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Eye of the Storm: How Do Museums Prepare for Hurricanes during a Pandemic?

It’s a Thursday afternoon in July and the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR) is almost empty. Director Marta Mabel Pérez is in her office, leading a virtual hub of staff and other …

Brooklyn Museum to Sell 12 Works as Pandemic Changes the Rules

It is the kind of sale that once would have engendered criticism, perhaps even sanctions: The Brooklyn Museum is putting 12 works up for auction at Christie's next month - including …

Of Law and Ethics: What do museums need to know in this new era of cultural property ownership disputes?

This article originally appeared in the Summer 2020 issue of Museum magazine, a benefit of AAM membership. A tension often exists between the law and the ethics of collecting cultural …

Now What?: Project Ideas for Museum Staff Working Remotely

By now, most of us are well into our stints of working from home. But weeks or months in, you might be finding it hard to think of new tasks you can do without access to your physical site. …

What Does a Welcoming Online Collections Portal Look Like?

In late February 2020, the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University became the latest institution to launch an online collections portal, a feature that is increasingly …

One Museum’s Plan to Keep Its Full Staff During COVID-19

Like most sectors of the economy, the museum field is facing sharp losses in revenue and uncertainty about when they will be reversed. Many institutions have decided to lay off, furlough, …

Covid-19: the ethics of contemportary collecting

A statement from the Museums Association People who work in and with museums are already thinking about how we might collect objects, ephemera and stories relating to the Covid-19 …

#5WomenArtists Shaping Museum Practice

Museums are among the most trusted sources of information and can use that superpower of trust to nudge society towards preferred futures. Today on the blog, Amy Mannarino, Director of …

Making a Splash! 6 Things to Know about Exhibits with Water

It’s no surprise that many museums choose to entertain and educate visitors with the stuff that covers 71 percent of our planet’s surface. Water can contribute greatly to a wide variety of …

The Case for Digital Facility Reports

Facility management is one of the core elements of running a museum. As AAM’s core standards say, it is “incumbent upon [museums] to ensure the safety of their staff, visitors and …

A Modest Proposal for Museum Collections: Apply the principle of direct costs for deaccessioning

Some years ago, shortly before I assumed the directorship of the Ringling Museum of Art—the state art museum of Florida—the leader of the Florida Legislature declared, “I love Rubens.” The …

Making a Museum in the Age of 3D Digital Models

In 2005, not long after the advent of tabletop 3D printing technology, the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology (UMMP; a research institution) used this approach to generate …
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