Jennifer Hansen-Glucklich explains that the main framework of a museum is about its “grammar.” What Hansen-Glucklich means is that the structure and the techniques used for exhibitions create meaning. I agree with Hansen-Glucklich’s framework, and I feel that it is one of the most important parts of a museum. While a museum usually is filled with information, it is not always the most exciting thing to stare at facts or paintings on a wall. Using different techniques to arrange the information or how the information is presented can change the impact of the information and make it less boring for the audience. Hansen-Glucklich talks about the displays in the USHMM and how it has a strong impact on the viewers because of how a display is arranged and conveyed.If a display is arranged in a certain way, it can send a point that the curator is trying to make.
For example, I have been to the Berlin Holocaust Memorial, and it has an unyielding impact when you walk through it. While at first glance, the memorial doesn’t seem much, but when you walk between the hundreds of columns and see the 3 million names written on the memorial, there is a sad thought about all of the people that died in the Holocaust and what a terrible tragedy it was. I feel as though the expression of sadness and just how large the tragedy of the Holocaust is perfectly conveyed in the memorial. The placing of the memorial is also impactful because right next the memorial is the ruins of rooms that the Nazi’s used to kill Jews and torture them. The Berlin Holocaust Memorial is a great example of Hansen-Glucklich’s point that the framework and the “grammar” are important to the message of the display.