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Science in Museums: Science for All Ages

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on May 1, 2013 in Science in Museums |

by columnist Kacie Rice, Museum educators, as proprietors of informal learning for all ages, often run into a unique dilemma: how do we create educational science experiences that cater to both kids and adults? I was recently having a discussion about this topic with fellow Science in Museums blogger Cira Brown and our classmate Rachel […]

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Science in Museums: Museums in the Virtual World

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on April 24, 2013 in Science in Museums |

by columnist Catherine Sigmond Last week the Exploratorium officially re-opened in its 330,000 ft. new building at Pier 15 in San Francisco after a $300 million, multi-year construction project. The new museum at Pier 15, which is three times bigger than the previous location at the Palace of Fine Arts, boasts an array of exciting […]

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Science in Museums: Museums at the Movies, Pop Cultural Partnerships

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on April 10, 2013 in Science in Museums |

by columnist Kacie Rice We’ve all seen our fair share of movies that happen at museums (museum professionals around the country are surely tired of being asked if their jobs are like Night at the Museum or The DaVinci Code) – but what about bringing the movies to life in museum exhibits themselves? Beginning May […]

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Science in Museums: Metaphorically Transporting Exhibits

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

by columnist Cira Brown I am currently enrolled in the Exhibition Planning class at Tufts, and I love it! I feel so lucky to be given the opportunity to curate our own exhibition as a class, which I’ve been told is quite rare for museum studies graduate programs. Together, we cover everything from object management, […]

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Science in Museums: Can Science Museums Crowdsource Exhibit Content

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on March 28, 2013 in Science in Museums |

by columnist Catherine Sigmond. New York’s Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum wants your photos for a new crowd-sourced exhibit on the Space Shuttle Enterprise. The museum is creating a special exhibition entitled Space Shuttle Enterprise: A Pioneer to fill its halls after the real shuttle was badly damaged last fall during Superstorm Sandy. First […]

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Science in Museums: The Intersection of Art and Science

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on March 20, 2013 in Science in Museums |

by columnist Catherine Sigmond Although I work in a science museum, I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to work and debate with colleagues from a range of disciplines at Tufts, particularly those in the art world. Lately it’s got me thinking- why is there such a distinct separation between the arts and the sciences? As […]

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Science in Museums: Scientists – They’re Just Like Us!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on March 13, 2013 in Science in Museums |

by columnist Kacie Rice, In the past few months I’ve become a bit obsessed with the American Museum of Natural History’s fantastic internet campaign celebrating the recent reopening of the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial. Launched last fall, the museum’s new website includes an interactive timeline, a series of videos about Roosevelt’s life, and, best of all, […]

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Science in Museums: MakerSpaces and Museums

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on March 6, 2013 in Science in Museums |

by columnist Cira Brown Last month, Artisan’s Asylum, a community craft studio in Somerville (and one of the largest in the world), held a weekend conference entitled, How To Build A MakerSpace. The “Make Movement” is borne out of the Do It Yourself philosophy, which empowers individuals to learn fabrication skills, both technical and digital. […]

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Science in Museums: Paths to Exhibit Development

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on February 27, 2013 in Science in Museums |

by columnist Cira Louise Brown When I tell people that I’m going to school for Museum Studies, I often encounter confusion about what the profession actually entails (“you’re going to be a curator? … what is a curator?”). Once I explain that I want to develop the exhibits for science museums, I’m usually met with […]

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Science in Museums: Forget Tyrannosaurus- there’s a new “rex” at London’s Science Museum

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on February 13, 2013 in Science in Museums |

by columnist Catherine Sigmond Maybe I have a weekend of blizzard-induced daydreams of traveling far and wide (anything to get out of the house, really) to thank, but recently I have been craving a more global perspective when contemplating the museum world. According to Museum Planner, seven out of the ten most visited science centers […]

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