Interpretation Inspiration

Clever interpretation is always awesome, and I never know where I’ll  find it. Here are some of the signs, images, and labels that have captured my imagination lately. This week: old trees, trolleys, and gin. Strassenbahn, Freiburg, Germany: Everything is a work of art, from the paintings to the people in the frames to the…

Why Don’t You? Guerrilla Interpretation

How do you do interpretation? In exhibits? On panels? Labels, plaques, historic markers? Why don’t you ditch the traditional signage, go rogue, and… Take interpretation outside the museum? Into the community? To the streets, corners, and little back alleys? Ditch the engraved plaques in favor of slapdash signs? Handwritten? Collaged? In haiku? Decorated with copious…

Exhibit Plans on Display

In July, the Freiburg Naturmuseum is opening “Wald,”a new children’s exhibit about the Black Forest. To give visitors a preview, the museum turned an empty programming space into a sneak peek gallery, showcasing the ideas, plans, and pieces that inspired and informed the new exhibit. From vintage photographs of old biology exhibits to the first,…

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…