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How selfies are changing the way we interact with art

It’s hard to ignore the number of people who take selfies in museums. But should we see this fad as a new way of appreciating...

Francis Bacon for Breakfast: are museum hotels the way forward?

Melting alarm clocks? A mini fridge of Campbell’s soup cans? What really goes into a museum hotel? Museums are constantly looking for new ways to...

Go big or go home: how blockbuster exhibitions are saving museums

“Blockbuster” is no longer a term reserved for high-grossing movies or best-selling novels. Turns out, it can also refer to museum culture. Attendance figures will...

How to Deal with Bad Museum Managers?

Almost anyone who has been working in museums for any length of time will have stories about bad managers. They are nearly impossible to avoid...

How Can Museum Workers Feel Less Stressed?

Stress is an inescapable part of life. Nowhere is this more true than on the job and that goes for Museum Workers too. The pressure...

8 Ways Museum Leaders Can Avoid Micromanaging

One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a museum leader is to micromanage your team. It makes your employees feel like you don’t...

Can Flatter Organisational Structures Work for Museums?

Most museums have a hierarchical management structure, just like the majority of private enterprises, big publicly listed corporations and government departments. Hierarchies in museums one...

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...

The Museum Workers’ Guide to Buying a Dalek

In 2018 Drone Dalek No. 4 arrived at Sudbury Hall in Derbyshire. The Dalek was to become part of the National Trust’s Museum of Childhood...

In Conversation with Michael John Gorman

Founding Director of BIOTOPIA, Michael John Gorman was our opening keynote for MuseumNext Sydney in April 2019. We caught up with him on his impressive...

In Conversation with Scott Stulen, Director of the Philbrook Museum of Art

One of the wonderful things about running MuseumNext is that I get to know extraordinary people who I’d never normally get to meet. Scott Stulen...

In conversation with Gretchen Wilson-Prangley

We’re excited to be joined at MuseumNext London 2018 by Gretchen Wilson-Prangley, the founder and CEO of Play Africa the first “children’s museum” in South Africa. We...

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...

In Conversation with Konrad Ng

Konrad Ng, the Executive Director of Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design recently spoke at MuseumNext Australia. Konrad is doing some incredible...

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...

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 cost of internships to the Museum sector

Last month an email popped up in my inbox via an industry mailing list: ‘I am recruiting an intern to lead on building and populating...

Five reasons that Museums are radical spaces

Museums often hold diverse collections.  Think of the Royal Ontario Museum whose holdings include dinosaurs, building columns, and moccasins in one collection.  Accusations of privilege...

Seven productivity hacks for Museum professionals

Working in a museum has never been so demanding, and increasingly what every museum job has in common is that there don’t seem to be...

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...

Fair pay in Museums?

‘Does your museum pay staff an amount that they can reasonably be expected to live on?’, that’s a question that I’ve been asking museum professionals...

How can a Museum work with entrepreneurs?

Te Papa is asking how can a museum work with entrepreneurs through their cultural accelerator Mahuki. This is a structured entrepreneurial program run where up...

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...

In Conversation with Tony Butler

Tony Butler is the Executive Director of Derby Museums Trust and the founder of the Happy Museum Project. MuseumNext’s Jim Richardson caught up with him to...