Oh, wow. When I worked at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, we talked about a lovely dream – to have a beautiful, state-of-the-art open storage facility. See, MSI’s collection is lovely, but the institution’s mission and vision have changed dramatically since most of the collection was acquired, which leaves a small amount … Continue reading
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Interactive Timelines: Fantastic, fun, and free!
The Washington Post has used it to chart the progression of events ranging from the captivity of miners in Chile to the many marriages of Elizabeth Taylor. You can use it to document the milestones of absolutely anything that interests you, and it’s free! It’s dipity. Once you create a free account, you can make … Continue reading
I’m enjoying Social Media Week–and you can, too!
This was my view from the Tribune Tower in Chicago yesterday. I was attending the session, “Your Friends or Mine? Does Your Company Have a Say in Your Social Network?” Social Media Week is now taking place in twelve international cities. The free programs address a variety of social media topics. Sessions started yesterday and … Continue reading
An Il-LUMA-nating Experience
Har-dee-har-har. Really, an Il-LUMA-nating experience? Just stop. I’m sure the post title has been used to death but to be perfectly honest, my recent trip to LUMA — the Loyola University Museum of Art in Chicago — was an illuminating experience! The museum is currently celebrating their fifth anniversary but I’m mostly familiar with them … Continue reading
Small Museum Spotlight: The McCormick Bridgehouse Museum in Chicago, IL
Sometimes I forget how great it is to be a tourist in my own town. I have lived in Chicago for eight years. Like many locals in a big city, I find that I don’t venture out to many cultural institutions unless I’m acting as a tour guide for visitors. When friends and family visit, … Continue reading
Announcing Our Team!
Museum Minute is about to get a lot more exciting — there are now three of us on the Museum Minute Team. We’re planning to post 3+ posts each week and hopefully our diverse experiences will lead to some really neat entries. I wanted to officially introduce our wonderful new contributors–be prepared to see posts … Continue reading
Exhibits with Family
As an exhibit developer, my museum visits tend to be a little different than those of the average visitor. I look for typos, ogle beautiful artifact mounts and admire the hard work that goes into artifact preservation and conservation. I smile when I see a video component that clearly tells me how long the video … Continue reading
A colleague recently sent me this link, which is from a show called Incredible Basements. (Hosted by, I might add, Mike Rowe, who has made quite a name for himself by hosting Dirty Jobs.) Anyhow, the owner of this, er, basement, was inspired by the Museum of Science and Industry‘s Yesterday’s Main Street exhibit, which … Continue reading
Friendly Friday: Theatre!
This week, Friendly Friday takes the stage. To keep with the theater theme from this morning’s post, I wanted to feature my friend Bob, the Chicago Theatre Addict. A blogger and theater reviewer based in Chicago, a city teeming with theater companies (I think everyone’s involved with the theater scene in some fashion …I know … Continue reading
It’s My Party
Have you ever attended a special event at a museum, historic site or gallery that was not sponsored by the institution? Companies, organizations and individuals love to rent museum spaces for their events for a few reasons: 1. The space is more interesting than a outdated ballroom at a hotel or conference center; 2. The … Continue reading