Populism and Museums: Navigating Societal Divides

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The article examines the tension between populism and civil society, highlighting how populism’s rejection of elitism and innovation stems from insecurity.

Museums play a crucial role in counteracting populism by promoting education, critical thought, and cultural engagement. They adapt by increasing community outreach, reassessing collections, and addressing contemporary issues while maintaining scholarly integrity.

A Museum Professional’s Reality Check

Mark WalhimerEmerging Museum Professionals, Mark Walhimer, museum staff, Well being Leave a Comment

For those working in museums, celebrating knowledge, preserving culture, and inspiring curiosity drew us to this field. But as many of us know firsthand, the reality can be much harsher than those lofty ambitions might suggest. Institutional bureaucracy, lack of funding and support, and power imbalances that enable exploitation are far too common. Over years of work at museums, I …

Museum AI Assistants

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This white paper explores the development and implementation of an innovative AI Assistant designed to revolutionize the museum visitor experience. By leveraging cutting-edge technologies, such as natural language processing and machine learning, the AI Assistant offers personalized answers to visitors’ inquiries about art, science, and history.

Museums and Blockchain

Mark WalhimerDigital Musuems, Future of Museums, Museum Digital Revolution, Museums and Blockchain Leave a Comment

Wow has this been a rabbit hole ! Working on a museum master plan and thought it would be cool to plan the museum architecture simultaneously with the digital experience using blockchain. Except, every-time I think I have gotten close to understanding the possibilities and capabilities of blockchain and museums I learn more. In a nutshell, the idea is to …

Virtual Museums: The Future of Museum Visits?

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Today’s digitally-savvy millennials are accustomed to finding answers fast. They spend less time researching and more time taking action. To stay relevant, museums need to meet visitors where they are: in the digital space. Virtual museums offer an exciting — and cost-effective — a new way for visitors to experience the world’s finest art, artifacts, and natural history specimens from …

How to Create A Virtual Museum Tour That Generates Real Online Engagement

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‍How to Create A Virtual Museum Tour That Generates Real Online Engagement PDF In the digital age, virtual museum tours are becoming increasingly commonplace. They combine the convenience of an online experience with the hands-on experience of a physical tour. However, many virtual tour websites are little more than a list of static images and descriptions with minimal interaction. Visitors …

A Sign of Things to Come?

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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 …