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Museums in the News

Posted by Amanda Gustin on May 20, 2012 in museums in the news |

Welcome to our weekly roundup of museums in the news.

First things first: congratulations to all the  MA students in Museum Education, History and Museum Studies, and Art History and Museum Studies who are graduating today, and congratulations to all the certificate students who completed their requirements this semester!

As proof that you can’t please everyone, here are a few reviews of the new Barnes Foundation museum in downtown Philadelphia.

Review: Barnes Foundation museum a bland shadow of once great self

New Barnes museum can’t replicate an idea

A Museum, Reborn, Remains True to Its Old Self, Only Better

(For anyone interested, the 2009 documentary about the fight to move the Barnes Foundation, The Art of the Steal, is streaming on Netflix.)

Bozeman Museum Awarded $2.3M in Donation Lawsuit

Australian art museum lures visitors with ‘poop machine’

This Week in the Museum’s History (Saving Art from Boston’s MFA during World War II)

No sex, please — it’s Ottawa: museum raises age limit for racy exhibition

Helium shortage has NY museum scrambling to fill replica of Civil War reconnaissance balloon

USGA museum in New Jersey burglarized

Taylor Swift gives $4M to Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum for children’s education center

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Weekly Jobs Roundup

Posted by Amanda Gustin on May 19, 2012 in jobs listings |

As always, jobs go up immediately on their own page, here. Keep in mind that there are additional job posting websites listed at the top of that page – we don’t claim a monopoly on this game!   Assistant/Associate Curator of Museum Education [American Philosophical Society Museum] AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY (APS) MUSEUM Assistant/Associate Curator of […]

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Pursuing a Mentoring Relationship

Posted by Amanda Gustin on May 18, 2012 in professional development |

Finding a good mentor can be one of the most important steps in your career path. Organizations like AASLH have guided mentoring programs to help you out, or you can seek out your own. But how to find and approach the right mentor? Mannersmith Monthly, a column by etiquette consultant Jodi R.R. Smith, has a […]

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Upcoming NEMA Workshops

Posted by Amanda Gustin on May 16, 2012 in workshops |

Just in case you aren’t on the NEMA mailing list, here’s a review of upcoming workshops by Dan Yaeger, Executive Director of NEMA: On Saturday, May 19, I will be personally leading a workshop called “Your Best Foot Forward: Personal Skills for Professional Success” at the Concord Museum. Designed especially for emerging museum professionals, the […]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Amanda Gustin on May 14, 2012 in museums in the news |

Welcome to our weekly roundup of news articles featuring museums.   Rosenbach Museum honors Maurice Sendak Museum will tell story of city’s key role in War of 1812 China Super Rich Use Boom Money To Open Their Own Art Museums John L. Gray chosen to lead National Museum of American History Ag museum gets rid […]

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Drinking About Museums @ the Museum of Science

Posted by Amanda Gustin on May 9, 2012 in exhibition design, meetups, technology |

Do you like learning about museums? Do you like talking about tech prototypes and new ways to interpret exhibits? Do you like the Boston Museum of Science? Do you like hanging out with clever museum people? Then come to the monthly Drinking About Museums event tomorrow, May 10, at the Museum of Science. More details […]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Amanda Gustin on May 7, 2012 in museums in the news |

Better late than never: welcome to our slightly delayed weekly roundup of news articles about museums. World’s most bizarre food museums A First Look at the New Barnes Foundation Getty to trim 34 jobs in its museum division Seventh Grader Sets Met Museum Straight Turkish Writer Opens Museum Based on Novel Playground fighter jet now […]

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AAM Annual Meeting

Posted by Amanda Gustin on May 7, 2012 in admin post |

So sorry for the gap in posting over the last week – I’ve been in Minneapolis attending AAM’s Annual Meeting. I’ll be catching up over today with great new job postings, new museums in the news articles, and stay tuned over the next week for review posts from AAM, summaries of recent NEMA workshops, and […]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Amanda Gustin on April 29, 2012 in museums in the news |

Welcome to our weekly roundup of news articles about museums! At Peabody Museum, youngsters recycle trash into artwork Chicago Art Museum Opens Giant Screaming Palin Head Garden Exhibit. Getty Museum’s designated director deals with U.K. museum thefts A Tricky Museum Question China Extends Reach Into International Art Jim Crow Museum aims to provoke thought Colorado history […]

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Opening Reception at the Tufts Art Gallery

Posted by Amanda Gustin on April 27, 2012 in tufts events |

Elements of Expression:   The Art and Design of Elwyn George Gowen May 3 – 20, 2012  Opening Reception May 3, 5:30-8pm Elements of Expression is curated by Tufts University students from the Museum Studies graduate program and presents the breadth of Gowen’s career, featuring color theory practices, design work, handicrafts, and landscape paintings. Gowen began his […]

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Food for Thought: Architecture With a Purpose

Posted by Amanda Gustin on April 24, 2012 in architecture |

Check out this TED talk by Joshua Prince-Ramus. He and his architectural firm have designed a number of cultural spaces through a process he calls hyper-rationality, by listening to the needs of the space and providing the flexibility in which to serve the public. I was particularly struck by his responsiveness to the social aspects […]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Amanda Gustin on April 22, 2012 in museums in the news |

Welcome to our weekly roundup of weird and wonderful news articles about museums! I don’t entirely know what to make of this bit of news out of Sweden: Museum Accused Of Hosting Racist Cake-Cutting Evacuated After Bomb Threat (Read the whole article, and you will be making the same face I’m making right now, probably.) Space Shuttle […]

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Weekly Jobs Listings

Posted by Amanda Gustin on April 21, 2012 in jobs listings |

Quite a few new ones this week, and I have even more that I’ll start putting up for next week, so make sure to keep an eye on our job announcements page. One Day Inventory at the Andover Historical Society What’s in our Barn? The Andover Historical Society is conducting a Barn Inventory on Saturday, April […]

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Pre-Conference Updates

Posted by Amanda Gustin on April 18, 2012 in conferences |

For anyone lucky enough to be heading to the AAM Annual Meeting in two weeks, the Emerging Museum Professionals blog has just put up a great post about updating before you get to the conference. It applies to other conferences as well, so keep it in mind for AASLH and NEMA this fall!

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Food for Thought: Recognizing Holidays

Posted by Amanda Gustin on April 16, 2012 in food for thought |

The third Monday of April is recognized in Boston as Patriots Day. On paper, it’s a commemoration of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, one of the major events – perhaps THE major event – during the beginning of the American Revolution. Every year, there’s a large reenactment in Lexington and Concord. Local Minutemen reenactors […]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Amanda Gustin on April 15, 2012 in museums in the news |

Welcome to our weekly roundup of news articles about museums. Community asked to curate at Sitka museum Vibrator Museum Organizers Hope To Create A Buzz (PHOTOS) History museum gives innovative internships to high schoolers Chinese artefacts worth £2 million stolen from university museum Titanic deck chairs’ sad symbolism lives on Walt Disney Family Museum preserves […]

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Understanding Historic Paint Colors 2012

Posted by Amanda Gustin on April 13, 2012 in workshops |

Until someone explained to me the idea behind the Historic New England paint archive, it had never occurred to me that shades of color could shift so dramatically, at least not in the recent past. Check out this interesting workshop and learn more about paint color and historic conservation. Ask the Experts— The Colors of […]

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Opening Reception of Elements of Expression: The Art and Design of Elwyn George Gowen

Posted by Amanda Gustin on April 11, 2012 in exhibition design, tufts events |

Save the date! This years Exhibition Design class has been hard at work on a brand new exhibit at the Tufts Art Gallery, and they’re holding the reception on Thursday, May 3 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Here’s their announcement: Save the Date: Opening Reception of Elements of Expression: The Art and Design of Elwyn […]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Amanda Gustin on April 8, 2012 in museums in the news, Uncategorized |

Welcome to our weekly roundup of museum news articles! My favorite article of the week has to be this one: The Marlins’ New Stadium Has a Bobblehead Museum. I’ve been to some surprisingly good museums at sports stadiums (check out Turner Field if you’re ever in Atlanta) but never one quite like that. LACMA, Getty […]

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Weekly Jobs Listing

Posted by Amanda Gustin on April 7, 2012 in jobs listings |

Welcome to our weekly roundup of job listings. As always, jobs go up immediately on their own page. Part-Time Guide [Gov. John Langdon House] Description: Historic New England seeks a seasonal part-time Guide for the Gov. John Langdon House (1784) in Portsmouth, NH. Guides will conduct tours, assist with daily museum operations including tour admissions, […]

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NEMA YEP Workshop: LAUGH: From the Trenches – 10 Things I Wish I Had Not Learned the Hard Way

Posted by Amanda Gustin on April 5, 2012 in workshops |

Today is the last day to register for the NEMA YEP workshop “LAUGH: From the Trenches – 10 Things I Wish I Had Not Learned the Hard Way.” Here’s the description: Thursday, April 12, 6:00 to 8:00 pm Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, http://maps.bpl.org/ Register […]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Amanda Gustin on April 1, 2012 in museums in the news |

Welcome to our weekly roundup of news articles about museums.  Denver museum tells the story of a woman made famous by the Titanic: The real “Molly Brown” Top-attended museum show of 2011 is a surprise; also L.A. numbers Chicago museum opens a free public art library Google celebrates Nelson Mandela with virtual museum Amsterdam’s Stedelijk […]

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Sotheby’s Institute of Art 2012 Summer Study Courses

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 30, 2012 in learning opportunities |

From the source: 2012 Summer Study Courses Starting in June & July in New York Open for Enrollment www.sothebysinstitute.com/eflux-nysummer Summer Study in New York includes 4-week, 2-week and 1-week courses in June and July that allow students to develop professional expertise, critical thinking skills, and enhanced knowledge of art and the international art market. The […]

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Art Museum Educator Seminar

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 29, 2012 in learning opportunities |

Direct from the source: August 5 -10 seminar with Rika Burnham in Chicago This one-week summer seminar is designed for art museum educators who have a special interest in gallery teaching.  TIME is hosted by the School of the Art Institute in cooperation with the Art Institute of Chicago and will be held August 5­10, […]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 25, 2012 in museums in the news |

Welcome to our weekly roundup of news articles about museums.   Smithsonian scores with ‘Art of Video Games’ exhibit Museum confirms that a still life is by Van Gogh Colossal Juno lowered by crane through museum roof Group calls for protection for UAE museum workers

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Book Review: Making It In The Art World, by Brainard Cary

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 23, 2012 in book reviews |

We’re going to have occasional guest reviews of museum-related books going forward. This is our first, by Tufts student Molly Braswell. If you’d like to review a museum book, please comment on any post or email the editor. If you’d like to review books, but don’t have a particular one in mind, we’ve got a […]

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Learn, Laugh, Love, Part II: A Series of Mini Workshops with Maximum Impact

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 21, 2012 in boston emps, workshops |

From NEMA: Learn, Laugh, Love: Part II A Series of Mini-Workshops with Maximum Impact      Learn, Laugh, Love brings together individuals from various professional positions and levels of seniority, both of local and national stature, to encourage those who are just entering the field, especially career changers, students, and those who are seeking to further […]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 18, 2012 in museums in the news |

Welcome to our weekly roundup of news articles featuring museums! The big news to highlight this week is that the New York Times’ annual museum issue is out. Check it out – there’s a lot of interesting things in there, and it will make a good Sunday read for those of you not buried under […]

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Weekly Jobs Listing

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 17, 2012 in jobs listings |

Job announcements always go up on their own page immediately, but each week we do a recap so those of you following along via RSS feed or email aren’t left out of the loop. Seasonal Positions [Nantucket Historical Association] Senior Interpreter The Nantucket Historical Association seeks an individual with supervisory and customer service experience for […]

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NEMA YEPS Book Club Tonight!

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 14, 2012 in book clubs, boston emps |

Reminder: tonight, the NEMA Young and Emerging Professionals will be hosting a book club discussion of Socialnomics by Erik Qualman. The YEPS are meeting from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Old State House. Here’s their announcement: NEMA YEPs Book Club #3 When: Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 6:00-8:00 pm Where: Bostonian Society, Old State House, […]

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Food for Thought: Radical Trust & The Decentralization of Curation at TED

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 12, 2012 in food for thought |

If you’re looking for fascinating and thoughtful reading about social innovation and the future of nonprofits, look no further than the Stanford Social Innovation Review’s blog. A recent post on that blog, “A Platform Worth Spreading,” discusses the decentralization of the TED conferences and how sharing has actually strengthened, rather than diluted, their model. How […]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 10, 2012 in museums in the news |

Welcome to our weekly roundup of news articles about museums. Sheriff partners with children’s museum to build Safetyville Private museums in Shanghai forced to close, seek new homes IBM Building Smarter System for Louvre Museum Medicine, Museums and Spoons Full of Sugar The List #0060: Visit an Automotive Museum 9/11 Memorial Museum Remains Plan Opposed […]

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Weekly Jobs Listing

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 10, 2012 in jobs listings |

Each Saturday, we round up the most recent job postings here on the Tufts Museum Studies Blog. Remember, you can always view these postings as soon as they appear on their own page. Education Specialist [Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum]Education Specialist (Professional Development and Web Technology), Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum *Position: Education Specialist (Professional Development and […]

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Upcoming Emergency Preparedness Summit

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 9, 2012 in emergency preparedness, learning opportunities |

Something about the idea of emergency preparedness appeals to the obsessively organized part of me. Do you feel the same? If so, you might want to check out this upcoming meeting. New England Regional Summit Emergency Preparedness for Cultural Institutions COSTEP MA is pleased to announce a second summit meeting for the New England statewide […]

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Event @ Tufts Art Gallery

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 8, 2012 in tufts events |

It’s right at Tufts – no excuse for not checking this great event out! On Sunday, March 11, at 3pm, the Tufts Art Gallery is organizing a walkthrough of Nancy Holt: Sightlines with Contemporary Art Historian and Museum Director Chris McAuliffe. The one-hour tour will be followed by a small reception in the Remis Sculpture Court.

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Survey on Contemporary Objects in History Museums

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 7, 2012 in collections, future of museums |

Please take a few minutes to help a fellow museum studies student out. Leslie Howard, who’s completing an MA in Museum Studies from Harvard and is NEMA’s Membership Manager, is writing her thesis on collecting contemporary objects. Do you have an opinion on whether museums should collect contemporary objects? Do you work at or know […]

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Tufts Museum Studies Open House

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 5, 2012 in tufts events, tufts program news |

If you are interested in the Tufts Museum Studies graduate program, make sure to attend the open house coming up this Wednesday, March 7 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. It promises to be a fun, informative talk, and I’m not just saying that because I’m one of the presenters. Come visit even if you’ve already […]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 4, 2012 in museums in the news |

Welcome to our weekly roundup of news articles about museums. Army history museum shows off remodel Celebrating 10 years with 6 Museum School Instructors Grimshaw Breaks Ground on the Miami Science Museum Which Will Be Its Own Living Exhibit Bellevue’s Museum of Doll Art shuts for good on Thursday Syfy Bringing ‘Igniters’ Campaign to the […]

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Weekly Jobs Listing

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 3, 2012 in jobs listings |

Every week on Saturday, we round up the most recent jobs we’ve posted here on the job announcements page. If you’re really on top of that job search, however, keep checking that separate page as announcements go up there immediately. Intern [Dedham Historical Society]Intern The Dedham Historical Society is seeking a part-time temporary intern to […]

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The Museum Never Sleeps

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 2, 2012 in potpourri |

This was going to go into our museums in the news roundup, but it’s too cool not to get its own post. John Kannenberg, audio artist, has sampled the daily and ambient sounds Kelsey Museum of Archaeology in Ann Arbor, Michigan along with a number of other museums around the world. Check it out. It’s […]

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Upcoming Lecture at Tufts

Posted by Amanda Gustin on February 29, 2012 in learning opportunities, tufts events |

This sounds really interesting and right up the museum studies alley. Check it out if you can! March 5, 6 pm, art history department seminar room, 11 Talbot Ave. Lucia Allais, Princeton, The Salvage of Abu Simbel, or, Heritage as Technology Lucia Allais is Assistant Professor in the History and Theory of Architecture  at Princeton […]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Amanda Gustin on February 26, 2012 in Uncategorized |

Welcome to our weekly roundup of news articles about museums. Students Create Wax Museum For President’s Day Museum may lose Holocaust artifacts Museum of Fine Arts, Boston to launch its first online catalogue, Paintings of the Americas A museum for American ingenuity? Albania opens new museum wing on abuses during its former communist regime Berkeley’s Artwork […]

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Weekly Jobs Listing

Posted by Amanda Gustin on February 25, 2012 in jobs listings |

Welcome to our weekly roundup of museum jobs. As always, jobs go up immediately on their own page. Associate Museum Educator for Studio Programs [Metropolitan Museum of Art]ASSOCIATE MUSEUM EDUCATOR FOR STUDIO PROGRAMS Education Department The Metropolitan Museum of Art The Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the world’s finest museums, is seeking an Associate […]

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Museums Advocacy Day 2012

Posted by Amanda Gustin on February 24, 2012 in future of museums |

Dear Museums Advocacy Day supporters, With just a few days to go until Museums Advocacy Day 2012 gets underway, we ask you to please share the following message with your members and networks: Museums Advocacy Day 2012 Webcast The American Association of Museums will be webcasting portions of the two-day event. We invite you to […]

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Stuff Museum People Say

Posted by Amanda Gustin on February 22, 2012 in potpourri |

You may have heard of the “Stuff ___ Say” meme. They’re basically short videos of condensed humorous phrases that groups of people say. Here’s an example of my previous personal favorite of the genre: Stuff Riders Say. I say “previous,” because the intrepid staff at the Atlanta History Center have produced an utterly hilarious version […]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Amanda Gustin on February 19, 2012 in museums in the news |

Welcome to our weekly roundup of news stories about museums! Blues museum planned for St. Louis riverfront An Artist Ends Ties to Museum in Harlem Kenner Mardi Gras Museum items go on the auction block Peabody Essex Museum to pay Salem $53,000 in lieu of taxes Nice Mob Museum you got there; it’d be a […]

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Weekly Jobs Listing

Posted by Amanda Gustin on February 18, 2012 in jobs listings |

Welcome to our weekly roundup of museum job postings. As always, check ‘em out right away on their own page. Audience Engagement Specialist & Director of Interpretation [Cleveland Museum of Art]Audience Engagement Specialist & Director of Interpretation, Cleveland Museum of Art Audience Engagement Specialist Education and Interpretation The Cleveland Museum of Art seeks qualified candidates […]

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Food for Thought: FailFaire

Posted by Amanda Gustin on February 17, 2012 in food for thought |

I’m going to make what I think is a fairly safe assumption and call most of you overachievers. Grad school is tough. Museums are tough. People who do both have a lot of passion and a lot of talent. Probably you’re not thrilled about the idea of screwing up. What if someone gave you a […]

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NEMA 2012 Workshops

Posted by Amanda Gustin on February 15, 2012 in workshops |

The New England Museum Association has published their 2012 schedule of workshops. Take a look especially at the three workshops offered for young & emerging professionals; I attended all three last year, and really enjoyed them. NEMA’s spring/summer workshop series is a popular source of professional development, providing you with in-depth learning opportunities that enhance […]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Amanda Gustin on February 12, 2012 in museums in the news |

Welcome to our weekly roundup of news articles about museums. Children’s Museum helps Bill keep his grandson busy and learning Board chairman shares C.M. Russell Museum’s plans, goals Jaguar to close museum, looking for new location St. Louis tries new approach in museum expansion Namibia: Museum Revives Lost Culture Berlin’s Guggenheim Museum to close after […]

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