A Guide to Participation in the Museum

By Danielle Carter As a museum educator, it can sometimes prove difficult to balance the limitless information held within the museum and its collections, and the constructivist museum approach that affirms the visitor’s contribution as valid. Recently, we wrote a post about why parental participation in family museum visits matters to the entire family’s museum and learning experience. In this post, we will focus more on how to encourage participation in general and why this is essential to the museum visitor experience. At Thinking Museum, all our museum educators and guides receive training in using Visible Thinking in the museum environment.

Slow Food: Still Lifes of the Golden Age at the Mauritshuis

By Claire Bown The new exhibition at the Mauritshuis 'Slow Food: Still Lifes of the Golden Age' is a real feast for the senses.  It's also the first exhibition to be devoted to the development of meal still lifes in Holland and Flanders from 1600 onwards. The inspiration for the exhibition comes in the form of a painting acquired by the museum in 2012, 'Still Life with Cheeses, Almonds and Pretzels' by Clara Peeters. There are a total of 22 works on display with masterpieces on loan from the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Washington's National Gallery of Art, Oxford's Ashmolean Museum and the

‘Late Rembrandt’ Exhibition at the Rijksmuseum

'Late Rembrandt' exhibition at the Rijksmuseum. February 12 to May 17 2015. On February 12 the landmark exhibition 'Late Rembrandt' opens at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the city where Rembrandt lived and worked. This is the first time that an exhibition has been dedicated to Rembrandt’s late works from the 1650s until his death in 1669. In collaboration with the National Gallery in London, more than 90 works from leading museums and private collections from around the world will be on display here in Amsterdam. Rembrandt was born in Leiden, the Netherlands, in 1606 and died aged 63 in 1669. Despite having achieved youthful success and prosperity,