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Telling overlooked stories at New-York Historical Society

The New-York Historical Society Museum and Library has announced a $140m expansion of its building on Central Park West. This will add more than 70,000 square feet of space to the …

With the Help of MAP, the Manassas Museum Met Its Changing Community’s Needs

Through the Museum Assessment Program, museums gain perspective on how to improve core areas of their operations, with a combination of guided self-reflection and close consultation with an …

Picture of Health: How MFA, St. Petersburg, Reimagined the Museum Program as a Source of Wellness and Healing

As the Curator of Public Programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, my professional focus has always been the MFA’s public spaces, performing arts venue, and gardens—not the …

Creating Connections: Merging Lifelong Learning and Music Therapy

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix, Arizona, celebrates music and world cultures through a multisensory experience—where guests can “travel” the globe through the sights and …

How a Disturbing Historical Discovery Inspired a New Mission at Old North Foundation

The enduring fame of the Old North Church in Boston began on the evening of April 18, 1775, when church sexton Robert Newman and vestryman Capt. John Pulling Jr. climbed the steeple and …

Why Teachers Want Virtual Field Trips to Stay

On a virtual field trip, students search their screens for signs of movement as they try to spot the elusive macroinvertebrates lurking in a pond water sample. A grid appears over the …

Finding Wonder in a Virtual World

Envision a group of schoolchildren standing before you, giddy with anticipation and excitement. In front of them are two elongated rectangular wooden doors, which, once opened, will …

The Peabody Essex Museum’s Climate + Environment Initiative Seeks to Create a Different Climate Future

As the director of an interactive art and nature space, I’ve included climate change as a topic in many shows and programs over the years. But until recently, I had convinced myself that …

What’s the Connection Between Financial Capital and Museum Education?  

In this series of posts, EdCom’s Trends Committee is taking a deeper look at emerging phenomena identified in the 2020 edition of TrendsWatch from the Center for the Future of Museums. In …

Museums Can Renew America Through the Semiquincentennial

Though it may still feel like a long way off, the United States’ 250th anniversary is rapidly approaching. Right now, the US Semiquincentennial Commission, federal agencies, state history …

A Children’s Museum’s Partnership With Local School District Brings in Revenue — and New Ideas

Leaders at the Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac got to see different teaching techniques in action when it hosted a charter school for the 2020-21 academic year. The money that the …

Changemaking and Museums for Civic Learning

Civic learning is about nurturing our shared civic imagination and restoring our community fabric—endeavors that are more important than ever. We believe that museums have everything to …
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The Strong gives children in hospital robotic access to museum

Category: Accessibility
The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, has teamed up with the WeGo Foundation to allow children in hospital robotic access to the museum. The partnership will give children in …

The Mind Behind the Myth: Navigating visitor reactions at Kew Palace

Category: Center for the Future Of Museums Blog
During the pandemic, museums supported the mental health of their communities in creative and generous ways. Some created outdoor art installations to boost the spirits of people in nursing …

Looking Ahead: Embracing Sustainability and Resiliency for a Better Tomorrow

Category: Environmental Sustainability
The United Nations (UN) Climate Week provides a platform for organizations which include museums and cultural institutions to come together to discuss how an understanding on environmental …

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