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?  


Museums in the News

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on April 28, 2013 in museums in the movies |

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, I was sad to hear of E.L. Konigsburg’s death this week. Her book, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler made a huge impression on me as a […]


A bit of fun: Regina Spektor, “All the Rowboats”

Posted by Amanda Gustin on July 13, 2012 in potpourri |

Trust me, this really is about art museums, despite the visual imagery. Listen to the words – she’s actually making some interesting commentary on the way art is treated in museums.


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 […]


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 […]


Call for Curatorial Proposals

Posted by Amanda Gustin on February 8, 2012 in potpourri |

Here’s a really intriguing opportunity to the art-focused among us. Would love to see a Tufts student take advantage of this! CALL TO ARTISTS & CURATORS: Deadline: April 9, 2012. THE NEW ART CENTER in Newton’s fantastic Curatorial Opportunity Program (COP) gives you the opportunity to experiment in a large, unique and alternative space. The […]



Ryan Gosling Loves Museums

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 26, 2011 in potpourri |

Ah, the internet, which can take anything and turn it into an endlessly hilarious, self-replicating meme. In other news, Ryan Gosling apparently really loves museums.


How to make a great museum? Make your staff happy.

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 16, 2011 in potpourri |

The Happy Museum Project, which is putting together a really interesting assortment of studies, thinking, and initiatives (if you’re not getting their newsletter, go sign up!), just published an interesting article from Steve Gardam, Head of Live Programmes at the London Transport Museum. Gardam went to an event called “Action for Happiness” at the Cass […]

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Museums in the Movies: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Posted by Amanda Gustin on November 4, 2011 in museums in the movies |

Continuing our fun series of museums featured in the movies, here’s a clip from the classic 1986 movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Ferris, his girlfriend Sloane, and his best friend Cameron, skip a day of school and cruise around Chicago. Hijinks ensue. This scene, set at the Art Institute of Chicago, is especially wonderful.



Museums in the Movies: The Thomas Crown Affair

Posted by Amanda Gustin on October 28, 2011 in museums in the movies |

We’re going to try an occasional series here of posting fun clips of museums in the movies. Today’s is from my personal favorite museum movie of all time: the 1999 remake of The Thomas Crown Affair. For those of you who haven’t seen the movie, you really need to. It’s about an art heist at […]


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