About the show

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.

Episodes

  • 6. Muzeiko

    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.

  • 5. StalinWorld

    July 24th, 2015  |  7 mins 11 secs
    monika bernotas, stalinworld

    Go to the central square of any Soviet influenced country like Lithuania, and you will find empty pedestals.

  • 4. Bison Hunt on Horseback

    May 27th, 2015  |  6 mins 44 secs
    ellen censky, milwaukee public museum
  • 3. Museum Authority in a World of User-Generated Content with Seb Chan

    May 5th, 2015  |  10 mins 13 secs
    seb chan

    As one of the nation's most-trusted category of institutions, museums project an enormous amount of authority over their subject matter. In this episode, Seb Chan, Director of Digital & Emerging Technologies at Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, talks about the ways that museums can share that authority with museum visitors comfortable with a less top-down approach to authority.

    For discussions on how museum's got to amass so much authority, stay tuned to Museum Archipelago.

  • 2. Labels

    April 15th, 2015  |  5 mins 53 secs

    Early 20th century cartoons showed exhausted visitors craning their necks to read labels and stopping over to examine artifacts. What's the story 100 years later?

  • 1. Lobby

    April 3rd, 2015  |  4 mins 10 secs

    The lobby is where you transform from an ordinary person into a museum visitor.

    In this first episode of Museum Archipelago, host Ian Elsner introduces the show and describes the transformative power of the museum lobby.