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The Museum Is Open

Towards a Transnational History of Museums 1750-1940

Edited by: Andrea Meyer and Benedicte Savoy

New perspectives for the research on museum history

Museum science, museum analysis, museum history, and museum theory – all this expanding terminology underscores the growing scholarly interest in museums. A recurring assertion is that as an institution, the museum has largely functioned as a venue for the formation of specifically national identities. This volume, by contrast, highlights the museum as a product of transnational processes of exchange, focusing on the period from 1750 to 1940.

  • A ground-breaking contribution to transnational art scholarship and museum history
  • Contribution to a better understanding of museum practice and its international framing


"This wide-ranging essay collection offers insights into the transnational museum as both monumental site and ‘spatial fiction’."
Tom Stammers in: Journal of the History of Collections 10/2014


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Audience: Art historians, museologists, historians, cultural scholars, historians of science