Museums of the Future

“My item,” composed Spencer Fullerton Baird at an early date, “is to make the Smithsonian Museum prominent over all others American for the worth of its fossil remaining parts, a division wherein all that stays to be finished.” This sort of energy applied the same to different offices, his point being to make the Museum assortments the best of their occasions. What’s more, the organizers of the Geological Survey and the Weather Bureau were incredibly obliged to him for ‘help and chamber. All things considered, as his biographer and companion William H. Dall said, “no man has all the more incredibly added to the advancement of science in America than Professor Baird.”

Baird was prevailing as secretary by Samuel Pierpont Langley, a cosmologist and physicist, and the full weight of the organization of the National Museum fell on another incredible American naturalist. He was George Brown Goode, who had been an understudy of Agassiz and whom Baird had brought to Washington in 1873 as a youthful ichthyologist to work with the Museum’s fish assortment. It was not well before the Smithsonian authorities acknowledged what a track down this “colleague keeper” truly was. Despite the fact that he lived to be just 45 years old, he separated himself in two fields of logical undertaking. He got one of the main ichthyologists of the country, and he turned out to be most likely the world’s premier authority of the time on gallery organization. He composed both famous and specialized records of fishes, one of his most significant works being the great “Maritime Ichthyology” (in coauthorship with Tarleton H. Bean), a composition on the remote ocean and pelagic fishes of the world, distributed by the National Museum in 1896, the time of Goode’s passing.

In the study of museology Goode was a pioneer and was without peer. His standards of historical center organization were portrayed by both reasonableness and premonition, and his compositions on “Galleries of the Future” and “Standards of Museum Administration” are exemplary. Secretary Langley honored Goode’s capacities: “There was no subject regarding the organization of the Museum to which he didn’t eventually or other give his own consideration. He had a fast eye for shading and structure, perceived the craft of beautifying and case fabricating, and had other than an uncommon information on subjects so generally far off from his own biologic advantages that it is an inquiry whether another animal groups or another instrument gave him the more noteworthy joy.