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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...

Conference

Ten tips to make your next conference the best yet

We have welcomed thousands of people to MuseumNext from all over the world since 2009. During that time we have learnt that those who have...

Digital

Startups Disrupting Museums

While plenty of innovation happens in museums and galleries, there is also an incredible ecosystem of innovative startups working alongside the cultural sector. These startups...

Leadership

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...

Digital

3 Lessons learnt from Building our first Museum Chatbot… 15 years ago!

Once upon a time, in 2002, when mobile phones were like this, we were working at the Digital Department of the Science Museum “Leonardo da...

Design

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...

Design

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...

Social Impact

Film: The Problem with using the word ‘Diversity’

Shaz Hussain, Collections Assistant at the Royal Air Force Museum London. Okay, hi, I’m Shaz. I’m a Collections Assistant, at the RAF Museum in London....

Marketing

Museum puts T. rex on Tinder to make new audiences fall in love with them

Teddy is your average T. rex, loud, hungry (#palaeodiet), fossilized, and he loves a good movie theme song. But what is he doing on Tinder?...

Leadership

Film: Kimberly Drew on becoming an advocate for artists of color

In this talk, Kimberly Drew, who currently serves as The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Social Media Manager discusses her blog Black Contemporary Art, her work...

Marketing

Film: How Can a European Museum Attract Chinese Tourists?

With over 2,000,000 Chinese tourists who visited France in 2015, China is France’s second tourist market after the United States, but how can a European Museum...

Money

Film: How Can a Museum Use Kickstarter to Crowdfund?

In 2016 the Science Museum London crowdfunded £51,000 to recreate Eric, the UK’s first robot. How can a museum use Kickstarter to fund the things...

Digital

Social Media as Museum Object

It has become commonplace to engage with museums online. Indeed social media and the web are now the main ways that museum goers find out...

Leadership

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...

Social Impact

Communicating the Social Impact of Museums

I would hope that anyone working in museums believes in the positive effect that they have. They change lives, enrich communities and makes our cities better places to...

Digital

In Conversation with Shelley Bernstein

Shelley Bernstein is a renowned digital leader who tirelessly pushed the boundaries and challenged the traditional way of doing things with her groundbreaking work as...

Digital

Creating a Snapchat Geofilter for your Museum

Snapchat is the breakout social network of the past few years, growing to over 300 million users. The average Snapchat user will spend 25-30 minutes on the...

Social Impact

Should Museums be Activists?

Amid a year of political strife almost without precedent, divisive issues are forcing their way to the front as museums embrace challenging issues like immigration, inequality and sustainability. A...

Digital

Giving art a voice with an artificial intelligence audio guide

It is 64 years since the first museum audio guide was introduced by the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Since then they have evolved to become an...

Social Impact

How can museums contribute to dialogue about social justice when we are exemplars of segregation?

At the PlayHouse last weekend we celebrated Eid-al-Fitr — the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan — as part of our Celebrate Peoria series....

Leadership

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...

Design

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...

Videos

Film: What Happens Artists Take Over the Museum at Night?

What happens when artists take over the museum at night? ARTBAR is a monthly sell-out artist-led museum experience, bringing one-off installations, performances, exhibitions, talks, workshops...

Learning

Film: Experiments in developing a new museum learning program

Peter Mahony and Karolina Novak from MAAS talk about encouraging risk-taking in museums with a series of design experiments around the development of a new learning...