Museums Then and Now: A Comparison of Museum-Building in the U.S.

Steven Conn

November 9, 2010 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Harris School of Public Policy Studies
1155 E. 60th St.
Room 224

Steven Conn is Professor of History at Ohio State University and Director of Public History there. He is the author of five books including Museums and American Intellectual Life, 1876-1926 and most recently Do Museums Still Need Objects?

We live in a museum age. More museums are being visited by more people than ever before and over the last generation we have witnessed an explosion of museum-building projects. In fact, this is really a second "golden age" of museum building, and in his talk historian Steven Conn will compare the museums built during the first "golden age" — the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries — with their more recent counterparts to explore what has changed, what hasn't, and what has driven the museum project of the recent past.