In 2020, Reconsidering Museums asked Canadians from all regions and with diverse backgrounds and interests, what do museums mean to you? Here is some of what we heard.
Trusted: 80% of respondents think museums are a credible source of information, “When done right, museums can be one of the few places that still hold community trust.”
Educators: 95% of respondents think that the museum is a place to learn and be inspired, “Museums taught me about new ways to communicate. They taught me the value of objects as messages from other times or places.”
Stewards: 95% of respondents think that the museum is a place to preserve and care for art and objects, and to tell their stories, “Museums preserve common inheritances. They keep objects and archives as historical evidence.”
Tell the truth about their local history, collect and exhibit diverse perspectives, and share authority with their communities.