BROWSE RESOURCES ABOUT ‘Exhibits’

  • Rick Beard’s latest article discusses the interpretive revolution in museums during the 1980s and ’90s, and how high-profile interpretive controversies at the Maryland Historical Society and National Air and Space Museum challenged these tenets. Mining the Museum at MHS and the Smithsonian’s Enola Gay exhibit both created a stir with their content and interpretive methods in […]

  • Senior Curator of History Louise Pubols discusses the Oakland Museum’s  groundbreaking interdisciplinary exhibit and the partnerships with government agencies that made it possible. Above and Below: Stories from Our Changing Bay, exhibited August 2013 through February 2014, used the story of the original 1936 San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge to explore how the environment of the […]

  • “When can an artist or art historian use a photo she snapped in a museum for teaching? Can a museum reproduce an image from an exhibition of contemporary art in a related brochure without licensing it? How can fair use simplify the permissions process in publications? Can an archive put images from its collection online—and […]

  • Millennials are famously underrepresented in museum and historic site attendance and membership, and because of this, many museum professionals are working to better meet the needs of this audience. In this technical leaflet, Aleah Vinick and Rachel Abbott from the Minnesota Historical Society share their experiences with engaging the millennial audience at their institution. They […]

  • Building Histories of the National Mall: A Guide to Creating a Digital Public History Project is a free comprehensive digital guide that details each phase of creating the award-winning website, Histories of the National Mall.  Building Histories belongs to the long tradition of knowledge sharing at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media that […]

  • Embarking on an interdisciplinary activity or exhibition in a museum creates something new by crossing boundaries. Combining science and history not only allows each discipline to complement the other, it also encourages multiple modes of learning. While interdisciplinarity can present challenges—like finding the right balance of science and history—this approach enhances visitor experience in fresh […]

  • Museums and archives are often owners of artifacts that are mysterious and controversial. Figuring out what items are, their place in historical context, and display options can be daunting. Presenters discuss items that posed problems, and attendees are encouraged to bring in stories about experiences with controversial artifacts. Chair: Erica Ward, Archivist, Research and Academic […]

  • Military history is full of stereotypes: rooms stuffed with weapons, exhibits with dense text going into the minutiae of battle, etc. This session advocates a people-centered approach instead, which makes military history relevant to returning visitors and those who dismiss military history as tedious.   Chair: Marc Blackburn, Supervisory Park Ranger, Mount Ranier National Park, […]

  •   The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) and American Alliance of Museums (AAM) have announced the release of the much-anticipated publication Rights & Reproductions: The Handbook for Cultural Institutions. The release marks the culmination of the two-year National Leadership Grant awarded to the IMA by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in Sept. 2013. Co-published […]

  • The Association of Children’s Museums recently published Toolkit for Reimagining Children’s Museums, a 38-page guide to improving museums for young audiences and envisioning new ways of teaching, reaching, and inspiring children. “The Toolkit represents a synthesis of the three years of ideas and questions around the Reimagining Children’s Museum project funded by MetLife Foundation,” says ACM. […]