Drinking About Museums @ the Museum of Science

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 here.

PS – If you don’t like the Museum of Science, then we’re no longer friends.

Here and There: I Hear Music

Here: First, attend Gardner After Hours: Equinox and be sure to add on tickets for the Tribute to Lena Horne concert when you purchase online.

There: Next, attend How Creativity Works at the Museum of Science which includes drinks, activities, and most importantly, a performance by the Boston Typewriter Orchestra.

Visit the Gardner to purchase tickets for After Hours on March 15, 5-9. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 with student ID. Tickets for the concert are purchased separately at $27 for adults and $12 for students.

Visit Museum of Science to get your $15 tickets for How Creativity Works on March 21, 7pm.

Here and There: Ancient Life and Love

Find out about exciting local exhibitions and programs that make a connection with “Here and There.”

Here: First, encounter remnants of everyday life in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius in “A Day in Pompeii,” at the Museum of Science.

There: Next, head up to the peak of Mount Olympus and spend some time among the gods in “Aphrodite and the Gods of Love,” at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

Both exhibitions feature fascinating objects on loan from Italy. This is an amazing opportunity to visit them in our own backyard. The exhibitions are open until February 12 and February 20, respectively.

Research Associate [Museum of Science Boston]

Salary:

Exempt (Salaried). Commensurate with experience.

Classification:

Grant-funded, full-time

Division:

Research & Evaluation / Strategic Initiatives

Description:

PROGRAM SUMMARY:

Since 2004, the Museum of Science, Boston has maintained a dedicated Research and Evaluation Department that studies museum visitors and professionals, specifically focusing on how they learn. This department measures the educational impact of the Museum’s various learning experiences (both those aimed at a professional and public audience), and advises project teams on ways they can incorporate visitor interests, needs, concerns and understanding into their decision-making through the effective use of existing literature and/or visitor research and evaluation studies. The Museum of Science Research and Evaluation Department consists of nine full-time staff members and two part-time staff members, making it one of the largest departments of its kind in the world. Collectively, these professionals have expertise in science education, museum education, museum studies, and special education.

 

Professionals in this department have experience conducting national studies and collaborating with other research and evaluation organizations, which results in the department having both broad reach and a leadership position within the museum field. The Museum of Science Research and Evaluation department currently oversees the evaluation of NISE Net, a Network of over 200 science museums and universities that is funded through two consecutive grants from the National Science Foundation that total over $40 million. In the past seven years, members of this department have made over 70 conference presentations, published over 25 journal articles, and have advised or conducted studies for dozens museums around the world. In addition, staff members hold leadership positions in key industry organizations, with the Director of the Research and Evaluation Department currently serving as the chair of the Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation for AAM and the instructor of Museum Evaluation at Tufts University. Other individuals in the department lead important efforts such as AAM’s Marketplace of Ideas for Evaluation and the prestigious Excellence in Exhibitions Competition.

 

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Research/Evaluation Associate will work with the Project Manager and Director of Research and Evaluation to plan and oversee the research and evaluation efforts. This will include the development of timelines, instruments, pilot testing, analysis, and reporting for the evaluation and research of educational and visitor service programs at the Museum of Science.

Responsibilities

– Work with 4-6 research/evaluation projects (except when they are very large). Oversee any research assistants and/or data collectors who are involved with the project.

Minimum Qualifications:

* Master’s degree or higher preferred.

* More than three (3) years of research experience.

Special Notes:

Benefits for full-time, exempt (salaried) staff include: free parking, T accessibility, 23 vacation days, 12 holidays, 5-10 sick days, medical and dental insurance, short- and long-term disability, life insurance, retirement and savings plan, health care/dependent care flex spending plan, employee discounts, employee referral program, tuition assistance, professional development, direct deposit, free admission, free Duck Tours, discounted movie passes, and much more!

Fall Research and Evaluation Intern [Museum of Science Boston]

Description:

The Visitor Research and Evaluation Department at the Museum of Science supports the development of educational programs and exhibitions at the Museum by soliciting feedback from visitors during the development process and by conducting research about museum learning.

Position Summary:

This internship provides interns with the opportunity to learn about visitor research and evaluation through on-the-job training and development. Interns will become familiar with the tools and methods that provide effective and ineffective learning experiences by observing and interviewing visitors as they interact with the museum’s programs and exhibits. Efforts will be made to provide the intern with the opportunity to experience all aspects of conducting a visitor study.

Responsibilites:

– Conduct unobtrusive observations, interviews, and/or surveys of museum visitors.

– Enter data collected from museum visitors.

– Analyze data collected.

– Perform literature reviews about topics relevant to the study.

Qualifications:

– Undergraduate/graduate student (Museum Studies/Education students encouraged to apply).

– Outgoing, willing to talk to visitors.

– Familiarity with the Museum preferred.

Length of Internship:

Fall 2011 (September/October – December)

Work Schedule:

14 hours/week (two full 7 – hour days per week).

Salary Range:

8.00 – 8.25/hour

Special Notes:

Intern benefits include free parking in the Museum garage, proximity to the Green Line, free admission, discounts in the Museum store and cafe and much more!

To Apply: The Museum of Science seeks to recruit, hire, develop, promote, and retain individuals from racially and culturally diverse backgrounds and persons with disabilities. We strive to create and sustain a more affirming environment for all staff, interns, volunteers, trustees and overseers. We value expertise gained at the Museum and encourage professional development and career growth.

To apply for this internship opportunity in our diverse & dynamic work environment, please email your cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to interncoordinator@mos.org. Include the position title in the email subject line.

Check out our website at www.mos.org for more internship opportunities!