Differences in Museums Science History

The Experience: Science Vs History Museums

Experimentation versus documentation: these are the elemental differences of science and history museums. The differences between science and history museums correlate with the varied approaches to studying each subject. Science is always approached in an experimental way. First, one must decide on a hypothesis, test that hypothesis, and then use the data to determine a conclusion. However, history has already been written, and therefore interpretation is limited to studying the vestiges and documentation from each time period. When attending either a science or history museum, one will experience these differences.

Science Museums

Much like the experimental method, science museum push their visitors to learn through experience. For example, many science museums have areas for simple machines. These exhibits usually contain elements used to test theories such as gravity, Newton’s laws, and even ones own physical abilities. Visitors use the information and technology given to move objects from one place to another, determine which technique is best to complete a task, and learn that science is an interactive subject. Because of the exhibit interaction, many science museums are more high energy then most history museums. Many times these museums are self-guided ti allow the guest to move at their own pace.

History Museums

Any classic history museum has the same concept: display articles from the past, post historical facts, and invite the guest to imagine that they lived during that time period. History museums may not push the visitors to experiment to come to conclusions, but they still provide an experience that may unique for each guest. For example, in a history museum, you may see fossils, log cabins, clothing, tools and weapons from the past. These museums are usually quieter and more respect is paid to preserving the exhibits that they had. However, history museums are looking at the future to help guests get more out of their exhibits including adding multimedia  exhibits and audio guides. Most also provide tour guides to tie all the information together.

The Similarities

All museums are a great addition to our current society. In a world that is more and more dependent on television, the internet, and video games, museums provide an opportunity for families and an visitors to expand their knowledge of the world around them (past, present, and future). No matter how one chooses to pursue education, museums are an excellent way to test gravity’s limitations, view how the pioneers lived, and practice critical thinking skills.