The ideal archaeological museum

At present, I live in Leiden, almost around the corner from the National Museum of Antiquities. It’s a beautiful museum with a great collection of ancient objects and even some architecture, such as a complete Egyptian temple from the Augustan period. For much of 2015, the museum was closed as it was being renovated. A few months again, the doors were reopened.

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Are museums just collections of things?

This blog post was actually published on 25 September 2014 on the previous version of my personal website. Since people have been asking me about this article, I have decided to republish it on my new website. Back in September last year, I also posted a follow-up article on the purpose of an archaeological museum. That post, incorporating some cues from the one republished below, found a new home on the Ancient History Magazine website.

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