Three Great Reads from the Museum Field (July 2016)

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We love finding great reads about museums.  It’s amazing to see the different discussions being had and the great ideas being shared by professionals all over the world. 

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite recent articles that showcase interesting new programs and ideas.  Read on to find inspiration and discover these great reads.

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What Does Audience-Centered Look Like? It Looks like Glasgow Museums

Nina Simon delves deep into what an “audience-centered” museum means, and where one museum is getting it right.  Simon first serves up her take on what “audience” really means, and whether serving the “user” or the “customer” more effectively achieves audience-centric goals.  Using a recent visit to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and the Riverside Museum, Simon uncovers how these institutions are serving their customers and users in impactful ways.

Read the full article here.

Humor Me a Moment: The Power of Humor in Museums

Cara Dodge shares her recent research on humor and museums, delving into how science museums are using humor today and its implications. Using results from her survey of the ASTC General Forum and interviews with museum professionals, Dodge reveals how humor is a powerful means of engaging visitors and introducing them to complicated (and sometimes strange or gross) topics that often feel out of reach.

Read the full article here.

Authenticity is a Lie

Authenticity and transparency are issues for many historic sites and museums.  As we present information to the public, we need to acknowledge what we know – and what we don’t know.  Linda Norris explains the issue of “authenticity” at historic sites, and why we should embrace the complicated nature of historical practice when interpreting our sites.

Read the full article here.

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