Whilst working on the new ‘Ecologic: creating a sustainable future’ exhibition, we were looking for objects to help us tell the story of climate change, and more specifically talk about the fossil record.
We searched for real fossils to put on display, and could have easily arranged some 100 million year old fossils to put behind glass in the exhibition. But no one can touch them behind the glass.
I frequently witness visitors to our museum, especially children, touching anything they can, buttons will be pushed, levers pulled, knobs turned, even if not designed to be touched.
We solved out fossil dilemma by getting casts of fossils (thanks Australian Museum!) and putting them on open display, freely touchable by visitors.
I am curious as to what you think.
Would you rather.. be able see real objects that are safely locked away from your grasp….or to be able to touch replicas/fakes?