Museum Archipelago

Museum Archipelago

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Guiding you through the rocky landscape of museums. New episodes every other Monday.
47. Buzludzha is Deteriorating. Dora Ivanova Wants To Turn It Into A Museum.
Jul 23 • 9 min
High in the Bulgarian mountains, Buzludzha monument is deteriorating. Commemorating early Bulgarian Marxists, it was designed to emphasize the power and modernity of the Bulgarian Communist Party. Buzludzha is now at the center of a debate over how…
46. Vessela Gercheva Directs Playful Exhibits at Bulgaria’s First Children’s Museum
Jul 9 • 10 min
There were no children’s museums in the Balkans before Muzeiko opened in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2015. Days before Muzeiko’s historic opening, I interviewed Vessela Gercheva, the museum’s Programs and Exhibits Director. Gercheva talked about the challenges of…
45. Margaret Middleton Designs Museum Exhibits for All Ages
Jun 25 • 11 min
Margaret Middleton is an independent exhibit designer and museum consultant based in Providence, RI, USA. Middleton recently completed the design of the children’s exhibits at the Discovery Museum in Acton, MA, USA. Driven by a background in industrial…
44. Vassil Makarinov Presents Technology and History at the Bulgarian Polytechnical Museum
Jun 11 • 11 min
The Bulgarian National Polytechnical Museum is a science museum that also tells the story of Bulgarian and world history. The building itself once housed a museum of a Bulgarian communist leader, and the technical artifacts on display, from simple…
43. Blake Bradford Aims To Increase Number of Black Museum Professionals with Lincoln University Program
May 28 • 11 min
In episode 36 of this podcast, Bill Bradberry, Chair of the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Area Commission, described encountering the glaring lack of cultural diversity within and around the museum industry, particularly in leadership. He…
42. Freddi Williams Evans and Luther Gray Are Erecting Historic Markers on the Slave Trade in New Orleans
May 14 • 13 min
Until a few weeks ago, one of the only places in downtown New Orleans acknowledging the city’s slave-trading past was a marker in Congo Square, erected in 1997. The New Orleans Committee to Erect Historic Markers on the Slave Trade has since put up two…
41. 16,000 Years at the Meadowcroft Rockshelter with David Scofield
Apr 30 • 9 min
View Shownotes As the oldest site of human habitation in North America, the Meadowcroft Rockshelter has a challenge: how to convey its mind-boggling timescale, spanning from prehistory to the 19th century? David Scofield, director of the Meadowcroft…
40. Conserving Digital Photos with Jenny Mathiasson and Kloe Rumsey
Apr 16 • 9 min
View Shownotes Jenny Mathiasson and Kloe Rumsey started The C Word: The Conservators’ Podcast to broadcast their friendly and professional discussions about conservation. Each episode features a different hot topic in the conservation world, and the…
39. Hans Sloane and the Origins of the British Museum with James Delbourgo
Apr 2 • 12 min
Over the course of his long life, Hans Sloane collected tens of thousands of items which became the basis for what is today the British Museum. Funded in large part by his marriage into the enslaving plantocracy of Jamaica and the Atlantic slave trade,…
38. Conservation in the 21st Century with Sanchita Balachandran
Mar 19 • 13 min
Image: Sanchita Balachandran. Photo Credit: James Rensselaer. Sanchita Balachandran, Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum, hopes to see the field of conservation develop into more of a social process, rather than simply a…
37. The National Public Housing Museum with Robert J. Smith III
Mar 5 • 13 min
It would have been much easier to build the National Public Housing Museum from scratch instead of retrofitting it in the last remaining building of the Jane Addams Homes, the first public housing development in Chicago. But doing so would have undermined…
36. The Underground Railroad in Niagara Falls with Bill Bradberry
Feb 19 • 12 min
Bill Bradberry, the President and Chairman of the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Area Commission, thinks of the entire city of Niagara Falls, NY as an open crime scene from “the crime of holding people in bondage, and the man-made crime of…
35. Cartoons from the Museum Floor with Attendants View
Feb 5 • 10 min
Attendants View is a blog of hand-drawn, single page cartoons that capture a slice of a museum attendant’s day. The comics show confused visitors, tourists asking the same questions over and over again, and museum board members flouting the rules.The…
34. Erotic Heritage Museum with Dr. Victoria Hartmann
Jan 22 • 7 min
The Las Vegas Erotic Heritage Museum is the largest erotic museum in the world. Sex scholar Dr. Victoria Hartmann has been the museum’s director since 2014, and her mission is to create a space for people to safely explore and engage the topic of human…
33. Icelandic Museums with Hannah Hethmon
Jan 8 • 12 min
Iceland has many more museums per person than the UK and the US. The country is also in the middle of a massive tourism boom: there are several times more tourists than residents. Hannah Hethmon, an American museum professional and Fulbright Fellow living…
32. Lunar Human Heritage Sites with Michelle Hanlon
Dec 25, 2017 • 13 min
Image: The Lower Half of the Apollo 17 Lunar Lander in a debris field in the Taurus–Littrow valley. This view was captured minutes after the last humans left the moon and it would look exactly the same today. What humans left behind on the moon are part…
31. Habemus with Romina Frontini & Christian Díaz
Dec 11, 2017 • 11 min
Habemus is a Spanish-language radio program about museum topics broadcasting out of Bahía Blanca, Argentina. Every Friday from 9 to 11pm, team members interview museum people and promote an ideology of fun and hacks in museums.The title is a play on words…
30. Visitors of Color with Dr. Porchia Moore
Nov 6, 2017 • 11 min
Dr. Porchia Moore, Inclusion Catalyst at the Columbia Museum of Art, started Visitors of Color with nikhil trivedi in 2015.Visitors of Color is a Tumblr project that documents the perspectives and experiences of marginalized people in museums. It is a…
29. A Digital Approach to Museum Maps
Oct 23, 2017 • 4 min
Image: An example of a digital mapping tool, Mapbox Studio Classic. Everything happens at a time and a place. In a museum, that coordinate system can help keep a story straight, even if it is not at the forefront of a gallery. And when designing maps for…
28. Leaving the Museum Field with Marieke Van Damme
Oct 9, 2017 • 11 min
Executive Director of the Cambridge Historical Society Marieke Van Damme affectionately calls anyone working in the museum field “Museum People.” On her excellent podcast of the same name, she interviews museum people every episode. Many museum people are…
27. Yo, Museum Professionals
Sep 11, 2017 • 4 min
Yo, museum professionals: exhibitions aimed at kids should not include interactive screens in galleries. You’re undermining your mission!— Jody Rosen (@jodyrosen) September 4, 2017 Notably missing from discussions like these is a willingness to defend the…
26. Arab American National Museum with Devon Akmon
Aug 28, 2017 • 12 min
Image: Arab American National Museum photo by knightfoundation CC BY-SA 2.0. Before the Arab American National Museum opened in Dearborn, MI in 2005, there wasn’t a singular museum telling the Arab American story. The museum defines the Arab World as 22…
25. Museum of Socialist Art in Sofia, Bulgaria
Jul 17, 2017 • 7 min
Image: An abundance of Lenins at the Museum of Socialist Art in Sofia, Bulgaria After the fall of communism in Bulgaria in 1989, statues of Bulgarian communist leaders, idealized revolutionary workers, and Lenins were taken down all over the county. Some…
24. College Hill and the International Slave Trade Walking Tour with Elon Cook
Jul 3, 2017 • 10 min
Elon Cook created the College Hill and the International Slave Trade Walking Tour in Providence after researching the crucial and massive role that Rhode Island played in the history of slavery.The walking tour covers an an area of about one square mile…
23. Museum-Metro Station Hybrids
Jun 5, 2017 • 5 min
Image: An early rendering of the Serdika station in Sofia, Bulgaria, displaying Roman ruins on the first level underneath the street. During the planning stages for the Sofia Metro in Bulgaria, ruins of an old Roman fortress and city wall were discovered…
22. Guide Training at Akagera National Park with Lisa Brochu
May 15, 2017 • 10 min
I met interpretive planner Lisa Brochu in Akagara National Park in Rwanda. I was there as a tourist, and she was there as a guide trainer.Lisa’s teaching stresses that the best way to communicate with the visiting public is by having strong, central…
21. Apollo 11 Historic Site
May 1, 2017 • 5 min
Even before I started working in the museum field, I was thinking about the future museum at the Apollo 11 landing site at Tranquility Base on the moon. The site is special. No matter how the human experiment turns out, the site will represent the first…
20. Universal Design at the White House Visitor Center with Sherril York
Apr 18, 2017 • 9 min
Dr. Sherril York, executive director of the National Center on Accessibility, was part of the team that renovated the White House Visitor Center in 2012. Design priorities included making the experience accessible for all visitors.The new visitor center…
19. Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre with Honoré Gatera
Apr 3, 2017 • 14 min
When the Kigali Genocide Memorial was first built in 1999, it was a burial site outside the Rwandan capitol city for thousands of victims of the 1994 genocide. Rwandans came to visit the final resting place of friends and family. Today, the city has…
18. Maps and the 20th Century at the British Library
Feb 27, 2017 • 4 min
Image: Two propaganda maps at the Maps and the 20th Century exhibit at the British Library. The Maps and the 20th Century exhibit at the British Library is quick to get to central theme of the exhibition: in order to understand a map, you must understand…
17. Entertainment and History at Disney’s America
Feb 6, 2017 • 6 min
Image: A Civil War-era village that would have served as the hub of Disney's America. Image (c) Disney In 1994, Disney was hard at work on a new theme park called Disney’s America. The park, which would open in Virginia not far from Washington DC, would…
16. Visitation Trends at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum
Jan 16, 2017 • 11 min
The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum is commemorating three anniversaries in 2017: the 200-year anniversary of the first attack of the Seminole War, the 60th anniversary of federal recognition of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and the 20th anniversary…
15. Tamar Avishai’s The Lonely Palette
Jan 2, 2017 • 12 min
The Lonely Palette is the best museum podcast out there. Host Tamar Avishai wants to make art more accessible and to help people feel more comfortable talking about what they see in museums. She uses her experience as a Spotlight Lecturer at the Museum of…
14. Early Interpretive Planning at the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Dec 12, 2016 • 11 min
Image: Guard tower from Camp H at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola at the National Museum Of African American History And Culture The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) opened in September 2016. Today we will talk…
13. Museums at a Crossroads with Rainey Tisdale
Jun 23, 2016 • 4 min
Curator Rainey Tisdale sees two possible futures for museums: they play a more interdisciplinary role for their audiences or keep going down the same path they’re on, becoming less and less relevant each year.Why should it be the job of the museum to…
12. Dead Bodies in Museums Part 2
May 24, 2016 • 7 min
Image: Lenin's mausoleum, Moscow. CC by Veni The American Association of Museums (AAM) has this to say about human remains in its code of ethics: “The unique and special nature of human remains and funerary and sacred objects is recognized as the basis of…
11. Dead Bodies in Museums Part 1
Apr 22, 2016 • 6 min
Image: A rendering of Minik in the New York World When Robert Peary brought six Inuits from Greenland back from his Arctic expedition, they landed in the care of the American Museum of Natural History. Among these people were an eight year old boy named…
10. Framework For Engaging with Art
Apr 4, 2016 • 9 min
At an art museum, would you rather listen to a detailed guided tour or just enjoy the art without any interpretative support? Are you more comfortable visiting with a friend, or do you prefer being in a group of interested strangers? The Dallas Museum of…
9. The Museum Selfie
Mar 11, 2016 • 1 min
A photo posted by Museum Hack (@museumhack) on Oct 3, 2014 at 5:50am PDT Dustin Growick of Museum Hack finds that selfies can create a personally engaging experience within the context of a museum.Support Museum Archipelago
8. Calatrava and the Museum Icon
Feb 10, 2016 • 6 min
This week, we visit two museum works by architect Santiago Calatrava: the Prince Felipe Museum of Science in Valencia, Spain and the Milwaukee Art Museum in Milwaukee, USA. Both museums look nothing like the museum icon on maps and in mapping programs. Do…
7. What Happens to Dead Amusement Parks?
Jan 27, 2016 • 8 min
Most of the time, nothing.This week, special guest Carole Sanderson of the National Roller Coaster Museum and Archives describes the process and challenges of documenting the entertainment industry.Notes:Six Flags New Orleans - Wikipedia, the free…
6. Muzeiko
Sep 30, 2015 • 6 min
Until Muzeiko opened in Sofia, Bulgaria on October 1st 2015, there were no children’s museums in the Balkans. One of the reasons for the lack of children’s museums was a cultural attitude towards childhood education during communist times, according to…
5. StalinWorld
Jul 24, 2015 • 7 min
Image: Monika Bernotas and her family interact with statues of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin that were previously located in the cities of Lithuania at Grutas park. Go to the central square of any Soviet influenced country like Lithuania, and you will…
4. Bison Hunt on Horseback
May 27, 2015 • 6 min
Built in 1966, the Bison Hunt on Horseback diorama at the Milwaukee Public Museum is a beautiful throwback to an older style of exhibit, without projectors or screens.This week, Dr. Ellen Censky, Senior Vice President and Academic Dean at the Milwaukee…
3. Authority
May 5, 2015 • 10 min
As you empty your pockets, how you lay their contents on the table reflects how you value their differences and interpret their functions. When we go into a museum, we trust that objects are laid out across the table with some expertise. Who gets to…
2. Labels
Apr 15, 2015 • 5 min
Early 20th century cartoons showed exhausted visitors craning their necks to read labels and stopping over to examine artifacts. 100 years later, have we made progress?Shownotes: Exhibit Labels: An Interpretive Approach by Beverly SerrellMUSEUM FATIGUE,…
1. Lobby
Apr 3, 2015 • 4 min
The lobby is where you transform from an ordinary person into a museum visitior.Support Museum Archipelago