Museums

Photo: Ron Mader, Wetlands

If you want to understand what makes a place tick, visit a museum. We would like to take a deep dive into museum attractions and activities that orient visitors and engage locals. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

Ready for a party? International Museum Day is celebrated around the world on May 18 and is promoted by the International Council of Museums.

Every May 18 we like to update our directory of museums on the social web. More about that below.

Definitions

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, for purposes of study, education, enjoyment, the tangible and intangible evidence of people and their environment.’
International Council of Museums (ICOM)

Museums on the Social Web

There are several kinds of social web strategies used by museums which reflect relationships with locals and visitors
• Megahorn
• Concierge
• Ombudsperson

Museums to follow on Twitter

Museums and Parks

We highlight the visitors centers and exhibits from parks and protected areas. Examples: Wetlands Park, Soomaa, Grand Canyon, Zion

Museums and Markets
Traditional markets link the present with the past and the future.

A friend leads first-time visitors through Mexico City’s Anthropology Museum in Chapultepec Park. The small tour stops at the maquetas (models) that depict markets held in the days before the arrival of the Spanish. Look at the variety of products bartered, traded and sold. Later on the group visits a traditional market.

Markets provide a living connection to the past. They impart lessons that are both educational and nutritional. How do ’embed’ these connections in our travels?

Do museums need four walls to be considered a ‘museum?’

Museum Bingo
Pop-Up Museum: a short-term institution existing in a temporary space.
a way to catalyze conversations among diverse people, mediated by their objects.
Pop-Up Museum Blog

Slideshare

Wiki
Museums
Museos (Oaxaca)

Museums

Las Vegas’ Pinball Museum

Native American Day at the Lost City Museum

Planeta.com

Anthropology

Culture

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