Riona Romeo asks, “Can an exhibition be a story?” in this article, where she points out several challenges facing museum exhibitions as storytelling medium. 1. Exhibitions are often nonlinear. You cannot necessarily move people through a story or story-like experience, such as those carefully crafted by Disney parks. Essential…
¡Viva Baja! Life on the Edge opens at Monterey Bay Aquarium in May! Working on research for this exhibit was both amazing and depressing. I learned about so many incredible species, many adapted for extreme environments and found nowhere else in the world—but most are extremely threatened and could disappear forever within my lifetime.
Is the commercialization of museums the “new normal”? Nonprofit status subsidizes museums through the public tax code. The status was invented more than a century ago to foster diversity of independent thought, free from the narrow economic demands of business or the ideological commands of government. Today, that independence is…
My latest article—an opinion piece—just came out in Museum magazine (January 2014 issue). In it, I talk about a variety of initiatives that extend science education/communication beyond the walls of museums. The digital edition is available to members of the American Alliance of Museums.