Museum Admission Fees

Posted by Amanda Gustin on October 12, 2011 in potpourri |

Over the summer, the Metropolitan Museum of Art raised its suggested admission donation to $25. The Museum of Modern Art and our own Boston Museum of Fine Arts have followed suit. The moves have sparked a number of articles both for and against, and this one from the Art Newspaper website is by far the […]

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Dealing With Your Cognitive Load

Posted by Amanda Gustin on September 28, 2011 in potpourri |

Ed Rodley, of the Museum of Science and the blog Thinking About Exhibits, has had a wonderful series of posts recently about “Dealing With Your Cognitive Load.” In a four-part series, he lays out the ways that information can come to you and how you can deal with it to make the most productive use […]



What do free muffins and museums have in common?

Posted by Amanda Gustin on September 9, 2011 in forum not temple, potpourri |

I ask you, faithful readers: what do you think free muffins and museums have in common? Your answer: both have an endowment. At the Empire Grill in Skowhegan, Maine, one customer each day is given a free muffin before noon. Sure, you think – restaurants must comp food all the time. What makes this different? […]



The Missing Piece Documentary

Posted by Amanda Gustin on August 12, 2011 in potpourri |

August 21, 2011 is the 100 year anniversary of the famous theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in Paris. The painting disappeared for two years, stolen by Italian artist Vincenzo Peruggia. Joe Medeiros is a comedic writer who has been obsessed with the theft for most of his life, and to commemorate the […]

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Satire and the Museum

Posted by Amanda Gustin on August 3, 2011 in forum not temple, potpourri |

The always-interesting blog Asking Audiences, which is the voice of Slover-Linett Strategies, has a good response to the recent Onion article that cleverly (and painfully!) characterizes art museums as “art jails.” The Onion’s art museum joke is worth taking seriously


Seeing Through Touch

Posted by Amanda Gustin on August 2, 2011 in potpourri |

Some lovely historic photographs for you of an innovative educational program at the Sunderland Museum. It would never, ever fly today. You’ll see why.


Historypin Review

Posted by Amanda Gustin on July 13, 2011 in potpourri |

So on Monday we announced the launch of Historypin, a really interesting new interactive history project. Users from all over the world can share digital content – stories, videos, photos – by “pinning” it to the Google Maps interface. Today we’ll have a quick review/overview of the nuts and bolts of the project, and then […]

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Becoming 100 Artists at Once

Posted by Amanda Gustin on June 27, 2011 in potpourri |

I know I’ve mentioned TED talks before, but here’s a great new one from artist Shea Hembrey, about developing a diverse artistic style: How I Became 100 Artists


Some Great Blogs for You

Posted by Amanda Gustin on May 23, 2011 in potpourri |

We’re always happy to showcase useful, interesting blogs for those interested in museums. Here’s a roundup of a few you might want to add to your regular reading list. (There areĀ  a couple of great ways to easily follow blogs you like, including ours; this post sums up your options.) ArtDaily – Pointed out by […]

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Gardner Heist: Solved

Posted by Amanda Gustin on May 20, 2011 in potpourri |

Want some fun for a Friday afternoon? Stephen Colbert confessed to the 1990 heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum a few days ago. Yes, you read that right. Just watch the clip. The Colbert Report Tags: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive


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