The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University

Museums today are repositories of art and artifacts; physical and conceptual frameworks for the display of culture; sites of preservation and interpretation; political, social, and cultural agents; community and heritage spaces; and much more. They are ever changing in their mission as they engage with the world and the world engages with them (see Defining the Museum of the 21 Century). Museums are exciting places to visit and to work. I often visit them, and sometimes I get to work in or even with them!