The View From the Castle: Museum research, too often limited, could play an important and exciting role in the drama of basic knowledge

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Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley responds to comments about his June, 1971 "The View From the Castle: ..." essay and refutes a recent National Academy of Sciences' statement concerning the maintainance and management of natural history museums. Ripley discusses the changing role of museums and how museums must meet modern educational needs by revamping exhibitions in part to resemble demonstration theaters.


  • National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)


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Smithsonian Vol. 2, no. 5 (Journal)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


August 1971


  • Education
  • Castle View
  • Museums
  • National Collections
  • Museum techniques
  • Museums--Educational aspects

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