1st Edition

Dictionary of Museology

Edited By François Mairesse Copyright 2023

    The internationally focused Dictionary of Museology reflects the diversity of cultural and disciplinary approaches to theory and practice in the museum field today.

    The museum world is changing rapidly, and the characteristics and social roles of the world’s approximately 100,000 existing museums are constantly evolving. In addition to their traditional functions of preservation, research and communication, museums are increasingly addressing issues related to social inclusion, human rights, sustainable development and finances, all of which are explored in this dictionary. Drawing on the support of an international editorial committee, including influential figures from the US, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Spain, Germany, France and the UK, this collaborative work produced by over 100 researchers from around the world provides an overview of this unique field by defining over 1,000 terms relating to museology.

    The Dictionary of Museology is intended for a broad spectrum of museum professionals, academics, researchers and students. The book will be especially useful to those working with international partners, since a common lexicon that conveys the complex reality of current social and cultural values is particularly vital for those working across borders.

    Preface by Alberto Garlandini; Introduction; Entries A-Z; Acronyms.


    François Mairesse, Professor of Museology at Sorbonne Nouvelle University (CERLIS, CNRS, ICCA) and a former museum director, is the UNESCO Chair on the Study of Museum Diversity and its Evolution. He is the author of numerous works on museums and museology.

    Highly recommended by CHOICE!