Spectrum of Innovation in Museums?



by Mark Walhimer

Published on April 22, 2010

  • 1. Science Centers – Most Innovative
    2. Aquariums
    3. Children’s Museums
    4. Natural History Museums
    5. Mobile museums
    6. Military and war museums
    7. Corporate museums
    8. State history museums
    9. Art Museums
    10. Zoos
    11. Local History Museums
    12. Living History, Farm and Agriculture Museums
    13. Historic houses – Least Innovative

    Trying to think of a “Spectrum of Innovation in Museums” (for the purpose of the spectrum including Science Centers, Zoos, Living History and Aquariums). Such a spectrum is a great insight into the culture of different institutions.

    The question I asked myself, “how likely would the museum be to adopt a new technology? (not based on budget)”

    Of course this is a generalization, would love to hear feedback.

    - Mark

Latest Comments (1)

Not sure where CMs really belong

by Joanna Fisher - April 26, 2010

My first reaction was to argue that the children’s museums are more ready to innovate. I think that as a whole, they have led the thinking about utilizing exhibit/public spaces in innovative and engaging ways. As the talk about business models and operational models was just starting to get interesting, the science centers were describing what children’s museums were already doing. But there seems to be resistance to using CMs as a model, reducing their ability to impact others. And CMs are definitely low technology.

What do you see as the difference between a zoo and an aquarium, as far as innovation is concerned?

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