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Museums and morals.  


All choices in a museum are ethical choices – what kind of world do we want to live in, how do we want people to behave, what do we believe about museum visitors. The museum experience depends on respect, courtesy and compassion – no-one should leave feeling stupid. Nelson Goodman wrote in 1980: “the museum has to function as an institution for the prevention of blindness in order to make works work. And making works work is the museum’s major mission. Works work when, by stimulating inquisitive looking, sharpening perception, raising visual intelligence, widening perspectives, and marking off neglected significant kinds, they participate in the organisation and reorganisation of experience, in the making and re-making of our worlds.”