Episode Archive

105 episodes of Museum Archipelago since the first episode, which aired on April 3rd, 2015.

  • 9. The Museum Selfie with Dustin Growick

    March 11th, 2016  |  4 mins 57 secs
    dustin growick, museum hack

    Dustin Growick is in charge of audience development and the team lead for science at Museum Hack. Growick and Museum Hack treat a museum as a platform to build something more personal and fun.

    One of the tools that they use to make it more personal and fun is the museum selfie. The theory is that taking selfies is easy way to put yourself literally and figuratively in the context of the museum.

    In this this episode, Growick discusses the philosophy (as well as some dos and don'ts) of museum selfies.

  • 8. Calatrava and the Museum Icon

    February 10th, 2016  |  6 mins 6 secs
    milwaukee art museum

    What will the museum icon look like in 50 years?

  • 7. What Happens to Dead Amusement Parks?

    January 27th, 2016  |  9 mins 11 secs

    Most of the time, nothing.

  • 6. Muzeiko

    September 30th, 2015  |  6 mins 41 secs
    muzeiko, vessela gercheva

    Until Muzeiko opens in Sofia, Bulgaria later this week, there were no children’s museums in the Balkans.

  • 5. StalinWorld

    July 24th, 2015  |  7 mins 11 secs
    monika bernotas, stalinworld

    Go to the central square of any Soviet influenced country like Lithuania, and you will find empty pedestals.

  • 4. Bison Hunt on Horseback

    May 27th, 2015  |  6 mins 44 secs
    ellen censky, milwaukee public museum
  • 3. Museum Authority in a World of User-Generated Content with Seb Chan

    May 5th, 2015  |  10 mins 13 secs
    seb chan

    As one of the nation's most-trusted category of institutions, museums project an enormous amount of authority over their subject matter. In this episode, Seb Chan, Director of Digital & Emerging Technologies at Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, talks about the ways that museums can share that authority with museum visitors comfortable with a less top-down approach to authority.

    For discussions on how museum's got to amass so much authority, stay tuned to Museum Archipelago.

  • 2. Labels

    April 15th, 2015  |  5 mins 53 secs

    Early 20th century cartoons showed exhausted visitors craning their necks to read labels and stopping over to examine artifacts. What's the story 100 years later?

  • 1. Lobby

    April 3rd, 2015  |  4 mins 10 secs

    The lobby is where you transform from an ordinary person into a museum visitor.

    In this first episode of Museum Archipelago, host Ian Elsner introduces the show and describes the transformative power of the museum lobby.