For a bigger event, try pairing the pop-up museum with one or more of the following activities:
- a wine and cheese “opening reception”
- an information session on collections care
- scanning or photographing the contributing pieces
One advantage to including a related activity is that it allows multiple levels of participation. Audience members who do not want to bring in artifacts can still participate as visitors or spectators, rather than as exhibit creators.
Pop-Up Museums are the kind of content-creating opportunities for museum participants that Nina Simon has discussed extensively in her book, The Participatory Museum. These programs can further institutional missions by increasing community engagement. Best of all, the requirements for space and materials are minimal. Why not try a pilot with a group of your organization’s volunteers and/or board members? That experience can help your staff tweak their pop-up museum program designs before opening the event up to a broader audience.
Posted on November 29, 2011, in collections access, collections care, Exhibitions, historic houses, historic sites, museums, public programs and tagged community engagement, Denver Community Museum, Michelle DelCarlo, Nina Simon, Participatory Museums, Pop-Up Museum, SW Seattle Historical Society, volunteers. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.