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By Sarah Seiter
This year, we at the Oakland Museum of California were honored to win the WMA Charles Redd Award for our exhibition, Altered State: Marijuana in California. This award was an exciting step for us, because OMCA deals with state and local issues, and the 2016 WMA annual meeting was a chance to see how other museums are tackling similar issues in their communities. I felt fortunate...
by Nikki Peck 

This is part one of three part series in which Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia (MOA) intern Nikki Peck shares a behind-the-scenes look into creating the Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceded Territories exhibition. 
The Museum of Anthropology recently opened a new exhibition: Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceded Territories. Lawrence Paul Yuweluptun is a...
By John Bello
Community museums are part of a shift in the museum field where there is an emphasis on developing community connections and engaging with visitors in new and different ways. Organizations of all kinds are reaching out to community museums and seeking partnerships to help them connect with the people they serve. I am involved in one such partnership in Tempe, Arizona. The Tempe...
Museum exhibits can show visitors new perspectives, challenge commonly held notions, and bring people into new worlds. While museums have many important functions in their communities, the exhibits are the centerpieces of their educational work.
Do you know of an exhibit in 2014–2015 that challenged perceptions or progressed the scholarship of the American West? Nominate it for the 2015 Charles...
By Julie Decker
The changes affecting the landscape and the lifeways in the North have brought increased attention to and interest in the Arctic, ranging across science, art, literature, geopolitics, and cultural history. While persistent darkness and extreme cold will remain, the melting of the ice mass in the Arctic represents, to many, economic and strategic opportunities. Of particular...
By Chelsea Werner-Jatzke
#SocialMedium at Frye Art Museum investigates the new frontier.
Developing an exhibition of late 19th century paintings to be selected by the Internet took Seattle’s Frye Art Museum in many interesting directions. A turning point in the planning process came with the decision to use four leading social media platforms—Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr—to...
By Carolyn Grant
The mission of the Museum of Making Music is to celebrate the accomplishments and impact of the music products industry and to connect visitors with hands-on music making. As such, our special exhibitions have traditionally focused on a particular musical instrument or product. Examples of past exhibitions include:
The Ukulele and You: America’s Love Affair with the Jumping...
By Katharine Baldwin-Corriveau
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting
How would you react if you found out that the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo himself over four painstaking years (1508-1512), was to be ‘adjusted’ or repainted in order to make it more contemporary or relevant for a 21st century audience?

Roof...
The Tech Museum of Innovation was conceived in 1978, when the Junior League of Palo Alto—and later the Junior League of San Jose—developed a plan to create a dynamic learning center devoted to science and technology. Twelve years later, “The Garage” swung open its doors at downtown San Jose’s former convention center on San Carlos Street.
Then, in 1998, The Tech moved into its 132,000-square-foot...
By Michelle Nash
I was very pleased to present this poster at the recent Western Museums Association 2014 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, and am further pleased for the opportunity to share it here as well. The following blog post is not so much a summary of the poster (which can be accessed below), but rather a call to further the Meta-Museum Movement.
So first thing’s first: what is the “Meta-...

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