Gardner, Fitchburg, and Gore… oh my!

Llama at Gore Place

Photo by Bill Damon. Used under CC by 2.0 license.

Hey everyone! We have some super fun excursions planned for the next few months of DAM:

Thursday, March 24, 6 pm – Join us at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on a Thursday evening when they are open until 9pm. Their updated photo policy means we can take (non-flash) photos and social media the heck out of the evening. Socializing location TBD.

Thursday, April 14, 6 pm – Road trip!  We are heading west to Fitchburg Art Museum! After joining us for Museums Showoff in January, Director NickCapasso has invited us to come out to Fitchburg for a private tour of TRIIIBE: same difference and explore the rest of the museum. Socializing onsite following the tour. 6 pm.
(If you are able to drive and willing to take others, please let us know.)

Wednesday, May 18 –  Gore Place in Waltham
Take a tour of the farm, meet the llama, socialize nearby.  Details to follow.  #wegotllama


February Social DAM – 2/10

After several months of being hosted by great museums and then Showing Off for each other, February will be purely social.  Please, join us for fun conversation!

Wednesday, February 10, 6pm

The Hong Kong Restaurant
Harvard Square

In the next few months we’re working on the following spots to visit: Fitchburg Art Museum; Gore Place; and the Crane Estate. Get your traveling shoes on, DAM is hitting the road.

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

November recap and December plans

Hey gang,

Last night was a fabulous time! The good folks at the Museum of Science pulled out all the stops to give 35 of their colleagues an in-depth look at the process behind making their next traveling exhibition: The Science Behind Pixar. Thanks to Emily Marsh, Mike Horvath, Alana Parkes, Katie Gilligan and the rest of the team for showing us what a really really really big and complicated show looks like from the inside.


Our next event will be Wednesday, December 9, 6 pm

Old North Church: Behind-the-scenes Tour

Arrive between 6 and 6:30 pm
6:30 pm – A behind-the-scenes tour of the Old North Church
7 pm – We will move next door to their social event space for drinks, snacks, and conversation.

We must limit participants to 40 people so please RSVP!

RSVP for Old North Church


Surprise Drinking tomorrow w Frith Williams from Te Papa!

Hola comrades!
It seems like just yesterday we last got together, but sometimes opportunities arise that can’t be missed.  We have a guest in town who’s been making a grand pilgrimage of US museums. Come on out tomorrow night and meet Frith Williams, the Head of Writing at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. She’s here on a 2015 Fulbright Scholar Award to explore digital and bilingual/bicultural storytelling in US museums. She’s been crisscrossing the country for the past few months, looking and talking, and she’s stopping off in Boston on her travels.
She’d love to meet colleagues and learn more about what’s going on in town. If you’re into interpretation, writing, exhibit development, and/or drinking, then come join us at the Hong Kong in Harvard Square tomorrow night starting at 6:30!
For a peek at Te Papa’s current Gallipoli exhibition, check out these videos. It’s pretty mind-blowing.

DAM meets Strandbeest at Peabody Essex – Thursday, October 15

Come see Animaris Suspendisse in action! And all it’s kin!

Thursday, October 15, 6-9 pm

Join us in Salem at the Peabody Essex Museum for PEM/PM and #Strandbeest viewing. Ed Rodley will lead an optional Beestly tour starting roughly around 7 pm. For more on the exhibition, check out this site.

Free admission with RSVP to

First 20 RSVPs get 2 free drink tickets!

Directions and public transportation information.

PEM advises the use of public transportation in the month of October due to the high number of visitors to the city.

See you in Salem!

Recap of 10 September, and looking forward!

Hola colleagues!

Last night’s joint DAM/NEMA advocacy event was a blast, despite the appalling traffic and gloomy weather.  35 folks descended (or ascended, I guess, since it’s on Beacon Hill) on the Nichols House Museum, courtesy of their Director, Victoria Glazomitsky and her staff, to have a private tour of the museum and a primer from Meg Winikates and Dan Yaeger of NEMA on how to advocate with your state representatives.

You should take a tour next time you’re on Beacon Hill. It’s a great way to understand what went on behind the shiny front doors of Beacon Hill in the 19th and 20th centuries.

In the kitchen at Nichols House, getting the skinny on talking to legislators.

In the kitchen at Nichols House, getting the skinny on talking to legislators.

We followed it up with a trip down the Hill to Harvard Gardens where the merriment continued late into the evening.

The Big News

As part of our continuous improvement process, the lean, agile DAM trio (Alli Rico, Jenn Schmitt, and Ed Rodley) did a reconnaissance trip to Redbones a couple of weeks ago. We’re always looking for ways to improve your experience, especially if it means hanging out and eating barbecue! We combined our lists of places we want to go and folks who’ve asked us to host a DAM, and put together a tentative schedule for the next eight months! Phone calls will be going out soon, so if your museum is on the list, be on the lookout! Drinking About Museums is coming for you! We’ll add dates as we confirm venues.

Jan – Museums Showoff @ the Hong Kong
Feb – DAM @ the Hong Kong
April  – Castle Hill, Ipswich
May – Gore Place, Waltham


Mark your calendars: August 12 and September 10

Thanks to all who showed up for both DAMS in July!  We had some awesome conversations including our guests, Liz Neely and her Beautiful Data cohort, Allegra Burnette, and Don Undeen.  The next two months we’re going to shake it up again!

Wednesday, August 12 at 6pm

Join us at Bukowski Tavern for the regular libations and conversation. Relaxed, casual, just as August should be.

Map: 50 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02115

Thursday, September 10 at 6pm

The Nichols House Museum has graciously offered to host the group and give us a 30-minute tour through the house.  The tour will be followed by NEMA-led activities to help us build confidence for meeting legislators and their staff in preparation for #MassMuseums Day. NEMA will have more details and sign-up information for the October 7 #MassMuseums Day.

Please sign up for the Nichols House Tour so they can know how many to expect!

Map: 55 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, MA 02108

Post-tour drinking establishment TBD.

July DAM Update! – July 8 and July 14

New date and time for DAM #2.

Wednesday, July 8th at 6pm

Join us to chat with Don Undeen (@donundeen), of the Met Media Lab who is in town to learn more about Boston area museum digital opportunities.
The Hong Kong, Harvard Square, Cambridge

Google Map & Directions

DATE CHANGE! Tuesday, July 14 at 6 pm

The following Tuesday, we welcome Liz Neely (@lili_czarina) of MCN, NMC, and the Harwood Art Museum in Taos, NM, and Allegra Burnette (@allegraburnette) currently of Forrester Research, formerly Creative Director, Digital Media at MoMA.

New location!
Moksa Restaurant
450 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
Google Map

Come talk digital awesomeness and museum geekery!