The First Public Museum

January 12th Celebrates The First Public Museum

Today on Days to Remember we celebrate how on January 12th 1773, the first public museum in America was established in Charleston South Carolina.

Founded in 1773 and commonly regarded as “America’s First Museum,” The Charleston Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

Inspired in part by the creation of the British Museum, the Museum was established by the Charleston Library Society on the eve of the American Revolution and its early history was characterized by association with distinguished South Carolinians and scientific figures including Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Reverend John Bachman and John J. Audubon.

The museum’s exhibits include natural history and local history displays and decorative arts, including silver. The museum is also home to the only known fossil of the extinct Pelagornis sandersi, which is the largest flying bird ever discovered.

If you never been to the museum but are curious what it has to offer?

Today’s YouTube presentation brought to by user name Tailsman Media gives you birds eye look into this infamous museum.

The word museum has classical origins. In its Greek form, mouseion, it meant “seat of the Muses” and designated a philosophical institution or a place of contemplation.

Use of the Latin derivation, museum, appears to have been restricted in Roman times mainly to places of philosophical discussion.

While many large museums, such as the Smithsonian Institution, are still respected as research centers, research is no longer a main purpose of most museums.

Early museums began as the private collections of wealthy individuals, families or institutions of art and rare or curious natural objects and artifacts.

These were often displayed in so-called wonder rooms or cabinets of curiosities.

The oldest such museum in evidence was Ennigaldi-Nanna’s museum, dating from c. 530 BC and devoted to Mesopotamian antiquities; it apparently had sufficient traffic as to warrant labels for the ordered collection, although there is no source for this information.

When was the last time you went to museum?

If you can’t remember don’t you think it’s time to go to one?

At one time museums were only for the rich and the wealthy, now that museums are accessible to us, and also knowing how the first museum in United States opened on January 12th 1773.

Make plans part as your New Year’s resolution to visit a museum of your choice and have fun exploring!

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell
jdmitchelldesigns@gmail.com

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