Monthly Archives: October 2009

Collections and You

People collect for a variety of reasons: interest, consumerism, fetishes, documentation of the past, and more. Museums collect to preserve, conserve, and interpret. No matter the reason behind the collecting the bottom line is that it happens. Who cares about … Continue reading

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Making Collections Accessible

Most museums with collections routinely keep up to 90% of their objects in storage at any given time. Considering the current trend of making museums more audience friendly, should museums then make their collections more accessible and open to the … Continue reading

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The Art of Manipulation

In essence, what museum professionals are practicing is the art of manipulation–we manipulate what they see, how they see it, what context we put it in, where we place things, how we place things, what they read, if an exhibit … Continue reading

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The Holiday Question: Programming for Expectations

Each visitor that sets foot into a museum carries with them a unique set of understandings and expectations that impact how he or she view their museum experience. This is related to why someone chooses to visit a museum – … Continue reading

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100% Satisfaction Not Always Best for the Audience

The AAM’s Excellence and Equity highlights the importance of museums expanding their role as educational institutions, especially in terms of culturally diverse audiences.  Roy Rosenzweig’s and David Thelen’s Presence of the Past: Popular Uses of History in American Life attempts … Continue reading

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