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Museums, Collections, Objects ...

There are many good reasons to visit museums. Attending an event or an exhibition are just two of these. Museums "show" and "stage", they "educate" and "stimulate". But there is much more to museums than these things: museums are places of safekeeping and research. These are two sides of a museum that are not often visible, yet they build the very core of a museum's visibility. It is the museum objects that are displayed, stored and studied. They are at the center of (almost) all work done in a museum. However, not all of the objects kept in a museum can be showcased at once. Many have to remain in storage, hidden from the visitors.

On this website museums showcase their objects in current exhibits and beyond. More than what can be shown in a museum's viewing space.

A random selection of objects can be found on the right. Click on them to learn more. More objects of interest can be found by using the search bar on the left.

Overviews and descriptions of the various objects, collections, and participating museums are accessible via the navigation bar at the top.


OpenSearch: Search museum-digital directly from the browser’s search bar

OpenSearch is an open web standard for describing search functions of web services. If a website supports it, the browser will take note and offer the user to install the website as a search machine.

One especially nice aspect of it is, that OpenSearch can be implemented in just a few lines of code. It was thus easy to bring to both the frontend of museum-digital and musdb, to make searching objects right from the browser’s search bar possible, just as you can quickly search Wikipedia or Amazon on many browsers by default.

At the top right, next to the search (loupe) symbol, there appears a green “+” …… clicking on the search symbol offers installing the instance of museum-digital as a search provider.

Since musdb does not feature a...

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On the timeline you can find objects sorted by the chronology of events linked to them


Selected objects