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By Jaclyn M. Roessel
In late January 2015, Phoenix was consumed with the Super Bowl. Amidst the gridiron frenzy, the Heard Museum hosted a symposium to discuss an issue important to many American Indian communities around the country. It also allowed us to provide the forum to address an issue that is oftentimes the basis of questions by our visitors.
Using the attention of a high-profile...
By Amy F. Steffian
The Gulf of Alaska is a storm graveyard, a place where low-pressure systems stall against high coastal mountains saturating the landscape with rain and wind. In the Kodiak Archipelago, gales roll metal dumpster, gild sophisticated boats with a disabling coat of ice, and drench even those clad in the thickest rubber rain gear. Here, drowning and hypothermia are always lurking...
By Irene Rodríguez
The Palm Springs Art Museum’s (PSAM) entrance has been transformed with marigold petals to guide the spirits to the altars to be with the living for the day. Papel picado is suspended from the rails. Altars honoring loved ones are displayed throughout the Museum. Azteca Dancers inaugurated the Museum's Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos celebration on Saturday, October 25, 2014...
By Margaret Middleton
So your museum wants to welcome families with children. You already know that welcoming families better serves the community and it also increases visitorship as the youngest visitors today are the members and donors of tomorrow.
But where to begin? A great way to start is by consulting the experts. And when it comes to designing multigenerational social learning experiences...
By Nicole Brabant
This summer at the UBC Museum of Anthropology (MOA), public tours commenced for a bold new exhibition called Claiming Space: Voices of Urban Aboriginal Youth. Curated by Pam Brown, Claiming Space features contemporary art by young Indigenous artists from around the world. It opened on June 1, 2014. This summer, museum visitors had opportunities to tour the exhibition with six...
By Suzanne Fischer
What does cosplay have to do with training the next generation of museum professionals? In the Oakland Museum of California’s (OMCA) What’s Happening California series college students become the heroes of the exhibit development process.
The What's Happening California series is an ongoing collaboration between OMCA and California State University (CSU) campuses across the...
By Ruth Shelly
Opening April 22, 2014, Outdoor Adventure, the newest permanent exhibit at Portland Children’s Museum, has transformed more than 1.3 acres of previously inaccessible land into an intentional, education-based outdoor play space where every area is designed to support learning through play in nature.
Portland Children’s Museum is the only children’s museum in the nation that also...
By Heather Diamond
At a recent symposium panel about interpreting contentious histories—a topic with which curators in Hawaii are quite familiar—I spoke about the early planning process for several new exhibits in Iolani Palace, and an overview of a 3-day retreat we held with five advisory scholars, a design team, and a consultant. I explained that I wanted our visitors to get beyond the emotions...
By Angela Fisher
The Church History Museum had a tremendous opportunity this past year as we collaborated with the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas to bring 23 original Norman Rockwell paintings to Salt Lake City in the exhibit American Originals: Norman Rockwell and Scouting. Not only was this a tremendous opportunity in terms of bringing new visitors into the museum and building...
By Andrea Taylor
At the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle, also known as “The Wing,” we have a large and continually growing tours program. Like most museums, we offer an extensive list of programs specifically designed for students as well as regularly offered tours for daily visitors. Anyone interested in coming to The Wing to learn more about Seattle's Asian...

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