Month: August 2014

August’s Drinking About Museums/#Instameet/PEM PM

So August was a complete blast! If you weren’t there, we had 70+ people make the long trek up to Salem, to join 600+ other people playing retro games, analogue versions of video games, mobile games and more at Peabody Essex Museum. Many pictures follow…

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

There’s more on our Facebook page, too:

Lessons Learned
We packed a lot into this one event that left me both excited and terrified. PEM PM is a regular monthly evening event the museum hosts. We had decided to invite a number of local Instagrammers to an event, and had a longstanding desire to bring more Boston-area colleagues up to PEM. Combining the three into one event was a bit ambitious, but it was great! So, what worked?

Planning, planning, planning
The PEM Social Media Action Corps (yes, we really do call ourselves that. Best not to be too serious about this stuff…) did a ton of work beforehand to figure out the logistics and plan for how to make them all work out. Figuring out how and where to meet people, identify people as part of our event in the sea of other people at the larger event, coordinating with the rest of the Museum, all took time. But it allowed us to meet in one place, get on the same boat, walk across town together and get into the museum without losing anybody, have a great time, gather again, and walk across another part of town in the dark to the train. And I don’t think we lost anybody.

Have lots of help
We needed seven people to pull off the event. Two left early to get to the pier in time to check guests in. Three of us rode the ferry down to lay out the food and admission buttons, and two more were stationed at the Museum to welcome people who didn’t take the boat. We needed all of them. Ask for volunteers!

Spend a little money if you’ve got it
This was a hybrid Drinking About Museums/PEM marketing event, and that institutional affiliation made a huge difference. There was a marketing budget attached to it, so we could buy some food and ferry tickets, which went a long way towards setting the tone for the event. Printing cool buttons to serve as tickets to the event didn’t cost a lot, but made it fun. Ditto for the name tags with everyone’s name, affiliation and Instagram handle. A bunch of little touches in the aggregate added up to a lot of satisfied people at the end of the evening, even if they had to buy their own train ticket back to Boston.

It was an ambitious experiment. It worked really well. Next month, we’ll be hosting Mr Koven J. Smith and others. And in October, we’ll be returning for another round of Museums Showoff! Don’t miss out!

September Drinking About Museums with Koven Smith

On the heels of a spectacular DAM PEM/PM mash-up with the Instagramers of Boston along for the (ferry) ride, we are looking ahead to the fall.  Next up:

Thursday, September 11, 6 pm

The Hong Kong Restaurant in Harvard Square
1238 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138 (map)

As we ease into fall, special guest Koven J. Smith (@5easypieces) will be joining us in September for Drinking About Museums.  Formerly of the Denver Art Museum, Koven now teaches in the Johns Hopkins Masters of Museum Studies program and consults through Kinetic Museums.

In October, (date TBD) we will return to the HOng Kong and host another edition of Museums Show Off.  If you are interested in showing off, please contact us and let us know!

Also, The Old North Foundation  has invited the Drinking About Museums young professionals to join them for a reception in the Washington Courtyard on Wednesday, September 10. Check it out!  Details here.

Next Drinking About Museums: Boston is Thursday, August 21st!

Peabody Essex Museum has extended a special invitation to Drinking About Museums to their first #InstaMeet — join us for an evening of socializing and social media. We’ll start with snacks and conversation aboard the 5:30pm Salem Fast Ferry from Boston. After a brief walk to the museum, you’ll be let loose into PEM/PM Throwback Game Night to Instagram using the tag #PEMPM.

All participants receive free admission to the museum!

Throwback Game Night
(featuring our own Kellian Adams of Green Door Labs)

Travel back to the arcades and rec rooms of the ’70s and ’80s with a night dedicated to retro gaming! Challenge your friends in games of skill and chance – from tabletop and social games to vintage Atari, Twister, Sorry and Pac-Man. Experiment with game design in the Maker Lounge and invent original game art in the Create Spaces. While you’re here, visit Turner & the Sea before it closes on Labor Day, Monday, September 1.

Hope to see you all there!

Ed & Jenn

Schedule of Events

5:30pm: Ferry departs from Boston for Salem. The PEM social media team will be on board with snacks. The ferry also has a full bar. The trip will last about 45 minutes and will be a chance to network, talk museums, talk social media, eat, and drink.

6:15pm: Ferry arrives in Salem. It’s about a ten minute walk from the ferry to the museum.

6:30pm – 9:00pm: InstaMeet at PEM/PM using the tag #PEMPM. Learn more about the programming for the evening here. Admission is waived for InstaMeet participants, and everyone is encouraged to experience and photograph the galleries in addition to the PEM/PM programming. (Note: photography is not permitted in Turner & the Sea or Yin Yu Tang, the Chinese House).

9:00pm: We’ll wrap up, answer any lingering questions, then escort anyone looking for the train to the station as a group.

9:32pm: Train from Salem to Boston. This costs $7, and tickets can be purchase onboard with cash or using the MBTA mTickets app (