Author: Ed Rodley

Assoc Dir. of Integrated Media at Peabody Essex Museum. Experienced museum professional. Into new media in general and always a sucker for a good narrative.

Reminder: DAM is tomorrow, 1/29!

Next Drinking About Museums: Boston
#TakingRisks Edition
Tuesday, January 29th, 6PM

The weather outside might be frightful, but at the bar, it’s so delightful! Especially if you spend it with your museum friends, and new friends! And this month, we’ve got another great special guest, Hillary Spencer, coming to join us. So, mark your calendars, brave the elements, and join us at the Hong Kong next Tuesday!


Hillary Spencer is the Director of Nomad Exhibitions. Hillary recently left the American Museum of Natural History to open the US office of Nomad. She has been moderating conversations on risk and leadership while developing a new business strategy for traveling exhibitions. She’s an alum of the Getty Leadership Institute Next Gen program, and a tireless champion for museums taking more risks.

What is #takingrisks?

The act of risk taking is of increasing importance in both our professional and personal lives. Taking risks on an institutional level requires not only personal vision, but also institutional support. Risk can small and quiet, or it can be loud and dramatic. What risks are you willing to take?

Hong Kong Restaurant
1238 Mass Ave
Cambridge MA 02138

Come join us and we’ll have a lively discussion with Hillary and your colleagues and try to get a bit more fearless!

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December Drinking About Museums

Come say hello/goodbye!

It’s that time again! Time to brave the cold and practice your holiday small talk! We’ll have not one, but TWO great reasons to come this month!


Say Hello to David!

I’m pleased as punch to announce that David Nuñez from the MIT Museum has joined me as your Drinking About Museums co-instigator for 2019! He’s got ideas for the future of DAM, and would love to hear yours!




Say Goodbye to Lauren!

I’m also happy/sad to announce that Lauren Vargas is moving to London to take a position with the One by One project in the UK to help build digitally confident museums! Let’s give her a great send off!



Hong Kong Restaurant,
Harvard Square, Cambridge
Wednesday, December 12th, 6:30PM


October 24th: Drinking with new friends from JHU!


Greetings, friends!
Tis that time of the month again, and this month, we’ve got a special treat in store for you. Gail Ringel is in town with her class from Johns Hopkins University Museum Studies program.

They’re studying authority and engagement in museums, and on a whirlwind tour of the city and its cultural organizations. Come meet new friends, find out what’s new in the Boston museum scene and get out and relax with us!

Hope to see you there!


The Details
When: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 6PM
Where: The historic Hong Kong Restaurant,
1238 Mass Ave., Cambridge MA 02138

Next Drinking About Museums: Boston – Weds., Sept. 26th

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Hola, comrades!

Three things to announce; the next DAM, the October DAM, and a special announcement from the Museums and the Web conference organizers. Onwards!

September Drinking About Museums!

Summer’s over, school’s in session! Time to come out and hang with your DAM friends on Wednesday the 26th! We’ll catch up on the Summer’s news and reviews, share what’s happening around town, and generally have a good time. Tell your friends!

Drinking About Museums: Boston
9/26/18 6PM
Upstairs at the Hong Kong Restaurant
1238 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA 02138
in historic Harvard Square

Save the Date! October 24th

We’ll be having a special October DAM, to welcome a group of Johns Hopkins University Museum Studies students to the Boston area. They’ll be in the midst of a grueling days-long exploration of museums all over the Boston area, so come out and say hello!

Museums and the Web 2019 will be in Boston!

The deadline for proposals is the end of this month, so don’t delay! It promises to be an exciting time, as hundreds of colleagues from around the world descend on us to learn about what’s new and exciting in museums! Additionally, the organizers have asked me to spread around the news of the Show Your Badge program they’re working on for MW2019. If your institution is interested in extending free admittance to conference goers while Museums and the Web is in town, they’ll be happy to add your info to the conference website, and literature. Win-win! Details are here: Show your MW badge program 2019.

See you at the Kong!

July Drinking About Museums:BOS 7/23 6-10PM at Alley

AR/VR in Museums!


Hola Friends!

Curious about AR and VR? Interested in what local companies and labs are working on around AR and VR in museums? Have we got the event for you!  Jeffrey Jacobson, a longtime DAM:BOS attendee, and VR guy, invited us join the Boston Virtual Reality Meetup group for an evening of augmented and virtual reality lightning talks, demos, drinks and snacks.

If you’ve wanted to learn more about AR and VR, and try out cool demos, now’s your chance!


Monday, July 23, 2018, 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM at Alley in Harvard Sq


Since we’re cohosting, there are a couple of things that are different from the usual DAM:BOS event:

  1. We’d like you to sign up on the Boston VR Meetup event page here.
  2. There’s a $6 door charge for pizza and drinks. Sustenance will be necessary so you can try all the toys and see all the talks. We’ll head off after to somewhere congenial to drink. Suggestions welcome!

Hope to see you there!

Your DAM June and July updates!


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June and July events

Summer is almost upon us, friends! Let the vacationing and trips to beaches commence!

It doesn’t mean we’re going to ease up, though! Far from it! Our May Drinking About Museums at the MIT Museum was a great time! About 35 of us enjoyed a tour of their new Cajal exhibition and the service at Asgard afterward. I’m very grateful to David Nuñez for organizing and Anne Neumann for leading the tour. They were excellent hosts!

June DAM in Plymouth

After a bit of a hiatus, South of Boston (SoB), Drinking about Museums is back!  Aside from good cheer in historic Plymouth, the evening will focus on what museums are we doing (or would like to do) in our work around race, gender equity and social justice.

For more details, visit the all-important Evite sign in page. Please do RSVP if you’re going, so they can know how many to expect.

July DAM/Boston VR event

The Boston VR Meetup group is having a museum-themed event in July that we’re cohosting. It will be on Monday July 23rd at Alley in Cambridge. Lots of room for talks and demos, then drinking afterward.

More details to come, but if you’re interested in demoing or speaking, let me know! And sign up on the Boston VR Meetup page, so we know who to expect.

Hope to see you out and about this summer!


Next DAM!May 23rd 6-?PM, at the MIT Museum/The Asgard


Hola, Friends!

It’s finally Spring and the time is right for the May 2018 edition of Drinking About Museums, Boston. David Nuñez of the MIT Museum has invited us to come see their new “Beautiful Brain” exhibition. We had to postpone a week to accommodate the museum, but we’ve settled on Wednesday May 23rd at 6PM. Details on the exhibition are here.

MIT Museum
265 Massachusetts Avenue
Building N51
Cambridge, MA 02139

We’ll meet at the lobby of the Museum at 6 and start heading over to the Asgard down the street around 7PM.

The Asgard 
350 Massachusetts Ave,
Cambridge, MA 02139


Hope to see you there!


Come out and network in May!

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Hola, friends!

We’ve been hibernating for awhile, but Spring has sprung and it’s time to come out and play! Twice!!

First, NEMA is hosting an event at the Paul Revere House on May 3rd, and they’re eager to see all you Drinking About Museums types! I’ll be there! You can find complete details here –

Second, we’re also going to have our May DAM:BOS on May 16th, so mark your calendars and stay tuned for more!


November get together! 11/15


Mmm, beer!

Well friends, it’s that time again! Now that the conference season has passed it’s a good time to share the exciting things that happened at NEMA, ASTC, MCN, and any other member of the alphabet soup of museumy conferences. Come on by and find out what’s hot this year in museums.

We’ll also be sharing some of the preliminary results of a survey new DAM:BOS co-conspirator Susan Timberlake has started of the DAM:BOS community. We want to know what we can do to be a more useful, relevant, and joyful part of this commnuity. We’re interested in hearing from you about how we can improve Drinking About Museums, so bring your bright ideas along!

See you tomorrow night!

Susan & Ed

Drinking About Museums: Boston
Wednesday, November 15 at 6pm
The Hong Kong
1238 Massachusetts Ave,
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Drinking About Museums returns! 10/25


Mmm, frosty… CC0 image by Engin_Akyurt

Hola, comrades!

It’s been a long, warm summer, and though it’s hard to imagine, it’s already October, and practically Halloween! It’s past time for another Drinking About Museums and we intend to rectify that problem this Wednesday, October 25th! We’ll be gathering at our old standby, at the venerable Hong Kong Restaurant ( in Harvard Square, Cambridge. We’ll convene upstairs at 6:30 and go till we stop! Come on by and say hi!

We’re particularly interested to hear from people who have attended some of the newer experiences at area museums, like Waiting Rooms at the MOS, or The Enemy at MIT Museum. Ed just saw The Enemy and is dying to talk to people who’ve seen it.

See you Wednesday!
Susan and Ed
your friendly DAM co-hosts