S. Conn: »Regardless of what fills their galleries, regardless of what bodies of knowledge museums were or are built to represent, they stand, finally, as historical projects: the history of art, the history of the natural world, the history of technology, and the history of cultures now changed. This is certainly true today, and it was true during the first great age of museum building, despite the confidence with which those museums displaced the unity of knowledge and the continuity between past and present. Museums are places where we can measure the distance between then and now. In other words, whether they mean to or not, all museums race against “the acceleration of history”.«

Steven Conn: Do museums still need objects? Pennsylvania 2010, S. 17.