Hidden Treasures: What Museums Can't Or Won't Show You

By Harriet Baskas

While there are greater than 15,000 museums in our country, visitors get to work out simply approximately  5 percentage of any institution’s collections. Most museums easily don’t have room to demonstrate every little thing they’ve received. despite the fact that, there are a large choice of bizarre and interesting purposes that, for instance, the Smithsonian establishment doesn’t show its number of condoms, Florida's Lightner Museum locks up all yet certainly one of its shrunken heads, and a world-class stash of eastern erotica (shunga) artwork was once stored within the Honolulu Museum of Art's garage till just recently. each one merchandise or assortment integrated during this quantity is described and put in context with tales and interviews that discover the historic, social, cultural, political, environmental, or different situations that ended in maintaining that item or staff of gadgets out of public view--the final museum buff's voyeuristic adventure. colour pictures of the artifacts are included.

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