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Detail of cases in the Coleman Museum

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The Lost Museum of Georgetown University

Stephen Richard Kerbs Exhibit Area
June 28, 2019
August 12, 2019
Have you heard of the Coleman Museum: the lost museum of Georgetown? The Coleman Museum existed for almost a century, then somewhat mysteriously disappeared.
 
In recent years, a number of campuses have been rediscovering lost museums, from Brown University's Jenks Museum to Harvard University's Philosophy Chamber. Georgetown’s lost museum remains to be recovered. What was here, and for what purposes? How did this museum begin, evolve, and end? How did the Coleman Museum fit and/or defy trends in museum history? After its closure, what happened to items in its collections?
 
This exhibition can be a striking object lesson around cultural collections related to the interlinked evolution of museums, universities, and disciplinary thinking. It showcases some of the fascinating material in Georgetown’s University Archives and Art Collection related to the Coleman Museum and other iterations of this now-defunct but once-impressive museum.

Kerbs Lost Museum Exhibition

museum building

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Muse statuettes

Caption for Muses

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Update on museum construction

Coleman Museum construction update

Update on museum in Woodstock Letters

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Lost Museum-ornithology

Lost Museum-bones and feathers

Lost Museum-Plat Plan detail

Lost Museum-Chess set

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Lost Museum-Journal article

Lost Museum-Journal article

Lost Museum-Journal article

Lost Museum-Journal article

Lost Museum-Journal article

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Lost Museum-snowshoes

Lost Museum-Journal article

Lost Museum-Coleman Museum cases photo

Lost Museum-Coleman Museum cases photo

Lost Museum-Journal article

Lost Museum-Museum moved

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Lost Museum-Ships

Lost Museum-Fisheries Commission

Lost Museum-Fish

Lost Museum-items disappeared

Lost Museum-Birds to Smithsonian

Lost Museum-Smithsonian thank you letter

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Lost Museum-Arrow points

Lost Museum-Stuffed birds

Lost Museum-Mineral Collection

Lost Museum-Wine Chest

Lost Museum-Smithsonian thank you for minerals

Lost Museum-minerals disposition

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Lost Museum-Mollusks to Smithsonian

Lost Museum-Box Contents

Lost Museum-Osprey and Eagle

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Lost Museum-Tusk article

Lost Museum-tusk article

Lost Museum-Buffalo head

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Lost Museum-Journal article

Lost Museum-Bell

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Lost Museum-Probably Stolen

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Acknowledgments: 

Curated by: Gretchen Henderson