Museum Rules

I came across the fantastic Some Rules for Students and Teachers, by Sister Corita Kent. With a little modification, I think they’re quite perfect for museum work, too: Find a place (or story or visitors) you trust and then try trusting it for a while. General duties of a museum visitor: Pull everything out of a…

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?…

Blogroll Updates

I’ve updated my blogroll to reflect all the blogs I’m majorly (and not-so-secretly) crushing on at the moment. Most of the new links are about museums (quelle surprise), but the sections on all-other-things-awesome (science, storytelling, thinkers, etc.) are growing. Check them out – nothing but stellar writers and ideas all the way. Do you have…

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…