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How to Fix that "General Backlog" ?

This week I spent a bit of time in the collections storage of a local museum. It doesn't matter which one, because I know I can find the same issues expressed in this discouraging sign almost anywhere; and particularly in local history museums here in the United States. Show More Summary

“On the Trail” Children’s Heritage Excursion

Just in time for the rodeo, little cowboys and cowgirls can learn how the American cowboy shares ways of life with the Bedouin and the Native American. These nomadic cultures are featured when the Archaeological Institute of America, Houston, presents … Continue reading ?

12 Perks of Presenting HMNS Outreach

2 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

After bringing live animals, exotic insects, chemistry demos, and more to over 500 area schools and community organizations last year, the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Outreach Programs are ready to hit the road in 2015! It takes quite a village … Continue reading ?

How to Spread and Mount a Butterfly – Video Tutorial Part I

2 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

HMNS entomologist Erin Mills walks you through how to mount and display a butterfly in this 4-part video tutorial.  Part I: Supplies Check back next week for Part II!  

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 2/23-3/1

2 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week!   Lecture – The ABC’s Of Shark Research: Attacks, Biology And Conservation By Glenn … Continue reading ?

Sharks are now oversharing…but you will want to follow them!

2 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Young or old, nature lover or couch potato—everyone has some fascination with sharks. HMNS is bringing in some great opportunities to learn about these predators who have dominated the oceans for millions of years. Leading shark researchers will be at HMNS during … Continue reading ?

Who are we looking for in an Audience Engagement Team?

I’ve just joined the Bloomberg Connects project as the Audience Engagement Lead. I will be heading the team that will be answering inquiries from visitors...

Want to Activate Public Space? We're Hiring... And Some Thoughts on Iteration and Temporary Positions

3 days agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

For the past two years, I've been working on a project to activate the concrete space adjacent to our museum as a vibrant, community plaza. After years of community town halls, design, and prototyping, we're finally starting to build our dream. Show More Summary

Preserving Your Personal Collection: Daguerreotypes

4 days agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

How to make an archival storage box for your daguerreotype

Museums as broadcasters

The mission of the National Geographic Society is ’to increase and diffuse geographic knowledge while promoting the conservation of the world’s cultural, historical, and natural resources.’ This mission could easily be that of a museum,...Show More Summary

Creating the on demand museum

When I was a child growing up in England we had four television channels, and if I wanted to watch my favourite programme I had to wait for it to appear on my parents television set at the time which it was broadcast. My children live in a different world, a place where broadcasting has […] The post Creating the on demand museum appeared first on Museum Marketing.

Marketing the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is an institution which constantly impresses me with its marketing. A few years ago they had the good sense to shift their communications to include their audiences with the ‘It’s time we MET’ campaign. Show More Summary

Creating online buzz around an exhibition

The British Museum is UK’s most popular visitor attraction with over six million visitors last year, the museum has a collection which spans the world with over 8 million objects including Egyptian mummies, The Rosetta Stone and the Parthenon sculptures. Show More Summary

Wonder Women of STEM: Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American female astronaut.

Editor’s Note: This post is the fourth in a series featuring influential women from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields in the lead up to HMNS’ annual GEMS (Girls Exploring Math and Science) event, February 21, 2015. Click here to get … Continue reading ?

What does Democracy look like at a Historic Site?

Last month, I had the opportunity to visit three different democratic institutions, two with long histories and one newcomer: the House of Commons in London, the European Parliament in Brussels, and the Bundestag in Berlin. When I went...Show More Summary

Finding the Right People to ASK

On the surface, it might seem that our Bloomberg Connects project is all about tech. After all, this particular Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative is specifically for...

Luce Artist Talk with Ben Tolman

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

What artworks in American Art's collection inspire you? As part of our Luce Local Art Series, local artists discuss their own work and how they connect to works in our Luce Foundation Center. This series is presented in collaboration with CulturalDC. All talks begin at 1:30 p.m. Our next artist talk is by Ben Tolman this Sunday, February 22.

Educator How-To: Make a Balancing Dipsy!

For those of you who have been going to HMNS for years, you may have noticed that we’ve been missing a rather large lady from our Hall of Paleontology. Our Diplodocus, “Dipsy”, was Houston’s first dinosaur unveiled in 1975 and … Continue reading ?

Data in the Museum: Experimenting on People or Improving Their Experience?

last weekArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Every few months, a major news outlet does an "expose" about data collection on museum visitors. These articles tend to portray museums as Big Brother, aggressively tracking visitors' actions and interests across their visit. Even as...Show More Summary

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 2/16-2/22

Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week!   Behind-the-Scenes – Samurai: The Way Of The WarriorTuesday, February 176:00 p.m.Witness the exquisite … Continue reading ?

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