Welcome to Museum Archipelago, a tiny show guiding you through the rocky landscape of museums. Museum Archipelago believes that no museum is an island and museums are not neutral.
Each episode, host Ian Elsner brings you to a different museum around the world, diving into institutional structural problems and introducing you to those working to fix them, all under 15 minutes. For more information, visit museumarchipelago.com.
October 23rd, 2017 | 4 mins 19 secs
Everything happens at a time and a place. In a museum, that coordinate system can help keep a story straight, even if it is not at the forefront of a gallery. And when designing maps for museums, we should keep in mind how humanistic digital tools are — and how helpful they can be to museum visitors
October 9th, 2017 | 11 mins 51 secs
marieke van damme
Executive Director of the Cambridge Historical Society Marieke Van Damme always knew that working in the museum field is hard.
September 11th, 2017 | 4 mins 28 secs
An interactive screen can teach global climate change in ways an object can’t.
August 28th, 2017 | 12 mins 22 secs
arab american national museum, devon akmon
Before the Arab American National Museum opened in Dearborn, MI in 2005, there wasn’t a singular museum telling the Arab American story.
July 17th, 2017 | 7 mins 23 secs
elitsa terzieva, museum of socialist art, nikolai ushtavaliiski
After the fall of communism in Bulgaria in 1989, statues of Bulgarian communist leaders, idealized revolutionary workers, and Lenins were taken down all over the county. Some of these statues are now in the Museum of Socialist Art in Sofia.
July 3rd, 2017 | 10 mins 39 secs
Elon Cook created College Hill and the International Slave Trade walking tour in Providence after researching the crucial and massive role that Rhode Island played in the history of slavery.
June 5th, 2017 | 5 mins 53 secs
During the planning stages for the Sofia Metro in Bulgaria, ruins of an old Roman fortress and city wall were discovered at the network’s proposed Serdika station.
May 15th, 2017 | 10 mins 25 secs
I met interpretive planner Lisa Brochu in Akagara National Park in Rwanda. I was there as a tourist, and she was there as a guide trainer. Lisa’s teaching stresses that the best way to communicate with the visiting public is by having strong, central theme.
May 1st, 2017 | 5 mins 14 secs
apollo 11 historic site
Even before I started working in the museum field, I was thinking about the future museum at the Apollo 11 landing site at Tranquility Base on the moon.
April 18th, 2017 | 9 mins 57 secs
Dr. Sherril York, executive director of the National Center on Accessibility, was part of the team that renovated the White House Visitor Center in 2012. Design priorities included making the experience accessible for all visitors.
April 3rd, 2017 | 15 mins 2 secs
honoré gatera, kigali genocide memorial
Recording from Kigali Genocide Memorial, we talk with Honore Gatera, the director of the memorial, about what his institution means to the city and country in 2017.
February 27th, 2017 | 4 mins 48 secs
In order to understand a map, you must understand how it was made. Maps are not neutral.