Giving Thanks!

Laura LottFeatured0 Comments

As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s important to take a moment to recognize and celebrate all of the people whose unique contributions make the American Alliance of Museums such a wonderful community. First, I must thank the tremendous staff of AAM. The AAM team works tirelessly to meet our members’ needs, and they each serve our field every day with enormous passion … Read More

Can a Toolkit Help a Museum Manage their Volunteer Program?

Susan ZwerlingFeatured2 Comments

Graph showing the 3 biggest barriers to managing a volunteer program

Susan Zwerling is a Museum Assessment Program Officer for AAM she is also pursuing her masters degree in museum studies from the Johns Hopkins University.  What’s most challenging when managing a museum volunteer program? Could a toolkit possibly help with some of it? 111 people responded to a recent survey about Museum Volunteer Programs. Posted in four online forums for … Read More

What We Learned: 6 Tips for Making Virtual Reality a Reality

David WhitemyerFeatured2 Comments

A group of children and adults sit in a simulated helicopter wearing virtual reality glasses

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are coming to a museum near you. The Sep/Oct 2017 cover of AAM’s Museum featured a photo of a young woman wearing a VR headset at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hall of Biodiversity. Walk the floor of any museum conference expo, and you’ll see vendors promoting VR and AR hardware, software, … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 11/10/2017

Cecelia WallsFeatured, Museum News1 Comment

In honor of Veterans Day, we are sharing several accredited military and veterans museums you might want to visit sometime soon (hint, hint). 1. The United States Army Women’s Museum tells the amazing story of female patriots who have served our nation from the American Revolution to present. Army Women’s Museum – Fort Lee, VA The U.S. Army Women’s Museum … Read More

My Primary School is at the Museum – Squaring the Circle

Wendy James and Sage Morgan-HubbardFeatured, P-12 Education0 Comments

Greetings! This is Sage and I am excited to announce that we are reposting this great article because I am about to fly to Manchester, England to attend the Museum Association’s conference and be on a panel with these wonderful authors speaking about the “museum schools movement” in the UK and US. It will be refreshing to be able to … Read More

The Worcester Art Museum: A Re-envision Case Study

Valerie FletcherDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured0 Comments

A man and woman stand with several touchable tools in the Stone Carving section

THE VISION With the arrival of a new director in 2011, the board envisioned a more accessible and inclusive museum providing physical, sensory, intellectual, aesthetic, and social access for everyone. The board also aspired for the museum to appeal to a more broad audience, including the next generation of visitors; new immigrants from Brazil, Vietnam, and Ghana; and 30,000 students … Read More

Reimagining the Museum in Medellín 2017

Liz NeelyA World of Connections, Featured0 Comments

Andrés Róldan speaking at El Museo Reimaginado

This week the Reimagining the Museum Conference of the Americas kicked off in Medellín, Colombia bringing together more than 600 museum professionals, from Argentina to Canada and around the world, to discuss the role of museums as social transformers. The event is a result of a partnership and collaboration between the American Alliance of Museums, Fundación TyPA (Teoría y Práctica de las Artes) in … Read More

Some thoughts on visitor exhibition patterns

Beverly SerrellFeatured1 Comment

Rainbows of color in horizontal waves

In a recent thread on Museum Junction, Beverly Serrell, director of Serrell & Associates, responded to a post titled Unintended Visitor Flow Pattern with some really helpful information.   There are several basic assumptions that museum professionals make about visitor behavior. Research has helped clarify or dispel commonly held notions about visitors’ interests, motivations, time, and values. Below are some that I … Read More

10 Easy Ways Museums Can Be More LGBTQ-friendly

Katie SlivovskyDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured0 Comments

This post originally appeared on the Center for the Future of Museums Future of Education blog in December 2016. Have you ever been bothered by something, found co-workers who were bothered by the same thing, put your heads together, and made change happen?  That’s pretty much how in 2010 we got Chicago Children’s Museum’s LGBTQ Inclusion initiative off the ground. A group … Read More

Coffee, Cacti, and Collaboration: National Program Committee Kicks off #AAM2018 in Phoenix

Sam MooreAnnual Meeting, Featured0 Comments

Image of Samuel Moore's name plate at the National Program Committee meeting

As a professional museum nerd, I can state for a fact that there is nothing more exciting than being in a room filled with other museum nerds–which is what makes AAM’s Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo so exciting. But every fall, long before people begin boarding planes to attend the annual meeting in its host city, a group of around 35 … Read More