The landscape of our cultural institutions is shifting – and many are now using COVID-19 as an opportunity to reflect on the role of the museum itself.
What makes a museum? Is it the collection, professional staff or the building itself? In a capitalist era, the tendency may be to chase funding or subscribe to viewer tastes with blockbusters, but museums also have a loftier role – preserving and communicating our history and culture. Then again, whose history and culture are we preserving?