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STEM Exhibitions for Beginners

If, like me, you don’t know your atoms from your electrons, being asked to create a science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) exhibition can seem...

How User Centred Design Can Help Museums Put People at the Centre of the Exhibition Design Process

User Centred Design (UCD) offers radical opportunities for user-driven exhibitions that fill a genuine need in people’s lives. It is a process that offers opportunity...

How museums use tone of voice to reveal their hidden personalities

What does your museum sound like? I’m not referring to the chatter of schoolchildren or the ambient hum of dehumidifiers. I mean what do the...

Multi-Lingual Wall Labels Introduced at Minnesota’s Biggest Museums

Several of the museums and galleries in Minnesota’s two major cities – Saint Paul and Minneapolis – have decided reject using just one language on...

Designing an exhibition: These 5 tips should be your mantra

Exhibition making is a creative process and as such, there are thankfully no absolute rules as to what can make a project soar or slump....

What makes a great museum label?

The best museum labels do more than provide information. A great museum label takes its reader on a revelatory journey, reframing perceptions along the way...

Developing wayfinding systems in museums

How often do you end up lost in a museum? To some, stumbling across a treasure trove of unexpected artefacts sounds like a dream come...

What we can learn from Pop-Up Museums? Best practice and ideas from Instagram friendly experiences

Millennials used to seeking out the perfect selfie moment are hungry for cultural experiences that also afford them the opportunity to take great pictures for...

If kids are looking at their phones instead of our exhibits, it’s our fault – not theirs.

By now we all must have seen the photograph, showing a group of schoolchildren apparently ignoring Rembrandt’s artistic masterpiece – seemingly engrossed instead in Facebook...

A living room for the city: How to reach a museum’s social potential

The concept of a museum and its role in society has evolved dramatically over the past 20 years. No longer considered primarily a venue for...

Designing Museums for indigenous collections at the National Gallery of Canada

Junia Jorgji is the Chief of Design at the National Gallery of Canada. We caught up with her recently about her work redisplaying the national collection of...

Talking Museums and Neuroscience with Tedi Asher

Tedi Asher made headlines earlier this year when she took the role of Neuroscientist in residence at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salam, Massachusetts. This...

5 Strategies you need to know to keep your exhibit on budget

Museum exhibits can be pricey. Whether it’s a permanent installation or a travelling exhibition, myriad influences can affect the cost. Image acquisition, AV hardware, shipping,...

Visitor Centered Museums in Practice and its Future

MuseumNext speakers Lath Carlson and Seema Rao have both been in the museum field for a total of 30 years.  Lath has a broad range...

Prototypologies – Prototyping Museum Interactives

According to lore, Inuit cultures have over 50 words for snow. While that legendary factoid conjures images of imperialistic anthropologists in khaki, we understand the...

The Whitney as Workspace

I was incredibly fortunate to take part in a behind-the-scenes tour of the new Whitney Museum of American Art building hosted by Henry Adams Consulting...

The Museum as Workspace, Part II

The first part of this post explored the reasons why museum workspaces tend to be, shall we say, sub-optimal. This second installment provides suggestions for...

The Museum as Workspace

Ask anyone who works at a museum what they love about their job, and chances are they won’t respond “my workspace.” Generally located in the...

In Conversation with Jake Barton

Local Projects are one of the world’s leading experience design firms, and renowned in the museum sector for creating some of the most exciting work...

Film: Starting with play – the Children’s Gallery

Paul Bowers Head, Exhibitions Museums Victoria The Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery at Melbourne Museum is the first entirely play-led space in an encyclopaedic museum to...

Designing Museum Experiences For People With Dementia

Heidi Benham from the Royal College of Art in London spoke at MuseumNext Indianapolis about designing Museum experiences for people with Dementia. Heidi: Wow, you...

Film: Emotionalizing the Museum

The 21st Century Museum faces a daunting challenge. Today, people can access all the infomation that they need at the touch of a button, so said...