|DAY 6||ART FROM THE INSIDE OUT|
THE ORIGIN OF THE MODERN MUSEUM
Everyone has been to a museum of some sort: natural history, science, fine art, tourist traps, or halls of fame. The museum, which gets its name from the Greek word mouseion, meaning “seat of the Muses,” originated as a place to discuss philosophy, mathematics, science, and politics. European museums of the 17th century developed into fancy houses devoted to collecting and categorizing noblemen’s scientific curiosities, from fossilized teeth and bones to cultural oddities collected during the explorations of the Age of Enlightenment.