Going into a museum is often seen as a boring activity; We remember that we took school once, and therefore, we associate it with education and obligation; However, Going to a museum is a leisure activity, like going to the cinema or the theater.
Azminda Roman Nieto, coordinator of the educational services sector at the Xalapa Anthropology Museum (MAX) and founding member of the University Museum Observatory, notes that We must abandon the idea that museums are untouchable places made only for observation, and start Offer them as meeting points where participants can discover each other.
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“Museums are spaces of contact where, upon entering, you can dialogue between the past and the present, we can see how humanity was conceived from another angle, how we saw ourselves as human beings; it is also a dialogue with art. Museums show us how we are, who we are and where we are going as human beings. There is our social value. “, also refers to the professor of the Faculty of Anthropology UV and member of the Mexican Association of Heritage Translators in Mexico.
Azminda Román underlines that the notion that the museum is a cultural space belonging to the educational and educational level has weighed a lot over the years. First of all, this did not arouse any interest in their presence in the homes.
“Families tend to have other interests or concerns, and so their primary focus is on empowering future generations to put on makeup and get a feel for the world.”, Indicates.
From an early age – adds the academic – they do not teach us to visit the museum, to train as a civil servant, “And not just to go to a museum, but also any heritage site: an exhibition, an archaeological site, a historical monument, etc., we prefer other activities, so the change has to come from both sides: of the museum and of families. “
He points out that despite the fact that museums are spaces of extraordinary educational value, they also have a significant social impact.And “Because these are noble spaces that allow you to shelter any gaze and allow you to say what was ineffable at the time; in other words, museums are spaces which have an economic, political, cultural and social status. They can hold all possible shapes because they expose us to the world.
At the time, adds Azmenda Roman, museums widely disseminated this idea. “It’s a cultured thing to frequent these places, and museums have made a tremendous effort to remove this perspective that museums are boring, for it has been said that they are cathedrals of knowledge and their great temples are nothing more than seeing and highlighting the aesthetic part, but suddenly the museum professionals said “Well, no, these paradigms, these ideas and concepts have to be changed, and we have to focus on the audience..
Indicates that museums belong to the public And now we are working so that the first time someone goes there, they get their attention and want to come back.
“On a personal level, I also had the idea that the museums would teach us, they would show us the official part and that we had to show people everything the groups told us; but along the way, I realized that those of us who work in the museum are always doing an outdoor exercise, ie showing collections and information, so that the public can attend; but we rarely stop to see exactly what visitors are telling us.
As part of his work at Max, the archaeologist coordinates the activity of Coates del Max (which takes place on Sundays, but is currently suspended due to the pandemic), where girls and boys have the experience of discovering the museum’s collections and carrying out craft activities.
“I was very surprised by the Cots del Max as much of our work was fueled by the voices of these girls and boys who visited us and made us think about things we hadn’t considered, they made us look at all the things we didn’t ask ourselves ”, it refers.
This experience helped him to reinforce the idea that the museum goes beyond the collection or the exhibition on display, but the confluence of the collection, the visitor and the specialized museum.
“Since 2019, there has been a debate on what a museum really is, and on its definition as such, and we agreed that yes, today a museum researches, preserves, protects, shows, yes it enjoys, but in a way I see it as this bio-organic entity The dynamic, which is in constant transformation, is in constant evolution, and whose gaze is directed specifically at people., referring to Roman Nieto.
It shows that, by focusing on the visitor, there is currently a tendency to create consultative museums, that is, the view of the public is taken into account when setting up exhibitions and activities. , “It strives for communities to exist as an integral part of where museums go.”
Our history and our future
At the Observatory of the University Museum, Azmenda Nieto, He and his other colleagues are responsible for creating statistics to find out which museums are in the entity, what type and where they go.
He indicates that according to the record established until 2019, Veracruz has 69 museums, mainly devoted to regional history; Orizaba is the municipality with the most museums, with 20 places; Xalapa and Veracruz follow, each with nine museums.
“Museums are also seen as spaces of memory, and sometimes it seems that we have little memory; we forget everything that has happened, and therefore it is important to visit heritage sites, whether museums, archaeological sites or galleries, because they will teach us about the quality of our life, that is say the collective well-being to understand each other. Far from it economy. And the political process in which we are immersed. Quality of life makes us human.Refers to the academic.
Roman Neto points out that unfortunately when we visit a museum we come across history, with what happened many years ago and there we started to realize our passage through the earth and to realize that a lot of things that are happening today can be obtained, She may not have stopped, but we would have coped better, if we had had this contemplation of museums.
“Through museums, what is needed is to question our work; a visit to a museum will recall the past and reflect that some things have happened before, for example, that we have already been through epidemics, and we will be aware that we as humanity are constantly changing; by looking at history we can know how the world was designed before, how they lived and then we will find very similar things that help us in our present and our future “Roman Nieto explains.
Finally, the archaeologist invites you to listen to the conference “Important experiences in the museum between reality and face to face”, which will be held on September 21 at 5:00 p.m. as part of the afternoon activities at UV Science. The link to enjoy the conversation is https://sabadosenlaciencia.webex.com/meet/tardesdeciencia or will be streamed on Facebook at SabadosenlaCienciaXal