A History of the World in 100 objects › The British Museum
The Uncataloged Museum In our book, Creativity in Museum Practice, Rainey and I highlight an AAM session from several years ago that asked participants to make a list of all the museum rules and then to think about how they could creatively be broken. What's the biggest museum rule? The one we tell school children and probably every adult would mention if asked? Don't touch. Last week at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia, I got a chance to break that big rule, not just with grudging permission, but with enthusiastic encouragement from staff. The Rosenbach is best known for its incredible manuscript and rare book collection--everything from the manuscript of Joyce's Ulysses to a list of enslaved people written by Thomas Jefferson; to the entire collection of Maurice Sendak's work to poet Marianne Moore's living room.
Curate Your Own Membership: An Interview with the Whitney's Director of Membership Audience segmentation and research has become a hot topic in museums, especially when it comes to crafting appealing offerings that are customized to different kinds of visitors. On September 10, the Whitney Museum of American Art started offering a new membership called "Curate Your Own," in which members select one of five specialized "buckets" of benefits in addition to core admission and discount benefits. This isn't just a prototype; the Whitney expects to transition all basic level memberships to segmented memberships over the next several years.
I just got home from the Museums and the Web conference in Indianapolis. I’d never attended before and was impressed by many very smart, international people doing radical projects to make museum collections and experiences accessible and participatory online. But I left uneasy, grappling with questions that plagued me throughout the conference. Are Museums Evolving with their Innovative Web Strategies?
Avoiding the Participatory Ghetto: Are Museums Evolving with their Innovative Web Strategies?
An Open Letter to Museums on Twitter Note: this is a geeky post that assumes familiarity with Twitter. If you are new to Twitter, please check out this post for more context. Dear Museums on Twitter, Thanks for experimenting in a new and largely uncharted online environment. It's not easy, and many of you are taking innovative, exciting approaches to it.