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Update: December 2, 2019 — Announcing the winners of our free workshop giveaway!

We received an incredible number of submissions for our free workshop giveaway. We read every comment, saw every social media post, and absolutely loved hearing more about what makes every institution that wrote in f***ing awesome!

Without further ado, we’d like to announce the winners (yes, we said winners!) of our free audience development workshop. Congratulations to The National Deaf Life Museum at Gallaudet University and the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles!

Here’s why The National Deaf Life Museum at Gallaudet University is f***ing awesome:

“The National Deaf Life Museum at Gallaudet University is small but mighty! We recently rebranded in an effort to reach out to new audiences and let them know that the Deaf community has a number of stories stretching back hundreds of years. We are working on expanding our audience and hope to become an important destination in Washington DC.”

The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is making a difference in its community:

“San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is F**KING AWESOME because not only are we the first quilts and textiles museum in the U.S., but the only one on the West Coast. Everyday, our exhibits and programs show how wide and diverse quilts and textile art can be.
Right now, we are showcasing our first crowd-sourced show about Internet memes. The works who how memes can capture personal and political moments. We are also showcasing works from our incredibly talented artist members, with works ranging from sculpture to quilts to wearable art. Before that, we had a water themed exhibition where we invited community members to sample locally brewed beer to draw attention to water ecology in the Bay Area.

Finally, we work with lots of community partners to create interesting programming. One is Quilts as Women’s Shelter, which we partner with Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence, to teach survivors of sexual assault how to quilt and inviting to build a community. We also partnered with Social Justice Sewing Academy, a nonprofit that uses to quilting to empower youth to understand and take action on social justice issues they care about.

This isn’t half of what we’ve done and plan to do. With Museum Hack’s help, the staff at SJMQT further our reach and better connect with our local communities. We want to make a positive impact!”

Congratulations to both The National Deaf Life Museum at Gallaudet University and the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. We’re so excited to work with you!

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To celebrate Museum Hack’s new ownership, we are giving away an audience development workshop to one awesome museum.

The workshop includes the training, systems, tools and frameworks we’ve developed to attract and engage new audiences. It is usually priced at $8000+.

More details about our workshops here.

This offer is no strings attached: we will cover all costs and travel expenses for our team.

How to Enter

To be considered for the free workshop, you must:

  1. Comment on this post. Include the name of your institution and a few sentences about what makes your museum f***ing awesome.
  2. Share this post on social media. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn. Make sure you mention @museumhack or #museumhack so we can find it.

That’s it 🙂

Rules & Guidelines

One entry per person, but there are no-limits to entries for your institution. You can invite your colleagues and community to comment too.

One winner, with a maximum value of $10,000.

This is not a random lottery. We want to hear what makes your museum f***ing awesome, and we’ll be selecting a recipient based on this criteria.

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  1. Aggie Stephenson
    Aggie Stephenson
    October 23, 2019 at 11:51 am

    The Tennessee Aquarium is f***ing awesome because we follow a drop of water from the Appalachian mountains to the Gulf of Mexico and get to share the amazing animals whose homes are along the way. Oh, and have you met Miguel Wattson (@ElectricMiguel) the tweeting eel?

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    • Tasia Duske
      Tasia Duske
      October 23, 2019 at 12:38 pm

      Hi Aggie! Wow! The Tennessee Aquarium sounds reely energizing! I’ve just met Miguel, thank you! They’ve positively brightened my day! 😉

      Reply
  2. Kate Dugdale
    Kate Dugdale
    October 23, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    I’ve worked at the Renton History Museum for over a year now, and I’m continually amazed by all that we manage to do with such a small staff! As the only heritage institution in Renton, all of us feel really committed to creating a space for all members of our community- a recent example of this is our last exhibit, Hero’s Feast: Finding Community through Dungeons & Dragons. All of the objects in that exhibit were loaned by the D&D-loving members of our community, and I was so happy to see how popular that exhibit was – that exhibit just closed and I’m sorry to see it go!

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    • Margaret Greutert
      Margaret Greutert
      October 23, 2019 at 2:56 pm

      The Renton History Museum is F***ing Awesome! I appreciate their partnership with the University, helping give museum work experience to young professionals in the region.

      Reply
    • Tasia Duske
      Tasia Duske
      October 24, 2019 at 7:30 am

      Kate! Cheers to the small and mighty! 💪

      Ps: I grew up in Covington, WA so Renton feels like home, too. ❤️

      Reply
  3. Elizabeth Hosier
    Elizabeth Hosier
    October 23, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    I work as a manager of interpretation and visitor services at a multi-site museum. We have a very small staff and a very small budget. I’m always looking for ways to boost morale. I’m 2018 I had the chance to see Dustin speak and found a lot of validation in your approach. It’s how I’ve been trying to shift interpretation in each of the museums I have worked in!

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    • Tasia Duske
      Tasia Duske
      October 24, 2019 at 8:20 am

      Sounds like you do a lot, Elizabeth! ❤️Cheers to you and the morale boosts!

      Reply
  4. Vivian Kuo
    Vivian Kuo
    October 23, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    I would love to enter on behalf of Corcoran, a true NY brand icon.

    Reply
  5. Taylor Moeller-Roy
    Taylor Moeller-Roy
    October 23, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass is the best museum in Wisconsin. That’s right, I said it! The museum houses over 4 thousand pieces of glass art, including 3 thousand paperweights. Right now our current exhibition is one of my favorites – Wisconsin Ideas, Global Influences. Wisconsin has a rich history of glass art. The American Studio Glass Movement was nurtured in Wisconsin. The first collegiate glass program was at UW Madison, and the second was my alma mater, UW River Falls. We have pieces from some of the first workshops, all the way through to current well known glass artists.

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    • Tasia Duske
      Tasia Duske
      October 24, 2019 at 7:28 am

      Taylor coming in hot with the best museum in WI claim! Perhaps between 1,600 and 1,900 °F hot? 😉 I visited UW-Madison last year for a consulting project (they’re doing some awesome stuff with a creative campus tour https://arts.wisc.edu/arts-at-uw/creative-campus-tour/) and LOVED researching the glass art history! So cool!

      Do you have a favorite object in your collection? I checked ya’ll out online and now quite fond of this paperweight https://imgur.com/SEOboj2 😊

      Reply
  6. Milene Chiovatto
    Milene Chiovatto
    October 23, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Hi! Is the workshop virtual or presential? I’m asking because my museum is in São Paulo, Brasil… And it is f***ing awesome because even being the oldest art museum from our State, witha collection with art works from XVII century until today, we continuous bring contemporary subjects to discuss from and with art! As two recent examples: a temporary exibithion called Radical Women, exploring female art from Latin America; and another one called WE are many, discussing the limits between art, society and education. Ah! About education! I’m head of educational department for the last 17 years, and we have a lot of good experiences in this matter. big kiss from a AWESOME brazilian museum!!!!!

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    • Tasia Duske
      Tasia Duske
      October 24, 2019 at 7:56 am

      Hi Milene! Great Q: our plan is for an in-person workshop! However, teaser– I’m currently looking into remote training options since there are so many smaller museums that don’t have travel in the budget to bring in a trainer or to attend a conference. I’d love to find a more budget friendly alternative! TBD 🙂

      Sending ❤️ to the awesome work you’re doing!!

      Reply
  7. Lucy Moore
    Lucy Moore
    October 23, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    Kia ora! Auckland Art Gallery is the only place I ever wanted to work when I moved to Auckland and it hasn’t disappointed. The best and largest collection of New Zealand and Pacfic art on display anywhere!! In an award-winning building whose very architecture celebrates a blending of Māori and European culture. And our amazing group of gallery assistants and tour guides provide a warm welcome and interpretation 364 days of the year. Haere mai ki Aotearoa (Come to Aotearoa New Zealand)!!

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  8. Tal
    Tal
    October 23, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    Our family LOVES Museum Hack. Whenever we visit a new city, we always hope to find a “hacked” museum. I would like an official Museum Hack at the most f***ing awesome museum in Los Angeles: The Broad. This is an incredible museum (collection and architecture), admission is free, and I’m surprised it has not already been “hacked.”

    If this contest is really and truly looking for f***ing awesomeness, I’ll know because there really is only 1 option… The Broad. Period. Full stop.

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    • Tasia Duske
      Tasia Duske
      October 24, 2019 at 8:03 am

      Ooooowwww I’ll definitely look into The Broad! Thank you for your Museum Hack support across the cities, Tal! Which city do you think we should go to next? 😉

      Reply
    • Kim Killer-Jones
      Kim Killer-Jones
      November 18, 2019 at 10:14 pm

      We’re not big. We’re not sophisticated. But Arts & Education at the Hoyt is f***ing awesome because we provide opportunities for an otherwise underserved community to see, learn and do the arts!

      Reply
  9. Shawn MacIntyre
    Shawn MacIntyre
    October 23, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    The Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village is F—ing awesome because it holds the oldest human inhabitation in North America ( between 16,000 and 19,000 years old). It also has a 1570s native American cultural village, an 18th century village and an 1860s rural village. In addition the have an awesome interpretation and education staff.

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    • Tasia Duske
      Tasia Duske
      October 24, 2019 at 8:07 am

      Wow! 16,000 and 19,000 years?! Incredible!

      Reply
  10. Charity Von Guinness
    Charity Von Guinness
    October 23, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Locust Projects is an arts incubator producing and presenting exhibitions, programs and projects. Our mission is to…
    CREATE opportunities for visual artists at all career stages
    INVITE risk taking and experimentation
    ACTIVATE conversations around new art and ideas
    ADVOCATE for artists and creative practices.

    Locust projects vision is to create a world where art and artists are considered essential and all of this makes it awesome! We are also in Miami so fun to travel to

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    • Tasia Duske
      Tasia Duske
      October 24, 2019 at 8:19 am

      Hi Charity! Great mission! Plus, our team is coming to Miami in November! Museum Hack was awarded a grant in collaboration with the Miami Foundation + The Knight Foundation to offer a one-day Audience Development Workshop for museum professionals. You and/or your team should apply! https://forms.gle/3KAc64eFPqs8WJqF7

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      • Charity Von Guinness
        Charity Von Guinness
        October 24, 2019 at 8:31 pm

        Thank you so much! The Knight and Miami Foundation are amazing! Look forward to it

        Reply
  11. Lauren Furey
    Lauren Furey
    October 23, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    The Mariners’ Museum and Park is f**cking awesome because we are the largest maritime museum in the United States and dropped our admission to only $1 per person so that everyone in our community can engage with our amazing programming! We are collections based and audience focused and have had an 18% increase in our visitation! 😀

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    • Ron Lewis
      Ron Lewis
      October 26, 2019 at 12:13 pm

      Plus Plus Plus…America’s National Maritime Museum, funded by public support, contains and proudly displays THE Oracle Catamaran (all seventy feet of her) that won the America’s Cup back !!!

      Reply
  12. Erin Anderson
    Erin Anderson
    October 23, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame. Our official motto: Where oil, water, and cowboys DO mix! Our unofficial motto: No place for sissies. Southeastern NM is a rather barren place. Flat, desert, high elevation…not much. HOWEVER, our museum tells the history of the land and people who settled the land (can’t say tamed the land, because it will never be tamed). This is not an easy place to settle and those who did were courageous, strong, and maybe a little crazy. We also bring in exhibits like Titanic, Andy Warhol, and Wicked Plants to share with the community. Think there’s nothing here? Guess again.

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  13. Jessica Hougen
    Jessica Hougen
    October 23, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    I’ve been Director/Curator of the Sutter County Museum for just over 4 years. It is f***ing awesome because we (our team of 2 full time employees including myself) have turned around a sad, shabby, lonely museum that nobody knew existed. In the last 4 years we have accomplished the following in chronological order: implemented a Point-of-Sale system for all gift shop sales, membership sales, donations, etc.; began a full physical inventory of our collection (ongoing); participated in the Museum Assessment Program (MAP); participated in the Collections Assessment for Preservation Program (CAP); wrote a 5 year strategic plan; added a Community Garden to our property; applied for and received a grant from the State of California to install high-density mobile shelving in our collections storage areas; undertook a 6-month renovation that included the installation of the high-density shelving, a new monument sign, bus wraps on our front windows, complete reorganization of the gift shop, new front counter, new flooring throughout the building, interior painting, upgrades to security, HVAC in our storage building, and sprucing up/reorganizing of all our permanent exhibits. We re-opened June 15th, had record attendance that day, our numbers have stayed up since, so have donations and sales in the gift shop. On top of all this, we average 4-6 temporary exhibits every year, offer field trips and other education programs, and do multiple fundraising events each year. We’ve had a lot of first-time visitors since we re-opened, and plan to continue advertising and promoting the museum as much as possible to continue to grow our audience. Currently we are working with tribal partners to create a new Native American exhibit, we recently hired an exhibit design firm to help us create a Master Plan to guide future exhibit development, we’re beginning to plan for an expansion of the Community Garden, we just took over management of a rental facility that is physically connected to the museum but was not a part of it, and we’re beginning to plan to add a Farmer’s Market to our schedule beginning next Spring. We could not do all of this without our community’s support and great response to our efforts, so they are f***ing awesome too!
    I’m so excited for Museum Hack, it has been such a positive force for the industry and I’m excited to see it continue to grow and flourish!!

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  14. Rebecca Pottebaum
    Rebecca Pottebaum
    October 23, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    The Anchorage Museum is f***ing awesome because not only is it a museum of art, history & science all in one, it’s one of connectivity to our place in the circumpolar North. With a Design Week, North x North festival, our Polar Nights programming series, classes and workshops ranging from foodways to art to science, we are a community hub for Alaska and try to bring big ideas to the 49th State. We even produced a documentary about indigenous hip hop of the North, and a new record of circumpolar indigenous artists. When the 7.2 earthquake hit Anchorage last November, even though we suffered our own setbacks, we opened our doors for free to all families with school-aged children while schools were closed. Alaska is often thought of as far off from the “center of it all” or in the “middle of nowhere” but we at the Anchorage Museum believe we are connecting the world to life in this f***ing magnificent place and vice versa. Come visit us!
    #anchoragemuseum

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  15. Ryan Schwartz
    Ryan Schwartz
    October 23, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    First State Heritage Park, located in Dover, DE, is a historic site which covers over 300 years of local and regional history in a unique “urban park without boundaries” format. Led by an exceptional cadre of living history interpreters, we provide free and low-cost programming to our community and in collaboration with our networked sites both in Dover and across the Delaware State. If you want to peel back the layers of a town’s past or reveal how rich and complex even a small city’s history can be, there is no better place to visit than the capitol of what used to be Penn’s three lower counties on the Delaware!

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  16. Jayne Arlett
    Jayne Arlett
    October 23, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    The Museum of Tropical Queensland in Australia is seriously awesome! We focus all things tropical and our coral collection has been describes as scientifically, the most important coral collection in the world! Our feature exhibit is a stunning life size recreation of part of the hull and floorplan of the HMS Pandora, one of the most significant shipwrecks in Australia (1791). The Pandora was carrying captives from the famous “Mutiny on the Bounty”and our life-size depiction of the events (with naked and semi-naked prisoners) is the highlight for many of our school aged visitors! I’d love to see how Museum Hack can help us bring this story to life! (plus you’d get to travel to Tropical North Queensland in Australis which is pretty awesome!

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  17. Mary Jane Wisnewski
    Mary Jane Wisnewski
    October 23, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    The Grand Rapids Public Museum f***ing awesome because we are the oldest Museum founded in Michigan – 1854! Our amazing team cares for more than 250,000 artifacts & specimens. We design & build exhibits in which we are deeply committed to creating an environment that is inclusive of all learning styles, ages, backgrounds, and physical and cognitive needs. Within our walls we operate the Chaffee Planetarium with state of the art technology & programming. Grand Rapids Public Museum School opened on our sites by partnering with Kendall College of Art & Design of Ferris University, GVSU, City of Grand Rapids and Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. in the Fall of 2015. We have an amazing staff that is committed to making GRPM the best!

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  18. Taylor Dozier
    Taylor Dozier
    October 23, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    I work at MuseumLab in Pittsburgh- a new museum for teens (part of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh campus)! MuseumLab just opened in April 2019 and we aim to serve a unique demographic- youths age 10 and up. MuseumLab is the first museum of its kind that features a StudioLab, TechLab, and MakeLab for teens to explore real artwork, develop tech, and create in our maker space. MuseumLab is housed in what used to be Pittsburgh’s first free Carnegie Library. Also, MuseumLab is home to Manchester Academic Charter School, which occupies the 2nd floor. At MuseumLab, teaching artists like myself facilitate hands-on experiences with every guest. MuseumLab is amazing because of the diverse youths that visit the museum and create imaginative, insanely cool projects every day!

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  19. Erika Witt
    Erika Witt
    October 23, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    This is going to seem a little far fetched but follow me. The SOON-TO-BE Southern University at New Orleans Museum of Art WILL-BE so f***king awesome because we will finally house our African art collections in one place and make it more accessible for the community. The collections are currently being housed on the campus of Southern University at New Orleans, an HBCU, within the collection spaces of the Leonard S. Washington Memorial Library and I am the caregiver and instructor for the collections. Our future museum (slated to be functional by Fall 2020) will be so f***ing awesome because it’ll be a museum with the LARGEST collection of traditional African art within the state of Louisiana!

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  20. Kaci Fouts
    Kaci Fouts
    October 23, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    The Woolaroc Museum in Bartlesville Oklahoma is amazing because it’s not just a museum. It’s the former home of Frank Phillips, oil pioneer, and the 3,700-acre property is now a wildlife preserve, home to bison, elk, longhorns, zebra, really freaking cute scotch highland cattle, and dozens of other animals. The original lodge home is located on the main grounds as well as hiking trails and a heritage center. The museum itself is 50,000 square feet and hosts a ton of pieces from world-renown artists, (Remington, Russell, Leigh, Moran, Sharp, Balink, Frank Tenney Johnson, etc.), Native American art and artifacts, creepy/non creepy taxidermy, definitely creepy dolls, the “weird things” room, and more. Basically, it mixes the wild, the wonderful, and the weird . We even have a trash eating bison!

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  21. Heather Jensen
    Heather Jensen
    October 23, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    The Fort Museum and Frontier Village is f***ing awesome because we span 100 years of history on a shoestring budget. We have a small staff and 19 buildings which is a lot to handle but we have such a rich history that we want to engage as many audiences as we can. Oh and don’t forget, we were the place of conception for the Cardiff Giant, one of the biggest hoaxes of the early 1900s.

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  22. Daniel Goodrich
    Daniel Goodrich
    October 23, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    The Maryland Historical Society is f***ing awesome because we are the oldest continuously operating cultural institution in Maryland, having opened in 1844 (This is our 175th year!). We house the original Star-Spangled Banner manuscript written by Francis Scott Key. We just opened our newest exhibit Spectrum of Fashion, which has almost 100 pieces of clothing on display ranging from 1724 to today. It’s is also just a small sample of pieces from our fashion archive which has about 14,000 pieces in it! For having a staff of about 35 people, I think we’re operating a brilliant museum as we do our best to grow programming and education. It’s just a shame we don’t have more daily visitors!

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  23. Marlene Hesketh
    Marlene Hesketh
    October 23, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    We can take you on a f***ing awesome Millennial Tour of our museum, but it’s not what you think! All the artworks on this tour are 1000 years old! From ancient American art through to contemporary, our galleries have it all! Coming up – Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power. The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco is an art museum, a vital public space where objects illuminate the past, speak of the present, and shape the future. Doers, creators, thinkers, citizens of the world—those who eagerly face the unfamiliar—you are welcome here.

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  24. Charity Von Guinness
    Charity Von Guinness
    October 23, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    Locust Projects is an arts incubator producing and presenting exhibitions, programs and projects. Our mission is to…
    CREATE opportunities for visual artists at all career stages
    INVITE risk taking and experimentation
    ACTIVATE conversations around new art and ideas
    ADVOCATE for artists and creative practices

    Locust Projects envisions a world where art and artists are seen essential to the world. That’s what makes us AWESOME! We are also based in Miami FL so a great place to visit!

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  25. Sarah Mezzino
    Sarah Mezzino
    October 23, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    The Hopewell Museum in Hopewell, New Jersey is f***ing awesome because it’s a treasure trove of local history spanning thousands (Yes, thousands!) of years!

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  26. Emily Bach
    Emily Bach
    October 23, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    The Maryland Historical Society is f***ing awesome because as Maryland’s oldest continuously operating cultural institution (we opened in 1844!), the museum holds a vast repository of amazing artifacts and documents. Our most recent exhibit, Spectrum of Fashion, displays almost one hundred garments (which is a tiny sampling since our costume collection numbers at least 14,000 pieces) from 1724 to 2019 to tell one hundred stories. From First Ladies to a B&O police officer, there’s something for everyone to connect with! And this is just one exhibit – others include quilts, photography, the Civil War, and the famous Baltimorean Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte.

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  27. Kay Cynova
    Kay Cynova
    October 23, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    Stuhr Museum in Grand Island, Nebraska is a truly amazing place that is often considered to be Nebraska’s best kept secret! We are a multi-faceted living history museum with aspirations of grandeur and a small fun loving staff that cares deeply about all aspects of this totally awesome place from the tiniest artifact to the largest structure. A visit from Museum Hack would be a landmark event indeed!!

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  28. Pamela Morales
    Pamela Morales
    October 23, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    First of all, congratulations on the new ownership! That’s awesome–and it just so happens that the Museum of South Texas History in Edinburg, Texas, has a new Chief Executive Officer. Lots of great changes for everyone! Secondly, the Museum of South Texas History is f***ing because we’re the only museum in South Texas that highlights AND connects the history and development of the borderland heritage, which is South Texas and northeastern Mexico. We love family stories (one of founders is still around and active on the museum board), historical context (did you know the region is considered to have the “last battle” of the Civil War?) and 100% LOVE to tell people why the Rio Grande Valley/South Texas is NOT what you see on TV news (or in the film Sicario: Day of the Soldado–we know there aren’t any mountains in McAllen!). MOSTHistory is a caretaker, storyteller, educator and celebrator of the borderlands!

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    • Melissa Peña
      Melissa Peña
      October 24, 2019 at 10:50 am

      Absolutely!! We are so rich in history here at the Museum of South Texas History in the “Magic Valley”! Sitting on the border between Mexico and Texas, we have a great story that needs to be told. This marriage of cultures that spans both sides of the river is beautiful and vibrant. We are preserving that! We are definitely f*cking Awesome!!!

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  29. Nicole Kuttner
    Nicole Kuttner
    October 23, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    I have worked at Qantas Founders Museum for 7 years now and our Museum tells the incredible story of how Qantas Airways started in Outback Queensland in Australia. As a not for profit, our Museum has grown from a small organisation to one of the biggest museums and attractions in our region. If that was not cool enough we have some incredible exhibitions including a Boeing 747! Next year will be the centenary of Qantas and we will be celebrating this milestone in a big way!!

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  30. Tey Mariana Stiteler
    Tey Mariana Stiteler
    October 23, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    A woman cried in our galleries today. She works with textiles and was moved by our collection of ethnic clothing from all of Mexico. ¨I have been to textile museums throughout Mexico and the world,¨ she said ¨and this collection is excellent and of great importance.¨ We almost started crying ourselves, because we know and believe the same thing. We see that the beautiful diversity of Mexico is becoming globalized, homogenized, which is not necessarily bad. But MUREM–the Museo de Ropa Étnica de México–is out there building a collection to conserve and present physical examples of something that will one day be the past. Our nonprofit museum in Valladolid, Yucatan, is only 1.5 years old and we are very small. We still have much to gather for our collection. And we need to let everyone in our city, our region, our state, our country, and the world know about the richness of Mexican culture and the treasures that we are taking care of for today and the future. Your services would be an enormous help to us. And we promise to have translators and sunny, warm weather for you during the training.

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    • Melissa Peña
      Melissa Peña
      October 24, 2019 at 10:41 am

      Not related to this giveaway at all but I have someone doing research on Mexican textiles. I’m with the Museum of South Texas History in Edinburg, TX, right on the border near Reynosa and Matamoros, Tamps, MX. Is there anyway you could contact me with your museum information? [email protected]
      I would love to give her some resources for this project she’s doing!
      Muchas Gracias!!
      Melissa Peña

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  31. Stephanie M
    Stephanie M
    October 23, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    Historic Dunvegan is awesome because it’s been a gathering place for thousands of years! There is a dazzling amount of history, the scenery is totally stunning (seriously, even Sir Alexander MacKenzie commented on it when he passed by back in 1793), and the seasonal staff are always excellent (I know because I hire them!). We’re a small site, waaaaay up north, with a lot of personality and heart!

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  32. Lisa Falk
    Lisa Falk
    October 23, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Arizona State Museum is incredible for how we collaborate on exhibits and programs with the communities represented in our collections. This Saturday we are opening a new exhibit on Yaqui and Mayo Pascola masks. The exhibit incorporates Yaqui and Mayo languages. For a taste, listen here (go to end of page): https://statemuseum.arizona.edu/exhibits/mayo-yaqui-masks.

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  33. Elena Frink
    Elena Frink
    October 23, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Peralta Hacienda Historical Park in Oakland, California is f***ing awesome because we aren’t afraid to teach hard history. This site has been a unique witness to the historical trauma of colonization and the many vibrant cultures that have created, and are still creating, California. The park itself was born from the community’s desire to transform history by honoring the past, celebrating who we are now, and choosing to make history together. PHHP amplifies the voices of our diverse community through exhibits, events and programming where Every Human Being Makes History. Check us out at http://www.peraltahacienda.org

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  34. René Ballesteros
    René Ballesteros
    October 23, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    The Museum of South Texas History is friggin awesome because we act as a mirror for the community for self actualization and empowerment. Don’t forget that we are rich in borderland heritage, and learning something new every day from our guests!

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  35. Kim Gough
    Kim Gough
    October 23, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    The Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria has amaze-ball permanent galleries, rockin’ staff, majestic volunteers and if that isn’t enough our curator of vertebrates recently named a new species of cusk-eel (wait for it) -the “Bony-eared assfish”.

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  36. Anderson Hanna
    Anderson Hanna
    October 23, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida is f***ing awesome, because we are getting an observational Bee Hive in our Polinator Garden and an Electromagnetic Rail Gun from the Air Force!!

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  37. Hank Caruthers
    Hank Caruthers
    October 23, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    I work at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum, hey we got trains, if that’s not enough to be awesome we also do a lot of local history including Billy the Kid and Colonel Fountain

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  38. Julia Nadeau
    Julia Nadeau
    October 23, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    The Maryland Historical Society is f…ing awesome because of our incredible collection but even more than that, it’s awesome because the people who work there are passionate and dedicated. They believe that museums can be transformative and that in order to convey how history is relevant, we have to engage new audiences by offering fun and accessible exhibitions, a range of programming and to convey our own excitement for our work. We’ve got all the drive and enthusiasm but we need Museum Hack to harness some of that nerd energy so we can pass it on to our visitors.

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  39. Lidia Plaza
    Lidia Plaza
    October 23, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    The Maryland Historical society boasts a collection of a number of truly special pieces like the original handwritten manuscript of the Star-Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key, the collection of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, and items belonging to Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte. However, what makes this institution absolutely amazing is its dedication to public engagement. When I first came to this institution as an intern, I was impressed that an institution of its size offered so many events and programs designed to engage local Baltimore with the museum, including public talks and a dedicated education department, and special community events. I spent my summer tasked with helping to rehouse their truely astonishing textile collection so that it could better be utilized, and this summer internship program has been running each year since. Of course, object-care is a fundamental mandate of any museum, but by offering this internship, the Maryland Historical Society offers an incredible opportunity for young people in the field. Even though I am not working in museums now, I would not have gotten to where I am now (a Ph.D. program at Yale) without this amazing experience. In the years since my internship, I have been blown away with what this humble institution as done with their collection. Just recently, the Maryland Historical Society debuted an entire exhibit to showcasing their fashion collection, celebrating local as well as national history through fashion. The staff at the Maryland Historical Society have accomplished incredible things and I can think of no place more worthy of receiving the tools to help them make even more strides to connect people with all of the amazing things they have to offer.

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  40. Kate Meyers Emery
    Kate Meyers Emery
    October 24, 2019 at 7:53 am

    This Eastman Museum is f**king awesome because we’re like four museums rolled into one, all celebrating the incredible legacy of film and photography! First off, we’re a house museum, with half the museum located at the home of George Eastman, the pioneer of popular photography. He changed photography from a vocation and expensive hobby that required mad chemistry skills, to something anyone at any age could do themselves. Second, we’re a contemporary gallery, showing off the creative ways that artists use photographs and film to create today. Third, we’re a history museum, telling the interrelated stories of photography, film and related technology- like did you know we have the experimental dye bottles that Technicolor used when figuring out how to color film, but also original prints of The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind? Finally, we’re a movie theater! That’s right, not only do we protect and preserve films, we restore them and screen them. We’re also one of the only movie theaters in the world that can show nitrate film, the highly flammable film stock that greats like Casablanca were originally filmed on. We celebrate this flammable goodies with a festival every year where we share the best of nitrate! Our amazing staff is constantly finding new and creative ways to share our collections with our community, both in person and online, and we’re always on the look out for interesting ways to reinterpret what we have. Everyone works incredibly hard to craft engaging experiences for our visitors, with limited time and money, and it would be an incredible reward for us to have this training to help us find new and innovative ways to tell the myriad stories we have on site.

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  41. Holly Miller
    Holly Miller
    October 24, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Come to Shelburne Museum in the green mountain state of Vermont! You will not see anything else like it. We have 39 buildings on 45 acres and a collection of over 100,000 objects and…one of those objects is a 220-foot steamboat! The collection has world-renowned artwork (Monet, Degas, Cassatt, yadda yadda), but we also have the weird. A collection of 1000 dolls and several automatons is housed on the top floor of a 100-year-old building and only the bravest students venture inside. The five hundred foot Roy Arnold Circus Parade (which took 40 years to make…that is commitment) directs visitors through the curved circus building where they can exit and ride a 100-year-old carousel. We have miniatures, hair sculptures, a blacksmith shop with demonstrators, a general store, a train with full access, and the list goes on and on. This museum is f***ing awesome because there is endless opportunity for fun and creativity, please help us explore it!

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  42. Meredith Peruzzi
    Meredith Peruzzi
    October 24, 2019 at 9:31 am

    The National Deaf Life Museum at Gallaudet University is small but mighty! We recently rebranded in an effort to reach out to new audiences and let them know that the Deaf community has a number of stories stretching back hundreds of years. We are working on expanding our audience and hope to become an important destination in Washington DC.

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  43. Melissa Peterson
    Melissa Peterson
    October 24, 2019 at 10:02 am

    The Charles Lindbergh House and Museum is the only museum to explore the whole life of the famous aviator – starting with his youth on the Mississippi River in Minnesota during WWI and connecting those experiences with the rest of his activities as an adult – aviation, medical science, environmentalism, kidnapping and murder of his firstborn child, and his controversial views leading up to WWII. With all this rich content, we are continuing to add new layers of programming to continue to be relevant.

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  44. Shannon Murphy
    Shannon Murphy
    October 24, 2019 at 10:11 am

    The Noguchi Museum is F—ing awesome because it was opened by Isamu Noguchi, one of America’s first biracial artists, to exhibit his own work, while he was still alive. He wanted the local community to feel like the Museum was “..their place. They can come here whenever they want to; this is a place to reflect and to see an alternative existence to the one they have now.” Beyond the beauty of the Museum, Noguchi’s work reflects a multicultural approach to sculpture that inspires the question: What is sculpture? Can a lamp be a sculpture? A rock? A park?

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  45. Kimberly B
    Kimberly B
    October 24, 2019 at 10:32 am

    Historic Fallsington is f*****g awesome because our history spans from its founding in the late 17th century to NOW! It started as a grass-roots community organization and has continued in this way for decades. A great collection with an enthusiastic & supportive board in an historic village setting that would benefit from an outsider’s analysis of how best to attract more visitors. So many program and interpretation opps here, but I cannot do it alone- we need your help!

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  46. Megan Lynch
    Megan Lynch
    October 24, 2019 at 10:38 am

    The Morris Jumel Mansion Museum is Manhattan’s oldest house, that pre-dates the revolution. The houses history itself is rather revolutionary – featuring America’s first octagon shaped room, it served as one of Washington’s headquarters during the Revolution, and was the home of all-around Bad Ass Bitch Eliza Jumel for 55 years (also the wife of Aaron Burr for a brief time, before she hired Alexander Hamilton, Jr., as her attorney to divorce him. The mansion hosts a range of events, from paranormal investigations to concerts – our history covers such as vast range of American history – we have 254 years of hackable history. I am SO in love with the mansion, and honored to be a part of the team, bringing history alive for our visitors. We would LOVE Museum Hack’s expert guidance to help ensure we are around for another 200 years, giving people the opportunity to step into the house and into another time.

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    • Tiffany
      Tiffany
      October 25, 2019 at 8:43 am

      Love this miseum! Thank you, Megan for nominating!

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  47. Megan Lynch
    Megan Lynch
    October 24, 2019 at 10:46 am

    The Morris Jumel Mansion Museum is Manhattan’s oldest house, pre-dating the revolution. The history of the house, itself, is rather revolutionary – featuring America’s first octagon shaped room, it served as one of Washington’s headquarters during the Revolution, and was the home of all-around Bad Ass Bitch, Eliza Jumel, for 55 years (also the wife of Aaron Burr for a brief time, before she hired Alexander Hamilton, Jr., as her attorney to divorce him. Mic-drop.) The mansion hosts a range of events, from paranormal investigations to concerts – our history covers such as vast range of American history – we have 254 years of hackable history. I am SO in love with the mansion, and honored to be a part of the team, bringing history alive for our visitors. We would LOVE Museum Hack’s expert guidance to help ensure we are around for another 200 years, giving people the opportunity to step into the house, and into another time.

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  48. Larissa O'Neil
    Larissa O'Neil
    October 24, 2019 at 11:42 am

    Breckenridge Heritage Alliance is f***ing awesome because we have a colorful, zany staff that LOVES local history (some of us are pretty historical ourselves) and we interpret the coolest mining town history in the West – oh and we have a little ski area too that comes with its own set of great stories. We’re enthusiastic, open to new ideas and want to be even more f***ing awesome!

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  49. Caitlin Clay
    Caitlin Clay
    October 24, 2019 at 11:47 am

    The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) is f**king awesome because it pushes the boundaries of defining art while also placing education and creativity at the forefront of our mission. We have an awesome Folk Art collection, which includes artists from Texas and Mexico and over 700 objects. Some of our past exhibitions have included some really fantastic pieces, such as a 40 foot long, 400 pound dinosaur skeleton sculpture hung from the ceiling! With a full time staff of only 7 people, we do a lot of work; but we love our community and take joy in helping them connect with art in their lives.

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  50. Sarah Evans
    Sarah Evans
    October 24, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    The American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio might be the MOST F***ing AWESOME museum in existence! It is one of few museums where displays are at EYE LEVEL! No glass to peer through so you can get up close and personal. The signs you see on display at the museum are also ONLY restored to working condition! They want you to understand how signs weathered over time, they want to retain that historical character, not make the signs perfect again.

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  51. Hannah Markisohn
    Hannah Markisohn
    October 24, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    The American Sign Museum is f***ing awesome because it is literally the only museum in the country dedicated to the preservation of all kinds of historic American signage. Signs can be looked at through so many different lenses- i.e. history, science, economics, marketing, etc. to help us spread the word about American signage, we’ve recently expanded our curatorial staff and are working to up our education game!

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  52. Ashley Christie
    Ashley Christie
    October 24, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Mingei means “art of the people” and Mingei International Museum, is f**king awesome because we take that meaning to heart. ❤️ We celebrate the history of human creativity, as well as inspire people to recognize, embrace and cultivate their own creativity, in ways big and small. We do this through an inviting, fresh (sometimes surprising) and always engaging look at a diverse range of thoughtfully designed, carefully crafted and passionately made objects from around the world.

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  53. Quinn Albert
    Quinn Albert
    October 24, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    The Porter County Museum (PoCo Muse) is forking awesome! (F***ing, forking, same thing.) Currently located in the old Porter County Sheriffs Residence/Jail, the PoCo Muse tells the history of Porter County and its many colorful residents.

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  54. Joaquin Phoenix
    Joaquin Phoenix
    October 24, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    I think the American Sign Museum is f***ing awesome—PERIOD! They’re the largest institution devoted to American signage in the country, featuring almost 100 years worth of history. They’re not one of these “pretentious” museums where photography is prohibited and guests feel under-dressed. Their accessibility, professional and friendly staff, and educational tours put them into a league of their own! Also, rumor has it that they’ll be expanding their collection over the next few years coming close to doubling in size.

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  55. Alex Anderson
    Alex Anderson
    October 24, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    The American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio is genuinely one of the best places I have ever worked at. I have been here for a short 6 months but it did not take long for me to feel at home. All of my coworkers are spectacular people with little things that make the museum come to life. We are quite the unusual family but very tight knit because of our museum’s modest size. Do not let that fool you though, our museum packs one of the most unique punches in the United States with a history that most people forget, but are incredibly thankful that we have. One hundred years of sign history displaying massive and tiny examples that demonstrate the dramatic shifts in technology. Signage stirs alot of memories for individuals and the fact that our museum is the embodiment of nostalgia gives it a one of a kind experience that, in my humble opinion, qualifies it as f**king awesome.

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  56. Cindy Cervenak
    Cindy Cervenak
    October 24, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Our small town museum is, in fact, surrounded by a big town. Hamtramck is a city whose boundaries are within the City of Detroit. Hamtramck is the most diverse city in the state of Michigan and the Hamtramck Historical Museum strives to tell that story. Hamtramck was built by a wave of Polish immigrants who came to work at the newly build Dodge Main factory in the 1910’s. The city’s population rose from a mere 10,000 residents to nearly 50,000 in a 10 year span. As urban sprawl happened and the Polish immigrants moved to the suburbs a new wave of immigrants took their place. Our new immigrants are mainly from Yemen and Bangladesh, thought there are over 20 languages spoken in our public school system. Our little museum is focusing on telling the continuing story of immigrants to our city and preserving their history. We are entirely volunteer run, operating in a building that was donated to us and has required extensive renovation. As the physical structure is now stable and coming along it’s time for us to start turning our focus to programming and archives. Would love to work with the great folks at Museum Hack!

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  57. Lindsay Huban
    Lindsay Huban
    October 24, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    The Henry Plant Museum in Tampa, Florida is definitely f*****g awesome. The building is a National Historic Landmark, and has the stories to back it up! We’re a Victorian Railroad Resort Hotel museum (the only one?). We create excellent exhibits that dive deep into interesting and innovative topics – like Victorian foodies, the lives of hotel laundresses in the early 1900s, experiences of Spanish-American War soldiers like Teddy Roosevelt, and international influences during the 1890s. No topic is off limits, and we love discovering new pieces of our history. The shoe found in a wall and the 1930s Baby Ruth wrapper in a vase come to mind… Our programs are varied (Victorian Christmas Stroll, Eerie Evening, Upstairs Downstairs live theater, Conservation Live, just to name a few), and our staff are a fantastic combination of energy, experience, and enthusiasm (longest tenured 35+ years, newest staff person 11 months). We’ve been open for 86 years and are always looking for ways to revitalize and expand our audience.

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  58. Steven Fullen
    Steven Fullen
    October 24, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    The Atchafalaya National Heritage Area is f***ing awesome because it provides financial, programmatic, and developmental support for three Louisiana State Museum’s, four Louisiana State Historic Sites, the Jean Lafitte National Park and Preserve, and in the past year along has supported over thirty individual community based and developed programs. The heritage area holds the contains the largest contiguous bottomland hardwood forest in North America and is the largest overflow alluvial hardwood swamp in the United States, larger than the Florida Everglades, it’s five times more productive than any other river basin in North America, has over 60 species of reptiles and amphibians, over 250 nesting or fly over species of birds, as well as black bear, nutria, fox, muskrat, beaver, otter and raccoon. The Basin is home to the largest nesting concentration of bald eagles in the south central United States. There are more than 100 different species of fish and aquatic life in the heritage area and it has an estimated average annual commercial harvest of nearly 22 million pounds of crawfish! Everything we do is in support of what can be considered one of the largest indoor/outdoor museums in the world in which visitors can go learn to dance to Zydeco music, eat some of the best food in the world, and experience some of the beautiful people and places you have ever seen!

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  59. Delainey Peterson
    Delainey Peterson
    October 24, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    The Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) is f***ing awesome because we connect our community with their past to help understand their present and future. For starters, we are the oldest cultural institution in Maryland. This kind of history exemplifies how integral our museum is to history lovers, familys, and academics alike. MdHS serves an incredible range of people and organizations not only across the state of Maryland but across the country. In the past few years, we have increased our education and external engagement efforts to bring history to life. While we have such incredible reach into our community – we struggle getting actual foot traffic through our doors to see our incredible collection, library and exhibitions up close and in person. We have so much to offer and often new visitors are stunned that they never knew we existed after years of living in the area. We we love your help reinvigorating our audience!

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  60. Matthew McRae
    Matthew McRae
    October 24, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    The Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation is f***ing awesome because it’s not simply one museum – it’s seven amazing sites, each dealing with different aspects of history on the tiny (but also f***ing awesome) province of Prince Edward Island. We literally have tens of thousands of fascinating artifacts in our care, including the following:

    1) The fossilized footprints of one of the province’s earliest inhabitants: a 300-million-year-old amphibian.
    2) A 19th century basket coffin – it’s literally a coffin made like a basket. Because coffin is flimsy and lets air in more easily, it was used to store the recently deceased – just in case they were still alive.
    3) The first television in the province. The owner had won the it in a contest; he was offered either a boat or the television and went with the TV… even though it would be another three years before a television broadcast would reach Prince Edward Island.

    And that’s just the tip of the awesome iceberg. Whether you want to visit a historic (and haunted) home, ride a old-timey locomotive, learn how to fish for lobster, or make your own bread in a fully-functioning 19th century Scottish farming village, we’ve got you covered. Because Museums are f***ing awesome.

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  61. Rhonda Triller
    Rhonda Triller
    October 25, 2019 at 8:46 am

    The Hyde Collection is *&^%ing awesome because it offers world-class art in upstate New York, hours from major metropolitan areas. You can see works by Rembrandt, El Greco, Botticelli, all three generations of della Robbia, Picasso, Van Gogh, Pissarro, Hassam, Homer, Renoir, Rubens, Warhol, Kelly, Nevelson, Albers — to name just a few — just minutes from the Adirondack Mountains. Founded by Gilded Age collector Charlotte Pruyn Hyde, the Museum’s history is interwoven with that of the city of Glens Falls. Relationships Mrs. Hyde developed with area nonprofits, arts organizations, and even the public library, still thrive today, keeping alive a spirit of philanthropy, community, and culture, all in a relatively insular town of 14,000 residents. Mrs. Hyde’s mission of enriching lives with her art collection lives on in her historic home and its adjoining modern museum complex of five galleries, art studio, and auditorium. The Hyde offers twelve exhibitions and more than 230 programs a year, to ensure everyone has the opportunity to connect with art in ways meaningful to them, whether it be through an exhibition, concert, theatrical program, yoga, workshop, literature, or a fashion show, to name a few.

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  62. Molly Tarbell
    Molly Tarbell
    October 25, 2019 at 10:56 am

    Photographs and movies are how we see ourselves, how we share with others who we are, and how we learn about the world near and far. The Eastman Museum is f**king awesome because our audiences come from all over to experience the wonder, beauty, and innovation that is photography and cinema. Where else can you contemplate some of the earliest photographs alongside stunning contemporary works, see early motion picture devices and the camera from NASA’s Lunar Orbiter, watch the same print of a Hitchcock film that moviegoers saw in the 1940s and a new independent release straight from Sundance, learn the story of one of the twentieth century’s most important inventors, marvel at a beautiful 1905 mansion and stroll through its peaceful formal gardens—all in one place? We tell these interconnected stories in the place (Rochester, New York) where popular photography became to be, where flexible roll film was invented, making motion pictures possible. Our staff work tirelessly to put on several new exhibitions, more than 150 public programs (not counting multiple daily tours), and more than 300 film screenings each year. Over the past 70 years, the Eastman Museum has become an international leader in photography, cinema, conservation, and film preservation. We are also fixture of our city—but we’re not static. This opportunity would be invaluable for our dedicated staff to deepen our commitment to reaching new audiences and engaging even more people in the incredible stories of photography and cinema.

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  63. Jenni
    Jenni
    October 25, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    The Moses Lake Museum & Art Center is f***ing awesome because we provide a hub for our rural community to gather to learn and discuss local history, natural history, and view fine art from our community and beyond!

    We inspire children to find wonder in local history and to try their hand at art. From the littlest bits of Moses Lake to mammoth bones and Mount St. Helens ash, we share our history with locals and tourists alike. And, a giant life sized found-metal mammoth in the center of the Museum is our mascot!

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  64. Molly Stockdale
    Molly Stockdale
    October 25, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    Why is Travelers’ Rest f***ing awesome, you ask? First, it is home to the only archaeologically-verified campsite of the Lewis & Clark Expedition. Second, it is the site of an ancient crossroads where tribes met for trade and fellowship. Third, it serves 2,000 school children each year by engaging them in hands-on history. Finally, our Visitors Center and Museum and Travelers’ Rest State Park are operated by a super combination of Montana State Parks and Travelers’ Rest Preservation & Heritage Association, a nonprofit partner. The Park has more than 35,000 visitors each and the nonprofit enhances each visitor’s experience through educational experiences that link the past to the future.

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  65. Gail Fornasiere
    Gail Fornasiere
    October 25, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    The Catalina Island Museum is f***ing awesome because we are the only museum preserving and promoting the unique history of Santa Catalina Island off the cost of Southern CA. We are also bringing art and culture to a diverse and isolated community. Although we are a small museum, the island boasts 1 million visitors from around the world each year!! We strive to be the most fun and happiest museum on Earth! We share stories that fit everyone’s interests including: Chicago Cubs Spring Training, highly collectible Pottery & Tile, Hollywood’s magical isle for movies, relaxation and romance, Wrigley family history – yes, Wrigley’s Gum, the world’s oldest fishing club, yachting, over 8,000 years of inhabitants, connections to Mexico, Spain and of course that famous song from the 1950s “26 Miles across the sea, Santa Catalina is a awaitin’ for me, the island of romance….” Our small staff has achieved great things – including hosting a Dale Chihuly exhibition – and are now adding more educational opportunities to benefit our community.

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  66. Jacquie P.
    Jacquie P.
    October 25, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    The Grout Museum District (which consists of 5 unique sites) in Waterloo, IA is pretty f**king awesome (for a number of reasons)! Our Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum not only honors the service and sacrifice of all Iowa Veterans, but it honors (and is named for) Waterloo, Iowa’s 5 Sullivan Brothers. All 5 brothers were lost when the ship they were serving together on, the USS Juneau, was torpedoed on November 13, 1942.

    The SBIVM will also soon house footage of the RV Petrel’s March 2018 discovery of the sunken remains of the USS Juneau.

    The Grout Museum District is also awesome because of their innovative “Museum School” program. This program invites local third grade students to attend “school” at the GMD for four days. It’s the only one of its kind in the state and is aligned to the Iowa Core.

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  67. Shannon
    Shannon
    October 25, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Blocks to Bricks Museum is f***ing awesome because we are one of very few museums that feature the history of the entire building toy industry, and focus on the concept of ‘constructing imagination’. The museum features over 150 years worth of building toy history, and a collection of building toys from all over the world and all different materials that such toys have been made of! Plus, we have artist designed pieces from all over the world! What makes us a unique museum? We’re located INSIDE Woodfield Mall, just outside Chicago- so not only do we have an awesome and unique collection, but we make for an educational experience as a break from shopping (and an escape from the loudness of mall ambiance). We host field trips and educational programs for all ages, and are continuously looking to broaden our reach and help inspire builders young and old!

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  68. carolyn nicolls
    carolyn nicolls
    October 25, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    The Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle is F***ing awesome! We embrace and celebrate all aspects of pop culture-music, movies, literature, gaming, art, etc. We are home to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. We have a creepy horror film exhibit, many music exhibits and more. Our newest exhibit is Minecraft, spotlighting it’s development into a platform for unlimited creative expression.
    Our mission at MoPOP is to make creative expression a life-changing force by offering experiences that inspire and connect our communities. We pride ourselves on living this mission every day through our Community Access programs, Sound Off!-our under 21 battle of the bands, our Hip Hop Artist Residency for teens, Make A Wish tours, educational workshops and so much more! Your audience development workshop would enable us to engage with our visitors in a new and exciting way. Please pick us!

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  69. Maya Wright
    Maya Wright
    October 25, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art in Denver is f***ing awesome because it is never boring. The three collection areas are all displayed together in salon style—picture the home of someone with maximalist tendencies, but with really good taste—though the museum was never a home. Part of it IS in the historic studio of namesake artist Vance Kirkland, and you can see the straps above his worktable in his actual studio where he sometime suspended himself above his paintings! The reverse Michelangelo! The combination of fine art by Colorado artists with design objects from all over the world means there is always something new to catch the eye, and the focus on “good design” means a mixture of stunning one-of-a-kind masterpieces—like this inlaid Art Nouveau bedframe (https://www.kirklandmuseum.org/collections/work/aux-orchidees-with-orchids-bed/)—with mass-produced objects that might not be hard to acquire. Those pieces of furniture, tableware, lamps, etc., mean visitors often have a personal connection to something they see. We’d love to host you!

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  70. Anita Putz
    Anita Putz
    October 26, 2019 at 1:13 am

    Established in 1932, the Grout Museum District is widely acknowledged as one of the cornerstones of culture in Northeast Iowa. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Grout Museum District includes five distinct properties:
    The Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum honors the service and sacrifice of all Iowa veterans from the Civil War to present.
    The Grout Museum of History and Science showcases permanent and continually changing exhibitions of area history, regional flora and fauna, and planetarium programs.
    The Carl A. & Peggy J. Bluedorn Science Imaginarium is a hands-on science center that makes learning scientific principles fun through interactive exhibits and formal demonstrations.
    The Renssellaer Russell House Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is often cited as Iowa’s finest example of Italianate architecture.
    The culturally and historically rich Snowden House is elegant and has a charming Victorian Italianate exterior.
    The Museum District, itself is f***ing awesome, but the standout feature is the staff who facilitate the exhibits, demonstrations and programs at each of its sites. Whether sharing their love of snakes, the heavens, science or history, the presenters make each subject come alive for their audiences. In addition, they are patient and available to answer an eight-year-old’s one more question. My grandsons love going to the museums when they come to visit.

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  71. Jessica Roach
    Jessica Roach
    October 26, 2019 at 10:58 am

    The Cape Fear Museum is f***ing awesome every single day!
    Wilmington North Carolina is one of the most historically rich cities in the nation having experienced the ONLY successful government coup d’état in U.S. history (1898). Our exhibits express the TRUE history of this unique city and serve to educate the public about these monumental events that will never be forgotten. With outdoor exhibits exploring the high occurrence of natural biodiversity endemic to this region and our importance historically (and today) as a port city, the outside of this museum alone is enough to spark the curiosity of passers-by.
    Upon entering the museum our historic and scientific diversity shines as a bright beacon, guiding visitors from all walks through each of our exhibits. Giant ground sloths were uncovered here in Wilmington in the 1990’s and a cast of one of those individuals (standing 20+ feet tall!) is the first thing you see upon entering. We currently host exhibits on colonial Wilmington, regional ecology, space, dinosaurs and 20th century Wilmington. Our Education department has a permanent exhibit on the first floor for children called the Exploration Station which hosts activities for all ages year-round. The Education department also has multiple grant-funded outreach programs including the Preschool pop-up program which is free and provides education and activities directly to our underserved communities. The Science Cycle is another outreach program that concentrates on earth and space science activities and experiments at public events and in free public spaces (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkQKHzMatk8).
    Cape Fear Museum of History and Science covers an incredible array of topics and encourages interactive engagement and learning with all visitors. We are open seven days a week to the public so be sure to check out our membership opportunities and add us to your travel plans when you come to visit North Carolina. See you at the museum!

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  72. Katie Smith
    Katie Smith
    October 27, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Come to the Dali Museum in St. Pete, Florida! We’re the best, most surreal place to go in the burg!! All we want is to educate and delight and help everyone see how Special Salvador Dali really is!

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  73. Kiera Peacock
    Kiera Peacock
    October 27, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    The Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts is so F**king Awesome. Our campus has the Maloof historic residence, a gallery for rotating exhibits, a woodworking workshop, and a waterwise botanical garden. Located in Southern California, the Maloof Foundation seeks to honor the Maloof legacy through life-long educational initiatives such as the Maloof Teen Advisors and the woodworking workshop program. The Maloof Foundation also strives to inspire and connect the local community to the rich artistic history of the local area through the personal collection of the Maloof family. The exhibitions and programs held in our gallery and garden spaces also serve our community by addressing issues like water conservation, climate change, and native plants, all important issues in Southern California.

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  74. Kayla Dorsey
    Kayla Dorsey
    October 27, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    The Dali Museum is SO f***ing awesome. Due to the nature of our artist, Salvador Dali, we get to be fun, innovative, and question people’s sense of reality. Our mission is to educate AND delight. We do so by the multitude of radical and educational programming that reaches both the local community of St. Petersburg, Florida as well as our international community and the world at large. We have the BEST volunteers and docents, a community of four hundred lovelies, that work as advocates for our museum mission and the preservation of our works. We have the pleasure of incorporating math, science, psychology, sex, and EVEN rock n’ roll (in our collection we have a piece where Dali collaborated with Alice Cooper!) All in an educational manner, of course. As Dali reinvented himself throughout his life, The Dali Museum strives to follow in his footsteps – shown time and time again with our approach to new tour designs, our use of technology in a museum setting, educational outreach, and innovation labs. We would really benefit from this training, as it aligns perfectly with our vision.

    So come to St. Petersburg!
    We’d love to blow your mind and have our minds blown, too.

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  75. Jane Lavino
    Jane Lavino
    October 28, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Congrats on your news and your bright future! The National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, WY is f***ing awesome because we have a world class art collection and we are located in the beautiful Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Visitors can see elk, moose, bears, bison, etc. in their natural habitat outside our doors, then come inside to see the artists’ interpretation of these wild subjects!

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  76. Laurie-Anne MacKinnon
    Laurie-Anne MacKinnon
    October 28, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    Jost House Museum in Sydney, Nova Scotia has been the best kept secret in cape Breton for far too long. Our history as the first general store under the British in 1786, and the evolution of our building into a two story, multigenerational family home makes us f***ing awesome. We get to bring visitors through 233 years of history over 3 levels of a comparatively small building that is jam packed with character and a collection that puts larger museums to shame. Tourists adore us, but locals? They have no idea what we are: I want to work to change that. MuseumHack, we could definitely use your help.

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  77. Katie Dillard
    Katie Dillard
    October 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Hey y’all! We want Museum Hack to visit Albany, Georgia! We think the Flint RiverQuarium is f***ing awesome! Did you know the 344 mile-long mighty Flint River starts as a little mud puddle in the back drainage ditch of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and winds all the way down through western Georgia until it reaches Florida and the Gulf?? That’s a lot of ground to cover! We have over 1,300 animals and precious, endangered species of Georgia wildlife in our aquarium. We celebrate all the fuzzy, feathery, scaly, creepy crawly things this neck of the woods has to offer! And have you seen Moonshine, our star albino American Alligator? How about Big Al, our 126lb, wizened 90 year old alligator snapping turtle? Wanna go SCUBA diving with staff in our 175,000 gallon open-air simulated blue hole spring exhibit?? We think facilitating local, urban K-12 students experience wildlife up close for the first time ever is f***ing awesome. And we think having clean, healthy water available for everybody and everything is f***ing awesome! Come join us on the river in Albany, Georgia!

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  78. Fern Linziger
    Fern Linziger
    October 28, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    Cincinnati Museum Center is f***ing awesome because we are so many things located in one place! Cincinnati Museum Center is a one-of-a-kind, multi-museum complex housed in Union Terminal, a historic Art Deco train station and National Historic Landmark. Museum Center’s major offerings at Union Terminal include the Cincinnati History Museum, the Cincinnati History Library and Archives, the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science and the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater. Museum Center is the largest cultural institution in the city of Cincinnati, with more than 1.4 million visitors per year. Our permanent and temporary exhibits are supported and complemented by a state-of-the-art collections and research facility, the Geier Collections & Research Center, educational programs, professional development programs for teachers, day and overnight camps, public lectures and programs, tours of historic sites and community-wide cultural events. Museum Center’s collection encompass more than 1.8 million artifacts, art works and archives and is incorporated into our exhibition, research and education programs.

    In addition, Museum Center has been working with our collaborate partner, the Ohio Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, to protect the Richard and Lucille Durrell Edge of Appalachia Preserve System for more than 50 years. The Preserve is the largest privately-owned protected natural area in Ohio at 16,000 acres. It provides critical habitats for more than 100 rare plant and animal species. The Eulett Center is Museum Center’s research and education facility at the Preserve. It has increased staff research capabilities, greatly expanded opportunities for educational programming and has enhanced the Preserve’s relationship with the Adams County community.

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  79. Melissa Horton
    Melissa Horton
    October 28, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    The Lakeshore Museum Center is fu#[email protected] awesome because we have the best staff in the world. We are passionate about our community and taking care of the artifacts we have been entrusted with. We are investigating an expansion for the future and we want to engage with our patrons in new and exciting ways and a Museum Hack workshop would allow us to give our visitors the experiences they deserve.

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  80. Sergio Manuel Rivera Moreno
    Sergio Manuel Rivera Moreno
    October 28, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    MIDE is f***ing awesome! The Interactive Museum of Economics is located at the heart of Mexico City. MIDE opened in 2006 as the first museum of economics in the world. We have created an original way to communicate complex economic processes within a friendly environment, accesible to all.
    Every step you make, every breath you take is economy! We are hacking the model of museums in Mexico. We need to do more!

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  81. Andrew R. Gustafson
    Andrew R. Gustafson
    October 28, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    The Johnson County Museum in Overland Park, Kansas, is way more f***ing awesome than you might think by the name alone! JoCoMuseum is a county history museum, yes, but that county happens to be the largest suburban area in the Kansas City (Missouri) Metro. Our exhibits were recently renovated, and we are now in a new-old home–an old bowling alley and ice skating rink called The King Louie, a recreation icon from the 1950s to the early 2000s in JoCo. We use four humanities themes to connect our visitors to their history: land, policy, regionalism, and people. The regionalism between JoCo and KC is key–it drove the county’s development from the very beginning. The Westward trails began in the KC area and traveled over JoCo, making us the first night’s stopping point. The KC railroads made JoCo’s agricultural landscape bloom in the late 19th century. The suburban sprawl that started before WWII and accelerated after the war forever changed the JoCo landscape. In fact, we have an entire ranch style house–the 1950s All-Electric House–inside our museum galleries (five families lived in that house, now it is inside a museum, so f***ing awesome). Today, JoCo is the most populous and wealthiest county in Kansas, and has become a suburban area with more population than KC itself! But it is not all positive. The FHA- and HOLC-sponsored redlining and resulting “white flight” from Kansas City’s urban core in the post-WWII era drove that suburbanization of JoCo. Deed restrictions (also called racial covenants) and homes associations kept those new suburban neighborhoods strictly white for generations. And racial segregation led to huge economic differences between populations. But there were successful struggles against these injustices–Donald Sewing, an African American realtor sold suburban homes to black families, breaking deed restrictions; Rev. Robert Meneilly preached a simple message of “love your neighbor” to his huge congregation; Robert McCallop bused black students to neighboring counties for access to high school educations; and Corinthian Nutter walked out of her one-room, dilapidated school house with her forty students in 1948 to protest their unequal facility. This last story is the best–the Kansas Supreme Court decided that the issue was really about segregation, and it integrated the school system FIVE YEARS before Brown v. Board would do the same nationally. And JoCo is becoming more diverse every year–what was in 1980 a population that was 97% white, by 2010 was 86% white, and we expect this trend to continue in the 2020 census. The fastest growing community in JoCo is the Latino population–a 136% growth from 2000 to 2014, and immigrant groups from Southeast Asia and India are growing as well. Suburbs aren’t “lily white” anymore! So why is the Johnson County Museum so f***ing awesome? Because we tell the story of post-War suburban America with all of its nostalgia, excitement, pain, and surprise. This is a history that shaped the United States and continues to drive the society we live in today (we almost became the National Museum of Suburbia, but that is a story for another day). And with a new strategic plan in place and diversity internship program in the works, JoCoMuseum will be able to better tell a more complete story of ALL Americans living in Suburbia. What’s more f***ing awesome than that? Check us out: http://www.jocomuseum.org and @JoCoMuseum.

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  82. Eliza Kozlowski
    Eliza Kozlowski
    October 28, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    The George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY is f***ing awesome because you can see history-making photos along with the cameras that took them. As well as classic movies and the cameras that shot them. AND see how George Eastman, who made photography and motion pictures possible, lived during the early 1900s in his National Landmark home and gardens. Come see us!

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  83. Jerry Vigil
    Jerry Vigil
    October 28, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    I do not have a museum, but i have influenced the Pioneer Museum in Colorado Springs to create an exhibit and allow me to help. “On what?” I hear you whisper in your brain. well, in the entire existence of the city of Colorado Springs, the city has steadfastly “overlooked” the communities of color and culture. With the new leadership of the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum and I, we have worked and now have an opening date for an exhibition recognizing the Latino Community in Colorado Springs, through the lens of a Latino neighborhood (and African American and Jewish American) alive from before the second World War to the tearing down of the neighborhood to make room for a park ironically named “America the Beautiful.”
    Not tremendously F**king awesome but a f**king awesome start!

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  84. Erin Benz
    Erin Benz
    October 28, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Well, the Montclair History Center is f**king awesome because of its people. The staff members there are truly passionate about the work they do, despite every one of them being part time. Even the director is able to accomplish so much only working part-time. Every hour (yes, even the lunch breaks) is spent in bettering the organization and helping it stay open. We love what we do and that work shows through in our programming, school field trips, and collections care.

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  85. Lora Warman
    Lora Warman
    October 28, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    The Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery is f….. awesome for its exhibitions on the continuous Indigenous culture on the island spanning 40 000 years alongside the colonial story of forced migration of convicts. The museum is housed in a mix of architecture spanning the earliest convict built heritage with a contemporary twist. It welcomes a global audience with a dedicated team of staff who also love to share the secrets of the Tasmanian story and it’s beautiful landscape. We are being challenged by the continual increase in tourist visitation, especially from cruise ships, with minimal funding and free entry. Make sure to visit us when in Hobart, Tasmania!

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  86. Anne
    Anne
    October 29, 2019 at 10:51 am

    The Saratoga County Historical Society at Brookside Museum is awesome because we are a community focused organization and thousands of children have enjoyed our programs. This morning, I came in to find a stack of thank you notes from 4th graders who recently visited our museum. Their messages are so inspirational and gave me the boost I needed on this dreary day. Fourth grader Sean wrote: “Thank you! I loved the games and sports! I liked lacrosse and the other activities. I liked how we got the seeds and how we got to touch the furs and artifacts. I also liked how happy and respectful you were to us. My favorite part was when we learned about the Three Sisters.”

    The museum is facing severe financial difficulties and closure has been discussed. This is heartbreaking on many levels as I am very personally invested here as Education Director and as a community member. My parents met at this very museum in 1979 and I can honestly say that I may not exist were it not for his museum. We would love to host a Museum Hack workshop to reinvigorate our staff, volunteers, and colleagues so that we can continue to welcome thousands more students and adults to our 1792 hotel building. We are coming up on the organization’s 50th anniversary of the acquisition of this building and we want to make sure that we are here for another 50 years and beyond. Thank you for your consideration.
    -Anne

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  87. Rusty
    Rusty
    October 29, 2019 at 11:19 am

    The Dali is is a f***ing awesome home to an unparalleled collection of over 2,400 Salvador Dalí works, including nearly 300 oil paintings, watercolors and drawings, as well as more than 2,100 prints, photographs, posters, textiles, sculptures and objets d’art. (Also, recognized internationally by the Michelin Guide with a three-star rating; deemed “one of the top buildings to see in your lifetime” by AOL Travel News; and named one of the ten most interesting museums in the world by Architectural Digest, but we hate to brag.) (OK, we actually love to brag.) (Truthfully, we prefer it when our visitors brag about us.) (But you did ask…)

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  88. EneDina Bonner
    EneDina Bonner
    October 29, 2019 at 11:27 am

    The Detroit Institute of Arts is a F***ing Awesome Museum! We have over 65,000 objects in our collection (some dating as far back as 8,000 BCE and newbies from 2019), we have objects/artwork from every continent except Antarctica. You can come explore the museum and find your favorite artist or you can stop by our Art Studio and find your inner-artist! We have programs for almost every age group: Seniors, young adults, teens, children. If viewing or creating art is not your thing, stop by on Friday nights and enjoy our music programs (music for every genres) or join the Detroit City Chess Club in their regular Friday meet-ups – you can watch the young players play or test your own skills or, take in a movie in our wonderful, historically restored and preserved Detroit Film Theatre. We provide workshops and enrichments for teachers, law enforcement and medical professionals! There is so much more inside the doors of the DIA – we have something for everyone. The best part for me, I can leave my desk and explore just about any place in the world – that’s F***ing Awesome!

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  89. Sandy Arakaki
    Sandy Arakaki
    October 29, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum isn’t your ordinary aviation museum. In fact, we like to say it isn’t a museum at all – it’s a battlefield. And the only battlefield of World War II on American soil.

    On December 7, 1941, Japanese bombers began the attack that launched America into World War II by wiping out the aircraft on Ford Island to preclude an American defense of the naval base. The bombers then went on to complete one of the most infamous attacks of all time: the attack on Pearl Harbor.

    Today, the scars from the attack still remain. Machine gun strafing and bomb splatter scars are evident on the tarmac, and the bullet holes in the windows of our historic Hangar 79 speak to the impact of the battle on that day.

    Sure, we have cool planes, but what’s even more awesome are the stories each of these vessels reveal – stories we hope will educate and inspire future generations!

    P.S. We also have two awesome state-of-the-art 360-degree flight simulators that can roll, somersault, spin and loop as you take the controls to let visitors experience the exhilaration of flight for themselves!

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  90. Scott Gillies
    Scott Gillies
    October 29, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Congratulations and best wishes to the you as the new owners of Museum Hack from the Ingersoll Cheese and Agricultural Museum — the only cheese museum in Ontario; identified by Culture Magazine as 1 of 5 cheese museums in the world to visit. We are not only Gouda, and un-Brie-lievable, you might say that we too are F****ing Awesome. Enough other people thought so when they voted us Top Small Museum in Ontario!

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  91. Stephanie Martinez
    Stephanie Martinez
    October 30, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    Many things make the Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute awesome — the soda we’re named for, the historical building we operate out of (on the National Register, btw), and our staff that works hard and plays harder (our staff bonding regularly consists of museum ghost hunts).

    But the thing that makes the DPMFEI the MOST awesome is our audience. Period, end of sentence. We have visitors from all over the state, country, world. Some of our visitors come to town just to visit the museum, others end up there after a day of sightseeing (anyone heard of Chip & Jo Gaines?). Our visitors are faced with many unique challenges upon visiting the museum (“You don’t make Dr Pepper on-site?” “You’re not owned or operated by the Dr Pepper company?”), but they handle them with grace and an eagerness to learn more about our mission.

    For this reason, the DPMFEI requests that Museum Hack pick us for the free workshop! Our audience is awesome and is what make US awesome — please help us expand and better engage our audience, especially our local community! If any community deserves an extra dose of awesome, it’s Waco, TX and the Dr Pepper Museum. 🙂

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  92. Patsy Collins
    Patsy Collins
    October 31, 2019 at 11:01 am

    We are so excited for the future of Museum Hack! Here at MODA (Museum of Design Atlanta) we are pretty f***ing awesome for many reasons, but one important one is how we’ve disrupted the typical museum model. We are only one floor tucked in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, and we switch our exhibition every 3 months. It’s always about something different and we are constantly trying to involve our community in socially charged activities. Right now we have a graphic design exhibition on display called “The Design of Dissent” where we’re showcasing work from Amplifier, and other famous graphic designers. Their work is never neutral, and neither is MODA. I proudly sport my “Nasty Woman” button on my uniform as I walk through the galleries, and my supervisors support me wholeheartedly. We also have an entire gallery dedicated to our patrons, where we invite them to design their own poster, and share what they feel they need to with their community. People have written about global conflicts, racial discrimination, immigration, LGBTQ+ rights, and so much more. And before they leave, we have a mailbox where we invite patrons to write a letter to their senator about something they feel passionate about, and then we send it off for them. MODA is truly unlike any other museum, and though we are small we have the potential to grow and become an even more powerful creative force. Thank you for your consideration!

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  93. Mary
    Mary
    October 31, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    I’m a docent at the Everson Museum in Syracuse. Not everyone knows that a fundamental part of its mission is to be open and available to children. Not talking down to them or boring them, but encouraging their ideas and interpretations. I learn something on every tour.The other year, a little boy hugged me and said he wanted to live in the museum.

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  94. Carli Seeba
    Carli Seeba
    November 2, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art is f*cking awesome because not only do we have the BEST staff and volunteers ever, our collections are pretty darn impressive—international decorative art (hello lip sofa, cocktail glasses and typewriters to name a few), Vance Kirkland’s estate (can you say one hella a career–realism, surrealism, abstraction and the magnificent dot paintings?) and the only museum showcasing 150 years of Colorado’s banging art history (sorry New Mexico). And did I mention the 3,000 objects on view are all shown together in salon style? Walk less, see more–that’s what we like to say. And as our visitors say, it’s the museum for those that say they hate museums!

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  95. Megan Sullivan
    Megan Sullivan
    November 5, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art is F***ing awesome because we provide a unique respite in Denver from the outside world with a fantastic collection (unlike any other museum in America!) and have a tiny but mighty staff. We display Colorado and regional art as well as international design from Arts & Crafts to Postmodern. We’re a young institution with all the potential in the world for Museum Hacking! We would LOVE the chance to be able to work with Museum Hack on creative educational programming!

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  96. Ryan Palasciano
    Ryan Palasciano
    November 8, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    Grounds for Sculpture is F***ing awesome! We’re 42 acres of beautiful landscape in central NJ that compliments our collection of almost 300 sculpture by various artists including pieces by our founder Seward Johnson Jr. that wait for guests to discover their beauty around every corner. With multiple pathways and hidden gems, you can have different visiting experiences every time you come and enjoy the grounds. Along with our rotating indoor exhibits, the outdoor sculptures are ever changing with new pieces being displayed and others being moved to compliment them better with the horticulture that surrounds it. Add in some mist and other water features, our museum has so many breath-taking views you can easily get lost wondering around for hours on end. We would adore the opportunity to be able to give visitors a new experience and add to the magic with Museum Hack and dive deeper into the information of our collection.

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  97. Ashley Harris
    Ashley Harris
    November 11, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    The National Museum of Women in the Arts is f***ing awesome because we’re the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to championing women through the arts! After two staff members attend Museum Hack Bootcamp in 2016, the Education Department created the wildly popular Fierce Women tour. I think an audience development workshop would help get the creative juices flowing as we continue to explore intriguing and refreshing ways to introduce our singular collection and exhibitions to visitors.

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  98. Michele
    Michele
    November 11, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance is absolutely f***ing awesome! We’re a small local organization that manages both BIG preservation projects and a thriving heritage tourism program. Our “rouge historians” provide much of the content we share with guests and love to research special projects when people have new questions. All our guides are pretty f***ing awesome too and are often described as authentic characters in the Breckenridge culture. We dress as miners, Victorian ladies, undertakers, and more as a way to bring history to life and add an element of fun for the guides and guests. We’re always seeking new and exciting ways to share our unique history and would love the opportunity to work with Museum Hack – the industry leaders in innovation!

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  99. Shelley Crisp
    Shelley Crisp
    November 11, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    The North Carolina Museum of Art was the first state-funded art museum in the country, opening in Raleigh in 1956. Called then “The Miracle on Morgan Street,” it has since expanded to two buildings and a 164-acre museum park. For over 60 years, NCMA has served an admiring public of NC citizens and visitors to our state with a wealth of art, education, and cultural activity. If you haven’t been lately, you have delightful surprises and old favorites waiting for you.

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  100. Laura Moats
    Laura Moats
    November 14, 2019 at 9:20 am

    The Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, VA is f***ing awesome because of how our staff is dedicated to sharing art with all of Southwestern VA and making fine art accessible to all ages. Our programming that achieves this includes the Vitality Arts inter-generational initiative which connects local school children with those staying in local retirement and nursing homes through the exchange of artwork and collaborative art making days, weekly children’s classes, specialty school tours (including ones in other languages), and exhibitions which patrons can engage with (such as the several interactive pieces of our newest exhibit Pop Power)!

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  101. Gary Vaughn
    Gary Vaughn
    November 15, 2019 at 7:52 am

    The Jimmy Dean museum is awesome because it features some real gems in his musical career including a piano signed by music celebrities including legendary guitarist Les Paul! Jimmy was highly influential in many careers including Elvis! The stories are well told with authentic memorabilia! It’s a must see!!!

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  102. Alexis Callahan
    Alexis Callahan
    November 16, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    Etowah Bush School (Museum of Rural African American Art, Culture + History) is f***ing awesome because we celebrate the culture of African Americans in the Appalachian South, also known as Affrilachia. We use oral history interviews as a tool to engage our community, as well as to document the underrepresented and under-preserved history of black folks in the American South, pre- and post Emancipation. We partner with local organizations to provide public programming, tours, archaeological digs, and access to archival material from prominent African American institutions in our community. We love what we do and enjoy telling our story!

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  103. Tori Pudde
    Tori Pudde
    November 19, 2019 at 12:20 am

    The Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) is f***ing awesome… as demonstrated by this little ditty about our recent move (sung to the tune of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”):

    Now this is a story all about how
    The RAM got flipped turned upside down
    And I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there
    I’ll tell you how we moved to our new downtown lair

    On the West side of Edmonton born and raised
    In Glenora is where we spent most of our days
    Chilling above the river, relaxing all cool
    And setting up exhibits and programs for local schools
    When a couple of guys who were up to some good
    Said there is no more room in this neighbourhood
    We took one look in storage and we all got scared
    They said “You’re moving it all so more can be shared”

    We whistled for a truck and when it came near
    The license place said ‘RAM’ and there was a mammoth in the mirror
    If anything I could say this specimen was rare
    So we thought “Let’s bring it over to our new lair”
    We pulled up to a building about seven or eight
    And we yelled to the driver “Yo, Holmes, see ya later”
    Looked at our kingdom, we were finally there
    To set up exhibits and present programs in our new lair

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  104. Cassandra Cummings
    Cassandra Cummings
    November 19, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    The Hangar Flight Museum in Calgary, AB, Canada is f***ing awesome because we have more than 30 aircraft on display, including rare and significant examples like the recently restored Hawker Hurricane, in a historic WWII building. We educate more than 10,000 people annually during our education programs, and also host sleepovers, movie nights, birthday parties, weddings and community events, as well as community groups like rocket and robotics clubs. We help send a student to space school every year! We honour and educate about the past, but also look to the future. We are trying to incorporate new technologies, including an Oculus Rift, giving us the ability to offer immersive experiences to complement the tangible history that is all around you as a visitor. We strive to make personal connections and to tell the stories of our artifacts- not just stats- from our large aircraft (which you can get inside of on Open Plane days!) to our parachute wedding dress and amazing tales like that time WW1 Flying Ace Fred McCall made a dramatic landing on a midway carousel! We value our existing relationships with community partners like the YYC Airport Authority, aviation restoration and mechanics companies, other museums and historic sites, and amazing individuals including pilots from the Second World War, who all give so much to the museum, and we work to build more relationships. We have great summer students, who accomplish so much, and this past summer incorporated memes into our social media repertoire. We have many dedicated volunteers who are the best, some of who have been with us for more than 20 years, and who have contributed countless hours, passion and knowledge to restoration projects, education programs, and midnight plane moves! They are so dedicated that their build of the Sopwith Triplane is not considered a reproduction or replica, but a late production model and was assigned the next serial number off the production line!

    We’ve got so many things that make us awesome- cool artifacts, great people, sleepovers, virtual reality, space school, engaging education programs, strong relationships, good stories, and even memes- but we can do so many more things. We want to be even more awesome and are working on improving our collections policies, exhibitions, building new community relationships, and working to share our awesome with even more visitors. We’d love to have a Museum Hack workshop that will help us accomplish our goals and to keep inspiring dreams of flight, while further positioning ourselves as a community hub. We know we can be even more f***ing awesome!

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  105. Nicola Garrett
    Nicola Garrett
    November 19, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    The University of Queensland Art Museum is f***ing awesome because we are the largest university art museum in Australia. In 2018 we had the highest visitor numbers of any university art museum in Australia. We have a great team that is exploring the boundaries of what it means to be a museum on a university campus. An art museum on a university campus which does not teach visual arts! This is an exciting challenge for our team. We would love it if you could come and teach us new ways to engage with the university campus as a community. This would make us even more f***ing awesome!

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  106. Stephanie Gandulla
    Stephanie Gandulla
    November 19, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    The museum for the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in beautiful Alpena, Michigan is f***ing awesome because we are all about SHIPWRECKS!! Well, we actually use fascinating and compelling shipwreck stories to compel people to care about the Great Lakes and its natural AND cultural resources. Museum Hack is just the coolest, and we’d love your help to connect people of all backgrounds even more. I’ll leave you with a joke….. “What lies at the bottom of the ocean (and Great Lakes) and shakes?”

    A nervous WRECK, of course!

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  107. Savanna Bradley
    Savanna Bradley
    November 19, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    The Pratt Museum in Homer, Alaska, is f***ing awesome because we strengthen relationships between people and place through stories relevant to Kachemak Bay. Homer may be at the end of the road (well, almost–check a map!), but we’re also located in a crossroads of cultures and natural resources. We facilitate engaging local conversations; work with partners to develop and explore an ever-evolving local cultural narrative; acknowledge all stories as relevant to our community; and so much more. Heck, we’ve even built entire whales (actual, not metaphorical) with our community! I grew up in this museum, and years of amazing museum activities in this place inspired me to make museum-ing my career. I may only have been the Collections Manager since 2012, but I’ve been coming back to this museum since 1987 (I was born on the same street!)– it would be f***ing awesome to be able to share our museum with a larger audience, and inspire new generations of museum-people, especially locally, in our little cosmic hamlet by the sea.

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  108. Kim
    Kim
    November 19, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    The Museum of Idaho, in Idaho Falls is unequivocally, f***ing awesome. We are thee largest science and history museum in Idaho, serving an average of 93,000 visitors each year (pretty amazing since we are absolutely surrounded by sage brush, farmland, and mountain ranges with rumors of Bigfoot looming). We bring in two stellar traveling exhibits each year (large variety of themes, including titles such as The Titanic to Bodies The Exhibit), host dozens of informal educational programs for learners of all ages every year, PLUS we are currently working on filling up 12k sq. ft. for our permanent regional exhibit which will encompass 14,000 years of Idaho history. If you think that Idaho History sounds boring, you’d be f***ing wrong; we will have a freaking life-size replica of Colombian Mammoth, Old town Eagle Rock (first name for Idaho Falls), an actual chunk of rock with the earliest example of graffiti in Idaho carved into it (this rock was seriously blown off the side of a mountain and then stashed under some guys bed for years), plus an artifact, coveted by the Smithsonian, known as the Lawyer Flag – that (I’m not f***ing kidding) has blood splats on it. For these reasons and more, We would LOVE to be schooled by Museum Hack on audience development strategies, because despite our attendance stats – we have room to grow and there are countless people in our region who have yet to discover just how awesome we are. Pick us!

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  109. Susan Zehnder
    Susan Zehnder
    November 19, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Chemung Valley History Museum is a small but vibrant history museum in New York’s Southern Tier with a mammoth footprint. Okay, not really a footprint, but we do have a mammoth tusk which does make us f**king cool (for the last 11,000 years) as well as awesome!

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  110. Joann Pak
    Joann Pak
    November 19, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Hi Museum Hack Team,

    There are many reasons why the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco is awesome but here are just a few:

    We’re all about education, building community and committed to providing access to not one but two world class museums in San Francisco (including the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park and the de Young in Golden Gate Park).

    We show a huge range of exhibitions throughout the year. For example, this past month we opened “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983” at the de Young and “James Tissot: Fashion & Faith” at the Legion of Honor.

    We’re committed to access and engagement for all! This year we will offered free admission to all SF residents every Saturday and in October we extended that to all residents of the Bay Area.

    Now we want to welcome our new and returning members & guests and keep them engaged and coming back for more!

    Pick us and come work your Museum Hack magic with us in San Francisco!

    Joann

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  111. Kajsa Logan-Müller
    Kajsa Logan-Müller
    November 20, 2019 at 5:27 am

    Congrats on the new ownership, Museum Hack! I work in a museum that’s f***king awesome on so many levels.
    1. We’re in Stockholm, Sweden.
    2. We’re in a freakin’ cave. It’s huge. 2500 sqm.
    3. We have northern Europe’s biggest privately owned collection of toys and comics. About 40 000 items when we opened 2 years ago, but there must be more now.
    4. The museum was built by 43 AWESOME designers, prop makers, lighting gurus, nerds, carpenters, sound engineers and other generally great, creative people. Nothing about this place feels like a “regular” museum.
    5. A museum built for several generations, so that parents and grandparents can tell kids of today about the toys they played with, and to encourage kids to play with more physical toys again.

    What is this magical place, you might ask? Well, in the new year we will change our name from Bergrummet to Stockholm Toy Museum, and change our entire graphic profile (nervous and exciting!), website, you name it. (for now, you can check http://www.bergrummet.com, but be warned: it’s all in Swedish. This will change in the new year too, promise.)

    One of the things that’s the most exciting about our museum is its location in underground caverns, that used to house the Swedish military’s secret military base. As much as the raw bedrock gives us an absolutely gorgeous backdrop for all our items, it also means that people sometimes have a hard time finding us. It’s a secret cave, after all. We would love to have you guys to help us reach everyone in the Stockholm general area, regardless of if you’re a local resident, a tourist, or a passionate soul who travels the world in search for awesome f***king museums.
    Thank you guys for reading, I’m crossing my fingers while I keep working on our new logo. I hope to hear from you soon! (My birthday is dec. 1st, so to win would be a great birthday gift, just saying.)

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  112. Erja Salo
    Erja Salo
    November 20, 2019 at 6:29 am

    The Finnish Museum of Photography in Helsinki, Finland is THE Museum about photography and photography culture in all it´s various forms and audiencies. Right now our staff of 12 is figuring out how to tell the history of photography to contemporary audiencies on a time when Internet has fundamentally changed photography and photographs have become integral in all forms of our communication. Today, sharing pictures is as important as creating them. BUT although technological changes, such as digitalization, the Internet, smart phones, and metadata have changed the concept of photography, the needs and desires behind taking photos have remained surprisingly similar. We still use photographs to enhance our memories, to construct our identities, to find love, and to stay in touch with those close to us. Museum Hack would awesomely help us to tackle that BIG question. Cheers / Erja, Head of Learning and Public Programms

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  113. Heather
    Heather
    November 20, 2019 at 8:33 am

    The Springfield Museums are not just awesome but amazing! We are the home to the one and only Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum plus 4 other world class museums and a sculpture garden. We provide free access to the residents of Springfield, MA and reduced admission to many other deserving friends. Since the opening of the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss, we have doubled our attendance and adjusting to that new reality has put some strains on our small but mighty staff. We would be grateful if Museum Hack could help us keep up the momentum!

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  114. Maegan
    Maegan
    November 20, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Vermilionville Living History Museum & Folklife Park is such an awesome place because it highlights, preserves, and shares the local history and culture of Lafayette, LA and the surrounding area through interpretation of artifacts, crafts, cuisine, historic buildings, language, and music. Also, by recently adopting a new mission statement to incorporate more inclusive interpretation, the museum is now focusing more of their interpretation on what we now call minority groups, who were actually majority groups of this region in the past! Our staff loves @museumhack and we look towards new ideas to engage more visitors but also our returning ones. We hope to get some ideas from #museumhack to help us truly identify with our slogan “Where history is hands-on” while also maintaining our standards of excellence!

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  115. Ashley Girt
    Ashley Girt
    November 20, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Hi Museum Hack!

    The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature is f***ing awesome because we are a natural history museum with a state-of-the-art planetarium and manatee rehabilitation center! With so many areas of interest under one roof, we encourage every visitor to find their “wow!” at The Bishop.

    Our eclectic collection includes a pair of nine-foot-tall terror bird skeletons, once-sunken Spanish treasure, a 4.53 billion-year-old meteorite, fossilized poop(!), and beautiful ceramics created by Florida’s early peoples. And this list doesn’t even scratch the surface of all the amazing things we share with our visitors.

    Having such a vast collection provides a unique opportunity to share stories about how everything in the universe is connected. One of the ways we do this is through our free mobile app, Pathways. Pathways leads visitors on a journey through the museum, telling unique stories that connect seemingly unrelated objects and sparking “wows” along the way. You can download Pathways too! Just search “Bishop Pathways” in the app stores.

    These are just a few reasons why The Bishop is f***ing awesome!

    Oh did I mention that we’re located on Floria’s Gulf Coast, just a few miles from some of the U.S.’s most beautiful beaches? You bring the sunblock, we’ll bring the cool stuff, and together we’ll have a kick-a** workshop!

    Cheers,
    Ashley

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  116. Melissa Peterson
    Melissa Peterson
    November 20, 2019 at 10:03 am

    The Charles Lindbergh House and Museum is f***ing awesome because of the stories we are able to tell through using our rich collection. We are the childhood home of aviator Charles Lindbergh and as far as I can tell, we are the only museum to cover the complete complexity of his life. Our house is full of original furnishings and we were fortunate enough to have several oral histories from Lindbergh to help tell the stories of his childhood on the farm on the Mississippi River in central Minnesota. From there we can link activities of his youth to his love of aviation, dabbling in medical science, interest in politics, and love of the natural environment in our museum exhibits and programming. We embrace Lindbergh as a flawed hero – there are so many things to explore and learn from in his life. For the past couple of years, we have offered a talk exploring his viewpoints and activities leading up to WWII. We are small (about 8,000 guests a year), but mighty (those who do come love us according to our evaluations) and would love to attract new audiences!

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  117. Christy Lickei
    Christy Lickei
    November 20, 2019 at 10:13 am

    The Codington County Heritage Museum is F***ing awesome because of its volunteers. They come every week and they love it! We count on them and they come through. The Codington County Heritage Museum is F***ing awesome because of the kids! We go to schools and give presentations and those kids bring their families to the museum and they teach them cool things about history. The Codington County Heritage Museum is f***ing awesome because we let visitors touch stuff. Not all the stuff, but some of the stuff and it is fun.

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  118. Susan A MacKenzie
    Susan A MacKenzie
    November 20, 2019 at 10:48 am

    I work at The Hyde Collection Art Museum & Historic House in Glens Falls, NY. My museum is amazing because it is a great place to see world class art, and to meet with neighbors, and those from around the world, who gather for our exhibitions and events. A community of curious, engaged art lovers is building here, and it’s amazing to be a part of it! I would love to see our dedicated staff go to this learning opportunity.

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  119. Shelly Palmer
    Shelly Palmer
    November 20, 2019 at 11:22 am

    The Codington County Heritage Museum in Watertown SD is f***king awesome because it is a small yet informational museum I learn something new everytime I go…they keep it fresh, relatable and interesting! The lady that runs the museum is always enthusiastic about telling historic stories about the community

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  120. Ashley
    Ashley
    November 20, 2019 at 11:32 am

    I am the Membership and Special Events Manager at Richmond’s most f***ing awesome museum. The Valentine in Richmond, Virginia is f***ing awesome because we are constantly pushing the envelope in ways that other similar cultural institutions are afraid to do. We also don’t see our collections as “stuff”, but STORIES. We collect Richmond Stories to tell over and over again in so many different contexts. We never seem to run out of stories because we have over 1.6 million of them! We were the first museum in our region to open our doors to everyone — the Valentine started to be desegregated (in the capital of the Confederacy, no less) in 1902. So, no matter your background — race, religion, gender — you were not only “allowed” but welcomed into the Valentine to learn about Richmond’s history. We’ve been offering free educational programs to Title I schools and Richmond Public Schools for decades, serving approximately 22,000 students per year both on site and through outreach in classrooms.

    Speaking of education, we offer hundreds of walking and bus tours every year. We of course cover the usual, well-known neighborhoods and topics, but we also offer tours of often forgotten neighborhoods to educate and inform our tour takers of how our city has changed and continues to do so. Our goal in these neighborhood tours is to bring light to these communities and neighborhoods that are typically overlooked by the general public.

    The Valentine also had three strong female directors from 1928-1956. These women helped shape the museum into what it is today during a time when women weren’t given many job options outside of teaching, secretarial, or nursing. One of those fabulous women, Laura Bragg, wrote to a Valentine family member in 1930 that “a finished museum is a dead one”, and that quote has stuck with me ever since I read it.

    Oh. And something else that makes the Valentine awesome is that our museum was founded on Valentine’s Meat Juice in 1898. Yes. Literal meat juice. (https://thevalentine.org/meat-juice-shake-well-before-use)

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  121. katy
    katy
    November 20, 2019 at 11:55 am

    The NC Maritime Museum at Southport is F***ing awesome because we talk about maritime history and culture from the beginning of time all the way to today! And not just the model boats but what life was like, who was there, what they saw and felt. Exhibits are being updated and expanded slowly over the course of a few years for the first time in is 20 year history! As a staff of 3, we are busting ASS to make the best exhibits and create programming that reaches ALL people, regardless of race, nationality, age, gender, sex or ability. I (the entire education department) have taught 1,911 children only in going into schools or having schools come to me as of today. Additional 250 in regularly programmed camps/classes. Nevermind about including how many adult lectures, classes, festival outreaches and collaborative programs we have been a part of/spearheaded. Staff has attended and presented at conference about what WE are doing to be the best institution and how others can learn from us!

    We are a small but might crew, and we are F***ing awesome.

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  122. Nedra Hains
    Nedra Hains
    November 20, 2019 at 11:58 am

    The LSU Museum of Art (LSU MOA) is f***ing awesome because we provide art education and making for 13 under-served schools in East Baton Rouge Parish (EBRP) that do not have art programs! LSU MOA’s ArtWorks program fills a void in arts education. EBRP schools frequently do not have the funding, supplies, training, or museum objects to carry out visual arts education. In addition to fulfilling an unmet educational and cultural need, LSU MOA’s targeted approached helps build equity in learning for EBRP students that are most at risk of missing out on visual arts integration. The Neighborhood Arts Project brings free, creative art making opportunities directly to children, youth, and families in under-resourced neighborhoods identified as having a large population of youth who do not participate in out-of-school and summer activities. Stories in Art is offered on the first Friday of every month. This program integrates literacy and art, where young children’s exposure to reading is the primary focus.

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  123. Bridget Leiseth
    Bridget Leiseth
    November 20, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    The Codington County Heritage Museum in Watertown SD is f**king awesome because it’s a small town museum that runs on creativity and volunteers. The museum runs a free program for all kids in the summer, features changing themed exhibits and an area where you can play. The director is very active in the community doing presentations in local venues weekly, hosting history club and putting on various special programs throughout the year. A little money would go a long way in this local treasure.

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  124. Valerie Morgan
    Valerie Morgan
    November 20, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    Good afternoon! Fort Stanwix National Monument is simply incredible! It is a small site with a HUGE story! The original fort was used in both the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. It is the only American fort never to surrender to the British during the Revolution (and Herman Melville’s grandfather, Peter Gansevoort, was commandant for the siege). We are also the site of two very important American Indian treaties, including one which essentially created the first American Indian reservations in the country (sad, but true!). The first “visitors” to the site in 1783 were none other than George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and Philip Schuyler; and at the Treaty signing in 1784 The Marquis de Lafayette and James Madison were present – so we had most of the “original” original cast of Hamilton on the grounds at one time – lol. In addition to our immediate history, the Erie Canal began right here in Rome to negate the need for the portage the fort protected. We are also the very first historical national monument in the National Park Service! In fact, the Historic Sites Act was passed in 1935 just to allow us into the NPS. Pretty cool, eh? And that’s just our story!

    But wait, there’s more! Our museum collection is one of the largest in the northeast, and that’s with only 1/3 of the site being excavated. In addition to the average artifacts you would expect to find at a wilderness fort, we also have the ONLY grenadier’s match case found in the United States; it was so rare at the time, the archaeologists labeled it a hose nozzle.

    So, what do we do with all of this? We have a reconstructed fort with a dwindling (but lively) living history program, where go BOOM and BANG with black powder throughout the summer, among other programs. We also have a new-ish visitor center (2005) with interpretation based on the interpretation of the early 2000s. We would LOVE to have a workshop to bring our interpretation of all of this amazingness up to current standards. I think it’s time for the staff at the park to be shown how they can reinvent the way we share our story – reinvigorate themselves and take the visitors on a journey they won’t forget!

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  125. Tammy Rohde
    Tammy Rohde
    November 20, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    The Codington County Heritage Museum is awesome because they do a lot of programs that benefit the youth in our community. They also do a various amount of local events that involve the community and those that enjoy the history of our town of Watertown, SD.

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  126. Victoria Cote
    Victoria Cote
    November 20, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    The Dubuque County Historical Society is f***ing awesome because to us there are no boundaries between the past, present, and future. We believe historic sites and museums should not present the past in isolation from the present, rather we should embrace the past, present, and future. Did I also mention we also have a Mississippi River Museum and an aquarium? We rescue city history and Higgins eye, sheep nose, and spectacle case mussels from invasive species, you know…just an average day!

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  127. K. Lara Templin
    K. Lara Templin
    November 20, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    I had one @museumhack talk at a VAM (Virginia Association of Museums) conference and it was soooo cool. Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown are awesome museums, doing living history, hands-on history, with hundreds of thousands of happy customers. We teach visitors to make cordage, do celestial navigation, and march with pikes! We teach visitors to dye cloth, fire artillery, and lay siege to the enemy! But it is always great to get more ideas!!

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  128. Wendy Scardino
    Wendy Scardino
    November 20, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    The Dubuque County Historical Society (comprised of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium & Mathias Ham Historic Site) is f***ing awesome because we integrate the the life, history, conservation & culture of the Mississippi River & its watershed throughout our facilities and exhibits. Want to touch a stingray, race an otter, learn about the settlement of the upper Mississippi River, listen to stories of early river explorers, learn about boat-making, tour our historic Mathias Ham House, explore a steam powered dredge boat, or visit our conservation lab? You can do all that and more! We may even have one of Napoleon’s swords in our collection…it’s a long “sworded” story.

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  129. Nicole Martorana
    Nicole Martorana
    November 20, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    The Virginia Museum of History & Culture (VMHC) is awesome because, while we’re the oldest cultural organization in Virginia and one of the oldest historical organizations in the country, we’re making big moves to engage with communities TODAY. In fact, we’re so committed to this mission that we changed our name last year from the Virginia Historical Society (our moniker since 1831) to the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. We want to tell a more inclusive story of our ever-evolving state and share this story with a broader audience.

    The VMHC isn’t content to sit back and let history happen. That’s why we’re using innovative technology, like virtual distance learning with classrooms around the world, and collaborating with local organizations, like The Next Move Program and Virginia Pride, to highlight often under-represented individuals. We’re showing leadership through ground-breaking exhibitions that build upon national commemorations, like the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in British North America and the Women’s Suffrage Centennial, and events that activate the community, like an annual festival celebrating the history of beer and live mural painting in our galleries by 10 Virginia artists for a large-scale exhibition.

    Every day, we’re connecting people to Virginia’s future by highlighting its past. At VMHC, we want every Virginian to see a part of themselves in the stories we’re sharing and all of our visitors, no matter their home state or country, to gain a greater appreciation of our complex history while being inspired to help build our next chapter. Check us out at VirginiaHistory.org!

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    • Maggie Carnan
      Maggie Carnan
      November 21, 2019 at 2:42 pm

      The VMHC is f***king awesome because we are actively trying to engage with our community. We created our annual BrewHaha, a craft beer festival, to tap into Richmond’s growing beer scene, it is intriguing to see how our local brewers update a historic beer recipe that one of our archivists found in the collection. We also collaborated with 10 Richmond-based mural artists to create my favorite exhibition called Fresh Paint; it was made up of 10 stunning murals that focused on a variety of topics including Virginia’s flora and fauna and its history with moonshine. Our Education team is consistently working with the community through adult groups and school groups coming in to study our “The Story of Virginia” Exhibition, as well as, through our History Connects program, which has crossed the Atlantic Ocean to teach students in England about Pocahontas!!

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  130. Hannah Medley
    Hannah Medley
    November 20, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    What make’s the Museum of Antiquities at the University of Saskatchewan f***ing awesome? For a small place with limited resources it really packs a punch. We are unique in Canada, displaying a mix of original artefacts and replicas from the Ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and Medieval Europe bringing treasures from all over the ancient and medieval world to Saskatchewan. A lot of people in Saskatchewan don’t have the opportunity to travel, so our Museum brings the world to them. As amazing as our collection is, what really makes this museum special is the our hardworking and passionate student staff members and volunteers that help at every level of the Museum, especially our educational programming and outreach. We partner with local historical re-enactors and themed vendors to put on our annual Prairie Paladin Medieval Market and Faire, run our Ancient and Medieval Adventure Camps in the summer, put on monthly Crafternoons, and host evening events like our Viking themed “Evening with Sven” just to name a few! With such a diverse collection we have a lot to share. Despite growing interest in the museum, there are still people in our community who don’t realize that this little gem on the prairies exists, is free, and ready to serve our community!

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  131. Lydia Sauder
    Lydia Sauder
    November 20, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    The Museum of Antiquities at the University of Saskatchewan is, without a doubt, pretty f***ing awesome. This little Museum in an unassuming old building on campus is one of Canada’s lesser-known treasures. The gallery is full of both replica and original artefacts from the ancient and medieval worlds, including an extensive collection of original Near Eastern glass and pottery, and ancient Greek and Roman coins. We have replicas of some of the most famous pieces in the world, like the Rosetta Stone or the Venus de Milo, as well as some replicas of ancient & medieval sculptures and frescoes made by local artists right here in Saskatoon. The Museum of Antiquities provides endless opportunities for students on campus to do research from across disciplines – history, archaeology, art, even computer science! We have several great teams of dedicated volunteers, each led by a student staff member, which are conducting high-level research or cataloguing projects concerning a variety of historical artefacts. The opportunities for research experience provided by the Museum have led to many previous volunteers and staff going on to do graduate work at various institutions around the globe. Despite its limited resources, the Museum of Antiquities has grown to become a sophisticated collection which showcases art and culture throughout western history that is absolutely free to explore.

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  132. Michael Sutton
    Michael Sutton
    November 20, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Despite the small space (nudge nudge to administration), the Museum of Antiquities at the University of Saskatchewan has a large collection of beautiful replicas from various cultures, such as Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome. My personal favourite is the False Door of Irti, a priestess belonging to the Hathor cult in Memphis, Egypt. The staff are friendly and the museum hosts as many interesting events for the public as possible, especially the Prairie Paladin Medieval and Renaissance Festival.

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  133. Lauren Maillet
    Lauren Maillet
    November 20, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    What are some of my favourite parts about The Hangar Flight Museum? I think it’s f***ing awesome because we send one western Canadian high school student to a two week program in Houston Texas each year called the United Space School. At this school they work with other students their age on a manned mission to Mars project! They get to meet astronauts and other experts in the field of aerospace and delve into whether they think this could be the career for them. This is just one of the many ways that we inspire dreams of flight. Students get to come for the day and learn about how airplanes fly by seeing the real thing. This helps make their learning real to them and ties directly to the curriculum for their grade six science provincial exams. We also make sure as many people can visit the museum as possible by participating in programs such as the Canoo Cultural Access Pass program that allows new Canadian citizens access to the Museum for free for their first year as a citizen. Each year we celebrate dads on Father’s Day weekend with helicopter rides and the opportunity to step inside our airplanes. From Father’s Day to Labour Day each summer we have amazing expert volunteer tour guides that give personalized tours inside our aircraft to visitors on the weekend. We know our visitors think our volunteers are f***ing awesome too! We could not do everything we do without our amazing volunteers. I haven’t even mentioned our amazingly cool airplane artifacts yet either. Trust me, you want to choose The Hangar Flight Museum as the contest winner just to see these planes yourself – some of them are very rare! Thank you for considering our Museum with Altitude!

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  134. Louis Christ
    Louis Christ
    November 20, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    Love the Museum of Antiquities at the University of Saskatchewan! One of the finest collections of plaster cast antiquities in North America, a fabulous collection of antique coins and ancient artifacts, and a totally engaging team of staff and volunteers who provide exceptional exhibits and programming in an immersive location. A great place to connect the physical evidence of the past civilizations of Greece, Rome, Egypt, the Ancient Near East and early Medieval society to the surviving literature.

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  135. Claudia
    Claudia
    November 20, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    The Codington County Heritage Museum in South Dakota is awesome because it continues to become a destination for tourists as well as local citizens to learn about and explore the history of Codington County in the inspiring environment of an early 20th century Carnegie Library building. We so enjoy welcoming whoever comes through our doors.
    The Codington County Historical Society Board supported by the staff strive to create engaging and often interactive exhibits, for young and old, explaining the impact of the railroads in bringing people to our communities, how the one-room schools functioned on the central plains prairies; why towns became ghost towns; contributions of local citizens in our nation’s battles from the Civil War to the present day; showing home life of the early 1900’s and more.
    The staff also has many opportunities to share our local history by visiting community organizations, nursing homes and assisted living homes and schools with the stories of our county history. In the summer we provide daily elementary youth programs sprinkled lavishly with history on all kinds of topics, e.g.how the buffalo was used by the Native Americans, using tools then and now, our state symbols. We also have scavenger hunts involving the children in exploring the Museum and “green hand” cues inviting them to “touch” what they see. The old typewriter is probably the most popular. This next summer we’ll have our own summer olympics. We sponsor a local history club that meets monthly to explore stories of local people, places and things as well as branching out occasionally to the greater world beyond.
    Our research library, which is available to visitors, and museum volunteers who often help with that research is another asset of our organization.
    We also coordinate a regional Living History Fair and meetings twice a year for the community to fellowship and be presented programs of historical significance and interest.
    And finally, we have a small but inviting Museum Store which includes a variety of gifts, books and keepsakes with ties to our community.

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  136. Jane Miner
    Jane Miner
    November 20, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    What makes the Codington County Heritage Museum so awesome is the way the director takes the museum out into the community – giving monthly historical presentations at eight different senior housing and nursing homes, going into classrooms to have all the town’s fourth-graders participate in and understand the Homestead Act, teaching youth about our town’s history with an end-of-the-school-year historical scavenger hunt, organizing field trips to former county school houses and abandoned town sites, and re-enacting some of the town’s historical figures in a downtown celebration. This museum in Watertown, SD, reaches out to grab the interest of the community.

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  137. Hannah Wieder
    Hannah Wieder
    November 20, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    The museum of antiquities at the university of Saskatchewan is really awesome because it offers hands-on volunteer experience for students, offers childrens programs, camps and a variety of cultural evenings. All of the artifacts vary from around the world – Egypt, Greece, the near east. Lots of artifacts are real , while others are exact replicas of famous works of art including the Venus de Milo. Many of these replicas are in better condition than even some of the originals now , and allow people from Saskatoon to see these without having to travel.

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  138. Sarah-Louise
    Sarah-Louise
    November 20, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    You know what’s f***ing awesome?! The f***ing National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, IA. Every American knows the Mississippi River. Its everyone’s back yard river. It passes by the cultures of America. Its waters are fed by thr other rivers and streams by half the country. The museum brings to life the history, the cultures, the ecology, and the animals in one package. And you can’t beat both a baby shark and a baby otter, playing with you from their own tanks.

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  139. Mike Mullin
    Mike Mullin
    November 20, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    The Codington County Heritage Museum is assume in so many ways that I cannot list them all. Just to give two examples. They have an annual “Murder Mystery at the Museum” in which a murder from an historical period is solved by a tour group.

    Another example is that a few years ago they worked with the local library to do a week long program with a group of grade school students to do a local history “tour” in the museum. The students spent a week working with a Dr. of History as they researched the character they were to portray. They then took on that character in selected location in the museum and answered peoples questions as the people took a guided tour of the museum.

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  140. Westin Dowie
    Westin Dowie
    November 20, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    My experience at the The Museum of Antiquities at the University of Saskatchewan has been incredible, and I can say without a doubt that it is a place that provides a f***ing awesome opportunity for any lovers of ancient art and history. Numerous cultures and snapshots of history are displayed within the Museum’s wonderful gallery, where a sphinx of saqqara mingles with Apollo and Aphrodite, among many other gorgeous selections of ancient pottery, glass, coinage, and statuary. This stunning collection provides people on the expansive Canadian prairie a window into a world far away and in the distant past, allowing for an experience of diverse and beautiful cultures. Beyond the gallery, the museum acts as a meeting place for lovers of history and antiquity, and provides the opportunity for anyone to take part in the wonderful study of our shared past.

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  141. Tracene Harvey
    Tracene Harvey
    November 21, 2019 at 9:51 am

    The Museum of Antiquities is a unique little gem in the middle of the Canadian Prairies because of its f***ing awesome collection of full-scale cast replica sculptures along with original artifacts from ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt and the Near East, as well as medieval Europe. As the Director and Curator of the Museum of Antiquities at the University of Saskatchewan, I have the pleasure of working with this fantastic collection with the help of some f***ing awesome students! The diverse disciplines of these students are as diverse as the collections and programs that we offer. Many of the students come from History, Archaeology, Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Education, Computer Science and even Business and Kinesiology. The Museum of Antiquities would not be able to accomplish what it does without its many student staff and volunteers. I am very proud to say that the experience the Museum provides has launched a number of students into successful careers in museums and academia.

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  142. Emily Lucier
    Emily Lucier
    November 21, 2019 at 9:53 am

    I have been lucky to be one of the newest members on staff at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, and can say without pause that this museum is f***ing awesome. With our exhibits such as ‘Determined: The 400-Year Struggle for Black Equality’, to our newest ‘Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!’, this museum strives to tell the stories of all Virginians. As the oldest historical society in the U.S., I have been witness to their efforts of expanding ‘history’ to ‘now’. We’re currently in undertaking a huge collections drive, to gather items, artifacts, and oral histories of inspiring women who are ‘agents of change’, of the LGBTQ+ community, and numerous other communities in the Commonwealth of Virginia to tell their stories, and to treasure and safeguard this history. It’s my privilege to be a part of these very noble efforts.

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  143. Kimberly Davis
    Kimberly Davis
    November 21, 2019 at 10:30 am

    The Virginia Museum of History and Culture is f***ing awesome because it is the perfect blend of elegance, historical charm and modern technology. They have exciting exhibits that blend important subjects like Determined which is an exhibit on the history of slavery and civil rights struggles in Virginia, and the new Hamilton exhibit that coincides with the arrival of the musical Hamilton in the Richmond area. Their permanent exhibit on the history of Virginia is excellent and the lectures and symposiums are a fantastic opportunity to dice deeper into history on an amazing array of topics. It is one of my favorite places to go and what is special about it is that my mom who grew up in Richmond remembers fondly going there as a child. It is truly a piece of Virginia History.

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  144. Jared McGovern
    Jared McGovern
    November 21, 2019 at 11:01 am

    Dubuque County in Iowa is a freaking rad place! The Dubuque County Historical Society has the privilege of sharing the f***ing awesome story of Dubuque, and the Upper Mississippi River Basin and beyond. We are a Science Center, a Historical Museum, and a Conservation organization. We are accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and a Smithsonian Affiliate. We share the story of people and their connections to America’s great rivers. We inspire stewardship of our rivers and of our history proving everyday that we are better together and the through history we can learn, we can evolve, and we are capable of changing our mindsets towards a more sustainable future. People are my favorite animals and we are stewards of our rivers and our stories. Oh yeah, and like Victoria said above. We f***ing save animals from extinction!

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  145. Claire MacFarlane
    Claire MacFarlane
    November 21, 2019 at 11:03 am

    THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener in little ol’ Canada is pretty f***ing awesome! Officially we are called THEMUSEUM of Ideas Transcending Objects and that is just a brief explanation of what we are all about! We have no permanent collection, no ropes, or glass cases but we are more a place of amazing experiences!

    Why is THEMUSEUM f***ing awesome? Because no exhibition theme is too crazy or too out there for us! This fall we created Afterlife: A Seance Experience which explores themes surrounding death that are meant to challenge and enlighten visitors. We try and scan the globe for fresh cultural content that will awe, inspire and enlighten audiences. With Museum Hack’s help I believe we’ll be able to expand our reach, our audience and create meaningful engagement with visitors in our community and abroad.

    As someone with a background in museums and archaeology, I never thought I’d work at a museum with a permanent collection that consists of a water table and a bed of nails…but I love THEMUSEUM and it is pretty f***ing awesome.

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  146. Tracy Schneider
    Tracy Schneider
    November 21, 2019 at 11:07 am

    I joined the Virginia Museum of History & Culture in October 2017. Although at that time, it was known as the Virginia Historical Society. Housing 9MM artifacts spanning 16,000 years of Virginia history, our organization is one of the oldest in the nation. Members are loyal and love us, but rebranding to a name with “Museum” and “Culture” was an important step in reaching a broader audience. The VMHC is f***ing awesome because we have been able to continue to serve our longtime members with content that they have come to enjoy and expect, but we have expanded our offering and are beginning to reach a wider swath of people of all ages and backgrounds. The Arthur Ashe Boulevard dedication and our Naturalization ceremony were two emotionally moving programs that touched a huge number of people in our community! We also host more lighthearted events like our annual BrewHaHa Craft Beer festival to help provide some historical context to those who support our regional breweries and cideries. I could go on and on with all of the amazing things happening. Bottom line though, while we are seeing success from our recent efforts at reaching ALL Virginians, but we would welcome the opportunity to participate in the workshop you are raffling off so we can continue to learn and grow and bring more stories to more people!

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  147. Callie Hietala
    Callie Hietala
    November 21, 2019 at 11:55 am

    The William King Museum of Art, a small but mighty museum in Abingdon, Virginia, is (yeah, you guessed it) f*****g awesome.

    Art? Yeah, we’ve got art. Art from all around the world that opens windows into other places and times and ways of thinking. Art that lifts up the artistic heritage of the craftspeople of Appalachia and celebrates it, gives our population a sense of pride in the things their ancestors created. Art that takes the stereotypes of Appalachian art and smashes them to smithereens, letting people know that Appalachian art is so much more diverse than they ever imagined.

    Education? Oh yeah. We send instructors out into the schools of the under-served coalfields of Southwest Virginia, where so many districts have slashed their arts budgets, to teach history and social studies to students through art, to help them learn through making, through doing.

    What about the adults, you ask. Boom. Art Lab. Currently in its final phase of construction, in 2020 our Art Lab will offer workshops in pottery, in printmaking, in painting, and more. It’ll expand our studio artist program, giving artists a space they can dedicated to creativity, giving them access to tools they can use to be creative, putting them next to others who can inspire their creativity. Awesome? Yeah. Yeah it is.

    The William King Museum of Art is f*****g awesome. Everyone who works here knows it’s awesome. We would love some help letting everyone else know too.

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  148. Susan Carter
    Susan Carter
    November 21, 2019 at 11:58 am

    Bunch of old dogs seeking to learn new F***ing tricks to bring new audiences and recognition to the awesome, two- time accredited Henry Plant Museum. Staff of eight has over 102 years of combined experience and needs boost of Museum Hack energy to interpret this National Historic Landmark building and museum, a former Victorian railroad resort hotel built by Henry Plant in 1891 with an eclectic collection of original decorative art and furnishings gathered from world’s fairs and expositions. Objects range from life-sized sculptures of dogs; Little Red Riding Hood; an elephant foot; Victorian hair wreaths; a great horned owl; exotic Asian garden seats; tete-a-tetes; monumental vases & mirrors and preserved historic spaces that were touched by Lt. Col. Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Edison, Anna Pavlova, Clara Barton, Frederic Remington, Richard Harding Davis, Booker T. Washington, President Cleveland, Winston Churchill, John Philip Sousa and Queen Elizabeth II to name a few.

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  149. Stephanie Long
    Stephanie Long
    November 21, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    The Science Museum of Minnesota is so beeping awesome that I get lost in the awesomeness. In other words, the awesome list is too long for one post. However, I’ll mention one of my faves. The museum has supported a company of professional actors, Science Live Theater, as part of the museum’s daily offerings for almost 50 years. These multi-talented actors perform museum theater, science demonstrations, puppet shows, game shows, presentations, and deliver historical first-person interpretation. At the museum, they also lead tours, host events, star in short museum films, and perform in murder mysteries and riddle rooms. No matter what your live entertainment cup of tea is, Science Live Theater at the Science Museum of Minnesota has a performance to offer you!

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  150. Jen VanRy
    Jen VanRy
    November 21, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Genesee Country Village & Museum is the most f***ing awesome in history! Where else in the United States can you experience a traditional German Kohlfahrt through the Nature Center trails, pop in to a 19th-century village and chat with the Printer or Tinsmith, tap a “tree” during our Maple Sugar Festival, and check out the Victoria’s Closet exhibit at our John L. Wehle Gallery – all on one campus!

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  151. Taylor Marskell
    Taylor Marskell
    November 21, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Working at THEMUSEUM in Downtown Kitchener is f***ing awesome for a lot of reasons!
    THEMUSEUM a new kind of museum – one of ideas and experiences. No dusty objects, no collections, and no velvet ropes. We are dedicated to presenting fresh, relevant cultural content from around the globe in unique and interactive ways that intersect art, science & technology. We are a premier cultural destination and a hub for creative thinking and inspired play for all stages of life.
    From Andy Warhol to Jane Goodall to Titanic to Yoko Ono and SPECTRUM, THEMUSEUM – one word, UPPERCASE – is the only museum around that is bold enough to feature such a wide range of cultural content under one roof. We offer a diverse array of exhibitions, programs and events for children, youth, families and adults guaranteed to awe, inspire, and enlighten all audiences.
    If I sound proud, it’s because I am. We have a great team here at THEMUSEUM who work their butts off to ensure every visitor experience leaves a lasting impression.

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  152. Katie MacDonald
    Katie MacDonald
    November 21, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    The Old Colony History Museum is f***ing awesome because we have rebranded, renovated, and reenergized our staff, board, and membership. We now need to expand our audience to share how f***ing awesome we are as loudly and proudly as we can. And we have a dog. His name is Jean Luc. He wears a bowtie to work. He is f***ing awesome.

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  153. Char Henn
    Char Henn
    November 21, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    The Pottery Museum of Red Wing excites visitors with the breadth of the clay industry in this area. Passion has built this museum and, since we moved into our new building five years ago, we have been expanding – two paid staff, new collection items, and visitors. We are 11,000 visitors ahead of last year’s record of 35,000 people, and we hope to welcome 90,000 visitors in five years. Our goal is for our visitors to have a good time while they are here. Participation in your workshop put legs under our dreams for the future and let us share our pottery history with more people!

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  154. Anais Reyes
    Anais Reyes
    November 21, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    You know what’s f***ing awesome? Making the world a better place. I’m lucky to work at one of the most awesome museums, The Climate Museum, because we are able to use the power of exhibitions and events to talk about one of the most critical issues affecting all of humanity: climate change. Through interdisciplinary art and science programming, we teach visitors of all ages about climate change and climate justice, we validate their often unspoken concerns about the state of our environment and our future environment, we go beyond the doom and gloom of the 24-hour news cycle to instead highlight inspiring solutions, and we give people the tools to get involved in collective action. I have had the joy of seeing high school interns — teens who came to us simply because they were curious about climate change and wanted to learn more — grow into full-fledged environmental activists who found environmental action groups in their schools and help organize large-scale marches. I have seen people moved to tears by our art exhibits and performances, and motivated to act by our mission. We have a lot of work to do to address climate change, but being able to work at a place that brings people together to do good is f***ing awesome.

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  155. Marc
    Marc
    November 21, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    The National Naval Aviation Museum not only exhibits 100+ years of f***ing awesome high-speed, low-drag history to the public, but we’re home to the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team with open (and free) practices! While much of our audience comes to see our 100+ aircraft, we’re always looking for ways to connect our focused collection to new patrons through personal relevance. This has included “crossing the streams” of popular culture with Naval Aviation, and seeing how science fiction has become reality in the Navy through outreach at the local comic convention known as Pensacon. But we’re always striving to improve these efforts, and believe in new and innovative ways to reach even more diverse audiences.

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  156. Liz Crocker
    Liz Crocker
    November 21, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    The Royal BC Museum in Victoria, BC, Canada is leading the way for other museums by intentionally and actively repatriating Indigenous belongings and human remains to the communities they came from. This is the right thing to do and by decreasing our collections in this way, we increase our connections with the original peoples of the place we serve, making us f***ing awesome.

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  157. Emily Ronquillo
    Emily Ronquillo
    November 21, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA) is f***ing awesome because we are training the next generation of the museum workforce and becoming an arts hub for our community in rural Utah. Seventy-five percent of our staff are either graduate students studying Arts Administration or undergraduates from various fields and we couldn’t function without them. They plan and implement educational tours, create programs for all ages, and are even trained in art handling. Our staff comes together to do a full gallery rotation in a single week, and have even received praise from internationally-recognized artist Al Farrow for their outstanding work ethic. Recently, SUMA partnered with other campus and community organizations to host a Day of the Dead celebration that saw nearly 4,000 people in attendance (for a town of about 30,000 this is f***ing awesome!). While we are sad to see our staff eventually graduate, we know our students are going out to other museums and making them f***ing awesome too!

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  158. Mallory Sanders
    Mallory Sanders
    November 21, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    The Southern Utah Museum of Art is an amazing organization to be a part of! Being on the campus of SUU, one of its focuses is to provide experiential learning for students and young professionals. I started as a front desk staff at the Braithwaite Gallery (SUMA’s predecessor in the basement of a classroom building). As an art major and museum studies minor, it was the perfect job that helped solidify that I wanted to work in an art museum! When funds were raised to build a bigger museum, I got to be a part of that process of moving to our new building and getting ready to open our doors. What an experience to have as an undergrad-helping build a museum from the ground up! SUMA has provided me with invaluable experience in the museum world, and I am now Head of Collections & Exhibitions. I am so grateful for the opportunities SUMA has provided me, and many other students. Currently our staff consists 8 undergraduate and 5 MFA in Arts Administration students. Not only are they getting amazing first hand experience working in a museum, but they are contributing to our community by continuing to make SUMA (now 3 years old) a creative and collaborative hub for our community!

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  159. Whitney Staheli
    Whitney Staheli
    November 21, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    I have worked at the Southern Utah Museum of Art for four years, and it’s f***ing awesome. We have very few non-student employees, and we take pride in being a laboratory for the next generation of museum professionals. Because we are a university museum, we employee many graduate and undergraduate students (14, currently) in every department of the museum, from visitor services to collections. We are constantly surrounded by new ideas and fresh enthusiasm, which makes SUMA a very fun and unique place to work. We also house almost 2,000 objects, and see annual visitation of more than 26,000! I love SUMA!

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  160. Oran Croft
    Oran Croft
    November 21, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    I work at the Southern Utah Museum of Art and it is f***ing awesome. We have a diverse talented staff and bring interesting, fun, and challenging materials to the table for discussion in our community through our exhibits. We have incredible free/low cost programs for K-12, families, adults, and for the university students in our town! Being a place where people can come to have fun exploring ideas and different points of view is awesome and hopefully we can continue reaching more people and keep being a great community resource. I love being a center for inclusion as well as an architect for change in our small town!

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  161. Kathi Clark Wong
    Kathi Clark Wong
    November 22, 2019 at 8:34 am

    The “and culture” is what makes the Virginia Museum of HIstory and Culture the BEST! Inclusion is the name of the game — it’s an amazing museum which continues to grow in its philosophy of what a museum should be: for ALL peoples!

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  162. Andrea Gumpert
    Andrea Gumpert
    November 22, 2019 at 9:50 am

    One of the many things that makes the National Gallery of Canada so awesome is the unprecedented welcome to 60 Indigenous artists from across the world to launch our current exhibition Àbadakone (AH-BAH-DAH-CO-NAY). Over 100 works from 16 countries, including Canada and representing 40 Indigenous Nations, ethnicities, and tribal affiliations make this a breath-taking, mind-blowing exhibition. Several artists arrived on site to create with skins, traditional fishing nets, pigments and more to make works in public spaces. The Gallery strives to contribute to, and participate in, ongoing dialogues that happen over many years across the world, building international Indigenous art histories. Right now, the public is invited into our iconic and extraordinary glass building to view the fruits of that labour.
    And what makes the National Gallery of Canada f***ing awesome is the passionate, talented and dedicated staff that make it all happen!
    Thanks Museum Hack!

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  163. Cat Shteynberg
    Cat Shteynberg
    November 22, 2019 at 10:59 am

    The McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture is f**cking awesome because we change the way that University of Tennessee students see the world, and are training the next generation of students to become museum curators, archaeologists, malacologists, and scientists! Many of our students at the University, but also locally on the K-12 level, have never been in museums on a regular basis before, and so we have a real chance to be a transformative factor in their lives and education. We have a new director for the first time in almost thirty years, and would be so excited to launch this new phase with a Museum Hack workshop!

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  164. Joe Wood
    Joe Wood
    November 22, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    COSI (Center of Science and Industry) in Columbus Ohio is awesome. We have been around since 1964 and we think we have been innovators in the museum world since day one. Among other things, COSI invented Camp-Ins and Rat Basketball (exactly what it sounds like). We are looking to keep innovating by developing new audiences with, for instance, our programs for adults. Thanks for providing this contest opportunity!

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  165. Jill VanGorden
    Jill VanGorden
    November 22, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is awesome because we are currently inspiring 1.2 million minds a year in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and have an eagerly primed team ready to up our game and engage with all our community in new, fun and relevant ways!

    This summer we combined our guest-facing teams (formerly known as Guest Services and the Brainiacs) to form one team with the charge to reimagine guest engagement. Our newly named Engagement Specialists are focused on delivering excellent guest-centered hospitality, connections, and relevance building. Our new structure allows us to create empowered communities of engagers from all types of backgrounds. We are already experimenting with new interactions and experiences, but this workshop would help us catalyze our pace and sharpen the tools in our engagement tool box for new audiences. Our vision would also be to share these tools with our 1,800 volunteers, one of the largest team of museum volunteers in the nation!

    Several of us are big Museum Hack fans, and we know a jolt of creativity from your team would create so much impact and help us even better fulfill our Engagement Vision here in Texas: “We go all in to grow STEAM Learning and Engagement for all with our community because inspired minds create a better future for all.”

    I hope you will consider the Perot Museum to receive the generous opportunity you are extending. We applaud your idea to celebrate new ownership with a gift to Museums!

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  166. Yin Liu
    Yin Liu
    November 22, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    The Museum of Antiquities at the University of Saskatchewan is astonishing. Not only does it have a varied and sophisticated collection of originals and replicas (including a top-notch collection of original Greek and Roman coins), it is also a leader in community outreach and programming, student volunteer training, and research partnership. Where else in the world will you find a museum that analyses artifacts using Canada’s only synchrotron; runs an annual medieval craft fair; employs students to develop and lead summer programs for children; trains undergraduate students in archaeology, numismatics, and museum curation; is involved with a huge range of community organisations; and is free and open to the public? (Also they are a great place for receptions.) You may choose what qualifier you want, but for sure the Museum of Antiquities is [insert word of your choice here] awesome.

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  167. Dee Dee Whitman
    Dee Dee Whitman
    November 22, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    The Codington County Heritage Museum in Watertown, SD is f***ing awesome because it’s housed in a stunningly beautiful Carnegie Library building which allows visitors to step back in time through its architecture, exhibits, and reference collections. Their small but passionate staff curate exhibits from local artifacts, photographs, furniture and more. This creates a vibrant space where history is not only preserved, but also comes to life. Hundreds of children attend programs each summer, delighting in the model trains and hands on activities and crafts. Currently undergoing renovations, the museum will feature new research, exhibit, and classroom spaces for the public, as well as upgraded storage facilities to preserve Codington County’s history for generations to come. Limited resources mean that attending a Museum Hack workshop would not be possible without an offer like this. Thank you Museum Hack for an opportunity to positively impact our community!

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  168. Willa
    Willa
    November 22, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    I am so proud of working at The Hangar Flight Museum in Calgary, Alberta. I am quite enjoying communicating with visitors. Not only our tour guides are telling stories behind the planes to visitors, but also visitors are sharing their family stories related to the aviation with us. The Hangar Flight Museum is awesome!

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  169. Sarah Caron
    Sarah Caron
    November 22, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    The Codington County Heritage Museum in Watertown, SD is awesome because it inspires everyone who visits with irresistible interactive displays of cool local stuff that you didn’t know you didn’t know about! You leave feeling amazed, impressed, proud, and flummoxed about how things were plus excited to come back and see what else you didn’t know you didn’t know! The real challenge is getting people to the museum door; once inside, they are indelibly hooked on history. #museumhack

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  170. Maria Jongbloed
    Maria Jongbloed
    November 22, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    The Codington County Heritage Museum in Watertown, SD is f***ing awesome for many reasons. The building was originally a Carnegie Library so you can imagine the beautiful architecture and stunning details. The staff is also f***ing awesome. Paid staff & volunteers create inviting, educational, & interesting exhibits which allow patrons to step back in time through the use of artifacts & photographs. Our favorite part of this f***ing awesome museum is the number of hands on & interactive exhibits. Adults & children alike can explore, learn, and have fun. Come check out the Codington County Heritage Museum! You’ll agree it is f***ing awesome!

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  171. Cathy Yuan
    Cathy Yuan
    November 22, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is F**KING AWESOME because not only are we the first quilts and textiles museum in the U.S., but the only one on the West Coast. Everyday, our exhibits and programs show how wide and diverse quilts and textile art can be.

    Right now, we are showcasing our first crowd-sourced show about Internet memes. The works who how memes can capture personal and political moments. We are also showcasing works from our incredibly talented artist members, with works ranging from sculpture to quilts to wearable art. Before that, we had a water themed exhibition where we invited community members to sample locally brewed beer to draw attention to water ecology in the Bay Area.

    Finally, we work with lots of community partners to create interesting programming. One is Quilts as Women’s Shelter, which we partner with Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence, to teach survivors of sexual assault how to quilt and inviting to build a community. We also partnered with Social Justice Sewing Academy, a nonprofit that uses to quilting to empower youth to understand and take action on social justice issues they care about.

    This isn’t half of what we’ve done and plan to do. With Museum Hack’s help, the staff at SJMQT further our reach and better connect with our local communities. We want to make a positive impact!

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  172. Katie Delahoyde
    Katie Delahoyde
    November 22, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    Heritage Square and the Rosson House Museum are absolutely f***ing awesome because, even after 40 years of sharing our part of Phoenix’s early history with locals and visitors alike, we’re still discovering previously untold stories (tales of bootlegging, a Swedish masseuse, immigrant dressmakers, and a unicycling caretaker) and exploring innovative ways to share them with new audiences through imaginative programming and community partnerships.

    House museums sometimes get a bad rap for being stuffy and outdated, but we’re doing our best to change that. Some Heritage Square highlights this year have been our new Seances and Spiritualists tour, which was fun and spooky and brought in a number of visitors for the first time, and the expansion of our traveling trunk program, which offers affordable history resources to local educators. We don’t have a huge staff, but we’re passionate about engaging people of all backgrounds and ages, sharing our love of history and preservation (and Victorian hair art).

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  173. Carolyn Volan
    Carolyn Volan
    November 24, 2019 at 11:46 am

    The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is a gem outside of the Boston area. 💗 Suitable for toddlers who need to run – and who have a forming aesthetic sensibility. This musuem is F***ing Awesome because it’s outdoor area speaks to citizens of beauty and exposes their families to art in all of its complexity.
    What makes a sculpture? The color? The way it sounds in a breeze? The way it casts shifting shadows, or the way that snow falls on it? When you a playing a musical sculpture- who is the artist? When audio in the sculpture reaches a group of people- is the interplay between the reactions art?

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  174. Linn Ekengren
    Linn Ekengren
    November 25, 2019 at 10:20 am

    The National Museums of World Culture in Sweden is f***ing awesome, because we’re contributing to a greater, more human and more inclusive world. Together we work to inspire and make the past and the present more understandable. For doing that we have an amazing collection with objects that spans across all the continents and across many thousands of years. – We strive to make the world a better place! And we do this together with our community. That is more than f***ing awesome.

    http://www.varldskulturmuseerna.se/en/

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  175. Cassandra Varilek
    Cassandra Varilek
    November 25, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Codington county museum in Watertown SD is awesome! My kids have really enjoyed each time too. Fun SD made items and books to purchase as well! Last I knew they were adding a pharmacy area in. That reminds me. I need to go see if the display is done! All the staff are history buffs and I learn something cool every time I go!

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  176. Johanna Berg
    Johanna Berg
    November 26, 2019 at 7:26 am

    The National Museums of World Culture in Sweden is f***ing awesome, because we’re contributing to a greater, more human and more inclusive world. Together we work to inspire and make the past and the present more understandable. For doing that we have an amazing collection with objects that spans across all the continents and across many thousands of years. – We strive to make the world a better place! And we do this together with our community. That is more than f***ing awesome. @museumhack #museumhack

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  177. Sue Pearson
    Sue Pearson
    December 1, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    The Codington County Heritage Museum is incredible due mostly to the energetic and talented curator!! Christi is extremely talented and creative as well as very hard working!!! We all hope and pray that she doesn’t leave us for greener pastures!!!

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