Isinilang 1595.headerOne basic sense in understanding museums, so simple that others overly simplified such, is that it collects objects: artifacts and as well as information supporting these tangible articles. But it does not just collect objects.

It is not a vault.

Its function as repository of important articles of life strengthens as an educational institution when these objects are organized and exhibited for public knowledge.

However, a more authoritative and general definition is according to the description of the American Association of Museums which defines museum as “an organized and permanent, non-profit institution essentially educational or aesthetic in purpose, with professional staff, which owns and utilizes tangible objects, cares for them and exhibits them to the public on some regular schedule.” Pseudo-museums like this one functions partially, as it can be essentially educational lacking the institutional element and utilizes tangible objects and exhibits them aesthetically to the public to raise a certain level of awareness, albeit on a very limiting manner such as being confined to this blog. 🙂

What is a pseudo-museum? It is a concept of providing a venue similar to the functions of a museum however lacking the concrete and material structures of a museum concept. It democratizes the act of collection, preservation and exhibition of  collection.  An online museum furthers the act of democratization on the idea that museums are places for learning.  People from different areas with online access can freely browse and learn about their heritage which are usually limited to those with access to archives and academic institutions.