In case of fire…?!

September 20, 2013

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If you love museums and you love social media, then you will have loved this year’s Ask-a-Curator – the biggest Q&A session with museums worldwide, via Twitter (if you’re hearing about it for the first time, I wrote a bit more about what Ask-a-Curator actually is in my last post). After busily tweeting for my museum at work for ten hours, you’d think I’d be sick of it all come evening, but I couldn’t wait to get started asking my own questions:

Instead of asking lots of different questions, I had the idea of asking just 3 questions, but asking several different museums the same ones, as I thought it would be interesting to compare the answers. And it was! I directed my questions at 24 museums in the USA, Canada, South America and the Netherlands (since it was already evening in Europe at that time, I was mainly restricted to the Americas, but the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam was still going strong!). I also invited any other museums that wanted to, to answer, and several more responses came in that way.

Question 1: What is the most unusual object in your collection?

A total of 28 museums answered this question. Here are my three favourite responses:

You can find a short summary of all answers to question 1 on Storify.

Question 2: If there was a fire & you could save just one object, what would it be?

A total of 22 museums answered this question. Here are my three favourite responses:

You can find a short summary of all answers to question 2 on Storify.

Question 3: What exhibition have you always wanted to curate but never had the chance?

A total of 18 museums answered this question. Here are my three favourite responses:

You can find a short summary of all answers to question 3 on Storify.

In total, I received answers from 35 different museums, including 17 who responded to my open questions. Of the 24 museums I asked directly, 6 did not respond at all, which sadly also included @secretsofradar, for whom I had a bonus question :)

Edit: This afternoon, two days after Ask-a-Curator, I had a lovely surprise when some more answers to my questions popped up in my Twitter feed. And from @secretsofrader, no less! (bringing the total up to 36 different museums, and only 5 that didn’t respond). It turns out their curator was in the Quebec bush without network access. I take everything back :) Of course, you’re now all asking yourselves, “So, what IS @secretofradar’s biggest secret?” Well…

You can find a full transcript of all answers to my questions, including follow up questions and discussions, on Storify.

Have a great weekend everyone, and happy museum-ing!

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