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100 Years of Museums in America

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1 “100 Years of Museums in America” is great book with many captivating stories about a rich history of museums in the United States, and how they came to be among the best in the world. One of my favorite parts of the reading was the section called “The Collection,” which told of the dismal beginnings of the museums in America, and their rise to the top of the list. I particularly enjoyed reading about how with the outbreak of World War I collections grew exponentially. With war wearied Europeans looking for hard currency, they were willing to sell their most precious pieces of art to eager American buyers, and thus the beginning of a large surge of museum collections. This trend continued through the roaring twenties and even during the Great Depression the prices of art continued to rise. The book also mentions the Soviets acquiring currency by selling some of its most precious artworks. After reading this I felt that art really is a universal currency among nations around the world in the same sense that gold is.
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