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

Category: Museum Magazine
A tension often exists between the law and the ethics of collecting cultural property, and nowhere is that more apparent than in museums today. Museums are coming under increasing scrutiny, …

MUSE Award Categories

There are 9 categories of MUSE awards. One must be selected for each application you submit. The descriptions below will help you determine which category best suits the program you are …

Museum Magazine Editorial Calendar

2020 January/February Curatorial Practice Potential topics are, but not limited to, changing responsibilities, social issues, collection-based engagement; decolonizing collection …

The Top Ten Alliance Blog Posts of 2019

Category: Alliance Blog
It was a whirlwind year of museums making themselves over for our changing world. Evolving ethics, social and technological transformation, and the looming presence of the bottom line are …

Toxic Philanthropy

Category: Center for the Future Of Museums Blog
We live in a time in which the public is hyper sensitive to the ethics of where money comes from, and where it goes. As I observed in TrendsWatch 2015, nonprofits don’t get a free pass in …

Meet Marabou! The furry, friendly creature reimagining the museum

Category: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion
When you visit a museum, do you feel empowered? Do you feel like you have authority and control of your experience? That’s why Marabou is here: to remind us that we all have agency in our …

Ceding Authority and Seeding Trust

Category: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion
This article originally appeared in the May/June 2019 issue of Museum magazine, a benefit of AAM membership. Through a decolonizing collections practice, the San Diego Museum of Man is …

Sold out of science: embracing private collectors in natural history museums.

Category: Center for the Future Of Museums Blog
Is there such a thing as déjà prevu—the feeling of seeing something that you intended to write, but haven’t, yet? This feeling swept over me recently when I read a piece by Mark Carnall, …

Unlawful Appropriation of Objects During the Nazi Era

This area of collections stewardship is of such sensitivity and high importance that it has separate standards and best-practice statements regarding a museum’s obligations. These …

Holidays with Class(es): St. Entropy Gets Schooled

Category: Center for the Future Of Museums Blog
This is #25 in a series that, I’m happy to say, looks like it won’t end anytime soon. Enjoy a holiday break, and I look forward blogging with and for you in the new year.‘Twas …

Practicing What We Preach

Category: Equity
Museum studies graduate students co-curate a feminist art exhibition to test assumptions on ideal approaches to inclusion. This article originally appeared in the March/April 2020 issue …

Museopunks Episode 40: A very human exhibition

Category: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion
Being Human, the new permanent gallery at Wellcome Collection explores what it means to be human in the 21st century. In creating the exhibition, the Wellcome Collection worked with two …

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