Category Archives: Museums

Juli’s Big Move

Madison Ave entrance to the National Museum of Natural History

I know, I know, I’ve been terribly remiss with my blogging this year… but I have an excuse! Or what I pretend is an excuse and that should be good enough. It all started back in January, with an email from my old exhibit strategies professor, telling me I should apply for a particular job. Continue Reading →

Oh Yes, Wyoming! Adventures in Museum Renovations and Paleoclimates

T-Rex vs. Triceratops

[ Ok first: Has it really been nearly TWO MONTHS since my last post?! Ay caramba. I hope you’ve all been keeping yourselves busy by reviewing the candidates’ answers to the Science Debate questions. If not, well, here’s a picture of some dinosaurs to cheer you up.] I must say, I’ve really been enjoying Wyoming, Continue Reading →

Life is da Bubbles at the Georgia Aquarium

wow wall georgia aquarium

As much as I love visiting museums on the down-low, seeing what the typical visitor sees, there’s something to be said for behind-the-scenes tours. And what a tour it was at the Georgia Aquarium. First of all, a big thanks goes out to Jen Richards, our unofficial tour guide. The Georgia Aquarium has a solid Continue Reading →

It’s Tapirs All The Way Down…

fused fossil rhino rib

I was not a particularly happy camper this morning, having woken up balls-early for a road trip out to Boone, NC. Thankfully, my mood had vastly improved by the time we reached the Gray Fossil Site and Natural History Museum outside Johnson City, TN, enabling me to better appreciate their specimens, exhibits, and dig site. Continue Reading →

AAM Rundown 7: The Museum as Prototype

Rube Goldberg Machine

We’re nearing the end of my AAM series… only a few more interviews and session recaps to go! This one was one of my favorite sessions at AAM, and I’ve been holding off writing about it out of fear that I won’t do it justice. But as the walrus said, the time has come to Continue Reading →

AAM Rundown 5: Media and Technology MUSE Awards

AAM's media and technology MUSE awards

This year was the 23rd Annual MUSE Awards, brought to you by AAM’s Media and Technology committee. You can read about all the various nominees, honorees and winners in more detail at the actual MUSE homepage, but I thought I’d take the opportunity to comment on the ones that I thought sounded the coolest. Audio Continue Reading →

AAM Rundown 4: Narrative as a Platform for Public Engagement

"Follow the North Star" experience at Conner Prairie

I am a huge proponent of storytelling. It’s why I became a film major, and it’s why I went the museum route with my interest in science education. One of my favorite speeches is Robert Krulwich’s commencement address to the California Institute of Technology, titled “Tell Me A Story“. You can go check it out Continue Reading →

AAM Rundown 3: A Conversation with Kevin Sayama

Kevin Sayama from C&G Partners

A number of lovely, generous people in my life donated money to help get me to AAM this year. I promised that I would report back about the sessions I attended, as well as interview fellow attendees, as a way of showing just what they helped pay for. It also allows for some vicarious AAM Continue Reading →

AAM Rundown 2: 75 Ways to Connect in 75 Minutes

example of crowdsourcing and visitor participation

I have to admit, I missed some of this session because I tried attending another one. “An Update on Art and Science Collaborative Approaches” sounded like it had a lot of potential, especially for someone like me who loves both art and science. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as inspiring as I had hoped it would be. Continue Reading →

AAM Rundown: Effectively Using Evaluation Data

Minneapolis Convention Center

Hello my lovelies! I’m finally back in Nashville and safely entrenched in front of my computer, so I can start writing up everything that happened. In the next few days I’ll be loading my interviews (some formal, and some informal), the take-aways from the various sessions and workshops, and a couple impressions of Minneapolis museums. Continue Reading →

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