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What do you call a museum?
I just listened. My feeling is that we are, indeed, a museum, and that it is an honorable word, one with a long history and easy-to-understand connotations.
My question for you is this: do any of you know of any recent research into the term "museum" (as opposed to "history center", or any other type of euphemism for museum) with the general public, designed to elicit what image comes to mind when people hear the word? I'd like something to pass along to my board.