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Microsoft-Visitor-CenterThere are not few people who find conventional museums as very boring. We have not seen surveys related to this topic lately, but we fear that the social critical mass towards the mausoleums of culture might find it more critical than ever. Large museums, boring museums. And it is not that the critical mass of people not enjoy their free time in a fun, creative, original way, ways of conceiving the entertainment which are away from the traditional concept of Museum. This insurmountable reality of popular entertainment, we will make a stop, we will create a hole, fixing our attention on what we call now: paramuseums. He is not to insist on the introduction of new bad words you would going crazy, but we’re seeing and living changes, making it believe that these changes should baptize them putting them any name that makes them justice. I already anticipate that it is not a word coined by us; It was heard in a conversation between professionals.

visitor_centers.Par.53441.Image.550.347.1The paramuseum is the equivalent of the North AmericanVisitor Centers

All part of the derivation we have made the concept of pharmacy. A pharmacy is a pharmacy that is not actually a pharmacy. Lack of licensing to open new establishments of sale of prescription drugs, forcing pharmacists to seek an exit within a legislative framework that is less severe and where you can sell product pharmacists without a prescription. Well, the case of interpretation centres is identical. Interpretation centres are cultural facilities, for which there are no clear regulations, definitions, catalogs, or classifications, ranging from a much faster way, here and there, without rules or planning that includes them. Since the year 2000, more or less, until 2010, more or less, have been years of true Boomer small equipment, although that boom, coincident with the real estate bubble, already has volatilized completely. The territory is plagued with dozens and dozens of these small facilities, many of them already in ruins; other not so much and we are very glad for this reason.

inside-coe-visitor-centerA significant number of paramuseums that are still open, are dedicated to the natural environment

Why did happend the phenomenon of interpretation centres? The objective of what we now call paramuseos was noble: respond to the needs of a public that does not easily fit a traditional Museum. A small cultural facility offers an alternative to the slow and expensive delivery of a new Museum. Museums need collections that show, adding the exhaustive work of costly research teams and you need to staff: curators, restorers, educational and auxiliary cabinets, etc. But the paramuseo, better known as a center of interpretation, does not need collections that show and therefore does not require multidisciplinary teams to ensure them. Also apply them hard and restrictive legislation affecting the conventional Museum. As headquarters can serve any building *, research requires much less effort, the absence of parts to expose can be supplemented through replicas or facsimiles, and finally, the maintenance is much easier. With so many facilities local authorities lived a real indulgence when mounting these facilities. Some became a phenomenal educational tool, offering its visitors the keys so that you can correctly interpret heritage in its broadest sense of the word. Now, the creation and management of these facilities most leaves much to be desired.

pannonhalma_visitors_center_r231110_1The paramuseum is the younger brother of conventional museums

Museographers as us, when we faced a project of this nature, the creation of a paramuseo, always insistíamos to remind managers of the future equipment, the same song: once they open it will have to continue working on it, care for it, keep it live… As if we were fathers to our children, witnessing of as “our eco-museums” were to deteriorate, see how they were suffering one one this terrible disease that is premature old age, to the abandonment. It is a real shame. Despite this reality, from here we want to pay a tribute to all those people’s councils, which are usually responsible for what are the local development agency, who continue to struggle against all odds to keep afloat these small cultural facilities. Many of these women and men of the town halls have faced even own mayors to make the interpretation Center does not disintegrate on oblivion and the carelessness of politicians. Political, we already know this breed, which once check the photo of the day of the inauguration of “your paramuseo”, if you’ve seen, I don’t remember. This is a tribute to people who have followed with their own resources, with their hands, with an effort that was not its obligation, keeping alive these centers which are very important, as we have already mentioned, for that visitors are not going to conventional museums, come to that is a cultural facility nearby and friendly with everyone.

(*) “Distribution centers is not planned, but they tend to respond to opportunities for rehabilitation of buildings (happy builders), to the possession of estates administration or individuals who sell, but, about all this, to European development programmes which made possible heavy economic investment and that, to this day, they are history.

Imagen principal en redes sociales:Ice Station Antartica / London Museum of Natural History