What are your Museum Questions?

As the end of 2015 approaches, I am wondering: What compelling questions need to be explored in 2016? Please share your ideas, either in the comments section, via social media, or by email. (See the About page for how to reach me by email or on twitter.)   Here are a few things I am thinking about as…

Why Blog? Questions to a Museum Blogger

This chain of questions, posed – in various iterations – to a number of museum bloggers, started with #Museum Blogger day on Twitter on March 19th. Thanks to Gretchen Jennings for asking me to answer these questions. 1. Who are you and what do you like about blogging? After working for 15 years as a full-time staff…

Question Collection I

Recently both the New York Times and the Washington Post have published articles sharing great college admissions questions.  Of particular note are the questions from the University of Chicago, which solicits ideas from students, and then uses the best in their applications.  Here are two of my favorites: “This is what history consists of. It’s the…

Good Questions

Asking good questions is essential to museum practice.  Exhibitions are explorations of a topic, often driven by a curator’s curiosity, even when not explicitly framed around a question.  Tours explore questions masked as a theme: How do artists explore place? How can we learn about the 19th century through household objects?  Inquiry-based museum education, and participatory…