There's a lot of buzz about "virtual exhibits," but few museum practitioners agree on the definition of a "virtual exhibit." What makes them different from a website? Or, from a collections database? Do these distinctions even matter? This post is the second in a series on virtual exhibits.
Museums are undergoing a metamorphosis. Historically, museums have been primarily physical spaces. However, in response to the wave of COVID closures, an increasingly large number of museums have been creating virtual exhibits. Unfortunately, most virtual exhibits are not serving visitors.
Museums are physical locations where we make face-to-face connections with each other, objects, and exhibits. But, in this time of social distancing, how can museums support our communities? As the Chicago Museum Exhibitors Group (CMEG) pivoted our own programming for the museum community from in-person to online, we hosted a webinar that explored how diverse Chicagoland … Continue reading Chicago Museums’ Digital Engagement During COVID-19
Discover five ways to build engaging exhibits for teens based on neuroscientific and psychological research.
2019 was a jam-packed year for museums in the windy city! Since I couldn’t see every fabulous exhibit, I reached out to a bunch of Chicago museum professionals and asked them to tell me about their favorite exhibits of 2019. The methodology for creating this list of top exhibits was hardly scientific, but it reflects … Continue reading Top 10 Museum Exhibits in Chicago of 2019
Hebru Brantley’s Nevermore Park schools both museums and instagrammable pop-ups on experience design.
The Chicago Museum Exhibitors Group (CMEG) Fall 2019 Meeting There is a dynamic relationship between the design of a museum space and the content presented in it. When an exhibit’s space changes, the presentation of the content has to adapt to fit its new environment. At the fall 2019 Chicago Museum Exhibitor’s Group Meeting, we … Continue reading Location = Magic
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.
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!
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