ROLE OF MUSEUM MANAGERS ON IMPROVEMENT OF MUSEM-SOCIETY RELATIONS: MUSEUMS OF AYDIN PROVINCE
Traditional museum approaches focused on the past and this situation made it necessary to collect, keep, preserve and exhibit old artifacts. Therefore, museums are perceived as exhibition places instead of an attraction. Today, they also adopt the idea of reaching the society more and using museums for education. Museums, as institutions to inspire and support researches, maintain studies on conservation, research and social communication while they are transforming with new contemporary formations (Erbay, 2017, p.105). They became places where cultural heritage is preserved and people may enjoy their time via exhibitions, panels, courses, training programs, projects and libraries. Museums are also used as a source in education. They are necessary for society to learn their own history, to create cultural awareness and to keep up with modern lifestyle and they provide healthy individuals and societies. Due to the important role of museums at this point, ICOM chose the discussion subject as ?Museums for harmony and peace in society? on museum day in 2000.
In order to improve the museum-society relations, museum managers have a great role. They should conduct events which will make society both come to museums and have a good time and educate them. Therefore, in our study, revealing the role of museum managers in reaching society, raising awareness and educating is aimed. For this purpose, literature review is done and importance of museums for societies is included. Then, a questionnaire is prepared to be conducted on managers of 3 state museums in Aydın province. Result of the questionnaire is evaluated with an analysis. The role and opinions of museum managers in (on) improving museum-society relations are indicated with the consideration of data obtained."
Museum, Manager, Management, Community, Education