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.
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 | 4 mins 57 secs
dustin growick, museum hack
Dustin Growick is in charge of audience development and the team lead for science at Museum Hack. Growick and Museum Hack treat a museum as a platform to build something more personal and fun.
One of the tools that they use to make it more personal and fun is the museum selfie. The theory is that taking selfies is easy way to put yourself literally and figuratively in the context of the museum.
In this this episode, Growick discusses the philosophy (as well as some dos and don'ts) of museum selfies.
February 10th, 2016 | 6 mins 6 secs
milwaukee art museum
What will the museum icon look like in 50 years?
January 27th, 2016 | 9 mins 11 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.
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.
May 27th, 2015 | 6 mins 44 secs
ellen censky, milwaukee public museum
May 5th, 2015 | 10 mins 13 secs
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.
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?
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.