Heritage Museums and Gardens: extraordinary experiences in nature

Heritage Museums and Gardens: extraordinary experiences in nature

Last Sunday a cable came undone in our installation at Heritage Museums and Gardens (more on that popular installation later).  So I drove down to Cape Cod to tape it down — a mundane start to the afternoon. But following that I had the chance to spend a couple hours walking their gorgeous grounds, I think my favorite place to walk now, and encountered this gorgeous water lilly in their pond, struck by the sun in just the right way.  I...

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Interactivity 2012: Children’s museums and maker spaces

Feels like this is the year that it’s all coming together — that a new model for how family-oriented museums relate with their visitors is emerging.  It crystalized for me at the Association of Children’s Museums “reImagining” workshop.  The rise of “maker spaces” — where visitors are given tools and materials for creating cool things — in children’s museums is one of the major means...

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ACM 2012: Reggio Emilia and children’s museums

ACM 2012: Reggio Emilia and children’s museums

So now, after a visit to a leading museum based on Reggio, a keynote by the leading researcher of Reggio in the U.S., and a few trips over to Wikipedia, I think I’m coming to grips with what the Reggio Emilia approach is, and how it might effect museums.  (And even have a few thoughts about appropriate technology with Reggio). What is the Reggio Emilia approach?  Here’s what I know: it’s drawn from a city in Italy (Reggio...

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ACM 2012: John Seely Brown keynote

After the extraordinary pre-conference “reImagining children’s museums” workshop, keynote speaker John Seely Brown (aka “JSB”) confirmed what is becoming apparent: children’s museums are leading the way toward a new relationship with our visitors/participants — a way that integrates our capacities to know, to make, and to play.  He loved this video of the Opal School, a school integrated into the...

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ReImagining Children’s Museums: notes from the session

Children’s museums are up to something pretty extraordinary, and the day long “reImagining” session before the Association of Children’s Museums annual conference is a sign of how impactful this re-imagining might be.  There’s a theme emerging, that museums are becoming more “pervasive, everywhere, all the time” though a combination of community relationships and technology. This is a theme we’ve...

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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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