Museums are the most tangible links to our past. Museums ensure understanding and appreciation for various groups and cultures. They promote better understanding of our collective heritage and foster dialogue, curiosity and self-reflection. Further, they serve to help future generations comprehend their history and recognize the achievements of those who came before them. Museums have historically also been centres of research, education, and public outreach. Museums provide memorable, immersive learning experiences, provoke imagination, introduce unknown worlds and subject matter, and offer unique environments for quality time with family because museums open up a world of imagination and exploration. They also play a crucial role in the success of tourism by attracting millions of international and domestic visitors. They are inherent part of the culture of the country, and cities that host them take great pride in their museums. Unfortunately, in India, the role and contribution of museums in development of the country is not fully recognised. As a result, the museum culture in India has not developed at the necessary pace.
In our modern society, it has become necessary and indeed urgent for museums to redefine their missions, their goals, their functions and their strategies to reflect the expectations of a changing world. India should develop more and more museums, which serve as agents of change and development: they must mirror events in society and become instruments of progress by calling attention to actions and events that will encourage development in the society. They must become part of the bigger communities that they serve and reach out to every group in the society.
Museum Culture Development Forum has been set up to bring together various stakeholders in the museum industry, help in development of museums, frame guidelines, conduct training and exchange programmes and build culture of museum visiting in India.
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