Museums in changing times



Muscat: A lecture on 'Striving for Excellence – Perspectives from the Smithsonian Institution' was held at GUtech in cooperation with the US Embassy in Muscat.

The presentation was given by Myles Gordon, a senior advisor on educational strategy and programming for museums and cultural institutions. Directing a multidisciplinary team for the Smithsonian Institution, Gordon and his team are working on the development of a master plan for a new Natural History Museum in Oman.

The Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC is the world's largest museum with 19 museums and over 170 affiliated museums, 20 libraries, a National zoo and nine research centres. The museum has the world's largest collection of 137 million artefacts and specimen of which only 2% are on display.

During his public presentation, Gordon discussed how museums are evolving to meet the changing needs of the public and the growing population of museum-goers, for example through the application of new technologies.

Gordon has been working with the Smithsonian Institution and its National Museum of Natural History for the past six years, where his assignments have included developing an overall educational strategy and plan, developing a design and business plan for an online portal focused on ocean science, conservation, and education, and serving as the educational expert for an exhibition on human origins.

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