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Status of FREE Powerful Template to Save Museums

Status of FREE Powerful Template to Save Museums

I continue working on a FREE WordPress project to help save museums (especially university museums) during—and after—the current health crisis that has museums everywhere closed. In my view, we need an expanded online presence for museums to offer rich experiences to...

Saving Museums—A Fan’s Perspective

Saving Museums—A Fan’s Perspective

(I was a fan of museums long before I worked for one. Museums tell stories. They display artifacts. They teach history, art and science. They provide a stimulating diversion. They provide a relaxing diversion. They are a refuge. As someone who loves artifacts, it...

The Future of the University Museum

The Future of the University Museum

 The current worldwide health crisis forces the university museum to make some choices about the future. What kind of future will these museums have? They could opt to fold. Universities themselves are under financial pressure and are struggling. Why continue to...

Education: Online Courses Help Museums and the Public

Education: Online Courses Help Museums and the Public

Education is an important part of nearly every university museum's mission. Yes, these are tough times, you feel the need to cut costs and nobody is coming into the museum to learn. There's a virus that's paralyzed much of the world, including your institution. If you...

Digital Membership: Connect with Visitors

Digital Membership: Connect with Visitors

Museum websites tend to have big bold images—a good thing!—and promote exhibits and events. And they sell tickets. Some collect emails to build a house list. These functions are all useful. But there is a great deal of unused potential. This is especially important...