As a means to provide carriers like bags, chests, boxes, and trunks with museum artifacts and various educational materials for institutions, organizations and individuals who do not have the chance to visit museums for various reasons such as distance, transportation difficulties, financial problems, lack of time, affliction and disability, museum loan boxes contribute to further accessibility of museums. They are among the important agents in the integration process of museums and people thanks to their function of museum publicity. Provided as part of the social service activities by art museums via loaning, museum loan boxes are practices designed in a way that people could discover by touching, trying, implementing and questioning when they would like to acquire more knowledge on art and culture. They are effectively used in developed countries during” rehabilitation” and “education” periods of people who do not have the chance to engage in museums as they reside in industrial zones or they are in prisons, schools, daycare centers, nurseries, hospitals, various rehabilitation centers, and other places where transportation does not suffice. On the other hand, museum loan boxes are not practiced by art museums, and therefore, this research is thought to set an example for the art museums in Turkey and to contribute to the body of literature. The research aims to portray the application discussing in detail the content and the process of museum loan boxes with examples as part of art museums including “the Seattle Art Museum, the James A. Michener Art Museum, the Grace Museum, the Joslyn Art Museum and the Orlando Museum of Art” in the United States. This research has been conducted through descriptive survey model, and the data have been collected by document review technique.
Keywords: Art, Art Museums, Museum Loan Boxes