Places that Matter: Whim Museum on St. Croix, Virgin Islands

Places that Matter: Whim Museum on St. Croix, Virgin Islands

This week I’ve been doing community storytelling popup exhibits with Whim Museum during their annual “Come Home to St. Croix” celebration of culture, history, and family.  Special programs included events nearly every night — an exhibit opening, poetry readings, live music and more. Culturally rich stuff — and quite a transformation from what was once a sugar plantation. In the early 18th century, Estate Whim was...

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ReImagining Children’s Museums: Technology in the next 10-20 years

In the ReImagining session, we’re projecting 10-20 years down the road.  Right now we can imagine technology in the next three years(social/mobile, augmented reality). The next five years is hazy (artificial intelligence?), 10 years is total science fiction. And 20 years?? Here are some trends I’m aware of: –Programs vs. exhibits. The real work of children’s museums will be in programs rather than exhibits.  We see signs...

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Scrolling through the Dead Sea Scrolls

I spent some time this morning scrolling through the new Digital Dead Sea Scrolls website by the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. I have to say, I'm a total Joe Schmoe when it comes to the Dead Sea Scrolls — I know they were important, were discovered in the last 50 years or so, and gave us some new books for, um, versions for, um…Well, they were important. That said, the central feature of the scrolls for me: they scroll....

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Remote Connections: Storykiosk installation in New Zealand

Remote Connections: Storykiosk installation in New Zealand

I’ve been logging in remotely to our Storykiosk installation in New Zealand — (sadly I didn’t get to travel in person). But I’m primed about the installation: it’s on the road, traveling in a truck around the country gathering rugby stories, part of the Oranges at Halftime exhibit and REAL New Zealand Festival. We put this together in a pretty short period of time using our ready-to-go rental platform after being...

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Bishop Museum: Culture, Science, and Spirit

Enjoyed the ASTC reception last night at the Bishop Museum — and how could I not? A Hawaiian luau, with  food (including the mysterious poi, top notch live music both traditional and contemporary, and a few strong mai tais). But what struck me from a museum perspective is how well the institution as a whole integrates the disparate domains of culture, science, and spirit. The historic building houses the more cultural exhibits...

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Visitor Stories as the Link to Other Cultures

Visitor Stories as the Link to Other Cultures

Here we come to the topic that launched me into this fascinating career: uses of technology that encourage compassionate awareness of other cultures. It’s the bridge that carried me from Harvard Ed School to Boston Children’s Museum, through the Teen Tokyo and Kids’ Bridge exhibits.experience is an essential part of the exhibit.  This experience, and the stories that come out of it, I think are the link sought after in so many...

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