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.…

Empathy And The Art Of Asking

There have been some fantastic conversations about museums, visitors, and empathy happening online lately (see here, here, here, and here).  These are compelling discussions, looking at the ways museums demonstrate compassion, and the reciprocity and generosity that can exist between institutions and visitors. And they’ve left me thinking more about the role that asking plays in…

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…