What is the primary role of the museum in the modern world?

Museums have many roles, responsibilities and functions, some of which arose with the origin of western museums hundreds of years ago, others very new. This is a major debate in the field of Museum Studies as well as other associated fields. Some historical roles have included the museum as a place for academic research, as an educational institution, or both. Most museums continue to perform in this role. More recently the museum has been championed as a place of social interaction, a center for social justice and even a space for experimentation, invention and innovation where visitors can learn how to get involved. What do you think the museum does?

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They allow humans to interact with artifacts. The internet still cannot provide that.

Standing 3 feet in front of The Night Watch in Rijksmuseum [the painting s 11 foot x 14 foot] is freaking awesome and cannot compare to just seeing this on a screen.

The real thing takes your breath away and makes you want to cry:

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