Interviews

Great ideas are everywhere in the museum world, and we never want to stop learning from our community. We’ve sat down with incredible folks from across the world to talk engagement, storytelling, escape rooms, boot camp, and more. Check out some of the interviews we’ve done over the years.

Museum Resources
Julia Kennedy

You Can’t Do That?!: How Breaking The Rules Paid Off For One Historic Home

Historic homes aren’t always known for unique programming or being a community center, but Hegeler Carus Mansion in LaSalle, Illinois is working to change that. The “Museum Champion” behind this change is Kelly Klobucher, the Executive Director of this historic home. Kelly has revived HCM to be a mainstay in the area, multiplying annual attendance from […]

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Fun Stuff
Carly Syms

Spend The Night At The Museum!

It’s Night at the Museum come to life! Many museums have been experimenting with hosting fun sleepovers in their galleries, including New York City’s own Rubin Museum of Art. We talked to Dawn Eshelman, Head of Performing Arts for the Rubin, ahead of the museum’s first Dream Over experience, where guests were invited to spend […]

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Museum Resources
Museum Hack

Creating Enduring Experiences through Storytelling: Interview with Local Projects

Local Projects is a media design firm that focuses on creating enduring projects through storytelling.  They utilize collaborative storytelling, technology, and a visitor-first strategy to transform museums and public spaces. We asked Nathan Adkisson, Director of Strategy at Local Projects, to talk with us about their work.  His insights shed light into how museums can […]

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Ideas
Museum Hack

Night at the Museum, Part 2: Living Aboard the USS Hornet

Ever since we saw Night at the Museum, we’ve dreamt of being able to spend a night in our favorite museums.  And now, we can!  Many museums are experimenting with holding fun sleepovers in their spaces. We’re taking an in-depth look at these innovative museum experiences.  Our 3-part series features interviews with museums holding awesome […]

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Ideas
Museum Hack

Engaging Young Professionals: An Inside Look at Society 1858

A key challenge facing museums is drawing in younger audiences — especially Millennials.  One segment of this audience that can significantly benefit museums are Young Professionals, who are poised to be the next generation of museum members. The Gibbes Museum in Charleston, South Carolina, has embraced this challenge.  They found success with Society 1858, a young […]

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Ideas
Museum Hack

LOVE: Adam Rozan and Museums’ Ultimate Obligation To Their Visitors

We are so pleased that Adam Rozan, one of Museum Hack’s favorite museum professionals, spoke with us about a new and innovative course that he is teaching in the Museum Studies program at Harvard University’s Extension School.  Adam is currently the Director of Audience Engagement at the Worcester Art Museum. MH: Adam, your course sounds […]

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Ideas
Museum Hack

Night at the Museum, Part 1: Penguins & Pajamas

Ever since we saw Night at the Museum, we’ve dreamt of being able to spend a night in our favorite museums.  And now, we can!  Many museums are experimenting with holding fun sleepovers in their spaces.   We’re taking an in-depth look at these innovative museum experiences.  Our 3-part series features interviews with museums holding […]

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Consulting Case Studies
Museum Hack

Discussing Audience Engagement at NEMA 2015

In early November 2015, Ethan and Kate attended the New England Museum Association conference on “The Language of Museums.” Ethan and Kate gave a talk about what we do at Museum Hack, demonstrated our audience engagement techniques, and discussed how to attract and engage Millennial audiences in museum spaces. They also attended lots of great sessions, […]

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Museum Resources
Museum Hack

Interview with Joanna Ebenstein from the Morbid Anatomy Museum

By focusing on taboo topics like death and the treatment of the deceased, the Morbid Anatomy Museum is breathing new life into the museum industry.  Sitting down with Joanna Ebenstein, a founder of the Morbid Anatomy Museum, we discussed how she was transforming the way guests interact with a museum – by offering lectures, exhibitions, […]

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Interviews
Museum Hack

Ed Rodley on Beests and Technology in Museums

In this series, we feature interviews with our favorite museum professionals who we think are really moving and shaking the museum world. We recently interviewed Ed Rodley, Associate Director of Integrated Media at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM). He tells us about how to be tech-savvy in a discerning and mindful way in the galleries, […]

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Museum Resources
Museum Hack

Interview with the Hunter Museum of American Art

In this series, we feature interviews with our favorite museum professionals who we think are really moving and shaking the museum world. We recently interviewed Adera Causey, Head of Education at the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga Tennessee.  She not only managed to make us insanely jealous with the view from her window, […]

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Museum Resources
Museum Hack

Interview with Museum of Contemporary Art Australia about Engaging Social Media Influencers

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, in Sydney, has been working with local influencers on Instagram to successfully engage with millennials in their area.  Their exclusive event brought in creative Instagram photographers to capture the museum in a completely new way. This instantly exposed their gallery to an audience that may have previously considered the […]

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Ideas
Museum Hack

(Re)discovering Stratford Hall: Geeking Out over Tours and Technology

Virginia’s Stratford Hall sits on 1900 acres and showcases an interpretation timeline spanning 15 million years. Even with an awesome history and an equally impressive collection, Stratford Hall struggled with getting audiences to engage with the museum. Since then, Stratford Hall has introduced an innovative new tour series called “Geek Tours,” revolutionizing audience engagement with […]

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Interviews
Museum Hack

Interview with Royal Ontario Museum on their Young Professionals Program

The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada, has developed a highly successful way of attracting young professionals as patrons for the museum. Their Young Patrons Circle membership program brings a variety of people aged 19 to 45 into the space, and provides them with exclusive events and benefits for supporting the museum. Read below to […]

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Museum Resources
Museum Hack

Museum Hack Interviews the Anchorage Museum About Engaging Young Professionals

The Anchorage Museum in Alaska is rewriting the narrative of the “North.” They are engaging with and including younger generations and their thoughts, ideas, and voices. The Chief Digital Officer, Doug Adams, gave us a behind the scenes look at how, as an institution, the Anchorage Museum is successfully engaging new audiences with their programs […]

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Interviews
Museum Hack

Museum Hack Interviews Artpace About Engaging New Audiences

Artpace After Hours is a program by Artpace, located in San Antonio, Texas. The program works to engage young people in a new way. It takes adult audiences behind the scenes to reveal the mysteries of contemporary art through casual conversation and gallery interactions. This is an interview with Kaela Hoskings, organizer of the event.

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