Happy New Year! Two Free Books! And Watermelon!

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I published The Participatory Museum in March (with help from many of you!) This year's video tells the story of The Participatory Museum 's sequel and exposes some deadly secrets we uncovered this year in the worlds' museums (Denmark! Milwaukee!) Book: The Participatory Museum Quick HitsDear Museum 2.0 readers, 2010 was a big year for me. and spent the rest of the year traveling to give workshops and presentations related to its content.

Navigation by Recommendation: Lessons Learned from a Little Experiment

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I spent some time playing with this question last week at the Milwaukee Art Museum, a large general museum that is moving toward redesign of the permanent galleries. Tags: design participatory museum usercontent How do you find your way around a multi-faceted museum? Do you interrogate the map? Create a plan for yourself? Get deliciously lost?

Wandering Down the "Don't Touch" Line

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This is only going to become a bigger issue for us as we invite in new audiences and incorporate more participatory experiences throughout the museum. The Milwaukee Art Museum has a video explaining do's and don'ts of the museum for children. How do you help visitors know what they can and cannot do in your museum? Most museums have this figured out: they have signs, they have guards, they have cases over the objects.