Revista Digital Universitaria
Revista Digital Universitaria ISSN: 1607 - 6079 | PublicaciĆ³n mensual | 1 de marzo de 2014 vol.15, No.03


Where are the science museums going to: proposals and reflections

Elaine Reynoso Haynes

The knowledge society requires informed citizens with a basic scientific culture that allows them to make decisions and participate in matters related to science and its applications in order to improve their quality of life and move towards sustainable development taking into account local cultures and needs. Science museums have unique features and benefits to contribute to this task and become protagonist spaces within the community to which they belong. In this article ideas and proposals to develop the potential of science museums are shared. Some of the topics covered are: museums as hubs of a network of cultural and educational institutions; their relationship with the educational system; contents of museums and current needs; the balance between global and local knowledge, museums as an inclusive space for its community for life-long learning; museums and sustainability; evaluation as a tool for development; professionalism and research.

Keywords: Science museums, public communication of science, life-long learning, educational society, evaluation and research in museums.