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Music and the museum – how can exhibits inspire musical creativity?

SHHH! Museums are often thought of as being quiet spaces, for contemplation and learning. But some museums are embracing the power of music to create...

Ten Creative Programme Ideas That Museums Can Offer Adults

Why should kids have all the fun? Museums have an incredible potential to not only educate adults, but also engage and entertain them. Through using...

Why should your Museum run an Artists-in-Residence programme?

Take a look through artist opportunities pages and residencies spring up in the most inspiring and surprising spaces, from a residency on a container ship...

How to use Creativity to Promote Staff Wellbeing

It’s a given that employees will perform better when they are healthy, happy, and motivated. By supporting staff wellbeing, employers are setting themselves up to...

How heritage and cultural organisations have used at-home kits to keep in touch

When the world closed down in 2020, heritage and culture reached out. The sector engaged in its incredible and innovative rush to digital triggered by...

How do you start a museum? Advice from four museum leaders who’ve done it

The process of translating an idea and opening your doors as a museum can be a challenging and foreboding process. To help give insight on...

Museums and Employee Diversity

When you look at the museum sector as a whole, it is incredibly diverse. Nearly every aspect of human history, scientific research, creative arts and...

Museums playing with China’s youth subcultures: from animal influencers to dancing relics

How do museums get cute, naughty and playful? Chinese museums have been tackling this question in hopes of appealing to the young audience. Museums in...

The people behind museums: Ngaire Blankenberg, Director, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

My strategy here, my vision for a more global and distributed museum, is that we provide experiences for people all over the world Ngaire Blankenberg...

How to design 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....

How to Get a Job in a Museum?

If you are here because you are wondering how to get a job in a museum. Welcome! If you are here because of the wave...

Covid created a change in mindset in museums, now what will we do with it?

We’ve witnessed unimaginable human adaptability this year, with new ways of working, digital transformation and bold action. We’ve learnt that in challenging circumstances, we can...

Don’t forget to share: a plea for unabashed openness in times of crisis

A crisis. A pause. A reimagining of what we are, what we need to stand for, who we are doing all of this for… This...

Prototyping New Travelling Exhibition Models

What type of travelling exhibition models shall be sustainable in a post-COVID 19 scenario? We have come to think of the industry as being prevalently...

How Small Museums and Big Brands can work together

There are not so many successful cases of cooperation between large commercial brands and small (often non-profit) museums. Here is the story of how a...

An R Factor for post-pandemic museums

We have heard about it for days, weeks and months on end. It has been the yardstick of success and the reason for concerns that...

What’s the purpose of your Museum?

In 2006, Blake Mycoskie was in Argentina learning to play Polo, when a chance encounter changed his life. A conversation in a bar introduced him...

Hitting Chinese sweet spots: from cultural delivery to romantic “time travel” 

How to appeal to the young crowd? In Europe, museums are very experienced in creating night adventures, silent discos and more for local youngsters. However,...

How can Museums and adapting to change?

In the town of Enterprise, Alabama stands an unusual monument, a statue of a woman holding a pedestal high above her head and in it...

A Museum Bestiary

As Museum professionals, we have an existential choice to make about who and what we want to be. In today’s climate of social activism, one...

What can Museums teach us about diversity?

Representation is a delicate subject and cultural institutions must work hard to ensure a range of voices are heard. Diversity is a very loaded word,...

19 Steps: Planning for Extended Covid-19 Close Down

So, your museum is closed. Your employees, like your visitors, are sheltering in place. You have heard some great success stories of museums having an...

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 to get an emotional response from museum goers

If art and culture is all about connecting with an audience, then what can museums do to cement this relationship? Is it a case of...