Collections


The future of collections has become a major discussion point in the museum community. From the museum scene in Black Panther to the strong opinions being expressed about deaccessiong, unpacking conversations about museum collections is highlighted in this year's Annual Meeting,
Join your colleagues in unpacking the challenges and opportunities of museum collections of all shapes and sizes in...
Reposted with permission from the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice Blog 
Today’s Guest Post is by Erin Richardson, currently pursuing doctoral research focusing on the cost of collecting in U.S. museums, and Douglas Worts, culture & sustainability specialist with WorldViews Consulting, in Toronto, Canada.
How much energy is required to maintain temperature and humidity levels inside a...
By Brian D. Vallo, Director- Indian Arts Research Center at School for Advanced Research
The Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) is a division of the School for Advanced Research (SAR) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The goal of IARC is to bridge the divide between creativity and scholarship by supporting initiatives and projects in Native American studies, art history, and creative expression that...
By Marcelle Lunau
Wrapping or boxing or leaving…How do we decide what to do when we want to protect our cultural heritage? And which plastics are safe to use?
Recently I had a conversation with participants at the Balboa Art Conservation Center (BACC) Focus on Collections workshops in Tempe about whether or not plastics are safe to use for wrapping leather objects in storage. In this case, we...
By Michelle Nash
I was very pleased to present this poster at the recent Western Museums Association 2014 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, and am further pleased for the opportunity to share it here as well. The following blog post is not so much a summary of the poster (which can be accessed below), but rather a call to further the Meta-Museum Movement.
So first thing’s first: what is the “Meta-...
The Western Museums Association (WMA) is proud to present the first installment of videos from the first WestMusings | Ten Minute Museum Talks. This new programmatic feature took place at the 2013 Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City. Based on TED Talks’ model, WestMusings is an unconference program of short, rehearsed, and engaging presentations on museum related topics. WestMusings will provide an...
By Ted Greenberg
A first glance at the Western Museums Association 2013 Annual Meeting Program
Once upon a time in a land far away, there was a museum with many objects that could not be shown. These objects were placed into storage for safekeeping. The museum curators kept collecting and there were more and more objects coming into the museum. As if by magic, the storage areas were able to house...

Museums as Gifts to Universities: Case Study Magnes to UC Berkeley

How good does WMA get?  Well, check out this session from last year's conference in Portland entitled, "Museums as Gifts to Universities."
It's got fundraising, collections issues, administration, technology, new leaders, drama and networking all wrapped into one...
And don't forget to REGISTER NOW FOR WMA HAWAII 2011!
Ripped...

Rachael Faust is a JFKU museum studies graduate student. Previous to her academic studies, Rachael worked at the University Art Gallery at UCSD and at the Portland Art Museum. Since moving to the Bay Area, she has volunteered at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology and has been an intern at SFMOMA and the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle.

By Rachael Faust
After completing my first year at...
Subscribe to