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Colonialism and the Founding of Museums

Colonialism and the Founding of Museums

Author: Aleisha Olson
This lesson will examine the connection between colonialism and the founding of many encyclopedic museums of art in the late 18th and 19th centuries.
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This lesson discusses some of the difficulties and controversies of the effects of Colonialism on museum acquisitions in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

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Terms to Know


A room, usually in the house of a wealthy and/or well-traveled person, that is full of treasures and curiosities from faraway places.


A room, usually in the house of a wealthy person, where works of art were displayed.

Encyclopedic Museum

A museum that attempts to provide a comprehensive view of history, and/or art history.

Elgin Marbles

The sculptures from the Parthenon that were brought to England by Lord Elgin in the late 1700s.

Benin Bronzes

Sculptures from the West African city of Benin that the British seized when they attacked the city in 1897.



Images of Elgin Marbles, Photos by Aleisha Olson; Image of Benin Bronze, Creative Commons, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:*********************.jpg;