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Museums are nonprofit organizations that own, utilize, exhibit, and care for tangible objects that are exhibited to the public on a regular schedule. Museums take on the challenge of caring for and exhibiting objects of historical, artistic, cultural, or scientific merit. Museum collections have become accessible to a broad global learning public via digitization of their objects. Many organizations now have images of their collections available to anyone with an Internet connection through Web sites, Webinars, applications such as Google Art Projects, or the Modern Museum of Art in New York City’s inventory of its collections; software such as the Species Analyst; online libraries such as Europeana, Europe’s multimedia online library; widgets; blogs; and so on.

Types of Museums

The many and varied museum formats include archeology, ...

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