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Fun Friday: Spotlight On Girl With A Pearl Earring

Happy Friday!

Let’s kick this weekend off with art mashups devoted to one single masterpiece: Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring.

The illusive and mysterious woman has sparked the imagination of many, including novelist Tracy Chevalier and Banksy. We hope you enjoy these art mashups as much as we do. Let us know which one is your favorite – on Twitter @museumhack or Facebook!

Here’s the orig. <3

Girl with a Pearl Earring By Johannes Vermeer
Girl with a Pearl Earring By Johannes Vermeer

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How To Look At Your Museum In New Ways To Redesign Guest Engagement (Corning Museum of Glass Case Study)

The Corning Museum of Glass is exactly what it sounds like – an awesome museum in New York dedicated solely to the amazing world of glass! The museum is home to more than 40,000 different objects focused on glass and glassmaking dating back to ancient Egypt to modern times.

But even with this specialized focus and cool collection, staff at Corning wanted to take some time and refocus on the visitor experience and guest engagement at the museum.

They gave Museum Hack a call to see how we might be able to help boost their already amazing collections.

Part of the Museum Hack team exploring Corning's collections.
Part of the Museum Hack team exploring Corning’s collections.

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The Museum of Subliminal Objects: a Lesson in Pop-up Museums

The frigid air was biting at my cheeks, and I could feel the warm blood running to my ears.

Not that I minded too much; this was just another one of my nightly walks, and extreme negative temperatures are part of growing up in small-town Canada. In most ways this icy stroll was much like all the others, but with one surprising difference…

I stumbled upon the Museum of Subliminal Objects.

Museum Hack stumbles upon the Museum of Subliminal Objects
Museum Hack stumbles upon the Museum of Subliminal Objects

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5 Things Museums Rocked In 2016

We spend all year long talking about why museums are f***ing awesome — the amazing stories, priceless artifacts, and a whole bunch of passionate people all under one roof. 

In the spirit of the new year, we’ve collected a few of things museums have done well in the past year. Join us in giving museums a collective pat on the back as we take a look at five things museums rocked in 2016.

Museums worked to redefine engagement with guests in 2016.
Museums worked to redefine engagement with guests in 2016.

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Can we help your museum? Sign up for a free consultation call with us in February!

Do you want to infuse new life into your museum? 

Want to bring in new audiences and sources of revenue?

Curious about how to address the needs of millennials while staying true to your mission?

We can help!

We’re holding free consultation calls for museum professionals.  You’ll spend 20 minutes discussing the needs of your museum and how Museum Hack can help you meet and exceed expectations.

Ethan Angelica and Dustin Growick
Join Ethan Angelica, Dustin Growick, and the rest of our Audience Development team to learn our secrets of successful audience engagement!

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From Concept to Creation: How a Themed Museum Tour is Made

As humans, we’re attracted to stories. We like seeing parts of ourselves reflected in the lives of people who lived centuries ago. Stories help us understand and feel connected with history’s great artists, philosophers, and thinkers.

Utilizing a theme in a museum tour helps show visitors what to expect and offers the opportunity to experience a familiar collection in a new way.

What makes our themed museum tours special? How do we do it? How do we create a themed tour that’s engaging, interesting, subversive and relevant?

Here’s an inside look at how we make our custom tours at Museum Hack!

Kate, creator of the Badass Bitches tour, shares stories of kickass women throughout history.
Kate, creator of the Badass Bitches tour, shares stories of kickass women throughout history.

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Feminist Overload: A Georgia O’Keeffe and Beyonce Lyrics Mashup Just Because

Sometimes you just need to hang with your bitches. Maybe you’re having a bad day, spilled hot coffee down a white shirt at work, or you need a little girl power but you can’t find your Rosie the Riveter plush doll ANYWHERE. So, in addition to putting on some red lipstick and listening to some ’90s riot grrl to amp you up, kick your feminist ass into high gear with the queens of herstory. Bow down to Georgia and Queen B.

“Nine times out of ten, I’m in my feelings. Ten times out of nine, I’m only human.”

Photograph of Georgia O'Keeffe by Alfred Stieglitz in 1918.
Photograph of Georgia O’Keeffe by Alfred Stieglitz in 1918.

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Museum Pinterest Pros: 7 Institutions That May Pinspire You

Pinterest isn’t just for wedding planning or finding great new DIY crafts. Although it may seem like there’s not much for museums on the platform, a closer look shows that some institutions (both big and small) are creatively curating on the site to reach Pinterest’s more than 150 million active monthly users. We’ve rounded up some of the most interesting Pinterest boards from museums of all sizes to help inspire you.

Pinterest is an extremely popular social media site with a ton of potential for museums.
Pinterest is an extremely popular social media site with a ton of potential for museums.

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Eleven Must-Listen Museum Podcasts

Podcasts: perfect for a long commute, road trip, or keeping you company while at work. They’re also one of our favorite ways to discover new museum content and ideas.

Here are 11 podcasts (or podcast episodes) that we think are must-listens for any museum lover.

Podcasts are one of our favorite ways to find new museum content.

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Women In Art Having An Existential Crisis Shut Up I Need To Think

Please note this piece was written by our tour guide, Kate Villa, in the style of a Museum Hack experience.

Seriously shut up right now also what exactly is an atom made of oh my god are we just all something that could be swept into the space-time continuum? Will we combust? Will the earth be able to sustain life for thousands of years? What is life? How long is forever? DOES THIS SKIRT GO WITH THIS WHALEBONE CORSET?

Berthe Morisot (French, 1841 - 1895 ), The Mother and Sister of the Artist, 1869/1870, oil on canvas, Chester Dale Collection
Berthe Morisot (French, 1841 – 1895 ), The Mother and Sister of the Artist, 1869/1870, oil on canvas, Chester Dale Collection

“I’m not saying that you reading is a sign of non-complacency instead of just giving into the inevitability of the world, I’m saying that we’re all going to die. Probably soon.”

“Please stop talking it’s hard for me to concentrate, also your bow is askew.”

“No one will care about my bow when we’re all underground with the worms.”

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