In Korea there are over 200 private museums including art museums and
archive centers. Excluding the corporate museums, 120 museums are privately
governed and operated. Every year these private museums provide educational
programs for over 150000 individuals, and the fundamental role of museums is
shifting from a modern-era entity to a public educational center with a deeply
rooted community connection.
IAt this point in time, a systematic and stable implementation of training
programs of educators, and the development of teaching materials and facilties has
yet to take place. This thesis examines the current situation of the educational
activities run by private museums in Korea based on the results of field research
and statistics. The case studies of several foreign countries were used as point of
reference regarding matters such as the role of educators, examples of
government-funded programs, and community networks, for the consideration of
alternative ideas of the educational role of Korean private museums.
In particular, the use of museum educational resources as a museum revenue
booster in the UK, the development of museum educational programs through
regional community connection in Australia, the activities of educators and their
status as museum staff in the US, all these examples were considered as providing
great insight into the private museum operations in Korea.
As educational participants in communities, the advancement of museum
educational resources not only improves the performance of museum operations but
also strengthens their special role in public education with the financial support
from government or private sources.