Time is of the Essence: 5 Ways to Keep Your Exhibit Design Project on Schedule

David WhitemyerFeatured1 Comment

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Design and construction projects are notorious for taking longer than expected, and the unique undertaking of a museum exhibit design project is no exception. A number of factors routinely throw these projects off track. Unrealistic timeframes, short-staffed teams, long review periods—even holidays and vacations—and more, can eat away at valuable days and weeks. In a report entitled Current Practice in … Read More

Access and Inclusion Case Study: Connecting Students to the Museum Field

Amy Miller and Sarah SimsAnnual Meeting, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured0 Comments

In a session at the 2017 AAM Annual Meeting in St. Louis, a look around the room revealed a small sea of mostly mid-career museum professionals with experience and interest in education and interpretation. The presenter posed a question: “Think of a time when your curiosity was shut down. What held you back?” A murmur of voices swelled as attendees … Read More

Giving school groups a place to sit—Tips for Creating Museum Field Experiences from a Teacher’s Perspective

Lisa M. ThayneFeatured, P-12 Education0 Comments

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I teach fifth-grade students in a small town in Northern Virginia. I’m lucky in many ways—first, fifth graders are full of life and energy and are still excited by learning. There’s nothing better than seeing a student’s face light up and experience art or an exhibit they’ve never seen before. And secondly, I live extremely close to many opportunities for … Read More

Excellence in Label Writing-Awards

Elizabeth WessellsFeatured0 Comments

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Elizabeth Wessells, University of Washington, Museology Class of 2017 Elizabeth Wessells, University of Washington, Museology Class of 2017 Each year during the Marketplace of Ideas at the AAM Annual Meeting, professionals from every corner of the field gather to share ideas and celebrate the year’s best in exhibition label writing. The forum for their conversations is a display showcasing the … Read More

The Power of Amusement

David AllisonAccess, Featured0 Comments

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David Allison is the Manager of Onsite Programs at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. How do museums fit in, confront, or adapt to a rapidly changing world? Now more than ever, this question becomes important for museum leaders. A short list of museum “reasons for being” illustrates the quandary that we face. Museums are: trusted educational resources. bastions … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 9/29/2017

Liz NeelyFeatured, Museum News0 Comments

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1. We’re getting more news about the situation in Puerto Rico where Hurricane Maria took a devastating toll on the island. Thanks to artnet news for its continued coverage of effects of natural disasters on museums and cultural institutions. Amid Relentless Hurricanes, Puerto Rican Art Spaces Report Dire Damage | artnet News The unusually devastating 2017 Atlantic hurricane season rages … Read More

Taking a Stand: Prisons Today, The Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site Award Winner

Nicole FrankhouserDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured1 Comment

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The Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site’s Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration exhibition won first place in the 2017 Excellence in Exhibition award presented jointly by the following Professional Networks of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM): Curators Committee (CurCom), the National Association for Museum Exhibition (NAME), the Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation (CARE) and the … Read More

Leaving the Museum Field

Sarah Erdman, Claudia Ocello, Dawn Estabrooks Salerno, and Marieke Van DammeFeatured40 Comments

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Noted museum bloggers Sarah Erdman, Cabinet of Curiosities, and Marieke Van Damme, Joyful Museums, join Claudia Ocello, President & CEO of Museum Partners Consulting, and Dawn Estabrooks Salerno, Deputy Director for Public Engagement and Operations at the Mystic Museum of Art in this post about why more museum professionals are leaving the field. Sarah Erdman, Museum Blogger, Cabinet of Curiosities … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 9/22/2017

Liz NeelyFeatured, Museum News0 Comments

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1. The last few Roundups have centered around museums and natural disasters with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Unfortunately, this week the theme continues with sad news of an earthquake in Mexico, which is already responsible for more than 200 deaths, and another hurricane devastating Puerto Rico. Our thoughts are with all of our colleagues and the people in these affected … Read More