A tiny show guiding you through the rocky landscape of museums. Museum Archipelago 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. Each episode is never longer than 15 minutes, so let’s get started.
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
bulgaria, 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.
The new visitor center features raised line floor plans, tactile 3D models, and physical directional keys adjacent to touchscreens.
In this episode, based on her case study for the fall 2015 issue of the Exhibitionist, Dr. York describes the process of working on alternative navigation methods, explains the difference between accessability and universal design, and underscores the importance of not thinking about accessibility and universal design as an afterthought.
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.
February 6th, 2017 | 6 mins 44 secs
In 1994, Disney was hard at work on a new theme park called Disney's America. The park, which would open in Virginia not far from Washington DC, would showcase the “sweep of American History.” Confident and enthusiastic, Disney executives were walking a tightrope between entertainment and history.