is a brief description of the content and the objectives of a joint project that is entitled „The Analysis, Description and Archiving of Comprehensive Information concerning the properties of Cultural Heritage Artifacts and the Usage of such Data during Restoration, Conservation and Research“ that is carried out at various departments of the National Museum and of the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and of the Faculty of Arts of Charles University within the Applied Research and Development of National and Cultural Identity Programme (NAKI) that is funded by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic. It also provides some examples of the results that were achieved during the first year of the project.
Lucie Kodišová, Lenka Vacinová, Jiří Sejkora and Luboš Polanský
The new Treasury of the National Museum will present rare crafts-manship of precious stones and metals in connection with the natural form of these materials. The Treasury will be followed by a Numismatic Cabinet, which will introduce the history of money from Antiquity till today. The Treasury and the Numismatic Cabinet will be interconnected in a joint hall devoted to gold and silver and they will be thematically intertwined in the hallway with the presentation of production technologies. The Treasury is created in close cooperation within the National Museum – the Natural History Museum and the Historical Museum. The base line will consist of minerals from diamonds to quartz and organic matter, which will join together with goldsmiths and artisanal arts into a unique complex. The main goal of the new Numismatic Cabinet is the establishment of a numismatic exposition that will be both scholarly exact and intriguing at the same time, educating visitors of the development of payment methods from Antiquity until today in a comprehensible and attractive way. The chronological exposition will be divided into several basic thematic sequential units.