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12 Awesome Things About the National Archaeological Museum in Athens

Last month, we visited the National Archaeological Museum in Athens — and we love what they’ve got going on! From their incredible attention to detail regarding logistics (think layout, pathways, use of space, and more) to their interactive displays and exhibit enhancements, here are the best things to see at the National Archaeological Museum — […]

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Tasia Duske

Let’s Analyze These Top #AAM2019 Tweets

🙋Anyone not able to attend AAM this year? Whether the reason was financial (institution not having the budget), personal, or something else, communication tools like Twitter can help those of us who couldn’t make it to New Orleans join in on the conversations that came out of AAM 2019. In the last 48 hours, we’ve […]

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Ashleigh Hibbins

What Exactly is an Artist-in-Residence (and Should Your Museum Have One)?

Artist residencies are a growing trend in museums around the world, but what is an artist in residence? An artist-in-residence is when a museum recruits a person (or group of people) with a specific skill or attribute to produce work, provide advice, and/or promote the museum for a defined period of time, from just a […]

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Curating the Museum Shopping Experience: Are You $elling Your Mu$eum $hort?

In almost every museum you will likely find a store selling various products promoting the museum, like postcards, stationery, books, etc. The museum store generally is associated with buying a memento of the museum experience, to remind or tell visitors that they were there. Some stores even stock unique products associated with the museum’s theme, […]

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Ashleigh Hibbins

5 Pretty Simple Ways to Increase Your Museum’s Revenue

Museums are awesome, but they are often strapped for cash. With limited funding and big operating costs, money can be the biggest barrier museums face when trying to bring cool ideas to life. That’s why we think getting creative with revenue streams is a great idea. There’s more to generating income for your museum than […]

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Museum Squad Goals vs. Museum Roles

Curatorial, Events, Programs, Education, Conservation, Sponsorship, Visitor Services…museums all over the world have diverse collections and diverse organizational structures. In some museums, one person may be what three people are in another museum and some museums may not have any staff.

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Ashleigh Hibbins

These Museums are Doing Halloween Right

Looking for Halloween museum inspiration to turn your institution into a spooky hotspot? Whether your museum is large or small, there’s a whole lot more you can do than just candy and jack-o-lanterns! From escape rooms to sleepovers to dinosaur costume parties, check out these awesome Halloween programming ideas that museums of all sizes are […]

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Should museums have a personality?

In a medium where tone and voice are key, what does it mean to funnel a museum’s online presence through a unique filter: ourselves? Think about some of your favourite museums on Twitter. How about Instagram? What is it about how they present themselves across social media that you enjoy or relate to? Beyond the […]

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Julia Kennedy

The Proof Is In The Numbers: Why Museums Should Care About Social Proof

Colleen Dilenschneider of ‘Know Your Own Bone’ recently wrote about how important social media is to your visitors. Around 52% of visitors to cultural organizations use social media onsite – and it has a positive impact on their satisfaction levels. So does using social media onsite increase visitor satisfaction, or do visitors who are more […]

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Julia Kennedy

Infographic: 7 Strange Museums Around the World

According to ICOM, there are at least 55,000 museums around the world – that’s a lot! Some of these museums, however,  are pretty obscure, with collections dedicated to the strange and specific. Here’s some of our favorites from around the world:

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Ashleigh Hibbins

Keeping it Simple: Why Jargon is Holding Your Museum Back

Future-proof. Interpretation. Audiences. Engagement. Change management. Collections. Interactivity. Segmentation. Co-curation. Do you ever use these jargon terms at your museum? They all serve a practical purpose in some contexts, but it’s important to remember that their definitions aren’t obvious to everyone.

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Ashleigh Hibbins

9 Alternative Museum Hotspots

We love cultural capitals like New York, London, and Paris – but they don’t have a monopoly on great museums. There’s a whole world of alternative museum hotspots out there. Get off the beaten track and check out our favorite unconventional museum meccas from around the globe. Gdańsk, Poland This ancient port city on the […]

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Ashleigh Hibbins

Museums are for Everyone: How to Engage Kids in Your ‘Adults Only’ Museum

Everyone belongs in a museum, and that includes young people. Yes, even that museum. Even your museum. We often hear it said that some museums are ‘adults only’, such as modern art galleries, historic buildings, or those that explore sensitive topics. But here at Museum Hack, we believe there’s a place for young people in […]

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Carly Syms

How Your Newsletter Can Be The Star of India

As Flannery O’Connor once said: “A good newsletter is hard to find.” Or did she say man? Either way, the truth is, inspiring and awesome emails are pretty rare. If you have an email account, you get unwanted emails; there’s just no way around it. In 2016, 53% of all email messages accounted for were […]

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Julia Kennedy

11 Museums Making the Most of Membership Programs

Museums know the best visitor is one who becomes a member. The expense of museum membership can often be off-putting, so member benefits are used to sweeten the deal — but, discounts on gift shops or member lunches can feel outdated and stale. So how are museums competing for visitor attention? By making membership programs […]

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