More on Museum Blogs

There have been other discussion on museum blogs that we’ve noticed:

In October, the Wall Street Journal published “For Attention, Museums Get Gossipy Online” (subscription required). It doesn’t say much we didn’t know:

After trying open houses, audio tours and other traditional methods for engaging visitors, some museums are starting to use Web logs to attract interest. Museum officials say that these blogs, which offer views of installations in progress, chatty stories about staff members and links to the art community, are an effort to make their institutions seem more approachable and less stuffy.

The examples it gives are the Washington’s Katzen Arts Center’s blogging about installing their 500-pound tree trunk and the Minneapolis’s Walker Art Center blogging about installing their own 2000-pound steel and concrete elephant made of steel, concrete and painted animal skins. As Katzen Arts Center Director Jack Rasmussen says, “We’re trying to make it transparent so it’s not this mysterious monolith.”

The other museum blogs referred to in the article is that of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts (a joint blog that mentioned us recently) and the soon to-be-launched Smithsonian blog.

According to Paul Schmelzer of Eyeteeth (who was writing in August), there isn’t enough precedent in arts-related museum blogs. Apparently off our radar was the off-beat Beer Can Museum in Massachusetts and its blog.

However, we think that there are, so far, a few arts museum blogs (see Bronx Mus(eum)ings) and none on community history.

There is Museums and the Web (“Taking a professional look at online web initiatives launched by museums and galleries worldwide”).

For some reason, that us non-techie museum types are struggling with, we are nowhere near the top of google lists if we do a search for “museum blogs.” Presumably other small museum blogs are just as obscure as a result.

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