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The known dilemma

Provocative questions raised by Brazilian museum actors resonate across borders

The known dilemma

by Andrea Bueno Buoro, anthropologist and director of Intermuseus, and Claudia Porto, museologist, board member of COMCOL and associate consultant for Intermuseus

The Brazilian Museums Statute , published in 2013, establishes that a museum is ‘a non-profit-making institution which preserves, investigates, communicates, interprets and displays, for purposes of preserving, studying, researching, educating, contemplating and tourism, sets and collections of historic, artistic, scientific, technical or cultural value, open to the public, to serve society and for its development’.

‘To serve society and for its development’ may be interpreted in many ways.