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. Find me on Google+

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

Drinking About Museums/Museumhive, Thursday 7/27 w Emily Graslie!



Emily Graslie: Museums, the care and feeding of online communities, and making a name for yourself

Mark your calendars! In July we’re teaming up with our friends at Museumhive to host a Google Hangout with museum educator/video blogger Emily Graslie. Emily is Chief Curiosity Correspondent at the Field Museum, and produces and stars in her own educational YouTube channel The Brain Scoop, listed on the New Media Rockstars top 100 Channels. She is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Museum Studies program.

Emily will share her experience of working in museums small and large, and the perils and promise of building a distinct personal brand online. There will be an extended opportunity for you to ask her about social media outreach, being a visible woman online, or what’s like speaking to 60,000 people at a March for Science.

If you’ve been thinking of attending a Museumhive, this is the chance — the last Museumhive of the series funded by IMLS. Bring some friends, and hope to see you there!


Thursday 7/27:

6pm – 7pm: social hour with cash bar and music with co-host New England Museum Association

7pm – 8pm: Google Hangout with Emily Graslie, with Q&A from the hive

Please register

for tickets for the free event to give us a heads up on planning.

Not local to Boston? You can view the live stream on Wednesday at 7pm EDT, or view the archived version on Youtube later.


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Next Drinking About Museums: Boston! Wednesday June 14th, 6:30PM

Hey friends,
The New Media Consortium ( is in town for their Summer conference and we’re going to host a Drinking About Museums:NMC Edition! Come join us and hang out with special all-star guests like Liz Neely from the American Alliance of Museums, Douglas Hegley from Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Alex Freeman from the New Media Consortium, and a possible special guest star!
We’ll convene upstairs at the Hong Kong ( in historic Harvard Square at 6:30. Special thanks to Brendan Ciecko of Cuseum for spearheading this get together!
See you Wednesday!
Alli and Ed
your friendly DAM co-hosts

Hellos and goodbyes

CC-BY image by Flickr user Mr Kael

Hey all,

The May Drinking About Museums/Museums Show Off is fast approaching. There is still time sign up for a spot to speak, so if you’re thinking about conference session ideas for NEMA, or finishing up that interesting paper/thesis/dissertation and want to trot it our in front of an appreciative crowd, now is the time. Sign up here!

For those of you unfamiliar with the event, more details about Museums Show Off are here, and photos from our inaugural Show Off back in 2013 are here. We’d especially appreciate it if you invite your friends/colleagues/classmates. The more, the merrier, and it’s always good to come out and cheer on your fellow museum people for having the guts to get up and speak.

In addition to saying hello to new friends, we’ll be saying goodbye to some old ones. Jenn,  Chris, and Alli have all conspired to seek new jobs and opportunities in other states and will be leaving us shortly. I, for one, will miss them sorely, not just for their co-conspiratorial prowess. Come by and wish them well and hear about their new adventures.

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Jenn, Chris, Ed, and Alli – your DAM co-hosts


Next Drinking About Museums: Boston/ Museums Showoff, Jan 13


A Reminder to Show Off!

January 13 at 6 pm (Speakers begin at 7 pm)

Happy New Year!

Museums Show Off is tomorrow! There are still a couple slots for speakers if you are interested.  Claim your spot today! Please email us with your name and topic if you are interested in signing up.

 This month’s victims include:

  • Nick Capasso, Fitchburg Art Museum
  • Alli Rico, NEMA
  • Katie Gilligan, Museum of Science
  • Margaret Middleton, Boston Children’s Museum
  • Lynn Baum, Turtle Peak Consulting

It’s not too late to join them!
What is Museums Show Off? It’s a chance for you to get up and talk about what ever museum project, subject, theory, or trend has you inspired, puzzled, or curious for what comes next.  9 minutes, slides if you want, a microphone, and YOU!

Location: We return to the Hong Kong
1238 Mass Ave in Cambridge

Hope to see you all there!

Ed, Jenn, & Alli