exhibition value

n. (also exhibit value) the importance and significance of the visual and aural aspects of a record and the significance of the situations of its creation that make it useful to present in a public display


Exhibition value is one of the values related to the intrinsic value of a record. The existence of two forms of this term (one with “exhibition” and one with “exhibit”) derives from the fact that North American speakers of English rarely make a distinction between the two nouns anymore. Although this value refers to a record’s potential usefulness as a single exhibit within a larger exhibition, people are more apt to say they saw that record in an exhibit rather than at an exhibition.