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Museum Planning

Big Questions

No Comments 05 April 2010

City Museum

The City Museum

This week I received an email from a start up museum with four questions:

What does it take to make a great museum?
What makes a museum popular?
Why are museums successful?
What are the best story lines?

At first I thought there is no way to answer such big questions.   Yet, I am reading Guns, Germs and Steel, The Fates of Human Societies, by Jared Diamond.  The question posed in the book is much bigger “Why is it that you white people developed so much cargo and brought it to New Guinea, but we black people had little cargo of our own”, an even bigger question than the museum posed to me.

My take:

What does it take to make a great museum?
My favorite museums are the the ones that are unique, offering something I can’t see or experience anyplace else.  Whether that is an amazing collection of Art, unusual museum architecture, or unique exhibits.

What makes a museum popular?

Being a destination, offering something that is of value that cannot be experienced elsewhere.

Why are museums successful?
Several surveys rank museums as the most trusted source of information, often being a valued source of content is the driving force in making the museum successful.

What are the best story lines?

Yours!  If you don’t have a good story to tell you shouldn’t build the museum.  All great museums have a great “elevator pitch”, if I asked you to describe the Exploratorium most people would say “A huge building with science exhibits built there in the workshop by artists”, the “elevator pitch” is accurate and is the message delivered.

Fund Raising, Museum Planning, Museum Planning, LLC

“So, what do you do?”

No Comments 05 December 2009

Estimates, Exhibition Budgeting, museumplanner.org, Project Management

Museum Project Services

No Comments 24 July 2009

I have recently finished up my two projects for the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis; “Take Me There Egypt” and the “the world’s largest Brachiosaurus dinosaur sculpture” and I am now starting to look for new opportunities.  Services:

* Exhibition Project Management
* Exhibition Project Estimating
* Museum Planning
* Museum Producer
* Owners Representative

My projects for the Children’s Museum:

* Phase II dinosaurs, the world’s largest Brachiosaurus dinosaur sculpture, 50′ tall, $1,000,000 budget, installed on schedule and under budget

* Take Me There Egypt, 10,000 square foot exhibition, $3 million dollar budget, completed ahead of schedule and under budget

The Museum has been getting a tremendous amount of news coverage:

Take Me There Egypt:

Phase II Dinosaurs:

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