Museums Find Value in Sharing Jewels’ History

The Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar is just one of the institutions that is expanding its exhibit labels and putting more information online.

DOHA, Qatar — An 18th-century turban ornament glistening with diamonds, emeralds and pearls has a fascinating back story, yet almost none of it appeared on the placard that once accompanied the piece in the Museum of Islamic Art.

But on Oct. 5, when the museum is scheduled to reopen after being closed for nearly a year, visitors will see that the reorganization of its nearly 1,100 exhibits — including dozens of pieces of jewelry — also features more detailed labels. Also, digital displays, geared to younger visitors,

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