The stereotyped image of museums tends to be one of quiet, hallowed halls of wisdom, dispensing authoritative nuggets of information about history and culture.
Certainly, museums have traditionally been the repositories of concrete artefacts, but they are also centres of learning, where soft power is consolidated and wielded. That is probably why museums can also be fraught battlegrounds where facts are rearranged to fit politically correct/convenient narratives. This thought struck me after I visited a string of exhibitions in Tokyo museums on a recent holiday.
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