Retro References in Museums

A few weeks ago, my students and I were talking about what pieces of current pop culture we thought would have sticking power. What references, songs, movies, and taglines from today will people still be using thirty years from now? Will our future be full of YOLOs, hashtags, twerking, and fetch? Just kidding. Fetch is never going…

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.…