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.
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.
January 16th, 2017 | 11 mins 7 secs
ah-tah-thi-ki, carrie dilley
The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum is commemorating three anniversaries in 2017: the 200-year anniversary of the first attack of the Seminole War, the 60th anniversary of federal recognition of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and the 20th anniversary of the opening of the museum.
January 2nd, 2017 | 12 mins 16 secs
The Lonely Palette is the best museum podcast out there.
December 12th, 2016 | 11 mins 59 secs
andrew anway, national museum of african american history and culture, sara smith
National Museum of African American History and Culture opened on the National Mall in September 2016. Today we will talk to some of the people who were thinking about the museum in 2007.
June 23rd, 2016 | 4 mins 34 secs
Curator Rainey Tisdale sees two possible futures for museums: they play a more interdisciplinary role for their audiences or keep going down the same path they're on, becoming less and less relevant each year.
May 24th, 2016 | 7 mins 16 secs
From museums to mausoleums, we look at how cultures view their own dead.
April 22nd, 2016 | 6 mins 47 secs
The Inuits Robert Peary brought back from his 1897 expedition were treated as artifacts. What that meant post mortem. Part one of a two part series on dead bodies in museums.
April 4th, 2016 | 9 mins 1 sec
dallas museum of art
At an art museum, would you rather listen to a detailed guided tour or just enjoy the art without any interpretative support?
March 11th, 2016 | 1 min 1 sec
Dustin Growick of Museum Hack finds that selfies can create a personally engaging experience within the context of a museum.
February 10th, 2016 | 6 mins 6 secs
milwaukee art museum
What will the museum icon look like in 50 years?
January 27th, 2016 | 8 mins 52 secs
Most of the time, nothing.
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.