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Museums & Society 2034: Trends and Potential Futures

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Publication Date: December 2008

Publisher(s): Center for the Future of Museums

Author(s): James Chung

Funder(s): American Association of Museums

Funder(s): American Association of Museums

Topic: Culture and religion (Museums, memorials, and monuments)
Population and demographics (Demography and census)
Social conditions (Social policy)

Keywords: museums; trends; futurism

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

What challenges will American society and the nation's museums face in the next quarter-century? This report, commissioned by the Center for the Future of Museums at the American Association of Museums, projects current social trends to 2034 and suggests how museums can face future challenges while continuing to meet their mission of public service. The report focuses on four major trends: demographic shifts, globalization, the revolution in information and communications technology, and new cultural assumptions about the primacy of the individual as creator and curator.