Noah’s Flood – Now In Pants

I’ve been spending many hours working in the paleontology exhibit of my local museum this week. Possibly too many. Today I kept substituting the German name for The Big Bang – Urknall – for the English name of everyone’s favorite highwater-pants sporting nerd. On the first day, Urkel created the universe.

Nothing New Under the Sun*

The caption in a Wikipedia article on Xoanon: Synthesizing the Lady of Ephesus as Diana Aventina: a Roman marble copy of a Greek replica of a lost Geometric period xoanon (18th-century engraving). An engraving of a copy of a replica of a sculpture. Apparently museums come by the tradition of reusing other people’s good ideas honestly. [Thanks to intrepid world-traveler Patricia Walker, who…

Shaving The Woolly Mammoth

From last night’s episode of Bob’s Burgers: “Carpe Museum.” I suspect Bob’s Burgers has some former museum workers on their writing staff. They know our world too well. Visitor Motivation: The Sands from Exotic Lands exhibit is my favorite. Last year, when I got home, there was sand in my crack. It was hands-on learnin’…

What If You? Museum Mixtape

I’ve been to a lot of quiet museums lately. Is your museum quiet? Does it need to be? What if you… Create soundscapes in your spaces? Urban sounds? Nature sounds? Other languages? Play music in the galleries and exhibits? Different styles on different days? Create harmonious experiences? Create cacophonous experiences? Create musical audio tours? No…