Museum Work

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While many American museums require 37.5 But, on the other side, as Phillip Thompson said in our panel last week, our business model sets up problems, as we are always trapped by the amount of money we can raise. I’m using this as an example of when a museum workplace needs fixing.

Doing Museum Work: Your Thoughts

Museum 2.0

This month, we're thinking about the way we do work in museums. As someone texted me recently, Art History grad school didn't teach us anything about working with others in museums. Sharing articles that work is a great reason to stay on Museum Twitter by the way.

4 Ways AI is the Next Big Game-Changer in Museum Membership & Attendance

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Museums and nonprofits can also reap huge benefits from employing artificial intelligence, particularly in their membership and development departments. That’s why they can also come in handy in museums. Source: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Deliberately Unsustainable Business Models

Museum 2.0

I once asked Eric Siegel, the Director of the New York Hall of Science, why museums are rarely innovative shining stars on the cutting edge of culture. He commented that as non-profits, museums are built to survive, not to succeed. Is it true of your museum too?

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Making Museum Tours Participatory: A Model from the Wing Luke Asian Museum

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Last week, I visited the Wing Luke Asian Museum in Seattle. I've long admired this museum for its all-encompassing commitment to community co-creation , and the visit was a kind of pilgrimage to their new site (opened in 2008). I am not typically a fan of museum tours.

Perspectives from the Charitable Giving Report: National World War II Museum

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At The National World War II Museum in New Orleans, fundraising is all about data and their data is all about their donors. The Museum uses their data to get know their donors at a deeper level: what they care about, what motivates them, and how to keep them engaged with their organization. “We

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The Dallas Museum of Art Took a Major Risk, and The Outcome Has Been Remarkable.

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About a year ago, the Dallas Museum of Art did something truly innovative. The museum’s memberships have tripled in the past year. Dallas Museum of Art has taken the concept of website and email marketing metrics and made them analogue. The museum has taken Web 2.0

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Audience Engagement Conversation at Western Museums Association

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The Western Museum Association was kind enough to invite me to speak on a panel about engagement at their annual meeting in Boise. Phillip’s early remark about museums was an invocation for everyone.

The Event-Driven Museum?

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This is the casual attendance data from my first full month as the Executive Director of The Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz. This graph is making me change the way I think about what our museum is for and how we should market it. I know there are limitations to this model.

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Is Your Museum Selling Out? Try this Game about Revenue and Ethics

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A few weeks ago, debates in England got me thinking about the relative ethics of sources of museum revenue. The London Science Museum and the Tate were both under fire for taking sponsorship money from BP (which, at least at the Science Museum, came with some content strings attached ).

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Psychology, Pricing, and Pay As You Will at the Children's Museum of Tacoma

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In 2010, the Children''s Museum of Tacoma was getting ready to move to a new, bigger facility. When they moved to the new facility, they decided they wanted to radically expand access to the museum, AND increase revenue. They went to a "pay as you will" model.

New Models for Children's Museums: Wired Classrooms?

Museum 2.0

I was fascinated by our discussion, and Bob came to mind last month, when I was asked to write an article for the Association of Children's Museums quarterly journal, Hand to Hand , about children's museums and Web 2.0. in her book, Civilizing the Museum.

Museum 2.0 Rerun: Inside the Design of an Amazing Museum Project to Capture People's Stories

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Recently, we''ve been talking at our museum about techniques for capturing compelling audio/video content with visitors. It made me dig up this 2011 interview with Tina Olsen (then at the Portland Art Museum) about their extraordinary Object Stories project.

Guest Post: A Shared Ethics for Museum Internships

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Is your museum running on interns? It is a strong, museum-focused complement to an excellent three-parter on Createquity about the ethics and future of unpaid arts internships. I got my first real job in a museum (at the Guggenheim) after a life-changing internship.

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Our Museum: Extraordinary Resources on How Museums and Galleries Become Participatory Places

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They wanted to help museums and galleries across the UK make significant, sustained changes in the ways they engage community partners and visitors as participants in their work. The result, Our Museum , is an extraordinary funding program with a focus on community participation.

What Hours Should Museums Be Open?

Museum 2.0

An exhibiting artist approached me recently at an evening event at the museum. But it's a question that many museums seem to address inadequately. It's interesting to me that so many museums debate admission fees but don't get comparably riled up about open hours.

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Guest Post by Nora Grant: Lessons from A Year of Pop Up Museums

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This post was written by my colleague Nora Grant, Community Programs Coordinator at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. How can you take something as substantial and precious as a museum and add a pop up twist? guestpost Museum of Art and History participatory museum

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New Models for Community Partnerships: Museums Hosting Meetups

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I've long believed that museums have a special opportunity to support the community spirit of Web 2.0 This month brings three examples of museums hosting meetups for online communities: On 8.6.08, the Computer History Museum (Silicon Valley, CA) hosted a Yelp!

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The Activity Level Discussion in Museums: Is a Role Marketplace an Answer?

Museum 2.0

Now, not all of you will get to spend every other week for months chatting with Rob about museums, but I wanted to offer you a slice of how wonderful that can be. This week Rob will share some ideas about museum work. Weisberg Activity level is a problem for museum staff.

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One Small Step for Detroit, One Giant Leap for Museum Ethics (Maybe)

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Over the past three years, the Detroit Institute of Art (DIA) has served as the museum poster child for the debate on the public value of the arts. From a non-museum person''s perspective, it''s a little mysterious. There is an ironic sidenote to this "victory" for museum ethics.

Reimagining Museums with Latin America Leading the Way

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El Museo Reimaginado is a collaborative effort of museum professionals in North and South America to explore museums' potential as community catalysts. I'm generalizing grossly here, but for the most part, I find European museums to be conservative.

Rowboats and Magic Feathers: Reflections on 13 Years of Museum 2.0

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Dear friends, This is my last post as the author of Museum 2.0. I'm thrilled that Seema Rao is taking this blog and museum community into its next chapter. You can find all my archived Museum 2.0 Today, I want to share a bit about what Museum 2.0 I started the Museum 2.0

Four Models for Active User Engagement, by Nina Simon

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Nina has written a fantastic book engagement called The Participatory Museum. Most of my work involves museums, but these categories can be useful in any project that involves user participation. No one model is better than the others. Source: Share Your Ideas.

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Year One as a Museum Director. Survived!

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Today is my one-year anniversary as the executive director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. A year ago, I put my consultant hat on the shelf and decided to jump into museum management (a sentence I NEVER would have imagined writing five years ago). It is, as Kathleen McLean puts it, “museum as prototype,” and it is exhilarating, thoughtful work for all of us. Museum of Art and History institutional change

Guest Post by Seema Rao: How Museums Can Resist Racism and Oppression

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Like Seema, I've been looking for ways to increase active resistance of racism, hate, and bigotry--both as an individual and as the leader of a museum. I had the extreme pleasure of being part of this year’s MuseumCamp hosted by Nina Simon at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History.

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Guest Post: A New Role for Science Museums--Playground for Scientists

Museum 2.0

One of the greatest gifts of my babymoon is the opportunity to share the Museum 2.0 First up is Beck Tench, a "simplifier, illustrator, story teller, and technologist" working at the Museum of Life & Science in Durham, NC.

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The Games Art Historians Play: Online Game-based Learning in Art History and Museum Contexts – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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The Games Art Historians Play: Online Game-based Learning in Art History and Museum Contexts – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education : "Considering a few models within my own discipline of art history will orient colleagues curious about venturing down this pedagogical path, but, as with any learning tool, game-based learning will have to fit the specific context of a given course or program.

Supporting Museum Tribes & Fans through Shared Ritual

Museum 2.0

Many people ( Paul Orselli , Linda Norris , Pete Newcurator ) in the museum field have written about the question of museum "tribes"--based partly on Seth Godin's book , partly on the longstanding fan culture that pervades our lives through sport , celebrity, and shared experience of mass events.

The J. M. Barrie Model for Museum Voice

Museum 2.0

But it's not so easy to integrate into larger-scale museum writing. Have you ever walked someone, a non-museum professional, through an exhibition you have or are working on? Or a small note on an ancient coin mentioning that the museum has thousands of similar ones in storage--or none.

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What Does Audience-Centered Look Like? It Looks like Glasgow Museums.

Museum 2.0

When we say we want our museum to be "audience-centered," what do we mean? However, I have enormous respect for the customer-centered model when it is executed in ways that truly invite visitors in on their own terms and deliver satisfying experiences.

Notes on Structure Lab: Legal and Financial Models for Social Entrepeneurship

Museum 2.0

Like many people in the arts, I'm interested in new models that help people combine mission-driven work with an entrepreneurial spirit. A company in which employees are co-owners might translate well to a coop model. Tags: business models

Blueprint Book Club Part 1: How Do You Create a Future-Thinking History Museum?

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Imagine you've just been tasked with developing an innovative, future-thinking national museum for your country's history. Blueprint is the story of a group of people who tried to create a Dutch Museum of National History (INNL). Book Discussion: Blueprint Museums Engaging in 2.0

Hack the Museum Camp Part 2: Making Magic, Reality TV, and Risk as a Red Herring

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Last week, my museum hosted Hack the Museum Camp , a 2.5 day adventure in which teams of adults--75 people, of whom about half are museum professionals, half creative folks of various stripes--developed an experimental exhibition around our permanent collection in our largest gallery. Here''s what I got out of Hack the Museum Camp. People talked about the camp as Project Runway for museums. Those are risky decisions in the broader museum context.

Adventures in Artist-Driven Public Engagement: Machine Project at the Hammer Museum

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What happens when a formal art museum invites a group of collaborative, participatory artists to be in residence for a year? Will the artists ruin the museum with their plant vacations and coatroom concerts? But for museum and art wonks, it could be.

Yes, Audience Participation Can Have Significant Value

Museum 2.0

For years, I'd give talks about community participation in museums and cultural institutions, and I'd always get the inevitable question: "but what value does this really have when it comes to dollars and cents?"

Making Alternative Meaning out of Museum Artifacts

Museum 2.0

Seb Chan has a lovely, long interview up at Fresh+New with Helen Whitty about the Powerhouse Museum's new mini-exhibition, the Odditoreum. The Odditoreum is another wrinkle in the study of visitors' understanding and interpretation of authenticity in museums.

Better Blog Museum Metrics

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I am also prepping a panel on the topic for NTC (more about that later) Seb Chan is focusing specifically on blog metrics for museums. the multidirectional communication, that most museums set up blogs to encourage and explore. Do you have plan or logic model to share? Seb Chan.

Museum Photo Policies Should Be as Open as Possible

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I'm working on a section of my book about sharing social objects and am writing about the most common way that visitors share their object experiences in museums: through photographs. Yes, some people (especially vocal museum staff!) hate the sight of people taking photos in museums.

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Introducing Abbott Square Part 6: Two Prioritization Techniques We Used to Negotiate a Great Lease

Museum 2.0

This is the sixth in a series of posts on the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History ( MAH )'s development of Abbott Square , a new creative community plaza in downtown Santa Cruz. John would manage the food, the MAH would manage the museum, and we would co-manage the plaza.

Instead of Selling Objects, Build Public Trust

Museum 2.0

You run a regional museum. This is the plan that plunged the Berkshire Museum into hot water. In July, the Berkshire Museum released its $60,000,000 New Vision , along with a funding mechanism: selling 40 of its most valuable artworks. Food banks have an auction-based model.

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online exhibit developed by the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico and Ideum. I picked up the phone and got a hold of Jim Spadaccini, founder of Ideum, whose blog post I discovered via a discussion thread on flickr and museums on the museum technology list.

Repeat After Me: Modeling Multiple Visitation

Museum 2.0

Why don't people come back to museums? When I worked at the Spy Museum, many visitors expressed a lack of desire to return not because the experience was dissatisfying, but because they'd experienced the whole story.

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Where's the Mobile Museum Project for Intact Social Groups?

Museum 2.0

When a technologist calls me to talk about their brilliant idea for a museum-related business, it's always a mobile application. There are lots of wonderful (and probably not very high margin) experiments going on in museums with mobile devices.

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