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FAQ:  Why do we need another museum of this kind?


Critique of 'MUM':  Holomenses and Holocaust: A Comparison of the Museum of Menstruation and Women’s Health and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum






Below are mission statements from four other museums:  The Smithsonian Institution, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, The Detroit Institute of Arts, and The Museum of Menstruation and Women’s Health. And below that, MOLT’s mission statement again. How do these five mission statements compare? Are they all pretty much the same? Or is one best...and one worst? Why?



The Smithsonian Institution




James Smithson's Gift

"I then bequeath the whole of my the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an Establishment for the increase & diffusion of knowledge..."

James Smithson (1765-1829)


And more recently:


Secretary Small's Vision

"The Smithsonian is committed to enlarging our shared understanding of the mosaic that is our national identity by providing authoritative experiences that connect us to our history and our heritage as Americans and to promoting innovation, research and discovery in science. These commitments have been central to the Smithsonian since its founding more than 155 years ago."


Lawrence M. Small, Secretary of the Smithsonian



The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History





Founded in 1965, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, exists to serve Metropolitan Detroit and national communities by providing exceptional exhibitions and programs based on outstanding collections and research that explore the diversity of African American history and culture.





The Charles H. Wright Museum of African History strives to be a world renowned history museum with outstanding collections and research used to produce innovative exhibits that celebrate significant events and 
accomplishments of African Americans.



The Detroit Institute of Arts






To serve the public through the collection, conservation, exhibition and interpretation of art of a broad range of cultures and to expand understanding of these diverse visual forms of creative expression for the enjoyment and appreciation of the widest possible array of audiences.



The Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health






The main interest of the museum is to permanently display to the public - the important word is "public" - items showing the history of woman's health and of the culture of menstruation. Scholars will be able to see material not on display.


It will not be a "feel-good" museum, but one showing the facts, pleasant and unpleasant. The menstruation section of the Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health is intended to be the world's repository for information about, and "showcase" for, menstruation, including as many cultures as possible.


This would include collecting and displaying, when possible, stories, customs, and artifacts, and conducting education about menstruation.


Menstrual education would take the form of museum tours, visits to schools and other organizations, this Web site, and compact disks and paper publications.


The museum as a whole will show the historical development of the relationship between medicine and women for as many of the cultures of the world as possible, in addition to a history of menstruation.


Education would take the forms mentioned above.



MOLT: The Museum of the Menovulatory Lifetime




Promote the idea that the decades from puberty to menopause (“the menovulatory lifetime”) can be usefully viewed as a historical era, one that is continuously unfolding within the larger epoch of human history; educate the public as to the diverse ways that women experience the menovulatory lifetime; promote the Menstrual Monday holiday internationally; connect efforts to transform the dominant cultural narrative of menstruation with efforts to transform the dominant cultural narrative of Detroit; and encourage creation of museums exploring roughly the same era in men’s lives (puberty to early 50s).





Mission Statement / Critique of the Museum of Menstruation and Women’s Health:
Why do we need another museum of this kind?



Art, Poetry, Music and Film of the Menovulatory Lifetime

From Protection to Expression: The Future of Menstrual Advertising

Menstrual Monday

Broken Tampon Memorial Fountain


Menovulography:  the years from puberty to menopause, told as a story with pictures


Toxic Protection / Confidence Shock


Menstrual Synchrony, Suppression and Globalization

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