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The Center for the Future of Museums Blog shares musings on the future of museums and society.

Racing into the Future with TrendsWatch 2024

It’s that time again! Check your mailbox for the 2024 edition of TrendsWatch, AAM’s annual forecasting report. Starting last year, we began publishing TrendsWatch as the Jan/Feb edition of …

Uncovering Future Artifacts: Come Play

Museums sit at the balance point of past and future. Most often they apply their scholarship and curiosity to exploring things that have actually happened, but museums can flip that lens to …

When the Ancestors Call to You

When we think about barriers to change, practical issues like time, money, and legal issues often are top of mind. This can be true, for example, when museums talk about repatriation, …

ISO Stories about the Future of Voluntary Repatriation, Restitution, and Reparations 

From the digital desk of Elizabeth Merritt, Vice President, Strategic Foresight and Founding Director, Center for the Future of Museums: Museum people are natural storytellers, attuned to …

Twelve Museum Innovations in 2023

Dispatches from the Center for the Future of Museums is a museum newsletter like none other, offering far-reaching analysis of emerging social, technological, economic, environmental, and …

Seeding the Future at the New Children’s Museum

I’m a huge fan of speculative fiction—stories with the power to immerse us in the daily reality of possible futures deeply and viscerally. We can fall in love with fiction in a way we …

Curatorial Chatbot: An Experiment with AI at the Nasher Museum of Art

CFM has explored museum applications of artificial intelligence (AI) since 2017, notably business analytics, customer service, collections data analysis, and provenance research. Today on …

A Journey of Healing: Creating Co-Stewardship with Tribal Communities

What’s in a name? The language we use tells us who is speaking, from what perspective, and (implicitly), who controls the narrative. Names, in short, have power. Today on the blog, Caitlin …

The Future of the Museum Store

This post was originally published in 2014 and is republished with updates. Read more about how to get involved in Museum Store Sunday taking place November 26, 2023! I had the pleasure of …

Do You Like Podcasts about Museums? Want to Start Your Own?

One of the BEST PARTS of the virtual Future of Museums Summit is going to be the breakout sessions at the end of each day. Many of the moderators and speakers have volunteered to join …

Crushing on Our Summit Speakers

If I were a different age, I might be saying “OMG OMG!” (or possibly “squee!!!”) but being who I am I’ll just say that our speaker lineup for the virtual Future of Museums Summit is mass…

Peering Over the Next Horizon of Museum Practice

Why is it so hard to make change?! Even when we (museum people) know that parts of our work are in urgent need of reform, progress can be glacially slow. In fact, that’s natural. Humans …
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