A collection of science is gathered primarily in the interests of the real, a collection of art in the interest of the ideal. the former is a panorama of fact, the latter a paradise of fancy. in the former we learn, in the latter we admire. A museum of science is in essence a school; a museum of art is in essence a temple. Minerva presides over the one, sacred to reason; Apollo over the other, sacred to the imagination.
Benjamin Ives Gilman, 1908.