Ian S. King
isking at uw.edu
Wed Oct 19 23:15:17 CDT 2016
On Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 8:05 PM, <COURYHOUSE at aol.com> wrote:
> Hi Mouse -
> running a museum project is fun but also a lot of work.
> here is a little framework to think about and discuss Ed# at SMECC .
> - SPACE
> you rent or buy a building ($$$$ !)
> place displays in other's premises (can work if they protct your gear)
> - INSURANCE
> (property, liability, employee)
> - UTILITIES
> ( winter is your enemy, summer is ours in AZ)
> - SECURE FURANITURE AND FIXTURES
> (when in doubt, lock it under glass)
> EMPOLYEES and/or VOLUNTEERS
> Great to have so you are not the only one chained to the entry desk,
> employees cost $$$ volunteers no salary - either can be a
> blessing or a curse if you get a bad one
> In a message dated 10/19/2016 7:41:07 P.M. US Mountain Standard Time,
> mouse at Rodents-Montreal.ORG writes:
> There's someone local who's seen my assortment of computer hardware
> twice and has, each time, told me I should set up a museum.
> This is tempting, but I don't know the first thing about doing it.
> About all I'm sure of is that it would involve a lot of stuff I
> currently have no idea of.
> I know that there are at least a few people here who've been involved
> in such things. While all the examples that come to mind are in the
> USA, and mine would be in Canada, I'm sure there are many respects in
> which the issues are jurisdiction-independent - and, who knows, there
> may be such a person in Canada that I just can't recall offhand.
> So, I'm wondering if there's anyone who'd be willing to share
> experiences, thoughts, issues, whatever, on the possibility.
> I'm not looking to make a lot of money off this. If I can turn my
> computers from money-sink to money-neutral, I'll be content. (They are
> currently soaking up money in the form of causing me to be renting
> significantly more storage than I would be if they were to vanish.)
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So, having done this with a big purse :-) I will endorse the old saying,
"The way to make a small fortune in the museum business is to start with a
large one." Having met a lot of folks who have done this in some semblance
or another, here is my advice.
Hours by appointment, so that you aren't a slave to it. Even if you can
find volunteers, because you don't want to burn them out, either.
Seek educational/public interest donations, rather than counting on
donations from attendees. I have no experience with the visitor-funded
approach, but I have doubts.
Figure out how to offer a unique experience AND pitch it to local media.
Buy them beers.
If you can tie into local legislators (I've done this), that's a plus,
because they know people with money (which is how they get elected).
If you can tell a potential donor's story well, that encourages the
potential donor. Here's where you can end up selling your soul.
Some thoughts, YMMV. Cheers -- Ian
Ian S. King, MSIS, MSCS, Ph.D. Candidate
The Information School <http://ischool.uw.edu>
Dissertation: "Why the Conversation Mattered: Constructing a Sociotechnical
Narrative Through a Design Lens
Archivist, Voices From the Rwanda Tribunal <http://tribunalvoices.org>
Value Sensitive Design Research Lab <http://vsdesign.org>
University of Washington
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