Objects are the heart of the museum experience.
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Objects are the heart

of the museum experience.  


Objects should be included for their intrinsic value – don’t use objects merely as illustrations. As Dominique Ferriot famously said ‘there is no museology without objects’. Original objects in an exhibition can be used in several ways: as a visual or intellectual experience; as a talisman or icon; as an illustration. It is indispensable that objects have intrinsic value (either alone or in context), and objects can also serve a useful iconic role, however to use objects merely to illustrate devalues their significance. If the only reason to include an object is to show that it exists, it would be equally valid to refer to it in text.