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Museum Staff as Disaster Service Workers

Last month I put out a call on Museum Junction for examples of museums helping their communities plan for and respond to disasters. Among the many exceptional stories submitted by …

Crafting the Museum Experience: How Mingei International Museum Centered Mission and Visitor Experience in a Major Renovation

In September 2021, Mingei International Museum will reopen after a three-year, fifty-five-million-dollar renovation. This ambitious and unique capital project, completed in partnership with …

How a Secret Weapon Normally Used to Keep Precious Artworks Clean Is Helping Museums Fight the Coronavirus Pandemic

As it has become clear that the novel coronavirus spreads primarily via airborne transmission, museums that already have sophisticated HVAC systems are finding they are pre-adapted for …

Facing the Rising Tide: How the Whitney Museum of American Art Addresses Resiliency and Storm Preparedness Through Design

With rising sea levels and stronger floods and hurricane seasons, priceless cultural sites and museum collections around the world are increasingly under threat from severe weather events …

Eye of the Storm: How Do Museums Prepare for Hurricanes during a Pandemic?

It’s a Thursday afternoon in July and the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR) is almost empty. Director Marta Mabel Pérez is in her office, leading a virtual hub of staff and other …

Security and Operational Priorities for Reopening Cultural Institutions

Support Free COVID-19 Resources for the Field: The current crisis is taking a distressing financial toll on cultural organizations, and AAM is no different. In these challenging times, we …

TrendsWatch: Building Financial Resilience in a Time of Crisis

  Support Free COVID-19 Resources for the Field: The current crisis is taking a distressing financial toll on cultural organizations, and AAM is no different. The Center for the Future …

Using Scenarios to Plan Your Museum’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response

  Support Free COVID-19 Resources for the Field: The current crisis is taking a distressing financial toll on cultural organizations, and AAM is no different. The Center for the Future …

Making a Splash! 6 Things to Know about Exhibits with Water

It’s no surprise that many museums choose to entertain and educate visitors with the stuff that covers 71 percent of our planet’s surface. Water can contribute greatly to a wide variety of …

The Case for Digital Facility Reports

Facility management is one of the core elements of running a museum. As AAM’s core standards say, it is “incumbent upon [museums] to ensure the safety of their staff, visitors and …

How Australian Art Museums Are Protecting Their Collections From Fire Threats

In response to the devastating bushfires that have been sweeping through Australia since November 2019, arts institutions have been introducing various strategies for protecting both the …

A Modest Proposal for Museum Collections: Apply the principle of direct costs for deaccessioning

Some years ago, shortly before I assumed the directorship of the Ringling Museum of Art—the state art museum of Florida—the leader of the Florida Legislature declared, “I love Rubens.” The …
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A Q&A with Dirk Hiscock, Designer of This Year’s Winner for Excellence in Publication Design

Category: Alliance Blog
After reviewing hundreds of entries every year, the jury for AAM’s annual Museum Publications Design Competition awards only one publication with the Frances Smyth-Ravenel Prize for …

Pushing the Boundaries

Category: Museum Magazine
The Whitney Plantation Museum confronts the truth of its history in all facets of its …

Beyond the Museum Walls

Category: Museum Magazine
This article originally appeared in the November/December 2021 issue of Museum magazine, a benefit of AAM membership. The Queens Museum serves as a community anchor by embracing porosity, …

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