6. Muzeiko

Until Muzeiko opened in Sofia, Bulgaria on October 1st 2015, there were no children’s museums in the Balkans. 

One of the reasons for the lack of children’s museums was a cultural attitude towards childhood education during communist times, according to Vessela Gercheva, the Programs and Exhibits Director for Muzeiko.

In this episode, Museum of Museums visits Muzeiko to find a shifting attitude towards children's education. 

Notes:

Muzeiko - Official Site

A Children’s Museum Comes to Bulgaria - NYT

5. StalinWorld

 Monika Bernotas and her family interact with statues of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin that were previously located in the cities of Lithuania at Grutas park.

Monika Bernotas and her family interact with statues of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin that were previously located in the cities of Lithuania at Grutas park.

Go to the central square of any Soviet influenced country like Lithuania, and you will find empty pedestals.

The pedestals used hold monuments to Soviet leaders. Where there once were statues of Lenin and Stalin, you now find overgrown bushes and pop-up cell phone stores. 

Where are the statues now? In Lithuania, they are in a pseudo-theme park called Grūtas Park or, unofficially, Stalin World.

With special guest Monika Bernotas.

Notes and Links: 

Grutas Park and the Fate of Soviet Statuary in Lithuania

Grūtas Park - Wikipedia

Music composed by Adam Emanon from his album for rest (2008). Used under a Creative Commons licence. 

 

4. Bison Hunt on Horseback

Built in 1966, the Bison Hunt on Horseback diorama at the Milwaukee Public Museum is a beautiful throwback to an older style of exhibit, without projectors or screens.

This week, Dr. Ellen Censky, Senior Vice President and Academic Dean at the Milwaukee Public Museum, talks about the diorama and modern exhibit design.

3. Authority

As you empty your pockets, how you lay their contents on the table reflects how you value their differences and interpret their functions. 

When we go into a museum, we trust that objects are laid out across the table with some expertise. Who gets to decide where the objects go? Should visitors ever have that authority?

This week, special guest Seb Chan, Director of Digital & Emerging Technologies at Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, joins Ian to talk about museum authority against the backdrop of the web.