Museum vs. Library

Difference Between Museum And Library


Museum. A museum is a public or private institution that generally deals with the natural world, art, or artifacts, or all of these, and that procures, studies, preserves, and displays living things or objects, or both, of enduring interest or value. The holdings of a museum can be highly specific in nature or can encompass an encyclopedic range of objects. In the case of art institutions, museums may be devoted to a single artist, medium, or country, while other types of museums may concentrate on an individual or a group of people.

In this age of computer technology, with its innumerable opportunities to disseminate and obtain information by way of the World Wide Web, many museums throughout the world have elaborate and heavily illustrated web sites that enable browsers to take virtual tours of actual exhibitions and galleries.


Its approach is both historical and analytical—historical in that it discusses the rise and development of libraries and archives in light of broad patterns of social and political change, and analytical insofar as it emphasizes the variety of ways in which libraries and the societies of which they are a part interact.

In the English-speaking world today, library connotes a body of recorded information brought together for a specific purpose, organized for use, and made available to users. Those responsible for acquiring, storing, organizing, and making available these records are generally known as librarians, although related terms, such as records managers, archivists, media specialists, and information scientists, may be used, depending on the environment in which these professionals work.



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