Yesterday we spent the day at Museum Ideas 2014 - Museums in the age of participatory culture. It was a fascinating day, that saw a number of the speakers from REMIX New York alongside new speakers we'd not seen before. The quality of speakers and attendees at both really demonstrates that these two conferences are the stars of the autumn conference season.
So, without further ado, here are the five things we took away with us from Museum Ideas:
- The museum experience is all about storytelling, both offline and online, from the way the chairs are made, to how an exhibition is put together and beyond (@hannahfox and @silviaff20)
- Museums and learning go hand-in-hand, but what's equally important is what we learn from enriching the experience of others. (@sree)
- Building on point 3, digital is a learning curve - you need to try things, test ideas, and most importantly fail before moving on. (@silviaff20)
- Museums are awesome - we all know that already, but getting other people to realise can be a challenge. One of the best ways to do that is to change the tour experience from a didactic one, to one full of unique insight, gossip, and fun. MuseumHack run fast paced, physical tours, aimed at millennials and designed to excite and entertain. The group decide what they want to hear, with 'gossip' often being the winner. (@museumhack)
- Involving visitors is key to getting them to learn. Telling and teaching aren't enough - the most oft-used quote of the day was the following from Benjamin Franklin:
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
Perhaps that's why conference such as Museum Ideas and REMIX exist: to involve, excite, and educate.