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Old 04-19-2011, 08:28 PM
typoink typoink is offline
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Is there a proper term for museum placards?

I could swear I recall from one of my museum visits as an art student that the little signs next to museum pieces describing the item had a proper name. I can't recall what it is.

I think it's something like "didactic placards," but a quick Googling suggests that's not common usage.
Old 04-19-2011, 11:51 PM
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If you want to be a bit snooty, it's a "didactic" but among contemporary curators, it's an "object label."
Old 04-20-2011, 03:57 PM
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Wow! My foggy memory was right! I was pretty sure it was "didactic placard" or just "didactic," but my Googling was making me think I was nuts.

My comically photographic memory for things that are of no benefit to remember is apparently still working.
Old 04-20-2011, 04:44 PM
Hari Seldon Hari Seldon is offline
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My wife translates them for museums all the time and they are called labels. Didactic placards (French "plaques didactiques") are the large panels that introduce a whole exhibit or a whole section of an exhibit. I always thought the labels were called legends, but she disputes that.


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