Science Museums are enumerated as one of the important places where the public ties to the science and the technology. Science Museums provide much scientific information, including contents and pictures, to the public through their exhibitions, events and dissemination of scientific data. That information is recognized as reliable information. Those providing are classified as a case from immediate the museums or a case through medias from Science Museum. However, in those dissemination of information to the public, especially in the latter case, and these are some cases where the contents are not transmitted correctly, because of excessive modification and failure of the re-composition for the contents when trying to express it plainly and to make an interesting expression. It is necessary not to cause such states, because Science Museums should be the trusted source of the scientific information, and to contrive the methods to confirm the contents when offering the information. About these importance of the methods, the example for the National Museum of Nature and Science, that is the biggest Science Museum in Japan, is enumerated, and the current state and the problems are shown. Moreover, examples for some Science Museums in Europe are introduced, and these examples are compared, and are discussed for the solutions.

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The issue on providing the scientific information to the public from the science museums

Yuko Uchio   National Museum of Nature and Science

Science Museums are enumerated as one of the important places where the public ties to the science and the technology. Science Museums provide much scientific information, including contents and pictures, to the public through their exhibitions, events and dissemination of scientific data. That information is recognized as reliable information. Those providing are classified as a case from immediate the museums or a case through medias from Science Museum. However, in those dissemination of information to the public, especially in the latter case, and these are some cases where the contents are not transmitted correctly, because of excessive modification and failure of the re-composition for the contents when trying to express it plainly and to make an interesting expression. It is necessary not to cause such states, because Science Museums should be the trusted source of the scientific information, and to contrive the methods to confirm the contents when offering the information. About these importance of the methods, the example for the National Museum of Nature and Science, that is the biggest Science Museum in Japan, is enumerated, and the current state and the problems are shown. Moreover, examples for some Science Museums in Europe are introduced, and these examples are compared, and are discussed for the solutions.

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