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Recasting the Civic Imperative of the Museum

This article originally appeared in the November/December 2021 issue of Museum magazine, a benefit of AAM membership. Liberating collections from their imperialist pasts can occur through a …

Carnegie Museum asks for visitor feedback on cultural sensitivity, exhibits with complicated pasts

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is taking steps to help reckon with its colonial…

Rethinking Our Human Resources Practices to Build a More Equitable Museum

Less than three weeks after COVID forced museums around the globe to close their doors last year, an article by Arundhati Roy in The Financial Times titled “The Pandemic is a Portal” …

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 …

How Two Artists’ Transformation of a Portland Museum May Provide a Blueprint for Larger Institutions

Washington County Museum in Portland, Oregon brought itself back from the brink of failure through decolonizing its practices and reinventing itself as the Five …

“Decolonizing is Literally Unsettling”: Repatriation of Nonprofit Land and Assets

On July 16, 2020, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) and the Yale Union (YU) announced that YU would transfer its land and building in Portland, Oregon, to NACF. The historic …

The Call of the Moment: Marjorie Schwarzer on the New Edition of Riches, Rivals, and Radicals

Riches, Rivals, and Radicals: A History of Museums in America has been read by students, professionals, and museum lovers alike since its first publication in 2006; its public television …

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 …

Apsáalooke exhibition at Field Museum avoids stereotypes, shows ‘Native Americans are still here.’

The atrocities committed against indigenous people by white settlers are being acknowledged in Chicago and across the country, but the "Apsáalooke Women and Warriors" exhibit at the …

Chris Newell: First Wabanaki Leader of the Abbe Museum

Ian Elsner describes Museum Archipelago (@museum_go on Twitter) as “a tiny podcast guiding you through the rocky landscape of museums.” As a devoted follower of the podcast, I was delighted …

Is That Hung White?

A conversation on the state of museum exhibitions and race. This article originally appeared in the Summer 2020 issue of Museum magazine, a benefit of AAM membership. In 2016, a group of 24 …

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 …
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In the Pandemic a New Museum Charter School is Born

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Over the past two years, the pandemic has prompted museums to experiment with new products and services to meet the needs of their communities. Some of these experiments have turned out to …

Three Ways Epson Moverio Augmented Reality Smart Glasses Can Enhance Visitor Experiences at Museums

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As visitors are beginning to return to museums after more than a year of keeping their distance, museums may still be faced with challenges to drawing in attendees. Even prior to 2020, many …

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