The public display of living creatures, natural treasures, objects and goods supported with relevant information, based on a particular theme.

Their types, on the basis of character and subject matter:

  • Artwork exhibition
    Display of objects, usually outstanding examples of fine and applied arts (artifacts of creative, applied or folk art, photographs and the material values of technical culture).
  • Presentation of goods
    Presentation of goods meant for sale, with the purpose of increasing interest in purchasing these goods through a verbal appraisal of their use or through a practical presentation, or both. (For example: presentation of musical instruments, IT and multimedia devices, sound recorders, pieces of furniture, etc.)
  • Presentation of living creatures and natural treasures (e.g. plants, minerals, small animals, ornamental birds).
  • Goods exchange
    A meeting point announced in advance for the sale and purchase of certain goods, services, objects, artwork, pets or plants.
  • Hobby exhibition
    Hobbies are free time, recreational activities done for the joy they provide and not in search of profit, including a variety of activities, e.g. collection of objects, gardening, DIY, amateur artistic activities, travel, sports. A hobby exhibition would display the achievements of such activities, e.g. of stamp, napkin or coin collections, display of produce from backyard gardens.
  • Local history exhibition
    The presentation (display) of written memories and objects, interesting and valuable for the history of a given municipality (village, city, quarter, district).
  • Memorial exhibition
    The presentation of the activities and works of one or several persons, or the display of the written and material memories of a certain event.
  • Exhibition of technology and science
    The presentation of the material and intellectual values of technical and scientific culture (e.g. exhibitions about the history of flight, the achievements of space research, the development of the telephone or some other equipment or object).
  • Other exhibitions
    Exhibitions not falling in the categories above (e.g. introductory exhibits of study or art groups). [1]

To provide access to cultural values, museum institutions shall: preserve, safeguard and exhibit cultural goods arranged in a registered and documented collection in line with unified scientific criteria and created in the framework of scientific study. [2]

[1] Koncz, G. – Németh, J. – Szabó, I. (eds.). Közművelődési fogalomtár. [A glossary of terms for community culture]. 2007. Ministry of Education and Culture
[2] Act CXL of 1997 on the protection of cultural goods, museum institutions, library services and community culture – version in force

This article based on the following document: Community development methodological guide