Aurora Regional Fire Museum’s MAP Experience

Susan ZwerlingAlliance Labs, Excellence, Featured0 Comments

A view of the exterior of the Aurora Regional fire Museum with green copper accents.

Susan Zwerling is a Museum Assessment Program Officer for AAM. I recently interviewed Aurora Regional Fire Museum (ARFM) Executive Director Brian Failing (BF) about the museum’s Community Engagement MAP experience.  He joined this small museum in Aurora, IL.  as their director in March 2016 and they began their first MAP in December 2016. The museum celebrates its 50th Anniversary in … Read More

Big Box: 8 Things to Learn from IKEA about Museum Design

David WhitemyerFeatured6 Comments

Image of the outside of an IKEA store.

During a recent holiday shopping excursion to IKEA, while resting on a NORSBORG series chaise and with a belly full of meatballs and lingonberry sauce, I took a few minutes to pretend I was in a museum rather than an overcrowded store. The showrooms were like small galleries, and each VARDAGEN drinking glass a priceless artifact. But sadly I failed … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 12/15/2017

Cecelia WallsFeatured, Museum News0 Comments

As many of us know, we are currently in the midst of Hanukkah. As I think of my friends and colleagues celebrating the Jewish Festival of Lights, I am reminded of the many Jewish Museums around the country dedicated to preserving and sharing this history, including the museums below. Many of the museums listed here are accredited through AAM. 1. … Read More

Receiving the Nancy Hanks award (and what the heck is professional development, anyway)

Emily GraslieFeatured0 Comments

Emily Graslie is Chief Curiosity Correspondent for The Field Museum

Emily Graslie is Chief Curiosity Correspondent for The Field Museum in Chicago, and the host, creator, and writer for its educational YouTube series, The Brain Scoop @ehmee Around this time last year I received an email from Elizabeth Merritt, Vice President, Strategic Foresight and Founding Director of the Center for the Future of Museums, notifying me that, my colleague and workshop … Read More

Don Wildman: Why does the Guggenheim Museum look the way it does?

Don WildmanFeatured0 Comments

In this second in a series, noted Travel Channel host Don Wildman, discusses why the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum looks the way it does. 1071 Fifth Avenue; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, New York; Architect Frank Lloyd Wright 1071 Fifth Avenue; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, New York; Architect Frank Lloyd Wright Frank Lloyd Wright called it “organic … Read More

Rescuing Puerto Rico’s Cultural Heritage

Janet VaughanFeatured, Global Thinking1 Comment

Janet Vaughan is Vice President, Membership & Excellence for the American Alliance of Museums.  Not one, but two powerful hurricanes devastated Puerto Rico in less than two weeks’ time in September. The eye of Hurricane Irma passed north of the island but left more than a million residents in darkness. Just a few days later, the threat of Hurricane Maria … Read More

Inviting Children In: Valuing The Youngest Museum Visitors

Cynthia Raso, Tiffany McGettigan, Meredith Osborne, Motoko HiokiFeatured, P-12 Education1 Comment

A group of students sit in front of a large artwork listening to a tour guide or teacher.

Is your museum seeking ways to activate its spaces with the enthusiasm of young learners? As museums strive to be more diverse and inclusive, museums of all types can embrace the larger movement to meaningfully engage young children. In an earlier article, members of the Smithsonian Early Learning Collaborative shared why this audience is critical in transforming museums into 21st century … Read More

Meet the Jurors for the 2018 Excellence in Exhibition Label Writing Competition!

Catherine WoodFeatured0 Comments

The 2018 Excellence in Exhibition Label Writing Competition is open for submissions! Consider sending in some of your organization’s best recent labels for the chance to be featured in the competition’s display at the Marketplace of Ideas during the 2018 AAM Conference in Phoenix, AZ. More information and submission guidelines can be found here. The competition, currently in its 9th … Read More

We Must Decolonize Our Museums!

Cinnamon Catlin-LegutkoDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured0 Comments

This post originally appeared on the Center for the Future of Museums, Future of Education website. “Museums can be very painful sites for Native peoples, as they are intimately tied to the colonization process,” writes Ho-Chunk scholar Amy Lonetree.  Reading this passage for the first time in 2012 stopped me in my tracks and forced me to ask myself how … Read More

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