Save the Date for the “The Wonder Smith”

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on April 11, 2013 in events, tufts events |

Explore the children’s book illustrations of Boris Artzybasheff as curated by students from the Tufts University Museum Studies Program. On view from May 6-19, 2013, this is the first solo exhibition of Artzbasheff’s folk-inspired and whimsical illustrations. The exhibition showcases over 40 black-and-white works—many accompanied by excerpts from the fanciful stories they depict—that convey the creative […]


Guest Post: Historic Houses as Holiday Rentals

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on February 28, 2013 in museum topics |

by professor Kenneth C. Turino Using historic houses as holiday rentals is nothing new in Europe. The National Trust of Britain, the Landmark Trust of Britain, and English Heritage among others rent historic properties from cottages to portions of castles. Here in the United States the idea has been slow to develop, but this is […]


Events next week!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on January 10, 2013 in events |

Here’s just a small sample of the events happening next week. Mark your calendars! Thursday, January 17 Boston EMP (Emerging Museum Professional) Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m. at the Liberty Hotel. PS: They’re looking for new leaders and volunteers, so this is a great opportunity to find out more. Gardner After-Hours featuring “Midwinter Tropics”: sample sangria, […]


LAyouth explains “Why Museums Suck.”

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on October 31, 2012 in education, museum reviews |

Howard, a 15-year-old, self-described museum-hater, reviews 5 Los Angeles area museums. Definitely worth a read and, if you look in the comments section, you can see that a lot of museum folks have been reading! http://www.layouth.com/why-museums-suck/


Global, local, and the visitor we can’t see.

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on October 28, 2012 in conferences, museum topics, professional development |

This weekend, the Tufts Museum Studies blog will be joining the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders in a global discussion. This 5-day conference brings together 50 young leaders from across the arts (dance, theater, and museum) to meet with experts. Three of the questions on the table have been sent out for bloggers in the field […]


American & New England Studies Material Culture Series at Boston University

Posted by Amanda Gustin on September 28, 2012 in material culture |

A terrific-sounding series, relayed to us by Museum Studies certificate alum Gretchen Pineo, who’s doing an MA in Historic Preservation at BU right now. The American and New England Studies Program Announce Their 2012 Conversation Series: MATERIAL CULTURE Please Join Us For the First Meeting Dale Broholm, Senior Critic of Furniture Design & Daniel Cavicchi, Associate Professor […]



“Critical Conversations: The State of History in the National Park Service”

Posted by Amanda Gustin on September 26, 2012 in interpretation, workshops |

Great event, free to the public. Check it out, and if you go, write us a recap for the blog! The report they’re talking about can be found here. “Critical Conversations: The State of History in the National Park Service” In 2012, the Organization of American Historians released a report critically examining the state of […]



Food for Thought: Should Museums Accession lolcats?

Posted by Amanda Gustin on July 9, 2012 in food for thought, technology |

Go and read Suse Cairns‘s fascinating exploration of native digital objects and art, and how museums can think about them and deal with them. Bonus interview with Tom Woolley, New Media Curator at the UK National Media Museum. (He’s responsible for a Life Online gallery that has a constant video of memes on it. If […]


Cambridge Open Archives Tour

Posted by Amanda Gustin on June 22, 2012 in archives, collections |

I heard from some attendees last year that these are an absolute blast. They’re certainly a rare opportunity to get behind-the-scenes. Cambridge’s Fourth Annual Archives Crawl   The Open Archives Tour is a chance to go behind the scenes at a number of unique archives and collecting agencies in Cambridge. This year, twelve archives will […]



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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