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Earth Day during COVID-19: Green Tips for Closed Museums

In 2020, Earth Day falls during a time when much of the coronavirus-stricken world is staying at home. Every part of the global community is impacted, and museums have been hit particularly …

A Hawaii Museum Has Eliminated the Sale of All Single-Use Plastics

smithsonianmag.com A large, interactive sculpture built to resemble a cresting wave stands on the grounds of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in Honolulu. Created by artist and marine …

‘Living Museum of the Sea’ opens underwater in Dominican Republic

Indiana University Center for Underwater Science's fifth Living Museum in the Sea is the '1725 Nuestra Señora de Begoña'. Indiana University (IU) collaborated with the Dominican Republic's …

Sustainable Investing Part 3: Case Study of the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

In parts one and two of this series, Anna Raginskaya introduced readers to sustainable investing, discussed its relevance to museums, and provided some practical advice for organizations …

Let it Bloom: Reconstructing a hurricane-stricken historic garden

Like many museum professionals, I am drawn to the idea that objects and places connect us to cultures throughout history. We handle the works entrusted to our institutions with extreme …

Zoos and Aquariums: Inspiring visitors, inspiring museums

I’ve been researching curatorial work for social justice for more than fifteen years and curating for more than ten. One of the biggest surprises I’ve had in this work came while I was …

When It Comes to Protecting Collections, One Size Does Not Fit All

 “Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” —Frank Zappa Too hot? Too cold? Too dry? Too humid? What is that perfect balance? Those responsible for the care of collections …

Sustainable Investing: A Practical Guide for Museums – Part 1

Earlier this year a guest post on this blog advocated for museums harnessing their endowments to mission-related goals through a financial practice known as impact investing. In today’s …

Decolonizing the Future: museums as agents of generational equity

“We treat the future like a distant colonial outpost devoid of people, where we can freely dump ecological degradation, technological risk, nuclear waste and public debt, and that we feel …

The battle to rebuild centuries of science after an epic inferno

Nearly a year after flames consumed Brazil's National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, researchers are struggling to revive their work and resume their lives. Nearly a year after flames consumed …

2019 Award Winner for Innovation in Museum Education: Vizcaya’s Urban Farming School Program

The EdCom Award for Innovation in Museum Education recognizes, encourages, and celebrates new, creative ways of engaging with audiences. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens‘ Urban Farming …

Five Museums and One Individual Recognized for Environmental Sustainability by American Alliance of Museums

ARLINGTON, VA – Five museums have been recognized with 2019 Sustainability Excellence Awards, presented by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the only organization representing the …
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