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Feature: Center for the Future of Museums: Small Museums in an Age of Scale

By lmrhody | February 7, 2014

In November, the Smithsonian’s Michael Edson threw down the gauntlet here on the Blog, with Museums in an Age of Scale. Michael challenged museums to dream big, especially when it comes to education. He concluded:

“Museums accomplish wonderful things in society, but a billion learners—that’s the kind of dream we need to have.”

This challenge provoked a lively response, particularly regarding the question of whether small museums can have a large scale impact outside their local communities. In a recent interview, I invited Michael to respond to some of the points raised about small museums, “big scale” and what it means for the future of museums.

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