Five Awesome TED Talks About Museums

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We love TED Talks.  The ideas and passions that shine through them inspire us.  Yet it wasn’t until recently we realized there are lots of great TED Talks about museums!

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite TED Talks about museums below.  Watch them to uncover how your museum can become an interactive, participatory, and transformative experience rooted in engaging narratives.

How I Learned to Stop Hating and Love Museums

Nick Gray, our founder, presented at TEDxFoggyBottom in 2015.  He discussed how Museum Hack – a company of renegade tour guides dedicated to changing the way we view museums – was created.  His examples from our interactive, engaging tours showcase how we invite new audiences to fall in love with museums.  Watch the entire talk in the video below:

How Will Museums of the Future Look?

Dr. Sarah Kenderdine is dedicated to creating powerful interactive museum experiences.  As an award-winning designer and passionate researcher, her ideas on how tangible and intangible heritage can be rediscovered and reinvented as sensory experiences are foundations for transforming museum experiences.  Dr. Kenderdine also discusses how emerging technologies can help us preserve cultural heritage from mass tourism, looting, iconoclasm, and climate change while revealing previously unknown ideas and facts about objects. Watch her entire talk in the video below:

Opening Up the Museum

The absolutely amazing Nina Simon, Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History and author of Museum 2.0, discusses her lifelong mission: to make museums spaces where “you can actively participate, where you can connect with culture, and hopefully with those experiences, connect more deeply with each other.”  She discusses her experiences as an executive director focused on opening up the museum, and shares two ideas as to how museums can open up their spaces and collections.  Watch her entire talk in the video below:

The Transformative Museum

Harry DeLorme, a curator and educator with over 25 years of experience in museums, gets right to the heart of what a museum should be: a place where people’s lives are impacted and changed.  He dives into how museums transformed his life, leading to a career dedicated to instilling a sense of wonder through technology-based art.  Watch the entire talk in the video below:

Weaving Narratives in Museum Galleries

Thomas P. Campbell, Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, thinks deeply about curating.  His TED Talk discusses how a narrative approach can help bring objects, ranging from medieval tapestries to Alexander McQueen fashions, to life.  Watch the entire talk in the video below:

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