amazon

$24 Per Person!, California Academy of Science

At $24 per person, the California Academy of Science is setting a tone before you enter the door, two adults and two children, $78 dollars!  for a public institution.  This is a violation of the trust between a learning institution and the public.  That is before we even discuss if …

Read More »

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you all the best in 2009 Snowy owl’s beautiful white plumage helps to hide it in its Arctic habitat. Only the males are completely white. Chicks are dark and spotted, while the females are white with spots on their wings. National Geographic Photograph by Norbert Rosing

Read More »

Context over Content in LA

By HOLLAND COTTER, Published: August 26, 2008, New York Times NEW YORK TIMES LINK LOS ANGELES — The Latin American collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is back on view after three years’ absence. And the reinstallation opens with a piquant flourish in a display of ancient …

Read More »

Engaging constable: revealing art with new technology

Great research on interactivity in Museums: ACM Digital Library “Museums increasingly deploy new technologies to enhance visitors’ experience of their exhibitions. They primarily rely on touch-screen computer systems, PDAs and digital audio-guides. Tate Britain recently employed two innovative systems in one of their major exhibitions of John Constable’s work; a …

Read More »

Maker Faire 2008

More than 20,000 people at Maker Faire, hope you made it. See post below from CNET May 4, 2008 12:24 PM PDT Maker Faire more popular than ever Posted by Daniel Terdiman | 4 comments There were huge crowds at Maker Faire 2008. While no attendance figures were known yet, …

Read More »

Constructivism Learning Theory

Modern interactive learning in science centers and children’s museums is based on Constructivist Learning Theory. Below is an excerpt from Wikepedia: “Formalization of the theory of constructivism is generally attributed to Jean Paiget, who articulated mechanisms by which knowledge is internalized by learners. He suggested that through processes of accommodation …

Read More »

Interactive Exhibit Philosophy

I came across an excellent article by Kthryne McGrath. Below is an excerpt: “By setting up a problem to be solved, demanding interaction, producing effects from direct actions and allowing variations of approach, cognitive development in children is enhanced. Hands-On Children’s Museums encourage contextually relevant reasoning. These museums are successful, …

Read More »

Listing of Museum Associations

“Several associations have online or print directories of specific types of museums. The American Association of Museums has an online directory of its member museums that can be searched by name, location, or category. The American Association for State & Local History publishes a Directory of Historic House Museums. The …

Read More »

How many museums are there in the United States?

The American Association of Museums, the “AAM is aware of only two attempts to count all the museums in the United States. The most recent effort estimates 17,500 museums. One of the attempts to count museums was a survey conducted for the National Conference of State Museum Associations in 1998. …

Read More »

Look Forward Bus on ExhibitFiles

The PG&E Look Forward Bus is currently featured on the Association of Science and Technology Center’s website, ExhibitFiles, click below to check out the story and post comments Exhibit Files, Look Forward Bus

Read More »