Exhibiting Values: The Price of the Past (ongoing)

December 12, 2012 to May 31, 2013
Nightingale Brown House, 1st Floor Rooms

What is the price of the past—from a museum perspective, and a commercial perspective? The museum field believes that a price tag detracts from an item’s historic importance. However, unknown to the average visitor, museums are constantly engaged in buying, selling, and trading pieces of history based on their economic value, illustrating a long-existing tension between cost and value in the process of determining worth. We invite you to learn about the history, use, and price of thirty objects in the Nightingale-Brown House by reading labels created by students in AMST 1904U, Museum Collecting and Collections.

Building Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm