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.
February 19th, 2018 | 12 mins 52 secs
bill bradberry, niagara falls underground railroad heritage center
Bill Bradberry, the President and Chairman of the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Area Commission, thinks of the entire city of Niagara Falls, NY as an open crime scene from “the crime of holding people in bondage, and the man-made crime of trying to escape.”
February 5th, 2018 | 10 mins 1 sec
Attendants View is a blog of hand-drawn, single page cartoons that capture a slice of a museum attendant’s day.
January 22nd, 2018 | 7 mins 36 secs
erotic heritage museum, victoria hartmann
The Las Vegas Erotic Heritage Museum is the largest erotic museum in the world. Sex scholar Dr. Victoria Hartmann has been the museum’s director since 2014, and her mission is to create a space for people to safely explore and engage the topic of human sexuality.
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, statues
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.