The Participatory History Museum

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An hour-long presentation about visitor participation in museums, with a focus on history institutions. First presented at the Missouri History Museum on 22 July 2010. Created by Nina Simon, Museum 2.0.

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The Participatory History Museum

  1. 1. the participatory museum nina simon, museum 2.0 nina@museumtwo.com @ninaksimon on twitter slides at http://bit.ly/participatoryhistory
  2. 2. where i live
  3. 3. what i do balboa park online collaborative boston children’s museum calgary science center chabot space science center chicago history museum denver art museum experience music project girls math and science partnership international spy museum monterey bay aquarium oakland museum SFMOMA smithsonian museum of natural history statens museum for kunst tech museum of innovation
  4. 4. why i’m here
  5. 5. what i advocate the participatory museum is a place where visitors can create, share, and connect with each other around content.
  6. 6. in cultural institutions, that can mean... Cantor Art Center upper: SFMOMA Denver Community Museum lower: Science Museum of Minnesota
  7. 7. and it requires some changes Authority is content provider
  8. 8. and it requires some changes Authority is content provider Authority is platform provider
  9. 9. why would you want to do this? participation does five things best: deliver personal relevance celebrate and network diverse voices deliver dynamic content encourage interpersonal dialogue support collaborative + creative practice
  10. 10. why would you want to do this? participation does five things best: deliver personal relevance celebrate and network diverse voices deliver dynamic content encourage interpersonal dialogue support collaborative + creative practice
  11. 11. why would you want to do this? to deliver personal relevance London Science Museum
  12. 12. why would you want to do this? to deliver personal relevance London Science Museum
  13. 13. why would you want to do this? to celebrate and network diverse visitors’ voices Minnesota History Center
  14. 14. why would you want to do this? to celebrate and network diverse visitors’ voices Minnesota History Center
  15. 15. why would you want to do this? to deliver dynamic content and experiences Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum
  16. 16. why would you want to do this? to deliver dynamic content and experiences Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum
  17. 17. why would you want to do this? to encourage interpersonal dialogue University of Washington
  18. 18. why would you want to do this? to encourage interpersonal dialogue University of Washington
  19. 19. why would you want to do this? to support collaborative, creative practice US Holocaust Memorial Museum
  20. 20. why would you want to do this? to support collaborative, creative practice US Holocaust Memorial Museum
  21. 21. why would you want to do this? participation does five things best: deliver personal relevance celebrate and network diverse voices deliver dynamic content encourage interpersonal dialogue support collaborative + creative practice
  22. 22. why would you want to do this? participation does five things best: deliver personal relevance celebrate and network diverse voices deliver dynamic content encourage interpersonal dialogue support collaborative + creative practice
  23. 23. Oakland Museum of CA: a case study
  24. 24. 17
  25. 25. how can you do it well? what do they need?
  26. 26. how can you do it well? what are you about? what do they need?
  27. 27. how can you do it well? what are you about? what will these relationships look like? what do they need?
  28. 28. five techniques for participatory engagement 1. be personal / i like museums + heroes 2. scaffold the experience / side trip + art of participation 3. design for thoughtful response / on the road 4. offer multiple engagement points / youtube 5. connect to known frameworks / human library
  29. 29. five techniques for participatory engagement 1. be personal / i like museums + heroes 2. scaffold the experience / side trip + art of participation 3. design for thoughtful response / on the road 4. offer multiple engagement points / youtube 5. connect to known frameworks / human library
  30. 30. ilikemuseums.com
  31. 31. five techniques for participatory engagement 1. be personal / i like museums + heroes 2. scaffold the experience / side trip + art of participation 3. design for thoughtful response / on the road 4. offer multiple engagement points / youtube 5. connect to known frameworks / human library
  32. 32. 90,000 visitors, 37,000 posters made Denver Art Museum average time poster-making: 25 minutes
  33. 33. social participation also requires scaffolding GoMA
  34. 34. social participation also requires scaffolding Find someone about your height to help you with this exhibit GoMA
  35. 35. social participation also requires scaffolding Find someone aboutyour gender to help you with this exhibit Ask a stranger of your height do this activity with you GoMA
  36. 36. five techniques for participatory engagement 1. be personal / i like museums + heroes 2. scaffold the experience / side trip + art of participation 3. design for thoughtful response / on the road 4. offer multiple engagement points / youtube 5. connect to known frameworks / human library
  37. 37. Lowell National Historical Park
  38. 38. five techniques for participatory engagement 1. be personal / i like museums + heroes 2. scaffold the experience / side trip + art of participation 3. design for thoughtful response / on the road 4. offer multiple engagement points / youtube 5. connect to known frameworks / human library
  39. 39. don’t focus solely on creators... the vast majority of social media users are not creators
  40. 40. what makes YouTube different?
  41. 41. five techniques for participatory engagement 1. be personal / i like museums + heroes 2. scaffold the experience / side trip + art of participation 3. design for thoughtful response / on the road 4. offer multiple engagement points / youtube 5. connect to known frameworks / human library
  42. 42. I’ve never had a gay friend. It was unbelievably exciting to find myself facing him with his body, opinions and identity. It seems he was not very different from me and especially he was not an alien. From now on, I will not disrupt my communication with the gays, I will enhance it. - Reader in Istanbul, 2007
  43. 43. participation can be for everyone Auckland Museum Minnesota History Museum
  44. 44. what’s your idea?
  45. 45. contact me anytime nina@museumtwo.com http://www.museumtwo.com Download slides at http://bit.ly/participatoryhistory

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