The Museum Education Division
The twenty-six-year-old MED has already experienced three turning points in its brief history, thanks to the fiery determination and hard work of its leaders and staff.
The first Museology Training for Curators, a month-long in-service training on rudimentary museological principles and museographical techniques was initiated by Mrs. Tantoco through a grant from the Ford Foundation. It later became a model for the conduct of a regular Annual Basic Museology Training for Curators and Museum Workers.
The public viewership data of 1988 experienced a remarkable 90% increase, due to the opening of six major exhibits in 1987: Maritime Exhibit (Griffin); Prehistoric Pottery; Oro-Plata Exhibition of Luna and Hidalgo; Guangdong Ceramics from Butuan and other sites; Under the Master's Gaze Series by R. Puruganan and C. Legaspi; and, the ASEAN-Japan Children's Art Exhibition. The Museum generated an all-time high record of 353,310 visitors in 1999 due to the massive tri-media exposure in line with the opening of the Museum of the Filipino People.
Lastly, innovations in exhibits are in the upsurge in the last decade or so. From the "Suitcase Galleries" to dioramas and shelf displays, the exhibits have now become more real, elaborate, and advanced. In the Fort Pilar Museum in Zamboanga, a Walk-in Exhibit that started last year features a true-to-life diorama complete with an interplay of lights and sounds of birds and insects to delight visitors. A technological breakthrough, insofar as exhibitions are concerned, is the interactive multi-media CD-ROM database that consists of colored illustrations and systematic catalog entries. The National Museum Birdbase Ornithological Collection and the San Diego: Lost Galleon Exhibit are now utilizing the CD-ROM format of presentation.