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.
January 8th, 2018 | 12 mins 28 secs
Iceland has many more museums per person than the UK and the US. The country is also in the middle of a massive tourism boom: there are several times more tourists than residents.
December 25th, 2017 | 13 mins 27 secs
apollo 11 historic site, michelle hanlon
Today, we talk with Michelle Hanlon, a space lawyer who volunteers with For All Moonkind, about what it will take to protect these sites them for future generations -- and speculate about what a lunar museum might look like.
December 11th, 2017 | 11 mins 20 secs
christian díaz, romina frontini
Habemus is a Spanish-language radio program about museum topics broadcasting out of Bahía Blanca, Argentina.
November 6th, 2017 | 11 mins 20 secs
Dr. Porchia Moore, Inclusion Catalyst at the Columbia Museum of Art, started Visitors of Color with nikhil trivedi in 2015.
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 | 8 mins 6 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. Bulgaria doesn’t have a history museum that explores its communist past.
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.