About Museum Archipelago

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Museum Archipelago is a tiny show guiding you through the rocky landscape of museums. The show believes that no museum is an island and that museums are not neutral.

Taking a broad definition of museums, host Ian Elsner brings you to different museum spaces around the world, dives deep into institutional problems, and introduces you to the people working to fix them.

Museum Archipelago broadcasts with a full transcript.

Each episode is never longer than 15 minutes, so let's get started.

Club Archipelago


Club Archipelago is the bonus podcast of Museum Archipelago. Usually longer than 15 minutes, the episodes combine in-depth museum coverage with longform (and very entertaining) museum movie reviews.

You can join Club Archipelago by supporting Museum Archipelago on Patreon.

Ian Elsner


Hello. I’m Ian Elsner. I make interactive museum exhibits and podcasts about museums.

You can see my work in museums like the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax, the Idaho State Museum in Boise, and the Infinity Science Center in Pearlington.

I'd love to help develop interactive museum exhibits for your museum too. You can get in touch by email: ian@ianelsner.com.