What’s a Museum?

On September 9, 2019, The International Council of Museums (ICOM) will vote on whether to adopt a new definition of “museum.” With 40,000 professionals in over 141 countries, ICOM is well positioned to foster a new international consensus on the definition of a museum.

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Everyone Evaluate!

Chicago Museum Exhibitors Group Meeting on Audience Research In developing her framework for judging exhibitions, Beverly Serrell, one of the founders of the field of audience research, said that she and her colleagues, "went from judging exhibitions, to judging ourselves." When we conduct audience research, we not only determine whether our exhibits are visitor-centered, but … Continue reading Everyone Evaluate!

LGBTQ+ Inclusion for Chicagoland’s Museum Professionals

An interview with leaders of Chicagoland Alliance of Museums with Pride (CAMP) When I first moved to Chicago and started pursuing a career in museums, I questioned whether I would be embraced for my whole identity in my workplace. The more I engaged with the Chicagoland Alliance of Museums with Pride (CAMP), the more I … Continue reading LGBTQ+ Inclusion for Chicagoland’s Museum Professionals

Pop-up Museums

Review of the most recent Chicago Museum Exhibitors Group Meeting From the wndr instagrammable experience to the Art Institute’s pop up bar, Dear Carmencita, institutions of all shapes and sizes have been popping up in new forms and locations. Left to right: Tanner Woodford, Kendall Bruns, Kevin Grady The most recent Chicago Museum Exhibitors Group … Continue reading Pop-up Museums

The Five Components of a Great Museum Volunteer Program

Interview with Fran Mast, Research & Evaluation Associate at Shedd Aquarium As a museum professional, I’m always looking for opportunities to expand my horizons and I’ve found that volunteering is a great way to gain experience outside of my job. One of my volunteer gigs is at the Shedd Aquarium, where I collect and analyze … Continue reading The Five Components of a Great Museum Volunteer Program