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Administrator's note: This page is an information dump, lots of good info about museums, with quite a bit of attention on institutions in smaller towns and rural communities.

If you want to understand what makes a place tick, visit a museum. These venerable institutions orient visitors and engage locals.

May 18 International Museum Day
Hashtags: #IMD2017 and #InternationalMuseumDay
International Museum Day
International Museum Day - ICOM

⚡️ “#InternationalMuseumDay”


Favorite Museums

This is a preliminary list, one which we would like to expand with descriptions and links to websites and social web channels for direct communication.
Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico: Teotitlán Community Museum
Mexico City, Mexico: Museo de Antropologia
Veracruz, Mexico: Museo de Antropologia
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Old Mormon Fort, Pinball Museum
Overton, Nevada, USA: Lost City Museum
Washington, DC, USA: American Indian
Queensland, Australia: Queensland Museum
Wellington, New Zealand: Te Papa
Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador: Bahia de Caraquez

Mexico City, Mexico
Chapultepec Park @ 10.2010
The Museo Nacional de Antropología (National Museum of Anthropology) is an absolute must-see, combining anthropological studies of Mexico's Indigenous groups with a mind-bending collection of artifacts produced over the past 3,000 years. Mexico's cultural diversity and artistic genius are showcased in 23 exhibition halls that occupy more than 44,000 square feet.


February 1 Follow a Museum Day

September 28 Museum Day Live
Flickr discussion

Buzzword Bingo

Admission - Authentic - Collection - Conversation - Curate - Curator - Culture - Diorama - Entrance Fee - Exhibit - Future - Gift Shop - Heritage - History - Inclusion - Learning - Loan - Museums - Pop-up Museum - Postcards - Private - Public - Shoebox Archive - World Museums


⚡️ “When you accidentally stumble upon your dream museum” -
A trip to the museum - TED
Are Museum Apps Boring?
Science Museum Creates Stunning 2 Billion-Point 3D Model Of Shipping Galleries With 275 Lasers
Both Sides of the Screen: Museums Seeking Balance in a Digital Age
Subverting the hetero-normative museum
An open letter to museums on Twitter


Pop-up museum
Museums in Oaxaca, Mexico
World Museums on Flickr



Museum 2.0
World Museums Pool
World Museums

Recommended Listening

The 2010 Macmillan Brown Lecture Series features Associate Professor Roger Fyfe (Senior Curator Anthropology, Canterbury Museum). He surveys the development of museums in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, asking "who owns the past?" in a series of lectures recorded at the Christchurch Art Gallery.

The Museum Life - Museums attract millions of visitors and employ thousands. The Museum Life, hosted by Carol Bossert, charts the growth and development of this cultural business. Museum Life showcases leaders in the field who provide perspective on current issue as well as creative thinkers who are impacting the future of museums. Join the conversation every Friday at 10 AM Eastern Time/7 AM Pacific on the Voice America Variety Channel.


World Museums Collection

Flickr Groups

World Museums

Social Inclusion - @incluseum



Embedded Tweets


Which museums do a great job of modeling sustainable practices?
What happens when museums receive more visitors through their website than through their front door?


He who views only the products of his only country may be said to inhabit a single world while those who see and consider the productions of other climes bring many worlds in review before them.
- Carl Linnaeus (1754), cited by Roger Fyfe Macmillan Brown Lecture #1, 2010

It's ironic that the term "world class"--which should embody an international panoply of forms of expression, presentation, and exploration of museum content--is instead used to hew to a singular vision of excellence.
- Nina Simon, Why is "World Class" so Classist?

Visitors are people. They are not numbers. They are not dollars. They are not deliveries. They are people who have experiences with art in art museums. I'm dismayed that the same critics who decry Deitch's disregard for artists and curators treat the public as an unimportant commodity in museums. Why do these critics care so much about the influence of money and so little about the influence of audiences? Why do they focus on what bait is presented to lure visitors in and not on what opportunities are made to engage them?
- Nina Simon,

Brooklyn Museum (USA)
Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn Museum - Flickr
Help curate a show @ Brooklyn Museum...
Brooklyn Museum Mut Expedition Photos
Web 2.0: Building an On-line Community at the Brooklyn Museum


Powerhouse (Australia)
Powerhouse Museum
Powerhouse - Flickr

New Zealand
The NZMuseums website,, profiles approximately 360 New Zealand museums and related culture and heritage organisations.

Te Papa
Our Space
Our Space Group - Flickr





Oaxaca City Museums
Mexico City's Anthropology Museum
Mexico el de Arte Popular MAP
arqueologico en Jalapa Ver



Brooklyn Museum - Flickr
Building an On-line Community at the Brooklyn Museum: A Timeline
Graffiti Exhibit - Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn Museum

National Museum of Australia
National Gallery of Australia
Powerhouse Museum

Our Space - Flickr
South Canterbury Museum

Elsewhere on the Web

Museums Give Science the Spark of Life
New Curator
A day at the museum - how much do children actually remember?
5 ways for Museums to use YouTube - @museweb
National Museum of the American Indian
Mint Museum of Art
Hobo Museum (Iowa)
Charles M. Schulz
Bridge Museum Sarajevo
Southwest Museum of the American Indian
Beyond the Silos of the LAMs - Diane Zorich, Gunter Waibel and Ricky Erway - @MuseumHack - @RwandaMuseums

Coalition to advance learning - - - @museweb

Running a museum?

The UNESCO/ICOM Practical Handbook exists in downloadable English, French, Arabic, Spanish, Russian and Chinese language versions:
Running a Museum: A Practical Handbook

EN | AR | FR | ES | RU | CH)

Essay: What's wrong with museums

Museums are stale. Expensive. Exclusive. Do not connect with community. Do not have adequate web presence.



the Regional Museums Award focuses on museums in their roles as local story-tellers and local ambassadors (encouraging tourism and regional development) and on how they look towards survival in the future
This year there will be three categories:
  • Best volunteer-run museum
  • Best small museum (with a total budget of $150,000 or less)
  • Best Indigenous Cultural Centre/Keeping Place


Fourth International Conference on the Inclusive Museum. This Conference is to be held at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa 30 June to 3 July 2011.

  • The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 1 (Download PDF)
  • The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 2 (Download PDF)
  • The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 3 (Download PDF)

YOUR TURN - The focus of the World Museums on Flickr highlights museums around the world. Show us places you work or where you have visited. If you work with a particular museum, show us what goes on behind the scenes or how you connect with the community.

More Museums on Flickr

Australian Museum
National Museum
Angelina Russo
International Council of Museums
Museums Australia
The Museum of the 21st Century - podcast discussion
Museum 3.0 Ning
Centre for the future of museums
National Museum Bangkok - Touching Thailand
Article about 3D modelling of world monuments
Australasian Cooperative Research Centre for Interaction Design
Collections Council of Australia
The Powerhouse Museum
Seb Chan's blog
Powerhouse Museum Common Ground
Curiosity Cabinet
Brooklyn Museum Tag! You're It!
Fourth National Public Galleries Summit

Spotlight on Simpich (colorado)

Admission is Complimentary!

Spotlight on Museum 2.0

Most Commented On Posts

Posts that Address Frequent Questions


April 29 - May 2
AAM Conversations: Want to Talk?

American Association of Museums conference

Future Chat

April 19 Future of Museums, 4pm New York City time

Relevant, useful ideas emerge. You can find patterns and threads. It's a window into many other worlds through links and exchanges. And ultimately, it simply gives you insights and perspectives from so many people that would be otherwise impossible to access without extreme effort.” So I hope you join us, as well as recruiting as many other interesting people as you can (in and out of museums) to tweet in and contribute to this fertile collision of fields. - Cindy Frewen (@Urbanverse), museumers-meet-futurists-futurists


What happens when a museum gets more visitors through its website than its front door?


The idea behind WikiLoot is simple:
1. Build a collaborative web platform for the publication and analysis of primary source records and photographs documenting the illicit trade in looted antiquities.
2. Use social web and other tools to engage a broad, international network of contributors — experts, curators, journalists, investigators, academics and curious citizens — in the tagging, linking and analysis of that material.
3. With these tools, develop an authoritative public database of the illicit trade that can be used to further the public’s understanding of the scope of looting.

Chasing Aphrodite on Facebook


Place-Making and Museums
World Museums

Virtual Museum