A Survey Of The D.C. Museum Landscape

A Survey Of The D.C. Museum Landscape

Museums in and around D.C. house historic collections and great works of art that simultaneously draw tourists and support local community programs. We consider the challenges, and opportunities, of operating a museum in a unique cultural landscape and explore implications of recent shakeups on the museum scene.

Museums in and around D.C. house historic collections and great works of art that simultaneously draw tourists and support local community programs. But many leading arts and learning institutions are confronting difficult financial and governance challenges, such as how to survive as an admission-charging museum in a city full of free exhibits and how to navigate the intricacies of politics and arts funding, while remaining relevant and cutting edge. We consider the challenges and opportunities of operating a museum in a unique cultural landscape and explore implications of recent shakeups on the museum scene.

Guests

Philip Kennicott

Culture Critic, Washington Post

Dorothy Kosinski

director, The Phillips Collection

Elizabeth Merritt

founding director, Center for the Future of Museums, an initiative of the American Alliance of Museums

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