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> Risk Management
Focus n. 2- 2005
ICOM News n.2 Museums bridging culturesDISASTER MUSEUMS WEBSITES : USEFUL LINKS
 

I. NATURAL DISASTERS
II. MANMADE NATURAL DISASTERS
III. MANMADE DISASTERS
IV. VIRTUAL MUSEUMS
V. NEW MUSEUMS PLANNED

 

I. NATURAL DISASTERS
Air, Water, Earth, & Fire - Cataclysms of nature are remembered, studied, and exhibited, the presentation of these events aims at preventing or mitigating the damage of other such disasters. Although many science and technology and natural history museums deal with natural and manmade natural disasters, this list is specifically tailored to museums whose main function is to present and prevent the risks of natural disasters.

II. MANMADE NATURAL DISASTERS
Some events, such as fires, can be manmade or "natural" disasters. Diseases and epidemics, such as AIDS, can be considered natural disasters, whereas sometimes their causes are "manmade". Accidental disasters can have devastating effects on humans and the environment; even though unintentional, their source was caused by people. Natural disasters, such as deforestation, have manmade causes that produce the natural catastrophe or accentuate the negative effects of natural phenomena for humans, wildlife, biodiversity, etc.

  • Fire Museum Network links up websites of all kinds of Fire Museums whose goal is fire prevention, fire safety education, and the history of firefighting : www.firemuseumnetwork.org (useful portal)
  • Life Museum (Wat Hua Rin at Tung Satoke, near Chiang Mai, Thailand) - No official website.
  • Ukrainian National Chernobyl Disaster Museum (Kyiv, Ukraine)

III. MANMADE DISASTERS
Disasters of this nature are those that humans inflict on other humans. They include topics such as social injustice, slavery, and genocide. Memory is key to these museums, to remember those who were killed and to avoid repeating tragedies of the past.

IV. VIRTUAL MUSEUMS

V. NEW MUSEUMS PLANNED

Natural Disasters

  • Tsunami Museum (Sri Lanka) - No official website.
  • Tsunami Museum (Thailand) - No official website.
  • The World Tsunami Museum/Museum Tsunami Dunia (Indonesia)
  • Earthquake Museum (Golmud, Qinghai Province, China)

Manmade Disasters

  • 9/11 World Trade Center Museum Complex (New York City, USA) - Architects awarded: SNOHETTA (Oslo, Norway)
  • AIDS Museum (Soweto, South Africa) - No official website.
  • Canadian Genocide Museum (Ottawa, Canada) - No official website.
 
 
   
Updated: 13 September 2005