A Sign of Things to Come?

Mark Walhimer Future of Museums Leave a Comment

I am beginning to wonder if this is the beginning of the end for museums as public civil society organizations and museum workers. As I watch the news every night, it seems that the last thing anyone would want to do is to hire museum staff at this time. Those museum workers still employed are now doing the work of two to three former …

Museum Community and Institutional Values

Mark Walhimer Exhibition Costs, Future of Museums, Museum Business Planning, Museum Feasibility Study, Museum Planning Leave a Comment

In the past, we could estimate costs on a low-cost basis and then build museum business models to have operational costs and unearned income create a museum business plan.

The equations are no longer so simple. As an example, basing costs on non-union labor and minimum wage without benefits could be rejected by communities as not aligning with their personal values.

The Museum Experience Gap

Mark Walhimer Designing Museum Experiences book, Future of Museums, Museum Digital Revolution Leave a Comment

To capture new audiences and expend the primary mission of museums as places of personal meaning, community impact and civil society, we must relinquish part of our authority and learn new digital skills.

The future of museums in understanding and aligning with influencer culture and reaching larger numbers of people that show impact to policymakers.

With museums reopening we have a window of time to change museums, but we must move quickly and with new attitudes.

COVID-19 Impact on Museums

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Introduction I am working on the final edits of the Designing Museum Experiences manuscript. One of the most difficult numbers is the impact of COVID-19. As of today, more than 10,000 museums worldwide may close permanently.. Impact Worldwide In 2020, UNESCO estimated that there are 95,000 museums worldwide, and predicts 10% permanently close (9,500 museums worldwide close permanently).  “The study reveals that …