Location = Magic

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

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!

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

Making Museums Welcoming, Inclusive, Accessible

Have you ever overheard a museum professional make a statement like, “while I know it's important to make sure wheelchair users can get around, the wide aisles really interrupt the flow of the space.” However well-intentioned, statements like these miss the power and importance of making museums welcoming, inclusive, and accessible. At the most recent … Continue reading Making Museums Welcoming, Inclusive, Accessible

Rethink, Rebrand: Why, When, and How Museums Reinvent Themselves

Recently, a number of prominent museums have rebranded. From the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Victoria & Albert, museums are reinventing their public images. But, why are museums choosing to remake themselves? How are they reimagining their brands successfully? On Thursday, the Chicago Museum Exhibitors’ Group (CMEG) met to explore these questions with three … Continue reading Rethink, Rebrand: Why, When, and How Museums Reinvent Themselves