A Living Exhibition:: The Smithsonian and the Transformation of the Universal Museum

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Walker discusses how the evolution of the Smithsonian Institution has mirrored broader changes in American culture. He traces the changes from the early concept of a universal museum to the complex and variegated complex of museums it oversees today, from the single U.S. National Museum to the new National Museum of the American Indian, especially in the Cold War era.


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  • National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.)
  • United States National Museum


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Number of pages : 304; Page numbers : 1-304

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