“Caught up in historical change, dependent on new sources of support, and torn by conflicting pressures from both within and without the profession—toward what shapes are museums being pulled and pushed?” Museum analyst Stephen E. Weil posed that question in a seminal essay titled “The Multiple Crises of Museums”. That was in 1971. Today’s museums confront much the same question. The circumstances of the moment may prompt surprisingly reassuring responses."
An excerpt from the article in The Art Newspaper about North American museums dealing with economy and budgets, after almost two years of recession and finding a better way to shape their mission as cultural (and research) institutions.