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UNAS 2265 Museums of Life I:Cabinets to Natural Hs Museums (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

Museums of Life will examine the origins, history, changing purposes, and current practices of institutions devoted to the collection and exhibition of all forms of organic life, whether living or extinct. The course will consider the growth and development of botanic gardens, natural history museums, aquaria, and zoological gardens to the present day, with a special emphasis on local representations (the Arnold Arboretum, the Harvard Museums of Natural History and the Museum of Science, the New England Aquarium, and Franklin Park and Stone Zoos). Their particular histories and contemporary workings will be examined through original documents and possible site visits.

Instructor(s): Rory Browne

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: UNAS2265 runs from beginning of semester to Spring Break. It is followed by UNAS2266.

Last Updated: 24-Jun-17