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How museums hold the secrets to our past and the future of our values

Museums are growing to adapt to visitor expectations, not just on what artifacts are displayed, but how museums obtain them.



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Museums hold a special place in our lives and cities. They take history, science, and art concepts and bring them to life. They incite awe at the larger-than-life Triceratops skeleton, peer inside our cardiovascular system, or reflect on the brightest and darkest moments in history.

We take a look at how museums work to impact our lives as they grow to adapt to visitor expectations, not just on what artifacts are displayed, but how the museums obtain them.

First, we discuss how visitors can take advantage of the close-knit museums in midtown Houston with Houston Museum District, including free visitation days and discovering new museum spaces.

Then, we speak with the curator of the new John P. McGovern Hall of The Americas at the Houston Museum of Natural Science on how ancient artifacts of indigenous peoples are respectfully obtained and stored by the museum. We also reflect on the remarkable moments discovery plays in museum visits.


Alison Weaver

John Arcidiacono

  • President & Chief Executive Officer of The Health Museum
  • Board Member of the Houston Museum District Association

Dr. Dirk Van Tuerenhout

  • Curator of Anthropology, the Houston Museum of Natural Science

This episode of Town Square is guest-hosted by Brenda Valdivia, in for Ernie Manouse.

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