Museum Director Files Law Suit

Mark WalhimerMuseum Governance, Science Center, Working in museums Leave a Comment

I love news articles like this, it gives you an insiders view of the museum world – Mark Walhimer By T.J. Greaney From the Columbia Tribune Link to Article “A former executive director of the YouZeum, Gwen Robbins, is suing the interactive science center, claiming breach of contract and defamation. In a petition filed this month in Boone County Circuit …

Predictions for 2010, 2011, 2012

Mark WalhimerMuseum Governance, Museum Planning, Museum Visitor, Tough Times 2 Comments

It is wonderful the perspective distance offers, sitting in a cafe in Pokhara, Nepal, I offer the following predictions: 1. We will see another significant correction in the American stock market in 2010.  The correction will continue to put financial strain on museums and we will see several large and small museums and science centers close. 2.  The closure and …

Hawaii Shuts Down Real Human Bodies Show

Mark WalhimerExhibition Reviews, Hands On Exhibits, Museum Governance, Traveling Exhibit 2 Comments

In 2006, a set of plastinated bodies, designed by plastination inventor Gunther von Hagens, was featured in the James Bond film “Casino Royale”  The plasticized remains of three human beings were posed playing poker, all at the request of the film’s producers. (ABC News) Island State Becomes First in the Union to Ban Controversial Exhibitions of Real Human Bodies from …

Heritance, the Open Museum People

Mark WalhimerKinetic Sculpture, Museum Governance, Museum Resources Leave a Comment

Just learned about Heritance, love their thinking.  Check out the online museum http://openmuseum.org – Mark Walhimer Heritance Website From Heritance website: “Heritance promotes open museum practices that foster diversity and good governance. Heritance promotes open museum practices through Open Museum (OMo), a free web site and global museum that allows museums to create dynamic exhibits that support (encourage!) visitor co-creation. …

$24 Per Person!, California Academy of Science

Mark WalhimerExhibition Budgeting, Exhibition Costs, Exhibition Reviews, Museum Governance, Museum Planning, Natural History Museum, Science Center, Starting A Museum

At $24 per person, the California Academy of Science is setting a tone before you enter the door, two adults and two children, $78 dollars!  for a public institution.  This is a violation of the trust between a learning institution and the public.  That is before we even discuss if the experience is worth it and I would say it …