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…

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…

Do We Already Know Who Our Visitors Are?

I’m in the process of designing plan for a museum doing visitor evaluation for the first time, and to paraphrase Sister Maria, I’m starting at the very beginning: audience demographics. But, is it a very fine place to start? I already have an educated guess about who this museum’s visitors are. I’ve seen museums like…

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’…

“Masterpieces Serving Maximum Sentences…”

In the days of yore (aka, grad school), a friend and I made a list of museum references and representations in popular culture. The movie list was pretty large (and frustratingly stereotypical – we all don’t wear tweed, you know): Indiana Jones, Night at the Museum, Bringing Up Baby, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The DaVinci…