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Conference

MuseumNext Welcomes Museum Detox

MuseumNext took place this week in Rotterdam this week with the theme ‘Changemakers’. The conference welcomed delegates from around the world, including a large group...

Digital

5 Tips for Involving Teenagers in Your Museum Using a Chatbot

In a previous article we told you how we tried to build a Museum chatbot in 2002, and why we failed. Our story does not...

Film

Film: Marking The Centenary of the First World War With Art

On 1 July 2016, thousands of volunteers took part in a modern memorial to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. ‘we’re here...

Marketing

How to get millennials into your Museum with escape rooms

Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp, Flikr, Pintrest, Tumblr, YouTube and LinkedIn – all popular social media sites used predominantly by the 18-30 age bracket, a.k.a....

Sustainability

Film: Museum Develops Game To Inspire Action Around Climate Change

Becky Menlove Associate Director for Visitor Experience, Natural History Museum of Utah James Allsopp Head of Design, Preloaded Find out what happened when the Natural...

Impact

Film: Jumpstarting a Museum’s Social Value

Wendy Wolf Deputy Director for Learning and Community Engagement Vizcaya As Vizcaya embark upon their centennial year and new master plan, they are exploring how...

Ideas

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...

Ideas

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...

Ideas

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...

Ideas

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...

Ideas

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...

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?...

Film

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...

Ideas

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...

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...

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...