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The Uses of Discomfort LGBTQ Collections Their Repositories and Their Legacies

People left out of traditional cultural narratives are forced to become the custodians of their own histories. For queer institutions, this means collecting stigmatized materials that other …

TechTalk: Collections Insurance Top Ten Questions to Make Sure Your Museum is Properly Covered

Collections and loans are vital to every museum. But do you know how they are insured? How would the museum’s insurance policy respond in the event of a fire or pipe break? What if the …

In Pursuit of Cultural Property Ownership Disputes in Museums Today

Museums are seeing new claims on objects, including large-scale demands for the repatriation of artifacts to their --countries of origin. When handled properly, these situations reflect …

Changing How They See

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum is decolonizing its collection with the help of local…

Tech Talk: How to Address the Collections Management Troublesome Trio

This is a recorded Tech Talk from the 2020 AAM Virtual Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo. Presented by Lucidea Transcript Candyce McDonald : Thanks for joining us today for our guest …

Decolonizing Museum Collections: A Conversation between Colleagues in the Field (CSAAM)

Are you curious about the work surrounding Decolonizing museum collections? Presented by Collections Stewardship Professional Network (CSAAM) and the CSAAM Emerging Museum Professional …

Microclimates: A Greener Future for Collection Care

There are many options available for museums to address climate action and become more sustainable, but recent work at two institutions has highlighted the value in one particular method: …

German Museum Repatriates Lakota Chief’s Shirt, Citing ‘Moral and Ethical Reasons’

The Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt is returning a leather shirt of Chief Daniel Hollow Horn Bear (Mato He Oklogeca), of the Teton Lakota, to his great-grandson Chief Duane Hollow Horn…

Germany first to hand back Benin bronzes looted by British

Germany is to become the first country to hand back the Benin bronzes looted by British soldiers in the late nineteenth century. A decision on the restitution was facilitated by the fact …

Museum specimens could help fight the next pandemic – why preserving collections is crucial to future scientific discoveries

This paper outlines how existing loopholes in U.S. federal data policies, backward data priorities by scientific journals and a culture of data ownership have made it too easy for …

Baltimore Museum to Sell 3 Blue-Chip Paintings to Advance Equity

The Baltimore Museum of Art is deaccessioning three paintings, by Brice Marden, Clyfford Still and Andy Warhol, and expects to receive approximately $65 million from a combination of an …

Building True, Lasting Collaborations with Source Communities

It’s well-documented by this point: museums are changing. No longer solely repositories of information and keepers of culturally important artifacts, museums today are taking on new roles …
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Category: Center for the Future Of Museums Blog
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A New Site of Conscience: Sing Sing Prison Museum

Category: Center for the Future Of Museums Blog
Five years ago, CFM’s TrendsWatch report examined how museums are helping society confront the need for criminal justice reform. Historic sites play an important role in this work, with …

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