The Afterlife Never Sounded So Good

There are dozens of reasons to love working in museums. You get to work with amazing objects, tell incredible stories, and help visitors discover, connect, and be inspired. And sometimes, if you’re very lucky, you work at The British Museum and you get Tom Hiddleston to narrate your short film on The Book of the…

When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Statistical

Six years ago today I began working on my first audience evaluation. Among other things, the exhibit invited visitors to measure their heart rate while doing different exercises. Imagine my excitement when I found video of the running-on-a-treadmill portion of the study. And people wonder why I love evaluation…

Adding To The List Of Things You Can’t Do In Museums…

The news has been full of articles this week about the new niche market of dinosaur erotica. While I’m not here to judge,  I do suspect the (speculated) realities of dinosaur mating aren’t nearly as steamy as what’s being written. My turn on’s include being smart, sensitive, and having a cloaca, said no woman ever.…

The Sexual Lives of Whales

  While visiting the Húsavik Whale Museum (which I loved, and which every person I met in Iceland also loved because it’s awesome), I came across this label gem. Knowledge of the reproductive behaviour of cetaceans in their natural environment is limited. It is know, however, that whales are intensely sexual animals, using sex not…

Inspiration – Icelandair

A two-week trip to Iceland filled me with love for the land of volcanoes, icebergs, elves, and chocolate-covered licorice. It also filled me with ideas. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing a mini Iceland-Inspiration series of clever ideas, interesting exhibits, and approaches to ponder. Enjoy! Let’s start at the very beginning, shall we?…

“It Burned, Burned, Burned, And Things Were Very Historical”

I’m a few days late with this anniversary but, like with anniversaries, better late than never. On August 24th, 1814, British troupes burned down the White House during a battle of the War of 1812 (which really needs to change its name to the War of 1812-1815 because: accuracy). My American-half is bummed this happened;…