Museums have the ability to deliver information and content in unique and memorable ways. In this article, Alan J. Friedman points out that museums can create contexts for artifacts and information, as well as make connections between broader subjects and themes. This allows visitors the chance to place what they see and learn into an understandable framework. Museums also have the ability to help visitors connect what they learn through the exhibits, to their own lives and histories. Friedman encourages this support of “personal discovery,” as well as commends museums’ use of hands-on experiences and follow-up materials.
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