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“Access for All” Begins with Community Listening at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Cassandra Clement was always on the lookout. A self-described “stalker” of quiet places to sit at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (CZBG), she always took note of benches tucked …

Museums Have a Docent Problem: Inside the struggle to train a mostly white, unpaid tour guide corps to talk about race.

Palace Shaw was standing in one of the galleries in Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art when she heard something that rattled her. It was the summer of 2017, and the show on display …

“Pay As You Stay” – an alternative pricing model for museums?

This year’s TrendsWatch cites buy-ahead pricing as one tool for enhancing revenue and managing attendance. In today’s guest post, Managing Director Tom Schoessler tells us how the Weserburg …

6 Data-Tested Approaches to Building New Audiences

It’s safe to say that most museums would like new visitors. Visitors actualize museums’ missions, give them vibrancy as places of insight and connection, and contribute to their financial …

Leveraging Smartphone Technology to Protect Museum Visitors

Everyone is eager for a return to normal, which includes access to museums and other cultural venues. While countless people likely have been inspired and sustained by virtual museum tours …

Towards Frictionless Augmented Reality

Author’s Note: Several months ago, putting on an Augmented Reality (AR) headset was an uncomfortable nuisance for museum visitors. Now, it’s a potential health risk. The COVID-19 pandemic …

Security and Operational Priorities for Reopening Cultural Institutions

Support Free COVID-19 Resources for the Field: The current crisis is taking a distressing financial toll on cultural organizations, and AAM is no different. In these challenging times, we …

What Will Become of Interactive Art When Museums Reopen?

Support Free COVID-19 Resources for the Field The current crisis is taking a distressing financial toll on cultural organizations, and AAM is no different. The Alliance Blog is supported by …

“The museum we closed will not be the museum we reopen.”

Support Free COVID-19 Resources for the Field The current crisis is taking a distressing financial toll on cultural organizations, and AAM is no different. The Alliance Blog is supported by …

4 Tips for Effectively Reaching Visitors with Disabilities

It’s been nearly three decades since the original Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 was signed into law. Since the protective act was ratified, great strides have been made not just …

What It Means to Be a University Museum in the Twenty-First Century

These days, when I stop by the café at the Chazen Museum of Art, I often find myself in conversation with my University of Wisconsin–Madison colleagues—students, staff, and professors from …

Cravings Nourished: Museum experiences that elicit emotions

Today on the Alliance Blog, we’re featuring a post by a Social Media Journalist for AAM’s 2019 Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo. The application for this year’s Social Media Journalist …
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