Saturday, May 29, 2010

American Assocation of Museums Conference, part 1

Had a great trip to Los Angeles for the American Association of Museums conference. Never been to one of these... There were over 4,000 participants from all over the world, not just the US.
Shared a suite with Jana, a fella worker from the Museum. Interesting, we could tell the people who were there for the conference... most museum people are recognizable!

Our museum felt very small, next to most of the other participants, but it was interesting to see everyone was going through the same "conundrums" in the collections areas. Too many artifacts for the space provided, questions about deaccessioning objects, etc. Went to a few sessions that included speakers from South America. Their problems included getting appropriate materials to work with, in the first place. AAM provided headphones for simultaneous translations - very high tech!

There are so many interesting museums in the Los Angeles area. We were able to visit a few with the “On-site Insight” tours. On Sunday afternoon we went to the Huntington Library and Gardens. I was so jazzed to be able to go, since I’ve heard about them for so many years. There wasn’t enough time to see everything... that was true for most of the sites we visited.

First, we went into the lab and were introduced to Carl Linnaeus, who “invented” the classification scheme for plants in the early 17th century. Actually, it was his birthday, May 23rd ! We all looked into microscopes and examined the flowers up close. Unbelievably beautiful !!












Afterwards, Jana and I went into just one of the many gardens: the Children’s Garden. The kids were having a blast with the water fountains. And I found a turtle!

That’s just ONE afternoon! We were so busy at the whole conference... it was a good thing we gained two hours flying west! I’ll write about more excursions later....

5 comments:

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

What a fun trip :)
I'm glad you got in some fun time on your business trip :)

Ruthie said...

Sounds like a ton of fun!

BeadedTail said...

Sounds like a fun and interesting trip! Glad you had a good time!

Anitra Cameron said...

It sounds so wonderful and interesting! I'm glad you had such a great time, and that you're safely home now!

NICO Designs said...

It is great to attend conferences where you learn what you need but still get to have fun. i always enjoyed them when I was teaching.

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