Museums In The 21st Century
January 12, 2009 On a recent evening, 100 museum professionals gathered in Washington, D.C., to hear a lecture — not about funding, or curatorial responsibility — but about games. Museum directors are hoping alternate reality games will get visitors of all ages engaged with their collections.
January 5, 2009 It's hard to talk about museums these days without discussing the effect the recession is having on them. Funding of all kinds is being cut, and many museums are laying off staff, postponing exhibitions and looking for new ways to raise money.
December 22, 2008 School field trips are falling off the curriculum as teachers feel pressure to fill class time with basic skills. Museum directors are working to make their exhibits more field-trip friendly to lure teachers and students back from the classrooms.
December 15, 2008 The FBI used to treat cases of art theft just like any other case involving stolen property. But today, a team of special agents at the FBI is devoted to tracking down priceless cultural artifacts. Dina Temple-Raston explores the world of real-life art heists.
December 8, 2008 Two American museums designed by one world-famous architect have evoked two very different reactions from visitors and critics alike. Laura Sydell investigates the tensions between form and function in the latest installment of NPR's series on 21st-century museums.
December 1, 2008 Alex Nyerges is no stranger to working 16-hour days and wearing multiple hats. As director of the VMFA, his domain ranges from the art blogosphere to the museum's $130 million construction site — with countless travel obligations, fundraising opportunities and donor visits thrown in for good measure.