Refocusing Museums on People

Or, my dreams for museums in a post-COVID world As I watch museums lay off thousands of highly qualified underpaid staff during this pandemic, I have been asking myself why I keep investing in museums.  Museum staff are overwhelmingly white, straight, and able-bodied and museum leaders are overwhelmingly male. For centuries museums have told stories... Continue Reading →

What is a “virtual exhibit?”

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.

Should museums invest in 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.

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 →

Developing the Field Museum’s SUE Exhibit

An Interview with Exhibit Developer Meredith Whitfield The Field Museum’s T. Rex SUE is a fossil and Twitter personality who has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions of museumgoers. In December, the Field opened a new exhibit for SUE, which received rave reviews.  To get the inside scoop on this incredible exhibit and to... Continue Reading →

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