Dr. Paul Michael Taylor of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History moderates the lectures
Muscat: The National Museum and the Smithsonian Institution, United States of America (US), on Tuesday kicked off a lecture series for Omani museum staff and students.
The series, supported by the U.S. Embassy in Oman, will include six lectures, spread throughout the year, on 21st century conservation for professionals, scholars and students of Omani museums to energize the cultural institution of Oman.
Dr Paul Michael Taylor, anthropologist who is curator of Asian, European, and Middle Eastern cultures, as well as director of the Asian Cultural History Program at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, leads the sessions.
At the first talk, Taylor spoke about “Visitor Services: Hospitality, Ticket Sales, Crowd Management”.
The subjects of his subsequent lectures are “The History of the Representation of Cultures in Museums and Cultural Centers, with an Introduction to the Smithsonian”; “Virtual exhibitions and other museum uses of the Web”; “Program development: develop dynamic programming and visitor engagement”; and “Activities of a Modern Museum or Cultural Center: Thriving in the 21st Century”.
The sixth lecture will focus on “Exhibit Development: A Case Study on“ Money as Material Culture: Collections and Curatorial at the American Money Museum ””, given by Douglas Moud of the Money Museum, Colorado, States -United.
“The talks given by experts from the Smithsonian Institution keep our legacy alive. We appreciate the embassy’s continued support in such collaborations, ”said on the occasion His Excellency Jamal bin Hassan al-Moosawi, Secretary General of the National Museum.
“Strengthening Oman’s museums connects us all to the rich heritage of Oman, and the preservation of cultural heritage is important to both of our countries,” added US Ambassador Leslie Tsou.
Recently, with support from the U.S. Embassy, the National Museum restored a photo album of historically significant images, including the earliest known photo of Muttrah, Al Rustaq Fort, Castle of Jabreen and Beehive Tombs.
The 88-page album contains significant photos of the United States’ First Consul in Oman and illustrates the long historical ties between the United States and Oman.