Tigers, Transformers and Legos–Oh my! Thinking retail.

I visited the new LEGO store at the Mall of America this morning. Note: this post was originally published in 2010. It reopened this weekend after a major renovation. I was immediately struck by the amusing sense of scale of the enormous characters constructed of giant Legos. It triggered an instant appeal to my childlike […]

Silly photographs everyone takes.

My sister and I spent last weekend traveling to midwestern museums. Coincidentally we noticed a phenomenon of people posing next to art or architecture in a way to visually combine their physical body with whatever they were standing next to. For example, we stopped at a park as we entered Wisconsin. Travelers were standing next […]

Collaboration and Participation

Collaboration and Participation These are hot words in museums today—how can museums engage visitors? How to share both knowledge and experience via participation? These words suggest exuberant sharing, anticipation of cumulative strength, and perhaps naive fearlessness. Yet, correct design of the collaboration is vital for success. Nina Simon, a museum visionary and independent museum consultant, […]