Museum Definition

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From Wikipedia Natural History Museum London, Photo by DAVID ILIFF “A museum is a “permanent institution in the service of society and of its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment, for the purposes of education, study, and enjoyment”, as defined by the International Council …

Collecting Information about museum visitors

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Survey Monkey is a great tool for collecting quick information from museum visitors, potential donors or get feedback on potential exhibition ideas.  Survey Monkey is free for a basic account or $19.95 for a premium account. As a sample we have created a simple 3 question sample survey regarding the Museum Planner Blog.  The survey will be active for the …

Generations of Museums / Science Centers

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Museum 1.0 First Generation Museum / Science Center Collection cases, static displays, object centered •    Mutter Museum Museum 2.0 Second Generation Museum / Science Center Collection cases with push buttons and cranks •    Museum of Science, Boston Museum 3.0 Third Generation Museum / Science Center Open ended, multi-layered and visitor centric •    Exploratorium

Mickey’s Ten Commandments

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By Marty Sklar President, Walt Disney Imagineering I.    Know your audience. II.   Wear your guests’ shoes. III.  Organize the flow of people and ideas. IV.  Create a “weenie” (visual magnet). V.   Communicate with visual literacy. VI.  Avoid overload – create turn-ons. VII. Tell one story at a time. VIII. Avoid contradictions – maintain identity. IX.  “Ounce of treatment – ton …

$24 Per Person!, California Academy of Science

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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 …

Context over Content in LA

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By HOLLAND COTTER, Published: August 26, 2008, New York Times NEW YORK TIMES LINK LOS ANGELES — The Latin American collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is back on view after three years’ absence. And the reinstallation opens with a piquant flourish in a display of ancient pre-Columbian art that doubles as a solo show for a …