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Spectrum of Innovation in Museums

1. Science Centers – Most Innovative
2. Aquariums
3. Children’s Museums
4. Natural History Museums
5. Mobile museums
6. Military and war museums
7. Corporate museums
8. State history museums
9. Art Museums
10. Zoos
11. Local History Museums
12. Living History, Farm and Agriculture Museums
13. Historic houses – Least Innovative

At a museum conference session participants became defensive about adopting technology in museum galleries.  It got me thinking, “is there a “Spectrum of Innovation in Museums ?””.  “Are some types of museum more innovative than others?”

“Spectrum of Innovation in Museums” (for the purpose of the spectrum including Science Centers, Zoos, Living History and Aquariums). Such a spectrum is an insight into the culture of different institutions.

The question I asked myself, “how likely would the museum be to adopt a new technology? (not based on budget)”

Of course this is a generalization, would love to hear feedback.

– Mark

About Mark Walhimer

Mark is Managing Partner of Museum Planning, LLC, a museum planning and exhibition project management firm of interactive educational environments for Science Centers, Children's Museums and Natural History Museums. You can reach Mark at

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