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This chapter considers the geographies of the museum – both those in and of the museum. It argues that museums have their own spatial arrangements that are rarely accidental and which actively shape how their contents are received by visitors. The chapter also contends that museums produce geographies of the world beyond their walls. What collections are put on show and how they are arranged and explained all shape visitors’ understandings about the geographical organisation of the peoples, natures and places that are exhibited. Before developing this argument, the chapter considers just how to define a museum in the first place.

So, what is a museum? Probably the most obvious answer to that question is to say that a museum is a depository of objects, ...

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