Photo: Ron Mader, Mexico City’s Anthropology Museum (some rights reserved)
What would those in the know like others understand about museums? Updating relevant links in a somewhat random fashion:
The myth of continuity – @thisisaaronland
Welcome to my micro museum
China insists Genghis Khan exhibit not use words ‘Genghis Khan’
Open access to collections is a no-brainer – it’s a clear-cut extension of any museum’s mission – Apollo Magazine
- Which museums do a great job of modeling sustainable practices?
- What happens when museums receive more visitors through their website than through their front door?
At this point I wish to emphasize what I believe will ultimately prove to be the greatest value of our museum. This value will not, however, be realized until the lapse of many years, possibly a century, assuming that our material is safely preserved. And this is that the student of the future will have access to the original record of faunal conditions in California and the west, wherever we now work.
– Joseph Grinnell, 1910, The Uses and Methods of a Research Museum (source)
It’s ironic that the term “world class”–which should embody an international panoply of forms of expression, presentation, and exploration of museum content–is instead used to hew to a singular vision of excellence.
– Nina Simon, Why is “World Class” so Classist?
Visitors are people. They are not numbers. They are not dollars. They are not deliveries. They are people who have experiences with art in art museums. I’m dismayed that the same critics who decry Deitch’s disregard for artists and curators treat the public as an unimportant commodity in museums. Why do these critics care so much about the influence of money and so little about the influence of audiences? Why do they focus on what bait is presented to lure visitors in and not on what opportunities are made to engage them?
– Nina Simon, museumtwo.blogspot
He who views only the products of his only country may be said to inhabit a single world while those who see and consider the productions of other climes bring many worlds in review before them.
– Carl Linnaeus (1754), cited by Roger Fyfe Macmillan Brown Lecture #1, 2010
The 2010 Macmillan Brown Lecture Series features Associate Professor Roger Fyfe (Senior Curator Anthropology, Canterbury Museum). He surveys the development of museums in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, asking “who owns the past?” in a series of lectures recorded at the Christchurch Art Gallery.
The Museum Life – Museums attract millions of visitors and employ thousands. The Museum Life, hosted by Carol Bossert, charts the growth and development of this cultural business. Museum Life showcases leaders in the field who provide perspective on current issue as well as creative thinkers who are impacting the future of museums. Join the conversation every Friday at 10 AM Eastern Time/7 AM Pacific on the Voice America Variety Channel.
The NZMuseums website, www.nzmuseums.co.nz, profiles approximately 360 New Zealand museums and related culture and heritage organisations.
Elsewhere on the Web
aam-us.org – @AAMers
Museums Give Science the Spark of Life
A day at the museum – how much do children actually remember?
5 ways for Museums to use YouTube
http://www.museumsandtheweb.com – @museweb
National Museum of the American Indian
Mint Museum of Art
Hobo Museum (Iowa)
Charles M. Schulz
Bridge Museum Sarajevo
Southwest Museum of the American Indian
Beyond the Silos of the LAMs – Diane Zorich, Gunter Waibel and Ricky Erway
http://www.museumhack.com – @MuseumHack
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