Museologie

P. Vergo: »What is museology? A simple definition might be that is is the study of museums, their history and underlying philosophy, the various ways in which they have, in the course of time, been established and developed, their avowed or unspoken aims and policies, their educative or political or social rôle. More broadly conceived, such a study might also embrace the bewildering variety of audiences – visitors, scholars, art lovers, children – at whom the efforts of museum staff are supposedly directed, as well as related topics such as the legal duties and responsibilities placed upon (or incurred by) museums, perhaps even some thought as to their future. Seen in this light, museology might appear at first sight a subject so specialised as to concern only museum professionals, who by virtue of their occupation are more or less obliged to take an interest in it.«

Peter Vergo: Introduction. In: Peter Vergo (Hg.): The new museology, Tottenham 1989, S. 1–6, S. 1.