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Weekly Jobs Round-Up

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on November 11, 2013 in Uncategorized |

Here’s our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting!

 

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Weekly Jobs Round-Up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on November 2, 2013 in jobs listings |

Here’s our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Director, Evaluation [Natural History Museum of LA County] Exhibition Research and Curatorial Assistant [Norman B. Leventhal Map Center] Manager of School & Interpretive Programs [Maine Historical Society] Development Assistant (Gift Processing) [Met Museum] Chief Content Officer [MCA Chicago] […]

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Science in Museums: Carl Akeley, Museum Innovator

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on October 23, 2013 in Science in Museums |

by columnist Kacie Rice “Why museums?” It’s a question that haunts the museum world – whether it’s, “Why do you work in a museum?”, “Why should we bring our students on a museum field trip?”, “Why do we need museums?”, or the big one, “Why should my organization give money to your museum?”, we answer […]

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Weekly Jobs Round-Up

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on October 18, 2013 in jobs listings |

Here’s our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! But first, we have a few fellowships to announce: Philip Jones Fellowship for the Study of Ephemera [Ephemera Society of America] Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows [Jewish Museum] Kluge Fellowship in Digital Studies [John W. Kluge Center at the […]

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Exploring Science Museums Through Google Street View

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on October 16, 2013 in Science in Museums |

by columnist Catherine Sigmond Finally, Google has brought its widely acclaimed Art Project to science museums… sort of. Lately, I’ve been indulging my penchant for travel by exploring the world through Google Street View (did you know you can tour the Galapagos?!). So when I read about how Google Street View had recently released a […]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: Museums in the Nudes

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on October 14, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp There is a trend here in Philadelphia that I think you should know about. It’s called “Boy-lesque” and it combines burlesque dancing – an artistically-minded nude show – with boys. You could call it male stripping…but that’s not exactly accurate. It’s more about pushing the audience past their comfort zone than […]

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Exhibit Spaces and Exhibit Catalogs

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on October 9, 2013 in Science in Museums |

by Cira Louise Brown Over the past few months, I have been working to develop an exhibition catalog from an exhibit currently on display. The exhibition explores the topic of time from various cultural, scientific and mechanical standpoints, and uses artifacts from a variety of institutions and collections. I find the show to be very […]

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Reminder! Tomorrow’s talk at the Peabody Museum!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on October 8, 2013 in events |

Join Kevin Gover, the Director of the National Museum of the American Indian, tomorrow at 6 p.m. for a free talk and reception. Here’s the invitation for more details! You are invited to attend a 6:00 PM public talk and reception on Wednesday, October 9 at the Peabody Museum, “”Changing the Narrative: American Indians and American Cultural Myth,” with Kevin […]

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Learning Large Print

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on October 7, 2013 in The Wider World |

by Tegan Kehoe This fall, the museum where I work is having an exterior restoration project done, and this means the building will be enveloped by scaffolding with dark mesh covers. The gallery, which is largely lit by natural light, will be considerably dimmer. After a staff meeting that included a lot of joking around […]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on October 6, 2013 in museums in the news |

Of course, undeniably the story for this week is the fallout from the government shutdown: shuttering museums, historic sites and parks around the country. Although many articles, like this one from the Washington Post, focus on the National Mall, let’s not forget the bigger impact around the country. Of course, as with any such situation, […]

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Weekly Jobs Round-up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on October 4, 2013 in jobs listings |

Here’s our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Community Engagement Assistant [Historic New England] submitted by Tufts Professor Ken Turino Collection Maintenance Technician [Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum] submitted by Tufts Professor Ingrid Neuman Senior Museum Educator/Teacher Services Coordinator [Brooklyn Museum] Family Activity Kiosk Supervisor [Guggenheim Museum] Senior Librarian […]

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Exhibition Opening next Monday!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on October 3, 2013 in events |

Join Historic New England and the Boston Society of Architects for the opening of Boston City Hall: Drawings by Kallman McKinnell and Knowles. The reception will be held next Monday, October 7, at 5:30 p.m. at the BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200 in Boston. To attend, RSVP to rsvp@architects.org with BCH 10/7 in the subject […]

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Museum Review: The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on October 2, 2013 in Science in Museums, Uncategorized |

by columnist Kacie Rice One of my favorite things to do is when I travel is to see new museums, and I and a friend recently had a chance to visit Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), one of North America’s major natural history and anthropology museums. Founded in 1912, the museum serves over one million visitors a […]

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Weekly Jobs Round-up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on September 29, 2013 in jobs listings |

Here’s our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Digital Community Liaison [Brooklyn Museum] Digital Media Associate [The Metropolitan Museum of Art] Collaborative Exhibits Manager [Chicago Cultural Alliance] President and Chief Executive Officer [High Desert Museum] Archivist [Museum of Northern Arizona] Trust Program Manager [CultureWorks] Assistant Youth […]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on September 29, 2013 in museums in the news |

This week’s featured story: before the lawsuit buzz over deceptive “suggested admission” donations has even died down, the Met is in newspaper hot water again for a recent Groupon deal: $18 for admission for one to the Met… Here’s the Gothamist article, but there are scores of others out there. What do you think? Deceptive? […]

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5 Places to Check Out Science in Museums this Fall

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on September 25, 2013 in Science in Museums |

by columnist Catherine Sigmond If you’re like me, sometimes the demands of work, school, and life get in the way of actually visiting new museums.  This week, I had the sinking realization that despite my best efforts, I couldn’t remember the last time I visited a new science museum or exhibition. What’s a busy museum […]

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Conference Announcement: Changing the Narrative: American Indians and American Cultural Myth

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on September 24, 2013 in conferences, learning opportunities, meetups |

In just a couple weeks, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology will be hosting Kevin Gover, the Director of the National Museum of the American Indian. You’re invited to a free talk and reception on Wednesday, October 9, beginning at 6p.m. Here’s the invitation for more details: 

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A little levity for your Monday morning…

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on September 23, 2013 in potpourri |

Courtesy of Buzzfeed: The Smartest, Funniest, Most Informative Museum Ads. Definitely good for the inspiration box… and good for a giggle. Happy Monday?  

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Museums in the News

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on September 22, 2013 in Uncategorized |

In this week’s featured article, the Association of Art Museum Curators has moved it’s May conference to Detroit in a show of support for the DIA. Since they city’s bankruptcy, the DIA’s iconic collection has been under threat. If you haven’t seen the DIA, you don’t know what they’re threatening. Floor-to-ceiling murals, of Detroit Industry, […]

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Weekly Jobs Round-up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on September 20, 2013 in jobs listings |

Here’s our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Exhibitions Evaluator [The Field Museum] Program Assistant [America for Bulgaria Foundation] The Tech Challenge Program Director [The Tech Museum of Innovation] Digital Media Manager [Frye Art Museum] Curatorial Assistant [The Museum of Modern Art] Coordinator [University of Utah] […]

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Science in Museums: Exhibition Review – Hidden Heroes: The Genius of Everyday Things

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on September 18, 2013 in Science in Museums |

by Cira Brown “Look closer”, “dig deeper”… if you’re doing that, you’re the type of museum visitor that we love. But how do we foster that level of engagement? “Hidden Heroes: The Genius of Every Day Things”, currently on view at the MIT Museum, aspires to do exactly that. The exhibition showcases seemingly-mundane everyday objects, such […]

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Weekly Jobs Round-up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on September 13, 2013 in jobs listings |

Here’s our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Educator, Brooklyn Connections Program, [Brooklyn Public Library] Evaluation Manager [Pacific Science Center] Historic Preservation Outreach & Technology Specialist [Colorado]  Assistant Program Manager, FASPE, [The Museum of Jewish Heritage] Interactive Media Specialist [Chrysler Museum of Art] Museum Director [Iroquois […]

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Science in Museums: Museums in Nature

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on September 11, 2013 in Science in Museums |

by columnist Kacie Rice This weekend, after a busy and stressful few weeks of moving apartments and starting classes, I decided to go old-school and explore the original science museum: the nature reservation! I put on my boots and went to unwind in nature with a hike in our very own forest, the Middlesex Fells […]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: Not A Spectacle, But Not a Motivator, Either

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on September 9, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp About this time last year, I attended a NEMA conference session entitled “Spectacle or Motivator? Violent Content in Exhibitions.” Amy Weisser, Director of Exhibit Development at the National September 11th Memorial and Museum, spent a good deal of time talking about how she managed to look at violent or upsetting content […]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on September 8, 2013 in museums in the news |

This week’s featured article, a fascinating math museum that makes learning look so much fun I want to try it. In other news:

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Science in Museums: Fukushima’s Fallout for Science Museums

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on September 4, 2013 in Science in Museums |

by Catherine Sigmond If you haven’t been paying attention to what’s been happening in Fukushima, Japan, recently, let me summarize the current situation: after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant suffered a triple meltdown- the only incident other than the Chernobyl disaster to earn the highest rating of […]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on September 1, 2013 in museums in the news |

Here’s our weekly round-up of our favorite things that were said about museums this week: the good, the bad, and the really quite strange! First, this week’s featured story: Van Gogh Museum 3D Prints Its Own Paintings. Although for now the price-tag makes them an expensive gift shop item, I wonder what the future uses could be? […]

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Weekly Jobs Round-up

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on August 30, 2013 in jobs listings |

Here’s our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Head of Youth & Family Programs [The Rubin Museum] Head Of Interpretation & Innovation [The Rubin Museum] Museum Educator/Scout Coordinator [Cranbrook Institute of Science] Museum Educator [Franklin Institute] Collection Manager – Costume and Textile [Chicago History Museum] Executive […]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: Special Edition – Why I Don’t Hate James Durston

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on August 29, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp You may have read this week that CNN Travel’s senior producer James Durston hates museums. If, like me, you work in a museum, Durston’s opinion piece may have really grilled your cheese. I’ll be the first to admit, I had steam coming out of my ears. But before you sharpen your […]

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Games, games, games…

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on August 27, 2013 in education, food for thought, technology |

by editor Phillippa Pitts Games have been on my mind a lot this week. I know a lot of people who spend their incredible brainpower building games for museums, like Kellian Adams Pletcher with Murder at the Met, or Susan Edward with the Getty’s Switch (which I admire for its incredible simplicity!). I’ve even built a few games […]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: Change is Gonna Come

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on August 26, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp My family and I saw Lee Daniel’s The Butler last weekend. It sparked a family conversation about change over time. The main question: Can individuals – and then, by association, institutions – change? And what does it really take to implement that change? We all had differing opinions. People can change, […]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on August 25, 2013 in museums in the news |

Here’s our weekly round-up of our favorite things that were said about museums this week: the good, the bad, and the really quite strange! First, what do you think? Should Scotland Yard open its grisly murder museum to the public? Read the article and share your thoughts in the comments. Educational? Icky? Unethical? In other news: 

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Weekly Jobs Round-up

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on August 23, 2013 in jobs listings |

Here’s our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Special Events Coordinator/Manager [Strawbery Banke Museum] Manager of Corporate Relations [Strawbery Banke Museum] Interpretive Programs Manager [911 Memorial] Studio Projects Coordinator [Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum] Coordinator of Family Gallery Learning [The Philadelphia Museum of Art] Education Manager [Cool […]

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Science in Museums: Art and Science Collide at the National Building Museum

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on August 21, 2013 in Science in Museums |

by columnist Kacie Rice My summer internship in Washington, D.C., has given me a great opportunity to explore a lot of new (to me) museums. This weekend, I checked out the National Building Museum, established by Act of Congress in 1980 and located in the historic 1887 Pension Bureau building in downtown Washington. The building […]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on August 18, 2013 in museums in the news |

Here’s our weekly round-up of our favorite things that were said about museums this week: the good, the bad, and the really quite strange! But first, if you’re still in the Boston area, don’t forget to check out our newest and tiniest Museum located right in Union Square. Introducing the Philadelphia Public History Truck Smithsonian […]

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Weekly Jobs Round-up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on August 18, 2013 in jobs listings |

Apologies for my tardiness with the listing. Nevertheless, here’s our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Director of Public Programs [Tyler Arboretum] Collections Management Assistant/ESDA [The Metropolitan Museum of Art] Interpretive Planner [Nelson Atkins Museum] Executive Director [Lyman Allyn Art Museum] Interpretive Programs Manager [9/11 Memorial […]

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Science in Museums: 8 Reasons You Need to Visit the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on August 14, 2013 in Science in Museums |

by Catherine Sigmond When people go to Paris, they always want to visit the Louvre. But did you know that Paris also has the world’s most popular science museum? Here are 8 reasons you should visit the Cité des Science et de l’Industrie next time you’re in the City of Love.

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Museums in the News

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on August 11, 2013 in museums in the news |

Here’s our weekly round-up of our favorite things that were said about museums this week: the good, the bad, and the really quite strange! Science museum seeking new home Free: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Offer 474 Free Art Books Online Detroit Manager Hires Christie’s to Appraise Holdings at City Art Museum American […]

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Weekly Jobs Round-up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on August 9, 2013 in jobs listings |

Welcome to our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Associate Educator of Family and School Programs [The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati] Associate Curator for Exhibitions and Collections [Nantucket Historical Association] Director of Education [Museum of the Chinese in America] Exhibition Designer [Peabody Essex Museum] Walking […]

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Science in Museums: What makes a successful hands-on demonstration in the gallery?

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on August 7, 2013 in Science in Museums |

by columnist Cira Brown I’ve been doing the “Perceptual Form of the City” hands-on demo at the MIT Museum for almost a year now, and it’s my first experience in engaging with visitors in the museum directly.  The premise for the demo is as follows: I ask the visitors to draw a map of Boston […]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: Exhibit Review – SPY: The Secret World of Espionage

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on August 5, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp I have never had the desire to design exhibits, write labels or work in conservation. When it comes to museums, I am Team Education, Outreach and Interpretation through and through. But I still want exhibits to be well executed. It makes my job easier as an educator if I have good […]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on August 4, 2013 in museums in the news |

Here’s our weekly round-up of our favorite things that were said about museums this week: the good, the bad, and the really quite strange! Maine museums to help museum efforts in Newtown Construction begins on Milwaukee Public Museum’s solar wall Factory Where Rosie The Riveter Worked Still Exists, Might Become A Museum Georgia Museum of Art to […]

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Weekly Jobs Round-up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on August 2, 2013 in jobs listings |

Welcome to our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Content Writer and Editor [Portland Museum of Art] submitted by Tufts alumna Molly Braswell. Walking Tour Guides [Boston Area] Curator [The W.H. Stark House] Manager of Visitor Services [The House of the Seven Gables] Museum Teacher [Historic […]

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Food for Thought

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on July 29, 2013 in Uncategorized |

Have you checked out AAM’s excellence in label-writing award winners? View all the winning entries here!

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Weekly Jobs Round-Up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on July 26, 2013 in jobs listings |

Welcome to our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Oral History Archivist [Wisconsin Veterans Museum] Director of Science & Education [Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh] Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager [Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art] Curatorial Research Associate [The Baker Museum] Major Gifts Officer, Young Patrons […]

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Learning from 100-year-old Museum Education

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on July 25, 2013 in education, food for thought |

Check out this amazing story from the Sunderland Museum. In 1913, their curator came up with a program for blind visitors–adults and children–to let them explore objects. Architectural columns, historical gas masks, and scores of natural history specimens were included. Make sure you scroll to the end of the article to see the clay models […]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: I’ve Got a Bone to Pick

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on July 22, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp I think I might be desensitized to extra disgusting things. I regularly see kids eating things they definitely shouldn’t eat. I’ve seen lots and lots of blood spurting from noses and foreheads and knees after tumbles down stairs. I get sneezed on, and coughed on, and just this week a toddler […]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on July 21, 2013 in museums in the news |

Here’s our weekly round-up of our favorite things that were said about museums this week: the good, the bad, and the really quite strange! Its Bubble Popped, Hirshhorn Takes Stock of the Future China Museum Shut Down as Exhibits Shown to Be Forgeries Getty Museum Acquires Multimedia Installation From Werner Herzog Petersen’s auctions of its […]

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Weekly Jobs Round-Up

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on July 19, 2013 in jobs listings |

Welcome to our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Collections and Exhibitions Manager [Monticello] Curatorial Fellow [MIT List Visual Arts Center] Collections Specialist [Smithsonian Institution/Archives of American Art] Finance and Operations Manager [Photographic Resource Center] Program and Exhibition Manager [Photographic Resource Center] Director of Education […]

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Science in Museums: Science Museums and History of Science Museums

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on July 17, 2013 in Science in Museums |

by columnist Cira Brown I’ve recently been doing a bit of work for the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, part of the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. I love the CHSI and have used it and its exhibitions as a basis for some of my papers here at Tufts. Over the past year I’ve […]

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